Friday, November 10, 2006

November Election Results: Chimps Demand Vote!

So the election is over, let’s see how accurate my predictions were (and Detective Chimp’s for that matter)!

Governor: Arnold Schwarzenegger (R)

Not a huge surprise there. He took a greater percentage of the overall vote than I had expected however. Art Oliver, the Libertarian candidate, took only 1.3% of the vote. Yikes.

Lt. Governor: John Garamendi (D)

I don’t know why I thought McClintock would take the seat, perhaps I was listening to too many conservative talk radio shows the week I gave my predictions.

Prop 1B (Yes) – Transit Bond Measure

I expected this one to pass even though it was not fiscally responsible to do so. Californians, when are we going to learn?

Prop 83 (Yes) – Sex Offender Monitoring

There was no way in hell this one was not going to pass. We Americans can be a confusing people, but we definitely don’t like sex offenders. Anything carrying that weighted term in a ballot measure was sure to pass.

Prop 85 (No) – Parental Notification of Abortion

I had said I would support this measure, but the day of the election I had a change of heart. While I still fear the state going over a parent’s head when it comes to important decisions like abortion, I also felt that the rights of the individual (even when that individual is a minor) have to be respected.

So outside of the Lt. Governor seat and prop 85, I was dead on. I always say I am right half the time, this just goes to prove my theory!

What it Means, again

I recently stated that the election results were a call for moderates to retake both Parties, and the politicians who were elected signaled that.

I did forget to mention however, that moderate Republican candidates like Lincoln Chafee lost seats to more liberal Democratic ones. Chafee was the last person I thought voters would take their frustration out on; he made it clear that he did not even vote for Bush in 04, and has routinely been a thorn in the side of the Bush administration.

Chafee may have simply been unlucky enough to have a (R) next to his name in this election. Unlike Joe Lieberman, who was able to tap into voter's independent spirit, Chafee carried his party's baggage into this midterm election with him.

The Kiss for Generations

Ah, if only I had one of those wonderful French kisses…

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

What it Means

I know hardcore Republicans are having a hard time dealing with the election last night that swept the Democrats into power, but Michelle Malkin seems to have lost hold on reality.
“The GOP lost. Conservatism prevailed. "San Francisco values" may control the gavels in Congress, but they do not control America.”

San Francisco values? She seems to have failed to mention that far more moderate Democrats took power yesterday than those with so called “San Francisco values” (whatever that means). A number of folks like Webb are in fact Republicans who have become disillusioned with the religious fanaticism and spinsters that have sadly controlled the party for the last 6 years.

There is a lesson in this for Republicans (and for Democrats as well for that matter). That lesson is that blind allegiance to a cause or a leader will undoubtedly end up unpopular with the American populace.


Some right-wing Republicans are blaming Malkin and folks like her who for the loss last night. “Deport all Leftists” (charming name, no?) states:
Mrs. Malkin,

You are clueless. The evidence of your colossal mistake is staring you in the face and you still don't get it.

Congress is in the Democrat's hands. No border enforcement. No tax cuts. No War on Terror. No conservatism. No hope.

Before 1994, the Republican Party had not held the majority for forty years. And now we might not hold it again for another forty. The Republican Revolution is dead.

And why? Because the President's plan to secure the border is in the wrong order. He wants to create a guest worker program increasing the number of legal residents so that our full employment economy doesn't tank when the enforcement begins. But even if he's wrong, you threw away a fucking majority in congress because of semantics.

I take back everything positive I ever had to say about you.

On behalf of every conservative who now has to live in Nancy Pelosi's America



As it Was

Via Town Hall.

The Election, Thus Far

For all of you who are not paying attention, the midterm election in the States this evening, everything appears to be going according to plan (other than a few electronic voting issues). The Democrats are clearly taking back the House, and look like they may even take the Senate. Tis too close to call.

My first impression of this election is that moderate Democrats seem to have retaken control of the party. I could not be happier about this to be honest. Democrats in this election ran a number of candidates who were viable victors in more conservative areas. Contenders who didn’t just “act” conservative, but were old school Democrats who could make inroads in traditional American communities. This may be a major change within the Democratic center, and that could bode well for their future success in this nation.

At the same time, some of the big winners for the Dems tonight are populist minded, anti-free traders, who are definitely not in sink with some liberal members of the party. I am very interested to see how these new champions of the Democratic Party will mix with the more visible left leaning members that have lead the party for the last 10 years.

Heck, forget left-leaning members of the Democratic Party, this election seems to have removed Bill Clinton and his policies from the heart of the party. Clinton stood for free-trade and liberal economic policies (amongst other things), and these new players in the party (Casey, and Webb assuming he won) clearly don’t come to the table with like minded views.

Monday, November 06, 2006

"There is something good and motherly about Washington, the grand old benevolent National Asylum for the helpless."

You know you are a political dork when the night before an election reminds you of what Christmas Eve felt like as a child. I am simply so excited!

