Wednesday, November 08, 2006

That's One Nutty State

I successfully avoided checking the election news yesterday, so I'm pleased to see this morning that the House pickups are on a reasonably high end of what seemed to be predicted.

Less than happy to learn that in the Senate, things familiarly hinge on a couple of too-close-to-call races; especially Virginia, which is even more galling since George Allen has been such a demonstrable fuckwad. Another presumable recount, and once more our democratic process is called upon to do what it does best: providing several weeks of bitterly divisive political theater without addressing the greater problems of the situation.

Something's slightly off with this NY Times website analysis, but I can't quite place what.

(Probably a problem from my running Flash multimedia in Firefox, but, still, more than I can process at 7:30 in the morning. Wait, what? Unless that race was even crazier than I knew about.)

Anyway, happy First Day of the Official Santorum Countdown; my analysis is that Pennsylvania's voters have declared a mandate for everyone to smack him really hard in the back of the head before he leaves office. Hopefully ex-Pennsylvanians too.


Blogger Pete said...

"Finkel is Einhorn... Einhorn is Finkel... Finkel is a man!!!"

11/08/2006 6:45 PM  
Blogger Nate said...

Santorum primarily lives down here, somewhere in NoVA, so those of us who voted Webb in (that being pretty much accepted by this time) probably have the best shot at slapping the future former junior Senator from PA in the back of the head.

Virginia is indeed one nutty state, demographically speaking, with basically suburban Washington D.C. (plus I think Charlottesville, home of UVA) on the one hand and everything else on the other. I'm definitely at the one extreme, an imported suburban Northerner who's completely unfamiliar with the rural expanses south of me and would consider myself a D.C. resident but for the weird semi-resentment of most of the actual D.C. residents I know. Now that we have a Democratic governor and one Democratic senator it seems clear to me that the future of the state looks like Pennsylvania does now, as opposed to the old seat of the Confederacy. The electorate pretty solidly passed a constitutional ban on gay marriage/ civil unions, though, which should help remind you that this is the commonwealth that brought us Lee-Jackson-King Day for a while.

One day I will live in a state that is not a commonwealth. One day. Or I could move to Massachusetts and run the table.

11/08/2006 11:15 PM  
Blogger Jack said...

I hadn't heard about the VA gay marriage/civil union referendum: awful.

Do you mean the residents of DC resent you for saying you're from DC, or that you resent the residents of DC for some reason?

Anyway, as of this morning the Allen train seems to have gathered even more backwards momentum, so here's hoping it finally backslides off the rails today.

11/09/2006 8:42 AM  

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