I think this is the first time I’ve been happy about a Democratic victory. Not that I was ever ecstatic over a Republican victory either. Nor am I optimistic about what this means for the future. I’m just enjoying the transient pleasure of a nice rich slice of schadenfreude pie at the Republicans getting spanked.
My advice to our new Democratic overlords, if they want to make the best of their victory:
- “Accidentally misplace” Nancy Pelosi on the next congressional goodwill junket to Patagonia. Make no mistake, this election was about what the Republicans got wrong, not what the Democrats got right. The Dems who took over Republican seats did it by running to the center. Joe Lieberman, centrist par excellence, comfortably kept his seat even after losing the Democratic nomination to blog darling Ned Lamont. Pelosi’s reputation is that of a tone-deaf hardline progressive – a reminder of the partisan shrillness which turned off many moderates in the last couple elections. Having her as the party’s mouthpiece is the wrong foot to start off on.
- Take your own advice and MoveOn. Yeah, a lot of people are justifiably angry with the Bush administration and it’s cohorts in congress. And it would be very satisfying to see the lies and corruption exposed and prosecuted. But the last thing you need is to get bogged down by obsession with the opposition the way the Gingrich Republicans did during the Clinton administration, an unhealthy fixation that persisted even after Clinton was gone. I’m going to go out on a limb and say the American people are more concerned about making Washington more ethical in future, than in seeing last years evildoers punished. On this note it’s heartening to hear that Pelosi is dismissing calls to impeach Bush as expensive and a waste of time.
I am available for policy consultation, for a modest fee payable in MacBooks.
Oh yeah: folks, don’t forget to thank your friendly neighborhood swing voter.
UPDATE: As anecdotal confirmation of the above link, here’s some conservative lamentation over congressional seats stolen away from the GOP by libertarians. You’re welcome 😉
UPDATE 2: If Fox News says it, it must be true.