Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Election Day +1 (updated)(updated again)

Looks like I'm not leaving the country. Looks like I don't get to rant and rave about conspiracies. Some big House names just lost their jobs and it couldn't happen to nicer people. Some escaped getting squashed. Unfortunately invisible congressman Mark Kirk (IL-10) fooled his constituents again and won. He'll be shaking hands at the main train station in Chicago Wednesday morning and then flee to Washington where he'll hide for the next two years. If you thought he was irrelevant in a Republican Congress just wait to never hear from him again in a Democratic Congress. Looks like Mean Jean Schmidt will keep her job. Same with Tom Reynolds. Oh well. Can't win them all. But the night isn't over and Jim Webb is ahead in Virginia and George Allen's future is as dim as he is. Jon Tester is going to win Montana and Claire McCaskill could take Missouri which means a Democratic Senate. Maybe. Here's hoping.

Here is the list of people who just got booted out of their arrogant thrones. This is why I am smiling and will start unpacking my things tomorrow.

Sen. Rick Santorum (PA)
Sen. Mike DeWine (OH)
Sen. Conrad Burns (MT) - hopefully, looks likely
Rep. John Sweeney (NY)
Rep. Sue Kelly (NY)
Rep. John Hostettler (IN)
Rep. Charles Bass (NH)
Rep. Anne Northup (KY)
Rep. Clay Shaw (FL)
Rep. Chris Chocola (IN)
Rep. Nancy Johnson (CT)
Rep. Jim Ryun (KS)
Rep. Charles Taylor (NC)
Rep. Curt Weldon (PA)
Rep. Don Sherwood (PA)
Rep. J.D. Hayworth (AZ)
Rep. Heather Wilson (NM) - hopefully
Rep. Richard Pombo (CA) - hopefully, looks likely

Time to sleep and dream of a Democratic Senate that would protect us from more Alitos and Roberts and Janice Rodgers Brown. Time to pray that when I wake up this nation has awoken from the national nightmare that is Republican one-party rule.

Update: Wow. Missouri looks to go Democratic. McCaskill leading by over 25,000 votes and precincts are running out for Sen. Jim Talent. So much for the Republican firewall of Virginia and Missouri. Virginia - check. Missouri - check. Montana - check? Senate goes Democratic? I can't wait to see how Rove and his gang spin this as a win.

Update II: Wow. Wow. Wow. I mean wow. I go to sleep for a few hours and once again all hell breaks loose. Tester up in Montana by nearly 2,000 votes. Webb up in Virginia by over 12,000 votes? It's not over but I'd rather be in our position than theirs. Still, In the words of now ex-Rep. John Sweeney, they might "shut it down" and bring in the mobs to intimidate the election officials and recounters. I think Florida isn't Virginia so I'm ready to say "Democratic Senate!" Although Heather Wilson looks like she will keep her job the House looks like 200 for Republicans and 235 for Democrats. Huge ass kicking. I'm ready to say Republicans got their clocks cleaned. I'm ready to say Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. I'm ready to say The Curmudgeon is happy -- but don't get used to it.


Blogger mrsleep said...

Not to worry, you'll be pissin' and moanin' soon enough.

9:46 AM  
Anonymous Uncle Howard said...

How is my old friend doing? Pretty well on this return to sanity day. As I used to tell you on our train rides home, the backbone of this country is the great Christian middle class whose great grandparents dominated this country before and after WWII. They stood as a societal rock of Gibraltar never straying to far to one side no matter what the fringes were doing. Unfortunately 9/11 pushed them into choosing for God and America. Who could blame them? They had their religion and morality in question. Unfortunately they acted myopically making choices which bolstered their basic fundamental existence. Unfortunately for us George Bush and the Republicans were corrupted by the "absolute power" of controlling the Presidency and the Congress and have squandered a great opportunity to move this country forward in so many different ways. Speaking as a Reagan Democrat the Bush years are a great dissapointment to me and a disaster for our country. I guess "W" will figure out how to use the power of the veto now.

10:40 AM  
Blogger Crankyboy said...

Uncle Howard,

Great to hear from you. Don't be a stranger.

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Utah Desert Rat said...

It's a bloodbath! Unfortunately, my state is still controlled by the Stepford-Wingnuts called Republicans.

Oh well, can't get everything you want. We'll just go back to having a totally irrelevant Congressional delegation.

It sucks to be W today. Couldn't happen to a more deserving guy.

11:45 AM  
Blogger Crankyboy said...

It's not whether you you win or lose it's did you kick their ass? We did.

12:02 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

and with Rumsfeld gone, I have to decalre it a victory.

12:44 PM  
Blogger Cranky's Wife said...

I agree with mrsleep but I'm happy we are both happy -at least for today!

1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was delightfully wrong about your predictions regarding the Dems taking both Houses. How do I buy you that dinner for the bet I'm so happy to have lost?

10:52 AM  
Blogger Crankyboy said...

Can't wait to collect. We'll have to do it and bring Capt. Fogg along. Maybe a meeting in Florida.

5:57 PM  

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