I just had to write that headline! It gives me oh so much pleasure to stick that shiv into Bush since he used it so long against Dems in trying to prop up this lousy war.
But to be fair, I have to acknowledge I’m writing this at 1AM PST and, while it appears that Webb has won Virginia and McCaskill Missouri, Jon Tester’s lead has diminished considerably over the course of the evening and as I write this he leads by something like 3,500 votes with only 82% counted. That could be a nail-biter. Plus, I understand there are absentee ballots to count in the Virginia race. But I still think Dems have an excellent shot at taking the Senate.
It’s pretty clear that Bush does not have the political resilience to do a Clinton after 1994 and recalibrate his political strategy. He just doesn’t have the wit or guile to do that. So we will have a president who will continue to live in denial about the decline of his power. Oh God how it pleases me to write that. And Dick Cheney will become a chained bulldog. Ditto on how I enjoy writing that too. If the Repubs were smart they’d bundle Dick up in an overcoat & shove him into a car and take him to some secure location for the remainder of the Bush presidency. That guy’s going to be radioactive in the next two years. Oh and last but not least, poor Karl. To go out like this in such a fizzle. It’s gotta hurt. I HOPE IT DOES! LOTS!
Remember that recent crack of Bush’s about how when he gets really sad and lonely out there in the big bad Beltway cesspool, he likes to use Google Earth to take a look at the ranch and think how he’d like to be there. Oh how I’ll look forward to sending him there come 2008. It’ll be worth the wait to look at his crestfallen mug at the Inauguration of a Democratic president. The shame, the horror. How will he live it down? Of course, there’s a small matter of an election to win before we get there. But hey, I can dream.
Doesn’t this outcome make Charlie Crist, running for Florida governor, look prescient in refusing to be seen with Bush on the final day of the campaign? That was one of the delightful bits of news yesterday. Bush plans a FL. campaign trip solely to bolster Crist and the latter is the one who asked him to do it. And what does Crist do? He not only stiffs Bush, but he does it by joining John McCain at another rally! And guess who won the governor’s race? You guessed it, Crist. Smart guy.
We will have a Democratic party with very frail majorities and wanting to be extremely careful about not rocking the boat too hard, or rubbing the Repubs noses in their loss. I don’t see the Dems coming up with a bold centrist policy though I wish they could. The Congressional Republicans will be the wildcard here. Will they finally get some gumption and try to cobble together coalitions with Dems on a few discreet, major issues to get something done? Or will they follow the likely Bush path of obstructionism?
I’m heartened to hear that John Murtha will run for majority leader. He will be good for Dems on the Iraq issue.
The most important House race here is WA-08 in which Darcy Burner challenged Dave Reichert. The latter’s been ahead all night by 4% but the media’s still calling it “too close to call” with 40% of the vote counted. Hang in there Darcy! Wish I could’ve voted for you.