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Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Time To Survey The Wreckage
by Cordeiro
Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser. – Vince Lombardi

Well, it looks like that limb I shared with Blogfather Hugh and Soxblogger Dean wasn’t as sturdy as I thought it would be. Dean started pounding the panic button with a sledgehammer around 10pm eastern last night. I’m sure there isn’t much left of that button by now.

I’d like to apologize to Dean for the incompetent election officials of the Virginia county which I call home. For some unexplained reason, of all the counties in Virginia to report election results, mine was the very, very last one to do so. George Allen’s re-election is, at best, seriously in doubt at this point. There are some absentee ballots still remaining to be tallied, but I don’t see him gaining the 8,000+ votes necessary to overtake Jim Webb.

The House of Representatives will now become a rogue’s gallery of hard-leftists bent on taking the United States in a “new direction”. This new direction will be led by the likes of Nancy “Bella” Pelosi, Charlie “Count Taxula” Rangel, and Jack “Redeploy to Okinawa” Murtha.

It has been 12 years since the Congressional Jackasses last had the power of the gavel. I do not believe Bella Pelosi and the rest of her leadership caucus have the wherewithal to conduct disciplined House operations. The Congressional Jackasses have been seething for so long – you see they believe it is their divine right to rule – that it won’t take long for their decade of pent up rage to seethe out from behind the bo-toxed veneer Nancy & Company will put on the democratic façade.
Therefore, I have but one piece of advice for Congressional Republicans as they lick their wounds from last night’s defeat:

Get out of the way.

I don’t mean they should roll over and let Nancy & Company push through their hard-left agenda of appease, retreat, and surrender. Just get out of the space between Pelosi, Rangel, Murtha, et. al. and the banks of cameras and microphones they so desperately desire. In short, give them all the rope they need to hang themselves.

Here’s the short lesson learned from last night’s debacle: The American people did not vote for Democrats. They voted against Republicans. Democrats believe they have a mandate to push their hard left agenda. They don’t. That won’t stop them from making a valiant attempt, something Republicans should encourage.

Republicans got their backsides handed to them because they didn’t govern like the conservatives the American people thought they were electing. Republicans need to learn this lesson rather quickly. Here’s a big hint: McCain is not cut from the Reagan cloth.

Get mad. Get over it. Move on.

Most important, learn. Fast.

Here endeth the lesson.
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