November 04, 2004

When you lose a big election.

A bit of historical perspective always helps.

'America our nation has been beaten by strangers who have turned our language inside out who have taken the clean words our fathers spoke and made them slimy and foul

their hired men sit
on the judge's bench they sit back with their feet on the tables under
the dome of the State House they are ignorant of our beliefs they have
the dollars the guns the armed forces the power plants

they have built the electric chair and hired the executioner to throw the switch
all right we are two nations.'

John dos Passos (1938), USA

The country has been here before. And things did change.

Via Follow Me There.

Posted by Magpie at November 4, 2004 10:51 AM | US Politics | Technorati links |
Comments

This is my first time here. I must start out of course by stating that I am a bit disillusioned. I love how the american people spoke with such perfect clarity, 51% to be exact, about approving Bush's agenda
(http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20041104/ap_on_el_pr/bush_9)

Yep, 49% of us spoke clearly that Bush was on the absolutely wrong track, but who is listening?! The majority obviously knows best for the entire nation. That's the american way!

I was watching hardball and the pundits were talking about how Bush will now unify the country {great job the last four years}; Bush's idea of unifying this country is everyone should get in line and worship the presidency/state/theocracy. It's going to be gang busters the next four years for the Bushies.

Bye-bye natural heritage. Wow, how high can the debt go?! Let's mortgage our financial security away to Asia. Four more wars! Four more wars!
It all came down to the G trifecta: God, Gays, and Guns.

51% of them set the mandate for the 49% of us.

The headline for this election should state:

"America tells Bush to clean up his own mess!"

or

"The Nightmare Continues!"

or

"The Smear Worked"

or

"Blue States form new country: Secular States of America"
"Red States form new country: Confederate States of the Fool-hearted, ruled by
jingoism, xenophobia, and epistemophobia."
This is a very dark day in American history. We may very well suffer the unfortunate consequences, and we only have our red countrymen to blame.

Thoughts?

Posted by: TABS at November 4, 2004 11:37 AM







I guess John Kerry went into the primary without a plan to win the election. The Democrats threw everything they had at this election. They ran a phony Vietnam War hero and a phony Southerner. They had middle-aged women executives at MTV hawking "Rock the Vote" to entice the most uninformed young people to vote for Kerry. They had Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews and New York Times darling Eminem. They had documentaries, books, the universities, Hollywood (and the French!) on their side.

They had liberal thugs ransacking Bush-Cheney headquarters, stealing Bush-Cheney signs and slashing the tires of Bush-Cheney get-out-the-vote vans on Election Day. In Colorado, they traded voter registrations for crack cocaine. In Ohio, they registered Mary Poppins and Dick Tracy. In South Carolina, Emily's List called Republican households and gave them incorrect information about the location of polling places.

The media campaigned heavily for Kerry with endless Abu Ghraib coverage, phony National Guard documents and, days before the election, false news reports that hundreds of tons of munitions had been looted in Iraq.

The Democrats' cheating never stopped. The big story of this election is the fraudulent exit polling on Election Day. Strange as it seems to me, it is well acknowledged that people are more likely to come out and vote for a winner. Early exit polls showing Kerry the clear winner could be expected to depress the vote for Bush.

Stunningly inaccurate exit polls released around noon on Election Day convinced news anchors, talking heads and even the campaigns that Kerry would win walking away. But at 9 p.m., when the first actual results began to come in, the election flipped to Bush . It was the first Kerry flip-flop that actually served the national interest.

The exit polls were absurd: They showed Kerry winning Pennsylvania by 20 points and Bush tied with Kerry in Mississippi. Only monkey business can explain the wildly pro-Kerry exit polls--admittedly hard to believe with a party that has behaved so honorably throughout this campaign. Michael Barone speculates that the sites of exit polling were leaked to the Democrats, and Democrats sent large numbers of voters to those polls to take exit polls and throw the results.

But for all their chicanery, vote-stealing, Hollywood starlets, fake polls and faux patriotism, the Democrats were wiped out on Election Day.

Bush won the largest popular vote in history with a 3.5 million margin. Indeed, simply by getting a majority of the country to vote for him--the left's most hated politician since Richard Nixon--Bush did something "rock star" Bill Clinton never did. Bush maintained or increased his vote in every state but Vermont. Republicans picked up seats in the House and Senate, and continue to dominate state governorships. Also making history of a sort, Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle lost his election, marking the first time in half a century a Senate leader has been defeated.

To Michael Moore, George Soros, Terry McAuliffe, Dan Rather, Al Franken and the whole gang at Air America Radio--you were great, guys! Thanks for the help! We couldn't have done it without you!

