Wow. So this is what taking back control of the country feels like.
To be honest, I'd love to play the cheerleader, and write holy screeds about how we won. The problem is, I'm kind of a rational type guy, and I know that we didn't win. A lot of candidates I supported did. And that's a start. What we as voters have done is break the strangle hold that the Republican rubber-stamp Congress has had on our nation and our public will. It's been pretty delightful to read a lot of the wingers screaming about how terrorists and the UN are happy with yesterday's results. Get a clue, asshats. Those folk didn't vote yesterday; the American people did. And the vast majority of the American people are probably pretty damned happy with yesterday's result as well. Though the wingers get all freaky by the thought, here's the truth of it: if the American people don't like what's happening with our government, we're more than capable of changing it. And, bottom line, that's exactly what we did. To that degree, we sure as hell won.
Bush is no longer in charge. Now, he has to deal with the will of the people, pesky bunch that we are. Using his presser today as an indicator, I'm sure it's gonna take his frat-boy brain weeks (if not months) to realize that the people sent a message yesterday. This is our country, George, not yours. Quit fucking it up in our name. Firing Rummy was a good start at actually serving the people. It would have been a better start if Bush hadn't have lied his ass off about it in order to influence the election. To be honest, that kind of bullshit, alone, should be an impeachable offense. But I don't want W impeached. I want him around to see the crap he's piled on our plates get thrown right back at him. I want him to see that we, the people, don't suffer foolishness and incompetence without limit. I want him to choke every time he says the words "Speaker Pelosi". I want him to see, for the first time in his over-privileged sheltered life, that the American people are not his subjects. We are in charge, and he works for us. That asshat has never really had a boss before. Since the overwhelming majority of us have, it's time we show him what it's like. That's what we did yesterday. We've given him a gift, a gift that will keep on giving for the next two years. He's actually going to have to do his job, and I take sweet pleasure in the knowledge that he's going to hate every minute of it. After all, "It's hard! It's hard work!". Too bad, George.
Of course, we have a job to do as well. Winning was a start, but not the finish. Mr. Tester is going to Washington, and Conrad is going ... oh, shit, I don't care where he goes. We need to make certain that Congress speaks for us, in both houses. Yesterday, we made a statement about who works for whom. We can't drop the ball now. We need to make sure that Jon Tester represents Montana, and hold him accountable 6 years from now if he doesn't. I think he'll do fine; in fact, I think he'll do great. But if he doesn't, then I will be among the first to remind the people of Montana exactly what we said yesterday: "We are in control".
I do want to congratulate Franke Wilmer, our newest state Representative from HD 64. She is terrific folk, and she'll be hell-on-wheels in the legislature. And I'm going to pre-emptively congratulate J. P. Palmnichowski. I am saddened, however, that Gallatin County saw fit to send 3 of the biggest headaches back to Helena. Roger 'the lie-monkey' Koopman, John 'useless' Sinrud, and Jack 'workers be damned' Ward. Strangely enough, 3 different people today tried to tell me that Gallatin county is historically Democratic. I like to refer to those folks as 'history challenged'.
Still, the mandate remains the same. Those folk have their job, which is to represent us. And we have ours, which is to make sure that they're doing their job. We won big, yesterday, folks. Not Democrats and not Republicans. We the people won, but we'd best be ready, 'cause the next game gets played in two years and the people can't afford to lose.