Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Let’s give a big Le Blog Bérubé welcome to Senator McCaskill from the great state of Missouri; Senator Brown from the great state of Ohio; Senator Whitehouse from the great state of Rhode Island; and Senator Casey from my own great, if sometimes confused, state of Pennsylvania. And don’t worry, Senator-to-be Webb of Virginia (currently up by 7845 votes of 2.3 million cast) and Senator-to-be Tester of Montana (up by 1735 of 400,000): we’ll keep your seats nice and warm for you.
Let’s also have a hearty round of applause for Speaker Pelosi, and committee chairs like Charlie Rangel, Henry Waxman, John Conyers, and John Dingell! Which race was your favorite? There are so many to choose from, but here at home, Joe Sestak over Crazy Curt Weldon in the 7th district and Jason Altmire over Melissa Hart in the 4th are very pleasant. On the other hand, Jim Gerlach (Pennsylvania 6th), Marilyn Musgrave (Colorado 4th), and Jean Schmidt (Scary Tennis Ball 2nd) appear to have narrowly survived this round. Let’s not let that happen again, team. But thanks to everyone for all their hard work on the ground and in the blogosphere! It’s a great feeling. You know, the last time the House was controlled by reasonably sane people, Jamie was only three years old.
And all it took was the Abramoff scandal, the Foley scandal, the Haggard scandal, the suspension of habeas corpus, the creation of the Cheney Archipelago of secret torture sites, a criminally incompetent response to one of the worst natural disasters in US history, and a hopeless war that has killed thousands of US troops and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, and may well go down as the single worst foreign policy blunder in the history of the republic. I can’t wait for ‘08!
Oh, and one more thing, just so I don’t end on that sour note. Last night I was reminded of two things: one, watching televised political coverage makes me break out in weeping boils. Candy “Green Tea” Crowley alone would do it, but when she’s combined with the bloviations of Bill Bennett (who was lamenting Pennsylvanians’ inability to understand the virtues of that good, good man, Rick Santorum) I find myself rolling around on the floor and tearing the upper layers of skin from my arms. And that makes the boils burst, and that just makes a mess.
Two, I couldn’t help noticing that every GOP shill had been programmed by the Central Committee to say that the President’s party always loses seats in a sixth-year midterm. Which is true as a general rule, of course, and was especially true in 1974 (49-seat swing, cough Watergate cough), 1966 (47-seat swing, taking this as LBJ’s second term), and 1958 (48-seat swing). (The 1938 midterm was especially intense, a 72-seat swing, but since the Dems were working with a 334-88 lead, they retained the House by a large margin anyway. Ah, the days when gerrymandering hadn’t yet become a science.) Strangely, though, the party in control of the White House in 1998 actually gained five seats. Nobody pointed that out. I wonder why.