November 7, 2006

"In the grand Althouse plan, keeping everybody humble..."

Glenn Reynolds comments on the Lieberman victory.

You know, Lieberman is the only candidate I can identify with. And it's not as if I love him.

Everything feels very low key right now. I wonder what will happen in the next two years... other than that lots of folks will run for President... and we'll all look on and criticize. No one can possibly do that much in the new set up. The Democrats will be expected to do something -- a new direction! -- but what can they really do?

Ah! I'm very tired. I've been sitting on a hard chair for more than 7 hours, suffering from sensory overload and an ineffective grasping at creativity. It's hard to think here. It's hard to be substantive... Numbers drift in.... you try to say something... But what can you say except there's that new number?

I'll have to rethink this tomorrow, but it seems to me that not much can happen in the next two years. The brakes are on everywhere. The watchword is "humility"... isn't it?

33 comments:

Mortimer Brezny said...

Immigration reform.

Subpoenas and investigations.

Dragging out dirty laundry on Iraq.

Making a big show of medicare, social security, and health care.

Not extending tax cuts.

Reinstituting pay-go.

Freder Frederson said...

End torture and war crimes

Mortimer Brezny said...

No torture is still legal and "war crimes" cannot be reviewer. They passed the MCA.

Mortimer Brezny said...

Ok, when the reporters don't know why George Allen is on TV and speaking....

wv: eidcy

the sound of this reporter asking if she should throw to jackie or to wolf and why is allen speaking...pure eidcy

Too Many Jims said...

If this election makes the administration exercise some humility, it was a remarkable election indeed.

Mortimer Brezny said...

http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=M2RiNGYzZjY0MjZhOWNhOTAyYjBkOTE3NDQ4ZWNkNTk=

There's your humility.

amba said...

At least you got some good photo ops with the goils.

Mortimer Brezny said...

Stay away from my daughter, dude.

-- Jim Webb

downtownlad said...

Well McCaskill just took the lead in Missouri. If they pull this one out, along with Montana, and Virginia, they have the Senate.

And I can guarantee you that the Democrats will be anything but humble.

This could be a tidal wave.

Maxine Weiss said...

Don't leave us. There's still more new developments. You can't go to bed yet, the numbers are still coming in!

On the Oscars, Rona Barrett used to stay up all night.

You can at least do the same.

You're on a roll, and you're just beginning to hit your strike, break new ground.

Don't leave us yet.

Peace, Maxine

Zeb Quinn said...

The problem is precisely that this administration has shown way too much humility. These election results didn't come about because people who voted for Kerry or Gore abandoned Bush and the republicans. How could it ever possibly be on account of that? Think about it. No, this result is because Bush and the Republicans lost at least some of their conservative base, mostly they just didn't show up. It was conservatives, at least some of them, who handed the Republican's this loss. And the only way that could happen is if Bush and many Republicans weren't perceived as behaving and otherwise being forthrightly conservative enough.

Consider this. Forget Iraq. That's a canard. If in 1992 Clinton and Gore could bleat the daily mantra to themselves "It's the economy, stupid" all the way to victory, then someone with access failed Bush and failed us all when they failed to whisper "It's the border, stupid" into Bush's ear every day for the last two years. Of all the issues at play, the border is one that was palpably within Bush's control, that could have been seized upon, have been acted upon. But as with most things Bush was reticent. It was the border where Bush really lost his base. Not Iraq.

Mortimer Brezny said...

Sorry, but I'm now in the Libertarian column. I can't be in a party of Bob Corker.

dave said...
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pseudonymous in NC said...

The disembodied cyborg-iMac-head of Glenn Reynolds got his home-state race-baiting senator, and that's about it. Heh. Indeed. 'Glibertarians for Corker.'

Claire McCaskill got no national exposure, compared to the east coast crowd. And she rocked the house down. She's smart, eloquent, and principled. She's a deserved winner. Oh, and she's a woman, too.

ignacio said...

class, dave. too bad we don't have youtube here to see you in your shorts.

Revenant said...

The disembodied cyborg-iMac-head of Glenn Reynolds got his home-state race-baiting senator

I thought Ford lost.

