Monday, November 06, 2006

MY STATUS REPORT: SHAKY

Monday morning.

I'm already a bundle of anxiety about tomorrow. And I have a dentist appointment this afternoon. Anyone think of anything else to throw my way, something to -- you know -- raise the Tums Quotient? Surprise speaking engagement? Unexpected visit from in-laws? Mets trade Jose Reyes for Sammy Sosa? November Surprise?

Oh, did I mention that it's Monday?

11 Comments:

Anonymous Applesaucer said...

You're a "bundle of anxiety" over a stupid election?

GOOD GRIEF!

Applesaucer

7:06 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

I won't know if it's a "stupid election" until tomorrow night. Silly me, I'm hoping it'll be a "smart election."

Are you cynical all the time, or is something you keep in storage and bust out periodically so you can feel superior?

7:11 AM  
Anonymous Applesaucer said...

About politics I am cynical all the time. I won't be happy if either side does well, so it's hard for me to be upset if either side does poorly.

So I make the best of it in my own bizarre, schadenfreude kinda way:

If the Dems take the House and/or Senate, I'll enjoy watching all the right wing media hacks cry in their beer. But I won't enjoy my taxes going up and a bevy of regs coming my way.

If the Repubs retain control, I'll enjoy watching all the shocked liberal-types cry about fixed elections, seceding from the US, etc. But I won't enjoy seeing smug Republicans and their media lackeys bask in their glory or public approval of their lying, manipulative ways.

In other words, gnashing of teeth will have to do for me.

If I do pull the lever, it will be strictly Libertarian, if possible. I won't personally ratify Republican or Democrat behavior with my vote, with very few exceptions (which, at a local level, I can't think of).

Applesaucer

8:12 AM  
Blogger sheadenizen said...

I find it interesting applesaucer, that if the dems win, you state the repercussions in legislative terms, but if the repubs win, the repercussions only seem to be superficial.....mmmmm! makes me wonder.

11:03 AM  
Blogger George said...

I get it completely, Mike. After the 2004 election it was like the worst hangover of my life, and I haven't quite completely shaken it yet.

Here's hoping tomorrow helps.

12:35 PM  
Blogger Ed in Westchester said...

I'm going into this thing not counting on anything. I don't care what the polls say, they've been wrong before. I have this nagging feeling that the dems are going to come close in the house, but not even close in the Senate.
I hope I am wrong, I really do, but weren't the Dems supposed to take the house 2 years ago? What makes this year any different? The same messages are there.

1:48 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

I'm with you, George. Here's to tomorrow.

{Sounds of cute-as-button red-head girl singing, "The sun'll come out . . ."}

Ed-

We have heard it all before and little's different from two years ago. But "What makes this year any different" you ask? Two more years of the bullshit, of the nonsense.

Katrina, two years of quagmire & dead American soldiers. Maybe it'll mean something.

2:23 PM  
Blogger Ed in Westchester said...

Katrina, two years of quagmire & dead American soldiers. Maybe it'll mean something.

I hope so.

Cause if not, it's going to be an ugly 2 years.

3:10 PM  
Anonymous waitingforthealiens said...

Now you should never be afraid to go to the dentist. Remember he can issue prescriptions.

My greatest fear is that the GOP will be more effective in getting out the faithful. They have built a convenient coalition of single issue voters. Single issue voters are always motivated. It is like religious fervor. And trust me; the Republicans will say ANYTHING to get them out. If the “progressive” portion of the population were paying sufficient attention they should have come out in spades two years ago.

It is hard to get excited about putting the Democrats in power. If they try to do what’s good for the country—IMHO, adopt fiscal restraint, return to multilateral foreign policy, pursue free trade, work with (but not rubber stamp) industry, engage in a sober and honest discussion about whether health care is to be a right or a privilege and stand for some old fashioned principles like those contained in our Constitution—they’ll probably lose the far left to a Nader (read ideological purist) and hand power right back to the Republicans.

However, if the Democrats can’t win this year, I will conclude that they have been far too fucked up for far too long to remain relevant. Christ, where is a hard-headed pragmatist like Bill Clinton when you need one?

4:37 PM  
Anonymous Applesaucer said...

"I find it interesting applesaucer, that if the dems win, you state the repercussions in legislative terms, but if the repubs win, the repercussions only seem to be superficial.....mmmmm! makes me wonder."

Yeah, I figured my post wasn't balanced precisely for that reason. But I was too lazy to articulate my objections to Republicans, which mostly have to do with their determination to consolidate power for a corporate management elite. But that's a real mouthful, no? Then when I start into monetary policy and finger the Republicans as founders of our current perpetual inflation machine, well..FUGGEHDABOUTIT!

Mike has done a decent job identifying Republicans misdeeds, anyway, even if I don't agree with him precisely on many issues.

Plus, your instincts were correct, sheadenizon: I marginally prefer Republicans to Democrats and I am a former Republican (I quit the habit starting with the '96 election). So I'm not balanced between the two parties when all is said and done.

In any event, I said I wouldn't vote for either party and I haven't in 10 years. And I am not anxiety-ridden over the prospect of Democratic control over one or both houses.

I'm not saying that both parties are the same -- they I will say that they're both garBAGE.

Applesaucer

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Now you should never be afraid to go to the dentist. Remember he can issue prescriptions.

And as I was reminded today, he can also issue his overpriced bill.

Grrrrrrrrr.

my objections to Republicans, which mostly have to do with their determination to consolidate power for a corporate management elite

I'm saving this one for future debates.

5:21 PM  

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