A week has passed and everything has changed. Congratulations to all the liberal, gay potheads out there. You are the big winners. Love you guys. Also, math.
That’s my primary take-away. Here are some other thoughts.
1. When the Bangkok Post broke Tammy Duckworth’s victory, I took a moment to be happy. Not gloating. Not relieved. Just happy. Most election days are debaucherous emotional rollercoasters. Yes, it’s nice when your candidate wins – but usually because the other guy (or girl, but usually guy) lost. Politicians are almost universally compromised, so the black lining of the silver cloud always remains.
Duckworth/Walsh could possibly fit this mold. In my opinion, Joe Walsh is Washington’s most despicable elected official, though that’s a trough that runs wide and sinks deep. Yes, it’s great that the millions of outside dollars that supported the flame throwing deadbeat birther were wasted. It’s great that his attacks on her military service were not rewarded. It’s great that voters possibly had some buyer’s remorse….And they should’ve been embarrassed, like the family whose relative goes on Price Is Right and accidentally says something anti-semitic.
But in that moment it wasn’t about Walsh. Politicians universally disappoint and Duckworth might do the same. Is it possible there’s a skeleton in her closet? Of course. Most of us have at least one, but baseless speculation is a waste of energy.
I’ve followed Duckworth since her narrow ’06 loss to Peter Roskam in a historically “red” district. I knocked on some doors and made some calls on her behalf during that campaign, so I’m not unbiased. However, her record as a Veterans’ Advocate speaks for itself. An area the Bush administration effectively ignored, on a state and national level she has been a central part of the effort to address veterans’ issues such as employment, health care and education. While the unemployment rate for veterans has dropped dramatically over the last 3 years, in some states (like Michigan), veterans’ unemployment is well over 10%, so there’s a long way to go. Veterans will need advocates like Duckworth on Capitol Hill – real advocates and not merely some Suits who invoke them for political gain.
While she certainly touts her military experience, it’s not exploitative. She shows strength. A vote for her should not be a pity-vote for a veteran amputee, as Walsh would have you believe. She wouldn’t want that and that’s no reason to give anyone your vote.
Duckworth is not the most eloquent or dynamic speaker. She’s not the wonkiest person in the room. She’s not an old, rich, white man. However, in a body bereft of grace, honor and intelligence, I’m confident she will bring those much-needed qualities. I wish her well. Congrats Tammy!
2. OK, now back to your regularly scheduled idiocy…
History will note that the current GOP is one of the most obstructionist opposition parties in a century. For 4 years, they collectively placed political power ahead of governing. How’d you do, buddy?
3. Can’t believe I’m doing this, but I would like to compliment CNN on their relatively reserved election night coverage. With previous panels bursting out of the studio, I thought they were escalating towards a Hollywood Square-type set-up with Dana Loesch in the center square.
I’ll take Ali Velshi for the block!
I was also lucky enough to tune in for the Fox News Meltdown, featuring Karl Rove and narrated by Megyn “of the Pod” Kelly. That was epic. Fox + CNN = big winners. There’s a first time for everything.
4. Rudy Giuliani – go away.
5. One week later and no reports concerning the results of Sergeant Nicholas Brody’s election.
6. DANGER!!! Voter fraud is such a huge problem that suppressing millions of voters with limited early voting, long lines, caging and confusing ID requirements failed to deter bipartisan arrests that numbered in the High Single Digits. Fainting couches for some! (Poll taxes for others.)
7. It was a bad election cycle to be a dude with weird-ass theories about rape.
So, Congratulations President Obama – while you had your missteps, you managed to save the american auto industry from liquidation, effectively end the Iraq War, turn the tide for gay marriage and repeal DADT, pass a comprehensive health care bill + CHIP, increase veteran support, begin Afghanistan drawdown, kill Bin Laden, codify equal pay for women, and squeeze through enough stimulus and financial control to extinguish an economy that was on fire in ’08 and facilitate incremental recovery in a time when much of the industrialized world continues to flounder. This was virtually all without the assistance of congressional republicans.
To wit, thank God the Dow hit 14,000! Remember when that was a key indicator of presidential accomplishment? Harumph. Also, if the worst “dirt” Darrell Issa and co. could fling at the administration over the course of 4 years was Solyndra and Fast & Furious, that’s one term void of a serious scandal.
A well-deserved reelection. Good luck. Fortunately, I expect a lot more cooperation from Republicans. Heyo!