November 07, 2006
Yeah, a completely useless post!
Not that I'm surprised in the least, but so far it looks like a good night for the Dems and a rout for the Repubs.
(Not that anyone needed me to make that premature and annoying observation.)
I'm nursing a god-awful cold right now and not terribly in the blogging mood. Frankly, the damned Sudefed (for which I had to stand in a long line and fill out a federal form) doesn't help my brain all that much.
I might weigh in later.
Or maybe I'll get Coco the Republican to weigh in. She's not on anything.
MORE (08:58 p.m.): FWIW, I just heard James Carville on CNN refer to the war in Iraq as "the dead elephant in the room" -- and as the driving force behind the thus-far impressive Democratic numbers.
One of the downsides of being a democracy at war is that the voters can vote against the war.
IMO, Bush and the Republicans have done a piss poor job of selling the war to the American public, and while Bush has cocooned himself (and the Republicans have distanced themselves from him), the other side has hammered the war -- and Bush -- relentlessly.
Can't win wars that way.
Surprisingly, there seems to be a general consensus in the room among the bloggers (both liberal and conservative) that Democrats will take control of the House and fall short of taking control of the Senate.That's been my answer to Glenn's earlier polls, all three times I took them, so color me very unsurprised.
I do hope Carville is wrong about opposition to the Iraq war driving these results, though.
MORE (10:05 p.m.): I don't know whether incumbency in Pennsylvania is indicative of any "trend," but right now it appears that Democrat incumbents are doing well, while Republican incumbents are doing poorly.
HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL: One of the few signs of hope I have seen this evening is a simple reminder from La Shawn Barber that people can be on opposite sides of acrimonious issues and yet be civil to each other -- maybe even friendly!
I've long been proud to consider La Shawn a friend.
MORE (10:55 p.m.): Anderson Cooper just pointed out what's on the minds of many -- that the Democrats who are winning are conservatives.
In this election, at least, triangulation works for the Democrats, but not for the Republicans.
Of course, the opposite of triangulation doesn't seem to work for Republicans either. (Santorum and Harris didn't triangulate at all, and both lost resoundingly.)
Of course, there's always Ahnold...
A lot of people on both sides would rather he not exist at all.
UPDATE (11:09 p.m.): DEMOCRATS WIN HOUSE. CNN just called it, and while that's not official, it's enough for me to end this useless post and get some sleep in the hope of surviving this cold.
I'm tempted to predict that this clinches the White House for the Clintons, but I do want to sleep.
In this regard, I tend to agree with John Batchelor:
President Clinton is a man on a mission to install his wife in the Oval Office and to vindicate his marred presidency with a remake.So far, it seems the strategy is working.
posted by Eric on 11.07.06 at 08:12 PM
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