Friday, November 05, 2004

Bible-Thumping Bitches

I could easily vent tonnage of rants and anger about this election, but I have to look on the bright side. Now I can for four more years unmitigably criticize the man I work for, the organization I work in, and those generally in power. Oh, and the dollar has fallen dramatically in reaction to this. Good news everyone, all those imports we binge on will get even more expensive! As far as I think the best complete roundup of analysis is, the crown goes to Howie Kurtz. He gets the shades of bloggers, newspapers, politicians, and others. I normally think of Howie Kurtz as the man who defines Conflict of Interest, but this roundup is good work.

There are some advantages to being the opposition, and that's that you can say outrageous things. The first thing I'd like to say post-election, is that I AM REALLY GOING TO ENJOY the struggle that will shortly begin in the Republican party. Bush has little room to work with financially to bring about his tax reform and social security plans, with the debt ceiling about to rise. The Rick Santorum wing of Theocratic Republicans obviously delivered the country to Bush on a silver platter. Look at the CNN exit polls there and observe the "Vote by Religion and Attendance," Protestant/Weekly was at 70% for Bush. Whoa. Also, the "moral issues" at 22% every keeps mentioning as THE MOST IMPORTANT issue, and it's not like that was a vague choice. They had A LOT OF OTHER CHOICES. This sets up a problem. Bush owes some of his reelection to the diehard support (read: keeping their mouths shut) of Moderates like Schwarzenegger, Guiliani, Pataki, McCain, Hagel, and others too numerous to mention. Whether they were a real factor or not, these guys have taken it on the chin constantly by having to support things they don't really agree with. Now the Theocrats are in a position to claim this was THEIR election, which will mean these guys will have to stomach MORE things they don't agree with. (Aside: Schwarzenegger was RIGHT today, on the money, when he called the Democrats "losers." Lets break down what he said, though, before any Dem's blood boils. He said that the people of California had rejected the big spending politics completely. That's true. And I think every time Arnold antagonizes these "girly men" he not only comes out right in the end but exposes his opponents for what they are.)

Back to Santorum and Co.'s gang. The answer to that question is "YES". Would they tolerate Rudy for high office? How about Arnold? They are PRO-CHOICERS. I think honestly there's not going to be room in the Republican party for Pro-Choicers much longer. The one thing is, we're going to have a knock-down, drag out Primary Season in 2007 that's going to realy tell us what the result of this election and W.'s next four years really mean.

Also, now the man can't blame things that happen in his second term on Clinton.