Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Soy un Perdedor


On the Plus Side:

1. That bloated representation of all that is WRONG with the Republican party as it stands today got his bottom spanked.

2. In Montana, where Dr. Ron Paul was on the ballot, voters gave him a full 2.2% of their vote, the highest state total ever for any 3rd party candidate. He also finished 3rd in Louisiana (woot!).

3. All major third party candidates increased their numbers over 2004. That's diversity going on right there, Party People:

• Bob Barr garnered around 500,000 of the vote, 23 percent over the 2004 Libertarian Party candidate.

• Chuck Baldwin finished near 190,000, a 24 percent increase over the 2004 Constitution Party candidate.

• Independent Party Candidate Ralph Nader received 679,000 votes, a 32 percent increase over 2004.

• Green Party Candidate Cynthia McKinney received 139,000 votes, 14 percent over 2004.

On the Minus Side:

1. We now have a government controlled by the Democrats. That amount of power concentrated in one party? Never bodes well for anyone.

2. The ban against gay marriage is likely to pass in California Über Alles.

3. Call me cynical, but after the elation born of knowing that we have, truly, done something very different? It is most likely that real hope, real change will simply give way to Same as it Ever Was: bloated government, only in a much nicer suit.

I'm curious, though, to see what happens.

In the meantime: BROWNIES! Head on over to The Undaunted Baker. Because when all else fails and our time is a piece of wax fallin on a termite that's choking on the splinters? We should bake.

16 comments:

Wendy said...

YAY! A Dead Kennedys reference. BOO! Prop 8. I am probably sadder about this one than anything else. Hoping last minute results change it to "no," since it's really close, but I think a lot of people bought the propaganda.

A.B. said...

For such a liberal state, I am a little surprised that Prop 8 even got on the ballot much less failed. Boo is right.

czar said...

I love seeing third parties do well, and hate the argument that by voting for a third-party candidate one is taking votes away from one of the major two parties and thus disrupting elections. I run into people all the time who blame Nader (or the Supreme Court) for Gore's loss in 2000. I think the best person to blame for that loss is Gore and his advisors.

Having said that, that 139,000 people voted for Cynthia McKinney is revolting. She was my former congressperson. I can only hope that about 138,000 of those votes were for the Green Party, regardless of who was atop the ticket. What a horrid politician/individual McKinney is, and when you can be horrid even in that company, well, you can just imagine.

Big Shamu said...

Boo on Prop. 8 is right.
For years folks outside the gay community held up the worst as an example of all and said stop being so abnormal. When we said that's not representative of our whole, we're daughters and sons, mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, hard working, tax paying people and we want to marry our loved ones, suddenly "us" being like "them" got mighty uncomfortable.
Mostly happy, some sad.

moi said...

Wendy: My aura smiles and never frowns, you know :o)

A.B.: Totally bizarre, given the state.

Czar: Interesting, this about McKinney. Not that you'd ever catch Moi voting the Green Party (isn't that an oxymoron?), mind you, but I'm snickering at the irony much!

Shamu: And have the CA folk even pondered the potential positive economic impact of a sudden rush of Pottery Barn registries? Uh-huh.

NYD said...

It's always good to have another choice.
The two party system is far too limiting in it's ability to encompass the public's opinions and needs. It's a bus that everyone gets to ride on , but never offers a comfortable seat.

I'll have to stay away from brownies. I ate way too much on my trip and it's back to dieting again.

How did the tequila adventure go???

Big Shamu said...

Just as long as they don't register where ever Eddie is shopping...

K9 said...

i voted a straight libertarian ticket after mccain. i have brownies too somebody brought them to the party. theyre terrible so dry i had to drink some water and pry it out of my mouth. grrherhaha

moi said...

NYD: Welcome back! I for one would like to be considered as the next Fashion Party candidate. And I would appoint you in charge of berets! Tequila, well, it's always a good trip. Clean. Wee bit of hallucinatin'. No hangover.

Shamu: Or Tan Man from that Flippin' show.

K9 said...

agree with czar on mckinney. my former rep too! remember how her daddy billy mckinney would get in fistfights with his opponents? grrherhahahahaa

moi said...

K9: Well, that settles it. I'm crashing your party next year with brownies!

czar said...

K9:

Yes, I remember it well. I also remember that anytime Cynthia got any kind of heat from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Daddy Billy would blame it on the Jew media, and little darling Cynthia would do absolutely nothing to distance herself from these remarks. ("That's just Daddy.") For other readers of Moi's blog, the fights that K9 refers to took place on the floor of the Georgia House of Representatives, of which Billy was a member.

Cynthia was also known while she was in Congress for positioning herself on the aisle during the State of the Union addresses and planting a big, wet one on whatever president happened to be marching down the aisle at the time. I believe Clinton and the current Bush both got this treatment.

Wicked Thistle said...

Just when I think I'm getting to know California, they up and do something like this. Yag.

Meghan said...

I'm with a.b. & wicked. WTF, Cali?

Funny thing - I think it's me. I moved from California to NC last year, and look what happens? Cali passes this RIDICULOUS prop (gag) and NC goes blue.

And, I still thing we *need* run-off elections. In every race. So third partied will be encouraged to run, and people will not be berated for voting for them.

TROLL said...

Czar and I actually agree about something. There's SOME hope for that lad. Maybe he should be forced to actually live in the many districts represented by Cyndi McKinney clones.

moi said...

Czar: Ohhhhh, I think I know who you're talking about now. I think my father-in-law (looziana politician) mentioning her once as an example of bat shit crazy.

Wicked: Zen fascists will control you/100 percent natural/you will jog for the master race/and always wear a happy face . . . But you can't marry!

Meghan: It's like being given a choice between Crocs and Converse All Stars when those cute lil' Nine West peep toes are just . . . over . . . there.

Troll: Yay! See, how Moi unites the world? Well, at least her blob homies. You boys be nice . . .