Wednesday, November 03, 2010

One Encouraging Thing From Last Night

For those of us who really want to see the president succeed and, even more importantly, help get us out of the recession last night wasn't one of our best nights. We'll see more gridlock and more political posturing now that the presidential campaign begins in earnest.

There is, however one bright spot. Those candidates who ousted the Democratic incumbents in the senate, whatever we make of their political views, are exceptionally bright individuals who are qualified to hold the office they were elected to. Senator-elect Rand Paul may be a libertarian reactionary who embraced the Tea Party, but he is a bright, well-informed American who graduated from a distinguished university. Marco Rubio, too can be thought of as a rising star because he took on a popular governor and presented an intellectually coherent argument for his election. Senators-elect Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) and Pat Toomey (R-PA)are or were congressmen who crafted and voted on bills that are now or could become law in the very near future.

I was very concerned with former Governor Sarah Palin's (R-Alaska) performance as Senator John McCain's running mate. Her abysmal performance during a Katie Couric interview led me to question her credentials for the office she was seeking. I could not believe that Senator John McCain, who is by anybody's definition a senior citizen, could tell us he believed someone as uninformed and as ill-prepared as Sarah Palin deserved to be one heart beat away from the presidency.

We faced the prospect of seeing voters send at minimum one (and potentially three ill-informed and unprepared candidates, two Republicans and one Democrat, to Washington. No one expected the Democrat, Alvin Green, to win but he could have if the voters wanted to vote the Republican incumbent, Senator Jim DeMint, out of office. The know-nothings running on the Republican ticket, Sharon Angle and Christine O'Donnell had a better shot at winning their senate races but the voters those states rejected their under-qualified Republicans and voted for the Democrats.

So, in the spirit of the holiday that is coming up two weeks from now let us give thanks to the voters in Delaware, Nevada, and South Carolina for sparing us from the spectacle of watching these three idiots talking about their votes in Congress.

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