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Thoughts On ’06

November 8th, 2006 Posted in Uncategorized

Here’s a bunch of election-related thoughts that have been bouncing around my head today:

  • OK, let’s NOT screw this up. Please, please, please… Pelosi, Reid: learn from what happened to Gingrich and Dole in ’94. Don’t be vindictive. Oversight is fine, and we need to uncover some of what’s been going on with regard to lies and corruption. But don’t go after Bush with crazed fervor. Be the good guys. Pass effective, progressive legislation, and let Bush look like a jerk for vetoing it. Set us up for a win in ’08, not a thumpin’ right back in our faces.
  • All you progressive blogs (DailyKOS, Eschaton) who are claiming the Democrats won this election: no, they didn’t. The Republicans lost it. Own up to that, understand why, and we can at work towards building an effective progressive platform going forward. People don’t really think we have good ideas on how to run things; they just voted for change. Let’s show them they are wrong about the first thing, and earn their trust.
  • Suck it easy, Rick Santorum. You were the biggest douche in the Senate, and that’s saying alot. I’m amazingly glad that everyone in Pennsylvania (even moderates and conservatives) picked up on that; you deserved to lose in an even bigger landslide, but this one will do.
  • Today Dennis Prager jokingly cautioned conservatives not to leave the country the way liberals jokingly said they would in ’04. That one got me thinking… liberals joked about moving to Canada. Where would a conservative go? Saudi Arabia? North Korea? OK, seriously… Taiwan? Singapore? I mean, all of Europe and Oceania are more liberal than we are, and that’s pretty much the entire First World, right?
  • This kind of crap needs to stop. It is time for campaign reform; what are we, six? Candidates who make it to the final ballot in federal elections should be prohibited from buying private advertising, be given equal amounts of free airtime, and should not be allowed to mention their opponents at all in said ads. This would take a big chunk of the money out of campaigning, and promote positive political advertisements which campaign on a candidate’s strengths instead of an opponent’s weaknesses.

More to come, I’m sure.

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