Wednesday, November 08, 2006

REFERENDUM DAY RUNNING UPDATE: PART V

Who's the Decider now?

The American people have routed the GOP out of the House. Looks like Tester should beat Burns in Montana, and the CV says Webb will eventually beat Allen on the recount. But it seems that Talent & Corker will hold their seats, making it 50-50, if you include Sanders & Lieberman (boo!) on the Dem side.

And we know how Buckshot Dick breaks that deadlock.

But the immediate goal of blocking Bush's unchecked power grab looks to be accomplished. I sleep well tonight. More tomorrow.

Ahhhhhhhhhh.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Dumas said...

Good Morning Mike...

Glad you're sleeping better...bet you will feel even better if it will be 51-49 in the Senate, as well. One way or another, the Democrats have swept the elections in a major, unexpected (except for yours truly - distance allows for better perspective sometimes ;) and this is a major call for immediate change.

I hope Bush and his people wake up from the "stay the course" nonsense and play ball. Otherwise we will have a more than usual lame duck executive branch at a time when we need drastic and decisive action in Iraq, Iran, N. Korea, the economy, energy and the environment.

Nevertheless, I think the Neo-cons are incapable of finesse and do not have the requisite diplomatic skills to achieve this. It is like asking a 600 pound gorilla to put icing on a four-tier wedding cake after he has been beaten with a steel pipe.

The only chance is if the realpolitik branch of the Republican Establishment re-establishes control within their own party: i.e. Rumsfeld, Cheney and Rove would have to go almost immediately (sometime before the new congress is sworn in, anyway) and some seriously competent and open-minded people brought back in.

If the world perceives the US as bogged down in an internal political dogfight all sorts of nasty things can happen: adventurism by Iran (and thus Israel), the emergence of a Russian bully, the loss of Europe as a natural ally - to name but a few.

4:32 AM  
Anonymous Dumas said...

Oh and by the way...

Where I am, today is St. Michael's Day - no kidding. Consider the election result as your name-day present.

:) :) :)

4:34 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

I hope Bush and his people wake up from the "stay the course" nonsense and play ball . . . Rumsfeld, Cheney and Rove would have to go almost immediately

I'm not sure The Adminstration'll "play ball," and I'm not sure how much ball Congress can encourage it to play. What they can do, however, is block its initiatives, cut off the funds, clip its wings, etc.

That's all I'm hoping for. At some level, I like the idea of gridlock, cause it'll mean less spending, less meddling.

I think Rummy's a goner, and soon. I doubt there'll be a formal resignation on Rove's part (what is his "title" anyhow?), but he'll fly beneath the radar.

And speaking of under the radar, I doubt Buckshot Dick's going anywhere. Except maybe straight to hell someday.

7:46 AM  
Anonymous Toast said...

"Who's the Decider Now?" I love it.

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

I'll have to credit Victory & Alcohol for that one. Better men than I have used that formula to great success.

If it was good enough for Winston, it's good enough for me.

9:22 AM  
Blogger DED said...

Who's the Decider now?

Nice! But you forgot to add "Beeyotch" at the end.

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Nah. I'm too classy for that.

10:30 AM  

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