It’s not official, but the democrats have lost. Barring the 170’000 provisional ballots being overwhelmingly democratic, or some scandal (which, in fairness to both sides, appears not to be present at all), Ohio goes red, and so the election.
It’s been a wild 4 years with Bush, especially the past 9 months or so, as we’ve seen a sort of unparalleled bitterness and mudslinging that really make one wonder what our republic has come to. Some thoughts:
- It was aggravating enough when Bush won the 2000 election illegitimately. However, it’s ridiculous—mindblowing, unimaginable—that he would win this one legitimately. On a piss-poor record. Really, how many tangible benefits can one attribute to Bush? Even if we grant for the sake of argument that the September 11th attacks or the poor economy are not directly or indirectly his fault, he’s still presided over a truly disastrous time in American history. People say he’s shown strong leadership. I say he’s shown strong platitudes and little else.
- That Bush won the popular vote by 3’000’000+ is a startling testament to American ignorance. Fear works, I guess. The RNC pushed their Wolves ad, and people said to themselves, “Gee, the Vice President is right: if we don’t keep Bush in the White House, America will go Roman and let the Goths in.” No, actually, they wouldn’t say that, because much of America can’t form cogent sentences. Still and all, striking fear into the hearts of their constituency worked wonders for the Republicans. That, and pandering to their evangelical base by promising to turn the White House into La Catedral de Santo Jorge and holding an Inquisition for gays, scientists, and secularists.
- Not only did Bush take the White House, but the GOP strengthened their positions in both the House and the Senate. In a single election, America saw more red than Nick Nolte after six lines. How does this happen? How does Senate minority leader Tom Daschle get overturned in South Dakota? Has America been brainwashed so patently into believing that the GOP is the right party to lead America on all fronts? I’ve lost all faith.
- Speedkill figures the divisive issue must have been the war. I agree, but I can’t help but be astounded that the war did anything but hurt Bush. It is overwhelmingly unpopular, and yet most people still seem to support his leadership (and fault) in it.
- All 11 same-sex marriage ban initiatives passed, most by wide margins. Conservative America striking back at the mean liberals for enforcing freedom of romantic interest between two consenting adults. Alas has good news about Massachussetts leadership, but I fear for the looming moral inhibitions soon to descend upon red America.
- A lot of blogs, like the Kos are reminding us not to be pansies about this whole thing and keep fighting despite the now-entrenched power of the Right. I agree, but I need a day or two to myself to be inconsolable.
- Kerry’s campaign is fighting to the very last vote. But they won’t. They don’t have the balls (nor, I think, the grounds) for litigation in Ohio. Nor do I want to Dems to be sore losers.
I’m fearful, very fearful, for the next four years.