damnum absque injuria

November 8, 2006

Black Tuesday

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 7:15 am

The People Have Spoken. Unfortunately, all they had to say was Da Derp Dee Derp Da Teetley Derpee Derpee Dumb. Slim silver linings:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 four 141precincts, a recount, and an indefinite number of absentee ballots can overcome a 7,1467,349 vote deficit. I’m not holding my breath.
  6. 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.
  7. Nine states (Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon and South Dakota ) passed anti-Kelo measures.
  8. For those who think a high voter turnout is an inherently good thing, we certainly got that.

Any others?

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.

15 Responses to “Black Tuesday”

  1. AndrewGurn Says:

    There are no silver linings for me here in PA.. my senators are now Arlen Specter and Bob Casey Juinor. ::pukes::

  2. Justene Says:

    Apparently Arnold’s strategists were Bush strategists from Bush’s 04 campaign.

  3. Matt P Says:

    wow, both houses. Republican bloggers can’t spin this one away.

  4. aphrael Says:

    Depending on when Hawkins was making his point about Prop 85, he may have been right; it was leading when I got home from my polling place on Tuesday night.

    As for Allen: I think it’s a lost cause, but he certainly has the right to demand that the remaining votes be counted before he concedes.

  5. Sigivald Says:

    I dunno, Malkin might be right, if her point is that their Conservatism is not what lost the election for the Republicans.

    Given all the Republicans saying they wouldn’t support Republican candidates because the Party wasn’t Conservative enough, that seems perfectly plausible.

    That is, in this view, “Conservatism” didn’t lose, because the losers were not proper Conservatives, and were being punished for their digression from the True Path.

    (That would verge to the No True Scotsman fallacy as a way of avoiding the results, if not for the fact that some/many people on the Right have been complaining about the Republican Party’s abandonment of fiscal restraint etc. for months now, even when the worst likely result foreseen was a bare loss of the House, or even a Republican victory.)

  6. steve sturm Says:

    What’s with the ‘we lost’ white guy?

    Yes, some conservatives lost, but what suggests that conservatism is waning or that liberalism is on the rise? I’d offer up the near perfect run of anti-gay marriage referendums as evidence that ‘conservative’ issues still have drawing power.

    And while the Democrats will have ‘control’, the winners of GOP seats are for the most part, far more conservative than the likes of Pelosi and Reid. Allen losing to Webb substitutes one (relative) conservative for another, the same with the likes of Heath Shuler winning a House seat. It’s not a surprise that Santorum lost; he has always been too conservative for Pennsylvania, it’s been a surprise that he lasted this long, and Casey, without having a Bush to run against in six years, has to be an early pick as someone who’ll need to find a new job in six years. As for Chafee, good riddance; losing a RINO sure can’t count as a blow against conservatism.

    But the biggest silver lining is that yesterday was a one time event, a perfect storm for the Democrats that is not to be repeated. In 2008, the Democrats won’t be able to run against Bush as they did this time. In 08 everybody running for office will have aligned themselves with a get-out-of-Iraq faction. Cardin didn’t win in MD because he pushed himself, he won because he tagged Steele with the Bush brush. And… presuming the GOP can behave themselves, we won’t have the DeLays, Foley, Weldons and Neys dragging us down. This doesn’t mean that the GOP can sit on their butts and wait to have control handed back to them.. but it does mean that things aren’t as dire as some wailers might otherwise think…

    Oh, and isn’t your guy in line for a move up in the GOP caucus? That’s got to be worth a few extra million/billion in handouts for your district…

  7. nk Says:

    MCRI is the one to watch when it’s time for redistricting. Will it get rid of racial and ethnic gerrymanders?

  8. Nony Mouse Says:

    Nine states, including mine, passed state constitutional amendments limiting the power of eminent domain. *Take that Kelo*

    [Thanks for the tip, I’ve added this one to the list. That’ll teach me to focus only on my own state, which didn’t have a Kelo measure, and my former state, where it failed. -X]

  9. Dave Munger Says:

    I did a silver linings post too, so I might as well plug it here.

  10. gattsuru Says:

    So, what’s the complaint with the gay marriage amendments? We can remove them as easily as they’re inserted with a popular vote, and they prevent the stupid judicial decisions and resulting backlash.

  11. Xrlq Says:

    The complaint is that depending on the state you’re in, it may not be that easy to get a repeal on the ballot. Here in VA, the General Assembly had to vote on the bill twice to get it on the ballot. All this to make an issue democracy-proof, nothing more. There was never any danger of the Virginia courts inventing a “constitutional” right to gay marriage without it.

  12. aphrael Says:

    I think that the California anti-Kelo initiative would have done much better had it not included the regulatory takings (“damage”) clauses. It was a typical example of the California conservatives overreaching in a moderate state and getting thwacked for it.

  13. Xrlq Says:

    Aphrael, I agree with everything you said except the part about California being a “moderate” state. Huh?

  14. aphrael Says:

    Well, we’re certainly not a conservative state. But there’s a really strong anti-tax sentiment in California, and there are areas of the state which are fairly conservative.

    I guess i’m thinking that the liberal areas and the conservative areas average out.

  15. Xrlq Says:

    There are conservative pockets here and there, sure, but at the statewide level they don’t come close to evening out. When then-Vice President Bush clobbered Michael Dukakis by a 7.8% margin, carrying 40 states, he carried California by barely over half that margin, 3.57%. That made then-defense-heavy California a trifle more conservative than Vermont, which he carried by 3.52%. After that, California has lurched well to the left, electing Democrats in every single Presidential or Senatorial election that has been held there since. Even in 1994, where the Republicans cleaned house and countless anti-gun-owner Democrats across the country got voted out of office in droves (and even pro-gun House Speaker Tom Foley got voted out in part for not being pro-gun enough), the queen of all gun-grabbers, Dianne Feinstein managed to get re-elected. That dreaded “assault” weapon ban, which even President Clinton acknowledged had ended many a political career, was barely an issue in California, which had already enacted a stricter ban in 1989, and went on to enact a stricter one still in 1999. Today, citizens have a right to carry a gun for self-defense in roughly 40 states. Is anyone really surprised to find California among the other 10?

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