Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Election '06--- The End of an Era

You love this town
Even if that doesn't ring true
You've been all over
And it's been all over you

It's a beautiful day
Don't let it get away
It's a beautiful day

America awoke today to a drastically changed political landscape, with only a victory party hangover to prove that it wasn’t just some beautiful dream.

Not a single Democratic member of the House of Representatives that was running for reelection lost--- An astounding feat any day, but even more amazing when one considers that Georgia, as red a state as you can find, radically gerrymandered two districts to force Democrats out and still managed to lose. Those seats are still in play as of this writing, but we’re looking strong.

And of course, the victory is all the sweeter for Memphis progressives. After a decade of frustrating representation by a congressman that shared few, if any of our values, we were finally rewarded with Steve Cohen’s magnificent victory, giving us the champion that we’ve been starving for.

We have a new Speaker of the House--- A five time grandmother named Nancy Pelosi, who will preside over a damn good Democratic majority.

And speaking of Democratic majorities… By the time the smoke clears, I fully expect to have a slim majority in the United States Senate.

Best of all, we managed to pull it off without giving Harold Ford a bigger stage to browbeat his “fellow” Democrats from.

Days like today are well worth the hangover.


Jeff said...

I hope you're right Frodo. Even though I voted for Ford, if we can take the Senate without him, then I guess its ok if Tennessee sends a man to the Senate whose name reminds me of an old joke about a kid with no arms and no legs.

Corker is another kind of joke altogether.

Freedonian said...

I'm pretty sure of it, friend. They've already declared Tester the winner in Montana. No one is really even contesting the votes in VA, but it was close enough to trigger an automatic recount.

I'm not sweating Corker too much--- Nothing about this guy says "leadership", and with his soft base, I can see us taking him out in six years.

lameduckhunt said...

One problem about Corker is his stance on trade issues. His campaign website stressed his commitment to expanding free trade pacts to more countries.
Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch ( a report about the importance trade played in the election.
Also, Sen. Frist will still manage the Senate during next week's lame-duck session. A new blog,, is focusing on the legislation that will come up next week.