Thursday, November 09, 2006

Thursday Thirteen #15

Thirteen Signs The Country Might Be Salvageable

1) We have a blue shift!

2) The Democrats recaptured the House of Representatives after 12 years of Republican control.

3) The Democrats gained 5 states in the Senate, Montana, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. Republicans made no gains!

4) The Democrats gained 28 districts in the House of Representatives. According to my reading of the map, the gains were made in California, Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky. North Carolina, Texas, and Kansas.

5) The Democrats also may have taken the Senate.

6) President Bush described the election results as a cumulative “thumping” of Republicans, and apparently took some responsibility for the sea change. Yi-hah!

7) Representative Nancy Pelosi will become the first women ever to serve as speaker of the House of Representatives.

8) Voters rejected the referendum in South Dakota to uphold that state's strict ban on abortion by a 56% to 44% margin.

9) Voters in Missouri approved a measure to permit stem cell research.

10) Ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage were offered in six states, and all six of them were approved.

11) Rumsfeld is G-g-g-g-o-n-e!

12) The majority used their votes to express their dissatisfaction with Bush’s foreign policy, and in particular, the war in Iraq.

13) The stage is set for Hillary's presidential run in 2008. Go Hillary!!

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Stace said...

Great points!

Twisted Cinderella said...

LOL so I guess you were okay with the results of the election then?

Courtney said...

Here in Montana Senator Burns finally conceded the election this morning about a half an hour ago.

InterstellarLass said...

Hopefully the Republicans see this as a major rejection of right-wing religious zealotry. Except several states passed those gay marriage bans. Haters. BUT, I think two of the measures were rejected in Colorado and another state. Good for them.

beenzzz said...

AMEN! Glad they got the house and with any luck (if Repubs in Virginia and Montana are good) the senate too!!!!!

Himself said...

It kind of leaves you with a warm fuzzy feeling, doesn't it?

I've got a somewhat more cynical take on things, but I'm pretty relieved for a break from total GOP domination of all three branches of gubmint.

Candy Minx said...

I think it is a healthy sign that the governemnt is more equally representing the people across the board. It's healthy for there to be more variety and input. I watched Pelosi on 60 Minutes last month, and all day yesterday and she is a fire cracker, should be interesting. She is a ver good communicator.

I was very pleased about Rumsfeld. He has creeped me out for years, he is so stuborn and set in his ways. He does not represent a positive contemorary state of conflict resolution. No one expects conflict resolution between countries to be easy or simple, but we need people who are willing to put violent conflict-resolution as a last resort...not as a first response.

The Democrats must become skilled at picking strong communicators and public representatives. John Kerry may be a good man, and a smart intelligent person, but he should have been kept behind the scenens, he is a terrible speaker and leader.

I worry that many of the Democrats elected are very right wing thinkers, notice that several of them are against gay marriage and womens rights...hopefully, their constituents will be able to teach them tolerance. With tolerance a lot more positive change can occur.

Over all, as a Canadian, who is joined at the hip, heh heh, I have been direly worried about the last few years. We are neighbours and I'd like to think that maybe we could lend each other a cup of sugar now and then, ya know? Hard to do when you're seriously challenged by some of the people involved. For instance, I am a somewhat conservative person...I believe in family, therefore I believe gays should be allowed to adopt children and marry. Less suicide and less disease and more stability has been proven with allowing gay marriage in society.

a major concern has been that the leaders of the last few years haven't even been aligned with Republican policy...but rather a few very powerful people were motivated not by political party or policy, but rather the notion of world dominance and power. Rove and his secret cabal are not interested in policies, they are driven by greed and world power.

Let us pray that all politicians can fight the corruption that seems to always occur after complete power positions.

Great list!

Mine is gonna be so boring after yous, it's about the tv show Lost. Are you a fan?

How did you like Project Runway?

Bacchus said...

clip from ann coulter:

Now, back to the midterm elections ...

Analysts place the average midterm loss for the party in the White House at around 15 to 44 seats, depending on which elections are counted — only elected presidents, midterm elections since the Civil War, midterm elections since World War II, comparable-sized congresses, first and second midterm elections and so on.

The average first midterm election loss for every elected president since 1914 is 27 House seats and three Senate seats. The average sixth-year midterm election, like this year, is much worse for the president's party, which typically loses 34 seats in the House and six seats in the Senate.

This makes the average loss in two midterm elections for the party in the White House: 30 House seats and four or five Senate seats in each midterm election

gravelly said...

Go Bacchus!!!!

Gypsy said...

Fantastic list. You know I couldn't agree more.