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“Don’t let Mark Foley pat your ass on the way out!”

Posted by schroeder915 on November 8, 2006

Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye!

Good riddance to the Republican Party devolution.

Overnight, I feel like my country came back to me. I feel like an American again!

Despite Republican dirty tricks, push polling, negative ads, hassling Democratic households with telemarketing calls, intimidation, and voter fraud, American voters prevailed.

The Democrats needed 15 seats to win control of the House. They got 26!

The Senate is still up for grabs, pending likely recounts, but right now it looks like the Democrats will get enough seats to take control of the Senate as well. Democratic candidates in Virginia and Montana came out ahead overnight as strongly Democratic precinct counts were tallied, giving the Democrats the 6 seats they needed. It’s a vindication of Howard Dean’s 50-state strategy.

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SOURCES: Associated Press, Congressional Quarterly | GRAPHIC: The Washington Post – November 8, 2006

What is this? It’s like 1986 all over again. We have a Democratic Congress, a delusional president, and Daniel Ortega is running Nicaragua again!

Here’s what I want on the agenda:

  • Coastal restoration in Louisiana.
  • Category 5 storm protection.
  • The United States spends more in a month in Iraq than it’s allocated for relief to homeowners in Louisiana. More money is has gone missing to contractors in Iraq than has been spent for relief to homeowners. The money still isn’t getting into the hands of the more than 200,000 New Orleanians left homeless for 14 months. We should do better than that.
  • A serious strategy to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the next decade.
  • A serious Congressional investigation into the lies of the Bush administration to pursue war in Iraq.
  • Require the Bush administration to deliver an Iraq exit strategy.
  • The Fairness Doctrine restored, and an FCC that requires commercial stations to serve local communities better.

Thank you Stephanie Miller for the post title.

Update:

I should note that many kittens were saved as well last night! 😉

 

And now, as Donald Rumsfeld cleans out his desk, he can certainly be sure that “there are known knowns; there are things we know we know.” Just as surely he can now also say, while looking for a new job, that “we also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know.”

 

Rumsfeld should have been fired a long time ago, right about the time he passed blame onto the military for his own failure to get armor to troops by saying, “as you know, you go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time.” Unfortunately, it shouldn’t have taken the worst president ever the loss of his party’s control of Congress to learn that he shouldn’t have gone to war in Iraq with the Secretary of Defense he had, but should have listened to the generals, the critics, the real intelligence … his father.

 

If he had listened to those other perspectives, he’d have known that he shouldn’t have gone to war in Iraq at all. If there’s any lesson George W. Bush should now have learned (and hopefully we as a nation have learned), it’s that critics might actually know what they’re talking about. Those who aren’t willing to listen to criticism, are inevitably going to make mistakes. In this case of Iraq, with more than 2800 American soldiers killed, and more than 21,000 injured, the mistake couldn’t have been more costly.

 

Maybe Rumsfeld can start a new career as the poet laureate.

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