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    Wednesday, November 08, 2006

    Post-election Thoughts

    Blackwell conceding by 9pm -- he was so far out of that race even Ken Blackwell couldn't steal it.

    Dann over Montgomery for AG -- both campaigns were nasty and brutish, but Betty Montgomery's was so nasty that this may have been her undoing.

    Dems sweep all statewide non-judicial offices except auditor. Did the public respond positively to Mary Taylor's ads that she was a CPA? Or negatively toward Barbara Sykes for her support of Bob Taft's tax hike? Was it Sykes' inarticulateness? Was a need by the voters to somehow split their ticket and award one office to the GOP? Was it racial somehow (though Ohio had no problem before electing Blackwell as Sec'y of State.)

    Terry O'Donnell over Bill O'Neill for Ohio Supreme Court. Nice run on principle there, Bill, refusing to take any campaign donations. In light of that, getting 41% of the vote looks pretty good. Except that the larger point in any political campaign is to WIN.

    Sherrod over Dewine -- wow, I really thought it would be closer than a 10 point difference.

    Nationally -- the Democrats take the house, and the Senate remains up in the air. The senate races in Montana and Virginia are too close to call, but the Dems have razor-thin leads in both. Given that Montana will probably be called Tester-D over Burns-R, watch for the lawyers to swarm on Virginia as they did in Ohio and Florida. The stakes are too huge not to happen, for the very control of the Senate is at stake. The Dems need 51 (49 plus the two independents, and socialist Sanders-I of VT and Lieberman-I will align with the Democrats) in order to have a working majority. And while the Dems having won the House is big, winning the Senate too would be huge. How huge? Reagan lost the Senate in 1986 election, and the Iran-Contra hearings followed. Remember how a Republican controlled House and Senate pounded on Clinton during the last two years of his administration?

    Despite the dreadful voting machines and the gerrymandering of congressional districts, the message looks clear: change the course, Mr. President. What you are doing is not working, and the American people do not approve.

    Finally, the Tennessee senate race. I'll be interested in looking into this one further. From what I can tell, the race was a dead heat between Corker and Ford until the RNCC ran that dirty racist "call me" ad. I wanted to discount the worth of that ad, that anyone who was a bigot wasn't voting for Ford anyway. But polling shows what appears to be a cause and effect between the running of that ad and the race separating to give Corker the lead over Ford. That was disgusting, and even if it swayed things in Tennessee, maybe it swayed a few things elsewhere as well, against the GOP, once that ad received national attention. Between this ad and the litany of other below-the-belt and straight-to-the-gutter ags run by the RNCC, I think a lot of people are going to remember the dirty and divisive politics played by the GOP this year, as they should. Here we are, over 140 years removed from the Civil War, over 50 years removed from Brown v. Board, and a major political party still plays to prejudices and wins in Tennessee.

    But in the meantime, we're waiting on Montana, and waiting for furies to be unleashed in Virginia. The first colony, the capital of the confederacy, the home of Washington and Jefferson and assorted Lees, and soon to be the site of some very interesting legal manuveuring by teams of election lawyers. Stay tuned. Now the fun really begins.

    Comments on "Post-election Thoughts"


    Blogger Kristen said ... (9:57 AM, November 08, 2006) : 

    Hmmm... I wouldn't call the voting amchines "Dreadful". They were fine and for all the talk of misapprpriating votes with them and what not, I don't see how that's any different than what we see with paper ballots.


    Blogger anne said ... (10:07 AM, November 08, 2006) : 

    I had no problems with the machines, although I did read a LOT of angry blogs about problems elsewhere in Ohio. I was really surprised to see so many CH polls stay open until 9pm.

    It was sad to see the attitudes about the Tennessee race. Although I appreciate when those things are brought out into the open. It keeps me from becoming complacent in my liberal bubble here. It's a good reminder. Of course, I could just go have a beer with any of my 9 uncles.


    Blogger MrsTito said ... (11:54 AM, November 08, 2006) : 

    This election year was fun! Even though the Democrats didn't fare well in Florida, at least we had some voter turnout and there is hope some day...

    GO OHIO - I'm proud to call you my home state once again!

    Oh, and the new machines were easier than nickel slots, although I did have problems with the "elected officials" at the polling location. Details in my blog.


    Blogger melcarrel said ... (9:29 AM, November 09, 2006) : 

    Re: Mary Taylor, I voted for her because she had a more qualified resume. That and I didn't like the tone Sykes took in campaign.

    I think I'm your only conservative commenter, but I was a little disappointed in the results. Not surprised though. What I'm disappointed with, is that if one or two people in a party screw up in scandle, then the whole party pays, no matter if you're a good person or not. (Although I'm beginning to wonder if there are any non-scandalous politicans out there).

    The voting was a little chaotic in Jefferson, it was weird to be able to sit at a table with others to fill in your paper ballots. People were talking amongst each other, and it was awkward. And try to vote with 2 children running around the room acting like wild animals. UGH!
    The machine was ok though. No problems there.


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