I’m only posting this because the chicken bone line:
The electoral semi-tsunami means new Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is next in line after Dick Cheney in Presidential succession. In other words, she’s only two chicken bones away from the Presidency. And Bush does not look like a picky eater. Does the term “unchewed pretzel” have any meaning here? Not to mention one loud noise takes Cheney out like that, leading to… President Pelosi. And to conservatives, that’s got to be scarier than a raw meat bathing suit in a shark tank.
In all seriousness, I’m not entirely convinced that Tuesday’s election is as much as a sea change or a landslide or even a “semi-tsunami” as we’d like to believe. But it certainly mixes things up a bit. At the very least, I’m heartened by the idea that the American people can overcome the fear-mongering if they really want to. Which is an encouraging thought.
Now. About those “San Francisco values.” I think it’s more than fair to say that Mrs. Pelosi is of the Gavin Newsom variety of Democrat. That is, pretty comfortable with business but still wanting to do all those good FDR things that Democrats have been traditionally known for. To a lot of my friends in these parts, she’s way too far to the right to even be called a Democrat, much less an accurate representation of progressive values, but I sort of like that. I like that because the fact of the matter is that this country, by and large, is pretty conservative and pretty diverse. Not all Democrats are socialists (just as not all Republicans are fascists). And I think it’s a good thing that someone who’s two chicken bones away from the Presidency knows that because the person who currently is the present doesn’t sure seems like he doesn’t. Which has been a big part of the problem.
So I hope things do change in the next couple of years.
But I’m rambling. I don’t really have a point in any of this. It’s early in my day because my mom called to wake me up singing “Happy Birthday.” So I think I’ll take a shower and go have just that.