Oh, wait -- you mean the *other* race-baiting would-be senatorial candidate. Sorry, I got the two of them confused.

DCWilly said...

Hey Fenrisulven:

WHAT HAPPENED? Huh? MSM plot? MSM liberal bias? Stay a retired marine, please, you're much better at that than a political prognosticator.

Dave said...

Disassociating myself from the dave who posted at 3:09.

Ann, I agree with you about Joe Lieberman, as I said to you previously. I'm really glad that he won and he'll be back in the Senate. And it sounds like there will be more D's in Congress who are more sympathetic to him than to the left-wing Lamont crowd.

And I don't agree that Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd and others had to campaign for Lamont because he was the Democratic nominee. What about some principal? Don't you have to stand for something besides supporting the Democratic nominee, whoever it is.

But Lieberman won as an Independent so it may not be as hopeful for the Democratic party as we would like. We'll have to see if the left-wing of the party continues to force the moderates out.

And maybe more moderates can win if they somehow get around the primary process - in both parties. It worked for Arnold in California, too.

But this morning we can just enjoy Lieberman beating Lamont. Easily.

Derve said...

Wait until the Republicans field a real candidate against Lieberman.

He's a man without a team now.

Gatt Suru said...

To the idiot who expects this to "end torture"... the Democratic party is the one that put forth a presidential candidate who's damn state houses the largest center of torture for young children in.

We're talking electrode burns, here.

Will they end 'torture' in Iraq? Probably, if not by ending torture than by ending Iraq. But I supposed you'd be content that terrorists will now be safe from fear of water or high air conditioning.

Shaun Mullen said...

Sorry about the sore bum, Ann, but you could have done a lot better on a seminal event in recent American history than whinge about Lieberman.

While you're clearing that usually sharp mind, perhaps your readers would like to read my take:

http://kikoshouse.blogspot.com

Fenrisulven said...

DCWilly: Hey Fenrisulven:WHAT HAPPENED? Huh? Stay a retired marine, please, you're much better at that than a political prognosticator.

Ha. Yes, I went out on a limb against the conventional wisdom and said you wouldn't get the House or even 20 pickups. You got 26.

Congratulations. Do your little victory dance, thats fine. You guys earned it.

MSM plot? MSM liberal bias?

Huh? The bias is still there, even Wapo admits it. Candidates like Allen and Steele had to run against their opponent AND the Washington Post.

But GOP congress-critters have sqaundered the last 2 years. The WH comm team defended Iraq way too late in the game - let the Left beat up on the war effort and spin it without response for far too long. And then we have the 4-5 bussiness-as-usual corruption weasels who should have been taken out back and shot. We deserved to lose this one, its an own goal as far as I'm concerned. Its not like the Dems provided any alternative other than harping and whining for the last 2 years.

So you guys have the House and maybe even the Senate. Welcome back - now we get to see what kind of leadership you'll provide America.

Shanna said...

Reinstituting pay-go.
HA! I wish they would, but saying they would "reinstitute" it is a little bit ridiculous. Democrats love to spend money, they just want tax increases too. If I believed they would cut spending I'd probably vote for them!

I'm just hoping for gridlock. And please no stupid impeachment crap.

I'm sad Steele lost. I liked his ad campaign.

Goesh said...

I can live with Old Joe, any day. The best way to stabalize Iraq now that the Dems are in control of the House and have the Senate negated, is to simply quit reporting on the violence there, assuming they don't actually have a plan for victory. I do wish them luck however with a nuclear Iran. Any reporting of American deaths done by the Conservative media can now be simply chalked off as bitterness, exageration and political sabotage. Death by IED can now be attributed to bad drving resulting in traffic deaths. It's all in the message and perception of the message these days. Some Dem voters I'm sure do expect stabalization in Iraq, if our troops are not withdrawn, but immediate withdrawal shouldn't be a problem since it only took 2 weeks to get to Baghdad while under fire. They can leave just as fast. Equipment can be abandoned or destroyed just like in Viet Nam. I would caution against leaving tanks, Bradleys and Strykers for al sadr and his militia though.

