mr. zilla goes to town

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

from the kosophere

I know some of my 17 readers aren't quite so cut to the quick on US politics as I am, though you'd be hard pressed to live on this planet and not notice the rout (some would say: thumping) that went on last night across the pond. I mean shit, you kick George Bush in the arse and Donald Rumsfeld gets a bloody nose: who woulda thought?

I'm one lazy mofo of a blogger though, and I'll get back to referencing/linking these quotes from dailykos writers tomorrow, but here's the gist.

Not only did we take the Senate, take the House, and destroyed Republicans at the state legislative level, but we didn't lose a single senate seat, we didn't lose any House seats, we didn't lose any governorships, we didn't lose any state legislatures. It was a rout of epic proportions.

Democrats are now the one-party government in 15 states -- including New Hampshire for the first time since 1874, and Colorado for the first time since 1960. No party has controlled as many as 15 states since the Republicans achieved that exact number after the 1994 election.

When you can't get an abortion ban passed in freakin' South Dakota, America isn't trending conservative. When you can't get a gay marriage ban passed in Arizona, America isn't trending conservative. When opposition to gay marriage bans was more than 40% in 5 of the 8 bans that passed, America isn't trending conservative. When a majority of Americans choose Democrats to represent them, America isn't trending conservative.

The question about conservatism has always been could it mature enough as a governing philosophy to replace 20th century progressivism, and provide America with a true alternative governing approach? The Bush era has answered that question, and the answer is no. Given the extraordinary failure of conservative government to do the very basics - keeping us safe, fostering broad-based prosperity, protecting our liberties, balancing the books and not breaking the law - history will label this 20th century conservatism a success as a critique of 20th century progressivism, but a failure as a governing philosophy. It never matured into something more than an ivory-tower led and Limbaugh-fed correction to a progressivism that had lost its way.

Despite the many billions spent in building this modern conservative movement, history will label it a grand and remarkable failure. And we will look back at 2006 as the year this most recent period of American history - the conservative ascendency - ended.


You got it? This is a shutout to end all shutouts. The cleanest sheet since the puritans boarded the frickin' Mayflower. Not ONE Democratic incumbent got 86'ed. That is one hell of a powerful swing - think of Robert De Niro as Al Capone wielding baseball bat to the back of the head. Good night.

6 Comments:

  • And some of us are as obsessed as you.

    After the crashing disappointment of 2004 (not that kerry looks so good in retrospect) who'd have thought we'd be here?

    By Blogger nick cetacean, at 1:23 pm  

  • Alternatively - this just shows what a disaster Kerry's candidacy was!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:17 pm  

  • nick cetacean. are you any relation to nick crustacean?

    By Blogger mister z, at 3:26 pm  

  • Yep, smee. Back after a long absence at http://whalesushi.blogspot.com/

    Visiting old haunts etc

    By Blogger nick cetacean, at 2:22 pm  

  • i'm a bit relieved at the results from last week but pissed about VA banning gay marriage.

    admittedly, i've been stewing over it knowing it was going to happen in the first place...

    :)

    By Blogger frekur, at 2:27 pm  

  • well you could always relocate the 12 or so miles to the People's Democratic Socialist Republic of DC ;-)

    By Blogger mister z, at 3:23 pm  

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