United We Stand, Divided We're Outa LuckAs I write this post, the first polls are closing in the east. It's too early to see what the results will be, but one way or another this election signals change.
If the republicans squeak by, they'll almost certainly have a less than razor-thin margin. If this turns out to be the case, I hope they'll be smarter than the Idiot King who they currently kowtow to.
If you remember, when Sir Failsalot took office the second time he boasted of his mandate and the political capital he intended to spend generously. We all know that numbers aren't Dub's thing, but his statement amply demonstrated his inability to not only balance a Federal budget, but his political capital checkbook too. He didn't have a mandate, he had a buck thirty-five and a wad of lint in his political capital account - all of which was eaten up by the rubber political checks he's written for the past two years.
Between the frittered-away BushCo capital and the angry democratic and independent creditors, the only way republicans will get anything done is to throw themselves on the mercy of the bankruptcy court and try to cut some more conciliatory deals. If they fail in the slightest, the next election will see them evicted from the House, Senate, and White House in the click of a malfunctioning e-voting machine.
If the dems win, they won't be in much better shape. They'll take over chairmanships and somewhat control the agenda, but they won't have a huge majority. Even if they did, the electorate already has a bellyful of squabbling and backstabbing. Their patience for negativity, blamesmanship, and corruption is unbelievably short and they are ready to explode will all the force of a Baghdad IED if people don't start working together. Democrats ignore that sentiment at their own peril.
I hope the dems will see the light. If they're smart, they'll be firm but not unyielding. If they're smart, they'll work a few important issues first and make their way down the list in order of true importance - flag burning and Ten Commandments amendments be damned. Despite the acrid taste it leaves in our mouths, sensible compromise must be the order of the day. The days of "my way or the highway" must end for the country's sake.
I think the Bush dynasty has something really important to teach the dems. Both Bush 41 and 43 have had the uncanny ability to piss away some of the greatest goodwill ever enjoyed by any President. In the wake of the Gulf War, Papa Doc had enough backing that he could have literally changed the world. Instead, he chose to piss it away on nothing and lost the election in the process.
Baby Doc found himself in a similar situation after 9/11 and continuing into Afghanistan. He chose to piss away his gift of goodwill on a host of ill-conceived ideas from tax breaks for corporations to his Iraq War of Error, clearly demonstrating the traits of a man raised with no understanding of the value of things. He's already skating on extremely thin ice and may have already orchestrated his party's ouster from Congress. Given his ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, I'm sure his legacy will also include a change in the White House, regardless of what happens in the current election.
I hope that whoever wins this election can rise above the muck they've slathered on themselves and the American people and start doing what is right again. Our country, aided by both parties, is ebbing away into a fetid outhouse of crapitude.
If we don't turn around soon, it will be too late. I'm not hopeful beyond a glimmer, but perhaps the next time we have an election the country will only be divided by a few miles than a few light-years.
And I, for one, am for whoever is willing to roll up their sleeves and work on that.
Truth Told by Omnipotent Poobah, Tuesday, November 07, 2006