No, I'm not bitter but if I were a senior islamic resistance commander, formerly known as a terrorist, I would launch everything I have against American interests the world over. I would have no need or interest to attack the American homeland when so many vulnerable subsidaries of America are available and very vulnerable. The American people are truly split not only on how to actually combat resistance fighters on the ground, but how to prevent attacks. Any thinking jihadist, sorry, resistance fighter, cannot help but feel invigorated by last night's events. Democrats and Republicans are all just one in the same to them.

Anonymous said...

Dave said:

But Lieberman won as an Independent so it may not be as hopeful for the Democratic party as we would like. We'll have to see if the left-wing of the party continues to force the moderates out.

The Republican candidate in CT got only 10%! of the vote. If this "Lieberman victory" is some kind of bright spot for the Republicans --- that they had to lower themselves to supporting the Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate of 2000 -- they're pretty pathetic. Yes, the Republicans could band together with the Lieberman loyalists, but their own candidate would have been slaughtered. A victory for "centrism"? No. A craven and unprincipled act by the Republicans (and Lieberman, for that matter)? Yes.

Cheers,

MadisonMan said...

I was heartened by Pelosi's speech -- that the first thing she'll focus on is reform of the scandal-ridden House. If that works -- and I'm sure there are plenty on both sides of the aisle who don't want it to -- that will be a clear plus for the Nation. She was obviously listening to exit poll data when she made the speech. Now, if the Democrats can squelch earmarks, that'll be a huge accomplishment as well.

I'd also suggest taxing gasoline, explicitly using the proceeds for the war on terror. Make politicians decided between tax increases and GWOT. Alas, Nancy is from California, and taxing gas would probably kill her politically. But it would be brazen.

Juliet said...

...whinge about Lieberman.

Um, what?

Fenrisulven said...

If this "Lieberman victory" is some kind of bright spot for the Republicans --- that they had to lower themselves to supporting the Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate of 2000 -- they're pretty pathetic.

Hardly. We crossed over party lines and put the more sensible man in office. For the good of the nation. And alot of us like Lieberman - we disagree with him 90% of the time, but at least he makes us stop and think about liberal social issues.

What's pathetic is the sour grapes from the Moonbat wing - Lamont was a single issue anti-war candidate who deserved all the help that Hamscher, Kos, DU threw his way.

Yes, the Republicans could band together with the Lieberman loyalists, but their own candidate would have been slaughtered. A victory for "centrism"?

This is CT. And even Chafee lost RI. We're being realistic.

You guys won the House and maybe the Senate. Why are you sucking your thumb over this? Because the DNC discovered the path to 08 is with more moderate less insane candidates?

VICTOR said...

Very cool that you took pictures.

CNN fumbled pretty much with this one. The actual coverage from the bloggers was either nowhere to be found or very difficult to find. Either way they failed to capitalize.

Shaun Mullen said...

Juliet:

Whinge as in to whine.

Juliet said...

I know what whinge means. I don't see how she's doing it.

James said...

As a Republican I chose to make a statement yesterday.

It was not the most tastefull thing I have done, but then the Republican Party has been afoal with tasteless ventures of late.

I quote Ben Franklin for the following:

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." (I make that reference in reflection of our internal spying policies)

It was not the "border" issue as a previous poster stated, it was not the scandals, it was not the poorly ran war in Iraq, it was not the "Cowboy" syndrome of Bush who refuses to listen to good advice.

IT WAS ALL OF IT.

So I did what I felt had to be done, I voted ALL Democratic as a statement. And those Republicans who believe that venturing further to the right will regain there base are blind.

eGent said...

You all really seem to get off on proving how witty and right you are and how sorry and wrong the other guy is. How are you any better than all the GD pols and greedheads who have made an f*****g mess of our country?

Why don't you stop pissing all over each other and do something positive and constructive? How about putting all that wit to work to come up with some practical ways to get us out of the deep kim-chee we all are drowning in?

Guess you would rather just keep all the rancor and the sniping going strong while America rots. Just don't call yourselves "patriotic".