But really folks, you don’t have to be a nerd like me to go out and vote tomorrow. Cause if you don’t vote, you don’t get the right to bitch later, and buy bumper stickers that show the world that you cant be blamed, for you voted for the other guy.

Don’t let those Anarchist Dictators of Death win!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Batman: “Values” Voter

No wonder this guy never found a wife. Or maybe it was this...

Corrupting our Youth

I think I can now prove that Disney intends to further the cause of dirty politics worldwide.

This surely was Karl Rove’s favorite comic as a child.

Fun for the whole family? I am sorry senor Disney; I don’t find the defacement of a campaign poster a proper family event! Who knows where it will lead; Mickey may then decide it is acceptable to break Donald’s knee-cap for not standing with the proletarian masses.

And that’s not the kind of world I want to live in.

However, I wouldn’t mind living in that world where hot mermaids hang out with Jamaican crabs. Now that’s family values!

The English Adventures of Super-Kim!

Saddam and the 655,000

As most of you are now aware, Saddam Hussein has been sentenced to death. A few weeks back, the Lancet released a survey conducted by John Hopkins University on the mortality rate in Iraq since the 2003 invasion, and it estimates that over 600,000 people have died who were not combatants. In Bush’s last press conference, he claimed the survey was “not accurate”. I am unsure how he came to this conclusion, but it seems as if the methodology used is pretty common and their statistics are transparent, so one can see how they went about doing it.

Both of these “milestones” bring up points to reflect upon what the Iraq war has brought upon the world. Outside of the extreme political fringes, most folks seem to feel that the defining point of the war is still unclear, and many agree that the current conflict is un-winnable. Since I am a supporter of the war in principle, I think reflection on these two points is important.

Most folks on the left (and some on the right) are now using these civilian casualty figures to justify their opposition to military intervention. Nothing is essentially wrong with this, but I do wish those same critiques would recognize the actual stance they are taking when advocating for the status quo worldwide.

Shuggy from Drink-Soaked Trotskyite Popinjays for War eloquently maintains:
“The assumptions that (Daniel) Davies, made about what should have been done in the first place and what should happen now do not follow. Horton in particular takes the view that the escalation of violence is largely a function of the presence of coalition troops in Iraq. Yet the situation described in the report is essentially one where violence is increasing because no one group in society has the capacity to monopolise its legitmate use. It is, in other words, a function of the fact that Iraq presently does not have, post-Saddam, a properly functioning state. Specifically the report records an increase in the casualty rate but a decline in the proportion that can be attributed to the actions of coalition troops.”

While many leftist news sources will claim that U.S. troops are doing the bulk of the killing, the report clearly states otherwise. That is not to say opposition to military involvement in Iraq does not have adequate reasoning. The “nation” of Iraq, if we can call it that, is in a serious crisis. The American mission to “jump start” democracy by throwing out a tyrant has created a country far less secure than the one under Saddam.

However, those who feel military intervention is always wrong need to acuretly state their full opinion. Shuggy continues:
“It is clearly the absence of government that is the problem, which leads directly to the positions taken by those currently using these statistics as a basis to analyse recent history and prescribe future solutions. For one, since the accusation of denial - not always unjustified - has been spread abroad, it is worth considering whether there isn't another kind working here. Pre-2003 was preferable, is the argument, because while Saddam Hussein was violent in the extreme, because he enjoyed the monopoly over it, there was less of it. If one, as very thinking person should, dispenses with the happy and convenient notion that other forms of regime-change would have necessarily left Iraq free from the sectarian consequences we see now - this is an argument for actually-existing statehood.

The idea that the first virtue of a government is order is by no means absurd but it a conservative argument. Those who are currently making this should either acknowledge this is so or concede that there is no reasonable grounds for believing that any imagined 'bottom-up' revolution in Iraq would have avoided this kind of civil conflict. And those arguing for maintenance of the pre-2003 status quo should also give some kind of indication of how long it could have realistically been expected to endure.

Moreover, if the basis for criticising a political action is that has increased civilian deaths as a result of overthrowing a state, no matter how bad it might have been - there is absolutely no credible reason for supporting the 'resistance', since their very existence and actions are inimical to the establishment of a functioning state of any kind. Its character should be enough to make one recoil at the idea it somehow represents a progressive future for Iraq but beyond this, surely even the notion that it represents one thing, that it represents a coherent force capable of bringing order to Iraq, will be dismissed by everyone apart from children and adults in denial?”

Well said. Clearly Iraq would be more stable under a repressive regime like Saddam’s, but such a stance seems out of character for many leftist critiques who often critized military dictatorships in the past.

I think the major obsticle in Iraq at this junction, is the very fact that we are still fighting for it to remain one centralized nation-state. The people who live there clearly don’t see themselves as one united people, and I think we need to accept that the country will desolve into three separate countries. Perhaps a weak federal government will still act in some manner, but the artificial boundaries placed upon the ethnic and cultural groups have already been dissolved. As much as the Bush administration says otherwise, Iraq is in a civil war. It is time we recognize this and allow the people of Iraq to democratically secede.