Sensible people sick of religious zealotry
In Virginia. In New Jersey. In California. In our fair city. (I also think the right guy won in Minneapolis, a race between two Dems with no national implications: the re-elected incumbent promised good management, and the defeated challenger just promised more police.)
Where else did Dems, and sensible people sick of religious zealotry, win last night?
In Dover, Pennsylvania, six Dems who believe in actual biology beat six GOP'ers (a full slate) who don't. Atlanta's popular mayor, Shirley Franklin, won in a walk. So did Houston's popular mayor, Bill White.
In Maine, 55% of voters rejected a ballot measure that would have canned the state's legal protections for gay people (protections which also cover cross-dressers and transgender folks). Washington State rejected a measure to cap the state's gas tax. (Last week, remember, Colorado voted to weaken the anti-tax straitjacket written into its state constitution.)
Seattle also re-elected its Democratic county executive and banned smoking, which I support (unless they banned smoking outdoors). Virginia and NJ gave Dems state House pickups, though the VA House remains GOP-controlled.
Where did Dems not win? Well, Texas banned gay marriage. (Big surprise there.) Manchester, New Hampshire turned out its Dem mayor. And the Reform Ohio Now ballot measures, which would have shifted the state towards nonpartisan redistricting, restricted the role of the partisan Sec of State, and made absentee balloting easier, all lost big: the liberal blogosphere loved them, but the national Dem party never got behind them, preferring (perhaps correctly) to fight the redistricting in California without supporting it in Ohio. (RON also looks like the only statewide issue where polls proved less than accurate: some of the RON measures polled ahead just ten days before the race.)
Also in Virginia, the race for Attorney General will likely require a recount, though the Republican has a slight lead. (Virginia limits its governors to one term: the Lt Gov and AG office thus take on added importance, because they create statewide constituencies for future Gov candidates-- in this year's Gov election there, our guy was Lt Gov, and the bad guy was the AG.)
The pithy and efficient Taegan Goddard, who usually bends over sideways to appear nonpartisan, sums up reactions and offers his own: "an 11th hour campaign visit by Bush to Virgnia sealed the victory for Democrats. In 1993, Republicans swept the off year gubernatorial elections and predicted big gains in 1994. They were right then and they should be worried now."
Kos calls it an appetizer. Sounds about right. ABC News points out that nothing's guaranteed. If there's a new generation (a Dean generation?) now entering electoral politics, we should get used to winning-- but we shouldn't just expect it: other than the big-city mayoral elections, a lot of these races were close.
I wonder how many Dems who won downticket races graduated from Camp Wellstone? Now there's an institution we can use.******
Sensible people sick of BUSHIT religious zealotry
The Washington Post reported the CIA has been hiding and interrogating some of its most important al-Qaida captives at Soviet-era compounds in eastern Europe.
The paper did not name the countries involved, but Human Rights Watch said Thursday it had evidence indicating the CIA had transported suspected terrorists captured in Afghanistan to Poland and Romania.the US military of using white phosphorus bombs against civilians in the Iraqi city of Falluja.
"We also urge you to state publicly whether anyone in the White House — including White House counsel Harriet Miers or Vice President Cheney — has already discussed the possibility of a pardon with Mr. Libby," added the letter, signed by Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and three other members of the leadership.
Too funny. Hastert and Frist make a big show of calling for an investigation into a leak allegedly affecting national security -- the locations of secret "black site" torture prisons. And then -- BOOM!!! Lott just said, Tuesday afternoon, that he thinks it was a GOP Senator who leaked the info to the Washington Post last week.
BUSHIT gange of murderers: The bell tolls.