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November 7th, 2006
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The die is cast
Good luck, America.

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From:kistaro
Date:November 8th, 2006 08:18 am (UTC)
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It's fun living in a swing state. I'm definitely glad I voted for McCaskill (Senate race in Missouri) rather than vote Libertarian, even though that's closer to my political beliefs- this is a damn close race.

Too bad about the Senate- it was so close!- but I'm glad to see what happened to Congress. Actually, the Senate isn't quite settled yet... the projections are a one-person advantage to Republicans, but that's based on some shaky incomplete results.
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From:natetg
Date:November 8th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
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It's looking a lot like Webb will squeak through in Virgina for a 51 to 50 Dem advantage in the Senate.

I wonder if the Dems will manage grow a spine this time around.
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From:baxil
Date:November 8th, 2006 08:49 pm (UTC)
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Given that #51 is Lieberman, who is now officially an independent and whose behavior during the campaign made it obvious he's swinging toward the Dark Side, my guess is: Not so much. But with such a tremendous majority in the House, I expect great things out of Speaker Pelosi.

(... Speaker Pelosi! Yay!)
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From:baxil
Date:November 8th, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC)
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Many congratulations to McCaskill, the stem cell bill, and your state in general.

I know what you mean about voting a compromise candidate. I actually voted for a Republican here in California -- because the state's genuinely doing better with Arnold in control than it would be with a Democrat, even though I'd rather have someone I have more in common with at the top.

Last night was a clear victory for ... well, anyone who isn't George Bush and his scary group of extremist enablers. The one disappointment to me personally was John Doolittle, my district's Abramoff-buddy representative, staying in power 49-45 (the Libertarian candidate peeled off Charlie Brown's last 5 points). But across the country the news is nothing but good.
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From:natetg
Date:November 9th, 2006 03:31 am (UTC)
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Arnie isn't exactly a mainstream Republican. He's married to Maria Shriver which makes him an almost-Kenedy. He'd be verry difficult to beat - I imagine if Martin Sheen ran he'd be a pretty hard to beat as well.

The notion of passing bond issues to pay for ongoing costs like road and school maintenance is rather irresponsible fiscally.

I'm relieved that the CA ballot issues, especially 90, failed.
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From:jrrhack
Date:November 8th, 2006 04:23 pm (UTC)
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I think half of north america and more than south america is doomed
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From:baxil
Date:November 8th, 2006 08:59 pm (UTC)
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Believe me, I know how you feel. But last night was a great step toward turning that around. Now it's time to see how of much of the damage that's already been done can be reversed.
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From:hafoc
Date:November 8th, 2006 08:45 pm (UTC)
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Hey, Bax! You're going to need to retire this icon now. WOOT!

:D
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From:baxil
Date:November 8th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
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From:zon14
Date:November 8th, 2006 10:14 pm (UTC)
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Last I checked on CNN.com, Dems had gathered 50 senate seats even without Lieberman. There's still one race too close to call in Virginia, though the Democrat Webb (Nice name, that) IS leading by about 7000 votes at last look.

I wouldn't count on much out of Lieberman. He may or may not be repentant.

And yup, Rummy's finally gone, though it's still too little, waaaay too late.
From:veregawilks
Date:November 8th, 2006 11:54 pm (UTC)
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I apologize in advance.

The die is cast
Good luck, America.


...And, while cooling, shatters, scattering shards everywhere! Some wounded by flying metal, some burnt; see more on page 42.

Well, I guess there will be no "truly ethical, agendaless politician likely to survive election year politics" mold this go-around. Maybe come next election.

(I'm sorry, but I hold too dim a view of politics to wear rose-colored glasses when looking in its direction.)
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From:baxil
Date:November 9th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
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Politics is a messy business, and this year isn't going to solve that.

I'm cheering because the GOP for the last several years has thrown the lesser of two evils choice into sharp relief (hint: they ain't it) and at least the American public has taken a step back from the abyss of fascism.

I have a lot of sympathy toward people who are alienated at politics in general. It deserves our cynicism. But I think it also deserves our involvement, because a baby step forward is still progress.
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