You people rock! You did it! You voted, and you made a difference! Whether the votes were rigged or not, you didn't let it stop you. You went out in record numbers -- RECORD NUMBERS -- and shouted down the Republican lie machine. They didn't expect you to beat the system. Their system. The system that used robo calls to try to keep you from the polls. The system that produced flyers that lied about who they were. The system that tried to turn you away at the voting booth. They threw everything they had at you, but you stood strong.
You deserve a cookie!
Now let's look at the national numbers.
We'll start with the Governors. At this time, the Dems pick up 6 states, with Minnesota and Rhode Island still technically undecided. Looking at the numbers, Rhode Island's Red, no doubt in my mind. There might be a recount, but I don't see it changing anything. Minnesota could still pull Blue, but that would be an impressive come from behind victory, so I'm sticking a fork in this one and calling it done. A 6 state pickup ain't nothin' to be ashamed of.
Moving on to the House, we get some interesting results. The numbers right now show a 28 seat pickup for the Dems. Of the 17 races still undecided, I see two that'll likely go Dem (CT-02
), though I predict CT-02
will have a recount before it's finalized. NM-01
, two seats currently held by Republicans, will likely have recounts. GA-08
will likely remain Dem, but it's close with only a few percent of the vote left to count. There may be a recount. CO-04
, and NE-02
still have some counting to go, but they'll likely remain in Republican hands unless I'm missing something (which is quite possible; I haven't been paying as close attention to the House races as I probably should). I don't see a shift in the rest of the seats. So at the end of the day, we're looking at nearly a 30 seat pickup for the Dems. WOW!
In the Senate, as I write this, the only two seats left up for grabs are Montana and Virginia, and I feel pretty confident that Montana's going to Tester. A little closer than I might like, but still Tester. The Virginia race is incredibly close, but Webb's ahead, so it's up to Allen to decide whether he should leave his state in limbo or concede as graciously as Gore and Kerry did the Presidency. Oh, who am I kidding! It'll be another two weeks before the vote is certified, and then he'll call for a recount, and that'll likely take another week or two. But that's assuming it doesn't turn out that the calls attempting to suppress voter turnout in the state came from his campaign.
Which brings me to an interesting story. If you happened by the blog site yesterday, you likely noticed I had a few entries up about all the voter suppression going on. Lots and lots of problems with voters getting calls telling them they weren't actually registered to vote, so they'd be arrested if they tried; or being told their polling location had changed; or even telling them to vote today (the 8th).
Well, the fine folks over at ePluribus Media, a journalistic group run by ordinary citizens, think they've found a link between the Allen campaign and the voter suppression calls.
However, it's a tad complex, and I'm a little too tired to be able to follow it right now. I'll read through it tomorrow and see what's what, but since Virginia is such a tight race, I figured it was better you know of the possibility sooner rather than later.
I'm sure you'll hear from the talking heads how the results from this election don't signify a Dem mandate, or that it's not really a victory, or some other BS like that. Well, that's all it is. BS. Let's nip it in the bud right now. The Dems now have a greater majority in the House than the Republicans ever had when they took over in 1994. The Republicans have likely also lost control of the Senate, but even with a tie, that'll force Cheney to spend lots of time in the Senate breaking ties, which means he can't be elsewhere causing trouble. (Unless Lieberman chooses to Caucus with the GOP, in which case, the GOP keep the Senate no matter what, and any of you Connecticut voters who voted for "Sanctimonious" Joe deserve all the scorn which can be heaped upon you.) This is an impressive victory, no two ways about it, and it sends a very clear message to Rove. You'd have to be a fool or an idiot not to acknowledge that. Or be lying through your teeth.
And as for reconciliation, while there's a part of me that would love nothing more than to see the Dems shove the Republicans into the same hole they (the Dems) were in for the last six years, that's not how Dems do things. I don't mind giving the Republicans a chance to redeem themselves, but the Dems better be ready to smack them down when they try anything funny. I don't have any sympathy for the Republicans, and neither should the Dems we just elected.
There's lots more, but I was up late watching MSNBC and following the results on cnn.com, so I haven't had time to read everything. I'll catch up tomorrow, but then I have to leave for a few days to go to my brother's wedding. I've got two things to celebrate this weekend, and let me tell you, that feels great! (P.S. Pennsylvania got rid of Santorum; that's worth celebrating all by itself!)
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Last, how could I let you go without a quote? I can't! Not today. I think this one from Ghandi is appropriate for the occasion:
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
And that's how we do The Liberty Rag. Good morning and see you tomorrow!