We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Pic is Kristi Noem, gun-totin' Conservative who happily won in South Dakota.
Many races I feel good about (like Allen West and Dan webster in FL, Toomey in PA, etc), many I feel badly about (like Debicella losing in CT with a 50-50 result, and Sean Bielat's spanking by the horrible Barney). Angle was a lousy candidate, and it will be good fun to have Dingy Harry to kick around again. Summary of votes at RCP.
In the end, of course, it doesn't matter whether President Obama is a socialist, a crypto-socialist or a liberal. From the point of view of the ordinary American it's a distinction without a difference. Faced with a problem, President Obama will always opt for a solution that makes government bigger and Americans smaller.
Unfortunately for the president and his grand plan to transform America, the majority of the American people believe that the solution to our problems is to make the American people bigger and the government smaller.
Former President Bill Clinton - who presided over his own first-term electoral catastrophe in 1994 and is thus something of an expert on Republican landslide wins - denied this election is a referendum on the Obama agenda. "It. Is. A. Choice," he said. "A choice between two different sets of ideas." Well, obviously it's a choice; the people are simply choosing to reject the Democrats' ideas. Mr. Obama quipped, "The big difference here and in '94 was you've got me" - a point on which all sides can agree.
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The European ruling classes have still not gotten over the fact that during the early days of America, their lower classes voted with their feet, came to America, and produced a nation that has outdone them in most enterprises that are amenable to objective evaluation.
It is a stinging indictment of their political values, and all of the European jabber about "American Imperialism" is a rationalization of their denial. A pack of lower class rejects, governing themselves instead of being governed by their betters, could not possibly have created the wealth and prosperity of America. It must have been stolen.
Yes, we racist, sexist Republicans have supported -- Colin Powell, Condileeza Rice, Van Tran, Elizabeth Dole, John Kyl (you forgot homophobic), the candidates you named... Note that support is for elected officials but also for appointed officials.
I'm sorry to see that the racist defeated Van Tran in California. BUt then the state's voters as a class seem to have left sanity behind. Moonbeam is back? Moonbeam?
John is nearly spot on. There is a deep denial syndrome they suffer culturally due to so many people they considered useless, worthless trash leaving behind what precious little they had and going forth to mostly do better, often quite well and sometimes unbelievably well (with Carnegie as the penultimate example perhaps). Heck, my wife's family once received a small fortune divided up among them (her Dad and his siblings, cousins, etc) from a relative who went to the US from Sweden, became a millionaire and then died with no heirs.
But that only relates to history and an increasingly distant one. What still grates at them much closer to their consciousness is that the fact that we so stubbornly refuse to be "just like them". That we refuse to become pacifist social welfare states. That is a rejection they feel quite personally and it makes them angry at us.
John, you are so, so right. My two grandfathers were raised on farms by aunts and uncles as their fathers died before they were teens. One never completed eighth grade. Both became highly successful in their fields. This IS the land of opportunity.
For those who didn't have to tolerate the Illinois news media and TV/radio spots, I have seen and heard Barack talk about "honest, trustworthy Alexi" to the point the commercials are an earworm that will probably stay with me until death do us part. Thanks to all that voted for Kirk. And to Obama..."we won!"