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ok, so we got it...

Now what do we do with it?

I wonder if we can get that stem cell research bill through and override a veto, this time through...
We can, apparently, let Bush's tax cuts end simply through inaction...

How do we put our money where our mouth is, though, with respect to the Iraq war? The Democrats daren't force Bush's hand by refusing to fund it; that just puts troops in danger. Can we repeal an authorization for hostilities? Seems kinda weird.

Can we repeal the Military Tribunals Act? The Patriot Act? Make Bush veto some bills that give back civil rights to the people...

This has been an exciting night, and it has kept me up way too late. Congrats to Tim Walz, Andy Welti, and Tina Liebling back in Minnesota, and to Deval Patrick here in Massachusetts. Congratulations to the new incoming freshman senators.

Sorry, Lincoln Chafee. That was a mighty expensive "(R)" there; 18% of the people who "Strongly Approved" of your handling of your job voted for the other guy. It's monumentally important, though, that the Dems get some control over what legislation reaches the Senate floor. Committee leadership is vital; we need to get some fresh debates onto the floor. So you may have been a decent guy who voted against the torture bill, but... I'm glad, in the end, that you're out. I wonder what this Whitehouse chap is like.

It'd be nice to see the Dems take on some of these voting issues we're seeing here. A national policy on voting machine requirements would be nice. Federal money to fund a mandate for machines would be even nicer. Watch Bush try to veto that. Touchscreen paperless voting machines my ass.

I took my 365 project entry hours ago... I'll upload it in the morning.


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Nov. 8th, 2006 12:08 pm (UTC)
It is a shame about Lincoln Chafee. I wish I understood why Olympia Snowe got the free pass she got, but Chafee didn't. Did the Democrats just run a lousy opponent against her?
Nov. 8th, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
Personally, I'd like to see the US have some formal acknowledgement that we have a responsibility to the Iraqi people not to just wander off. This war started under false (or at least wrong) pretenses, but now that we've done step 1 (remove the existing government), we have a responsibility to carry through with step 2 (help them put something stable in its place). Forcing a discussion on solid, measurable, criteria about when that goal had been achieved would be a great step, IMO.

Voting issues would be good, and could be a place where the Democrats could rack up some credit with the people for '08. It's an area where they can appeal both to the technically educated, by showing some understanding of security issues, and to the less-educated, by phrasing the debate in terms of things that are fundamentally scary.
Nov. 8th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC)
I hope you're right about how we handle Iraq.

It's not what they were saying during the campaign, though :-/
Nov. 8th, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
Statement or no, I don't think anybody in Washington is going to endorse a cut-and-run strategy. The potential for a bloodbath is far too great, and despite typical Dem leanings, there are many courting geostrategic concerns such as the potential emerging energy grid including China should we fail to install a government amenable to our interests, or Shi'a in-roads with Tehran.

That, and leading the Kurds to slaughter again certainly wouldn't help our image any.

One of the hilarious things about this race, to me, has been the notion that Bush has been campaigning to maintain control of the House and Senate. The writing has been more or less on the wall for a few months (easy to say the day after an election, I know, but I think many saw this coming) -- in my mind, Bush has been spewing rhetoric about what'd happen if the Dems win so either a) we have to continue pursuing his agenda or b) we scale back operations and refocus, potentially causing civil war which looks terrible for us and fuels a 2008 Republican presidential win, and a potential House/Senate takeback.

Maybe its my inner pessimist talking, but I'm not sure there's even a "gray" solution to the Iraq problem right now, and in the public opinion, letting the next two year's horrors fall on the Republican shoulders might have had longer-reaching, positive implications for ol' donkey.

That said, if we can salvage something from the mess and prove to US and Iraqi citizens that we're looking out for them and their interests -- hey, great. I'd love to be wrong.
Nov. 8th, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
*positive implications (certainly at the cost of human life)
Nov. 8th, 2006 06:47 pm (UTC)
I'm not really happy about Chafee, or any strictly partisan win for that matter. If the man votes reasonably on the tough issues, voted against Bush, but is maybe (R) for fiscal reasons.. well...

I'd see our political system as much more "invigorated" if we stopped looking to who's at the wheel, necessarily, and started figuring out how to build more of a dialogue. Keeping a few reasonable Republicans in the pocket could have been vital bridge-building.

C'est la vie.
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