The People Have Spoken. Unfortunately, all they had to say was Da Derp Dee Derp Da Teetley Derpee Derpee Dumb. Slim silver linings:
- Arizona became the first state to reject a marriage amendment to its constitution. No, that doesn’t mean gays can marry in Arizona. It just means that the people of Arizona had the good sense not to constitutionalize this issue. To save time, I might add that they also didn’t constitutionalize the state’s policy on common law marriage, the fee for a marriage license, or any other aspect of the laws relating to marriage. Good on them for that.
- California re-elected Arnold Schwarzenegger handily, and wisely elected Steve Poizner instead of N-Word Bustamante. It would have been nice for Republicans to win more statewide elections than that, but that’s two more statewide elections than they got in the last gubernatorial cycle (not counting the 2003 recount election), and it’s two more than most analysts would have expected after voters royally spanked the Governator in last year’s special election. If President Bush wants to know what he needs to do to emerge strong after being shellacked by voters in a proxy election, he could do worse than to consult Arnold Schwarzenegger and his strategists.
- Connecticut handily re-elected the serious ex-Democrat over loony Lamont, thereby preserving the Kos/MoveOn nutroots’ perfect electoral record, and showing they can’t deliver a damned thing to their party in either a good election year or a bad one. That’s got to count for something. It doesn’t necessarily bode well for the Republican Party, but may prove a boon for the not-insane wing of the Democratic Party, and given my druthers, I’d rather see an on-going power struggle between two sensible parties than see my party enjoy a lock on power because the other party is completely insane.
- The Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, barring affirmative racism in the very state that “won” those horrible Supreme Court cases a couple years back, passed overwhelmingly.
- Here in Virginia, Ballot Measure 2, the “shall we remove some stupid, meaningless, unconstitutional and therefore unenforceable verbiage from our Constitution” amendment, passed by a slightly higher margin than our ill-conceived marriage amendment did. The bad news is that roughly one-quarter of the population actually voted against Ballot Measure 2. Morons. Meanwhile, George Allen maintains a glimmer of hope that
four141precincts, a recount, and an indefinite number of absentee ballots can overcome a 7,1467,349 vote deficit. I’m not holding my breath.
- Across the country, Democrats intent on retaining power beyond 2008 will have to finally start doing something constructive. Pushing a far-left agenda down everyone’s throats will play great in Frisco and NY, but it will go over like a lead balloon in flyover country, which is why they’ve been muted on these issues of late. On the other hand, simply complaining, without offering a coherent alternative to staying the course (or whatever the hell it is the Bush Administration is calling its policy this week), is no longer an option, either. When they were the opposition, Democrats could get away with a policy of opposing just for opposition’s sake. Not anymore.
- Nine states (Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon and South Dakota ) passed anti-Kelo measures.
- For those who think a high voter turnout is an inherently good thing, we certainly got that.
UPDATE: Straining to find a silver lining that isn’t there, Michelle Malkin argues that Conservistism did not lose yesterday. Um, yes, it did. Big time. We haven’t lost the war, mind you, but we sure as hell took it in the shorts in yesterday’s battle. To win the next one, or the one after that, we need to figure out why we lost this round and what we can do differently to do better next time. That isn’t going to happen if we can’t admit the obvious fact that we lost at all.
UPDATE x2: Meanwhile, John Hawkins grasps for a few more silver linings that also aren’t there, praising Arizona voters for adopting official English and other states for passing marriage amendments, while neglecting to mention that Arizona rejected such an amendment. He also credits California and Oregon with passing initiatives requiring parental notice for abortions by minors (Prop 85 in California and Measure 43 in Oregon); in fact, both initiatives were resoundingly defeated. Oops!
UPDATE x3: PoliPundit has more.
UPDATE x4: Jim Treacher: So the world likes us again, right? No more terrorism? YAY!!!
UPDATE x5: Still more silver linings here.