Of course, we could have done it a lot earlier on election night but for "Boy Genius" Karl Rove. It's absurd that the election was as close as it was. The nation is at war, Bush is a magnificent wartime leader, and the night before the election we didn't know if a liberal tax-and-spend, Vietnam War-protesting senator from Massachusetts would beat him. If Rove is "the architect"--as Bush called him in his acceptance speech--then he is the architect of high TV ratings, not a Republican victory. By keeping the race so tight, Rove ensured that a race that should have been a runaway Bush victory would not be over until the wee hours of the morning.

As we now know, the most important issue to voters was not terrorism, but moral values. Marriage amendments won by lopsided majorities in all 11 states where they were on the ballot. Even in Oregon, the state targeted by gay marriage advocates as their best shot of defeating a marriage amendment, the amendment passed with 57%--a figure noticeable for being larger than the percentage of votes cast for Bush in Oregon. In the great state of Mississippi, the marriage amendment passed with 86% of the vote.

Seventy to 80% of Americans oppose gay marriage and partial-birth abortion. Far from appealing exclusively to a narrow Republican base, opposition to gay marriage is strongest among the Democratic base: blacks, Hispanics, blue-collar workers and the elderly. There were marriage amendments on the ballot in Michigan and Ohio. Bush won Ohio narrowly and lost Michigan by only 2 points. How different might that have been if Bush hadn't run from the issue.

But Rove concluded Bush should stay mum on gay marriage and partial-birth abortion--contravening the politicians' rule of thumb: Talk about your positions that are wildly popular with voters. "Boy Genius" Rove decided Bush shouldn't even run radio ads on gay marriage, and, at the last minute, Bush started claiming he was in favor of civil unions, just like John Kerry.

Amazingly, it was the Democrats--the ones who support gay marriage--who used the gay issue for political advantage, most famously when Kerry gay-baited Mary Cheney during the third debate.

The one toss-up Senate seat lost by the Republicans was Pete Coors in Colorado, where the Democrats did not hesitate to run commercials of a bacchanalian gay festival in Canada sponsored by Coors Brewing Co. The most narrow Republican win in a toss-up Senate race was in Alaska, where the Republican candidate was another "progressive" on the social issues.

When contemplating a former New York mayor as their next presidential candidate, Republicans should remember: This election should have been over sometime in August, not 1 a.m. election night.

Posted by: fletchman at November 4, 2004 12:08 PM

...stunning...simply stunning...

...not that we haven't heard it all before, but it does once again show the challenge presented in having to deal with the likes of people who can rattle off something like those first six little paragraphs with such aplomb. God help us if Fletchman is an example of those 'moral values' that supposedly tipped the scales in Bush's direction...

Posted by: Jack K. at November 4, 2004 01:55 PM

Yes, the nation has been here before. But, that's John Dos Passos talking in 1938. How long before the country did in fact change? And how do you define that change?

With the end of WWII? With the election of JFK in 1960? With the Civil Rights Movement, with organizing against the Vietnam War, with Clinton's election in 1992?

Even with the closest reckoning, From 1938 to 1960 is fifty-two years. I can't wait that long to get my country back.

Posted by: Tom S at November 4, 2004 03:11 PM

actually, it's 22 years, which is *really* not that long historically speaking. or even in terms of human lifetimes.

it took over 70 years after the seneca falls convention first asked for women's suffrage until the US constitution gave women that right. and it took 100 years from the time african americans were allegedly made citizens until the civil rights acts of the 1960s began fulfilling some of that promise.

i certainly hope it doesn't take 20 years to start putting the country back on the right track, but if we can't be willing to think in terms of struggling for decades, we don't deserve to turn things around. i think the US left is at least as tough and capable as the right, and it took *them* over 30 years to go from bottoming out to having a hammerlock on the white house and congress.

Posted by: Magpie at November 4, 2004 03:23 PM

while i am saddened to see so many people across the country supporting the destruction of the seperation of church and state, roe v. wade, and our natural resources, i am not defeated. i will never stop fighting for increased responsibility in our government. a couple of horrifying observations;

* laura bush (in one of her speeches during the campaign) stated that the constitution provided "freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion". she then proceeded to do an impersonation of a evangelist shill on channel 23. i wonder if she "healed" anyone.

* bush said today that he had no real criteria for choosing a supreme court judge. oh, yeah, other than someone who knows the difference between "personal opinion" and the "strict interpretation of the law". remind me - what does "interpretation" mean again???

so i will keep voting and talking and debating and plastering bumper stickers all over my car and contributing to every cool organization i can find and marching on washington until i recognize my country again.

Posted by: kelite at November 4, 2004 03:54 PM