Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Election Victory

I'm not one to crow, but I woke up this morning and checked out yesterday's election results and, well...


(Actually, the whole nursery rhyme, if you remember it, Bush, goes like this:
My dame has lost her shoe,
My master's lost his fiddle-stick
And knows not what to do.

What is my dame to do?
Till master finds his fiddle-stick,
She'll dance without her shoe.

Read that as you want to, Bush. I thought it might cheer you up. I myself got a chuckle when I remembered the bit about the master and his fiddle-stick. I wonder if he'll ever find that stick again. As for the dame... Well, I trust you to figure that one out.)

But seriously... You lost the House. The Senate, as of this moment, is a toss-up--though I was especially glad to see that both Jim Webb and Claire McCaskill won, since I made telephone calls for both of them through I'm sure there will be challenges and recounts, but I'm confident both of them will prevail and take their seats in the US Senate.

Otherwise, it's Nancy Pelosi with the gavel. (Maybe she'll be dancing now, without her shoe!) The bogey-woman your people have been trying to scare the voters with for the past few weeks... and months. "The worst nightmare of the Republicans," I heard on television this morning. But what a kick, Bush, to have a woman in the most powerful position ever occupied by a woman in the history of the country! And third in line for the Presidency. Which means, should anything untoward happen--God forbid!--to your good self, and should your Cheney's heart finally pop, we'd have our first woman President. I'd frankly like to see that happen. We men have done enough damage over the centuries. It would be good to see what a woman might bring to an office with that kind of power.

Still, for the moment, let's be happy with what we've got. I'm personally confident that Pelosi will not turn out to be the monster she has been made out to be. Her power does not extend to implement a personal agenda, not even the liberal one that she--and, yes, I too, Bush--would probably prefer. She'll have a good support base for whatever she does, with votes and to spare in the House. I'm happy to see that our two Sanchezes, here in California, were handily reelcted and will be back at her side. (Remember, Bush, my having mentioned a couple of months ago having met Loretta Sanchez and having been much impressed by her? Her complaint at the time was that your Republicans controlled everything in Congress, including the agenda. That will change now. We'll see what she brings to the table.) I was happy, too, to note that voters have put paid to the career of that one-man environmental disaster, Richard Pombo.

The agreement among the pundits seems to be that this election was about sending you a message. The voters no longer trust you or your Republicans to manage the affairs of this country with any degree of competence. They no longer believe your rosy predictions about the war. They no longer believe your assertions of moral superiority: they have seen clear evidence of the corruption and hypocrisy of your closest friends and advisors. They are no longer entertained by the spectacle of the toxic partisanship you have fostered in Washington, and the diviseness your rhetoric has promoted throughout the country.

The message, Bush? You must change. Sorry. I know it goes against your nature, but you must change. You must change the strategy of your war. You must make key changes in the upper echelon of your administration (hint: think the Department of Defense.) You must change the direction of your policies at home and you must listen to the opinion of those who oppose them. And most importantly, you must change that part of you that refuses to change. That's the message as I see it. I hope we might be able to agree on this and, soon, on other matters. Looking forward to it, Bush. Hope you are, too.


denn said...

And here's Bush's New Foreign Policy:

Bush Cites Oil As Reason to Stay in Iraq
By Peter Baker
The Washington Post

During the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, President Bush and his aides sternly dismissed suggestions that the war was all about oil. "Nonsense," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld declared. "This is not about that,"
Now, more than 3 1/2 years later, someone else is asserting that the war is about oil - President Bush.
As he barnstorms across the country campaigning for Republican candidates in Tuesday's elections, Bush has been citing oil as a reason to stay in Iraq. If the United States pulled its troops out prematurely and surrendered the country to insurgents, he warns audiences, it would effectively hand over Iraq's considerable petroleum reserves to terrorists who would use it as a weapon against other countries.

denn said...

Damn Peter, the computer popped my full name in there again!

And the first line is that of By David Olive
The Toronto Star

Would appreciate an erase. and from now on I use the name CARLY, The new name of our puppy. Doing great. Classic puppy. Now I see why you guys like them. Great dogs.

Carly said...

Just heard, Rummy steps down.

Speaks failure to me!

And I think the dummest redneck Republican will understand so too, FAILURE,

except they spent all our money. They sacked the treasury. Shout it from the highest portals!

PeterAtLarge said...

Dennis, I deleted the entry your requested. Do you want to re-enter it without your name? I'd certainly welcome it. And thanks to Carly for drawing my attention to the Rumsfeld resignation.

Carly said...

By David Olive
The Toronto Star

"Every dogma has its day."
- Abraham Rotstein

The neo-cons' grand design lies in ruins, having accomplished nothing other than to shrink America's stature in the world.

They accomplished more than that, and I wish people would talk about it. The Iraq War Will Cost More Than $2 Trillion. THEY SACKED THE TREASURY! They won. THEY MET THEIR GOAL. They grabbed our money, which they will now use to secure the next generation of energy needs, for their personal gain. WHILE THEY LIVE LIKE KINGS. Power in the hands of a few in the land of greed.

I heard one individual in Halliburton, grabbed 200 Million Dollars alone, for himself!
They understand time, as a tool. They knew they had a certain period of time to pull off the heist, like all crooks know.

The DEMs should investigate and indict the War Profiteers.

It's hell sitting here, understanding the atrocities being perpetrated and feeling the utter powerlessness.

THANKS MUCH, P. I just don't want these quotes upstaging my website on Google. Thanks.

PK said...

We have 2 years to pull this all together now. We need a lot of things changed in this time period. I would like to see the changes done before we go for the big election, that way the new guy/gal will be able to concentrate on more important things. Let's hope it can be done...