Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Congratulations. Now fix it.

Today's a day for celebrating, at least for my American friends on the left, which is to say anywhere left of, oh, say, Atilla the Hun. The election results are looking overwhelmingly positive for the Democrats. The ever-erudite Billmon calls it a "shutout," and invites, "Spin that, President Shrub." One can definitely hear the "Sit on that and spin, President Shrub," lurking underneath.

The blogosphere's best legal writer, Glenn Greenwald has been talking about the US right-wing's sudden embrace of the term "bipartisanship."

"Bipartisanship is date rape."
--Grover Norquist

Democrats, keep your eyes on your drinks at all times, and be prepared to fight if and when you can. These guys obviously never got the memo that date rape (or any rape at all, for that matter) isn't acceptable behaviour.

With that assessment of character out of the way, I will warn you that it will take a lot of doing and a lot of political will to start undoing the damage caused by six years of more-or-less unfettered Bushism. When the horrible former Premier of Ontario finally got the boot and his opponent, Dalton McGuinty was elected, I put up a sign in the big window of my living room that read:


Did he "fix it"? No, not really. He's made some token improvements here and there, and has ameliorated some of the damage, and definitely managed to stop the long slide into dysfunction that Mike Harris and his quote-unquote "Common Sense Revolution" started. (If ever there were an oxymoron, that's it, right there. Common sense is probably more ephemeral than Communism, and definitely an oxymoron in itself, because "common" would imply that sense is something that either exists in abundance, or is something that the people in general have, neither of which is true, unfortunately.)

Today is a day for celebrating, but take a warning herefrom.


Blogger spocko said...

Maybe if we work really hard we can get back to a place where Canada would be proud of us again.

"One nation, under Canada, with libery and justice for all."

I was very happy today. All day.
It's a good feeling.

1:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes it is indeed a happy day for us. The $, time spent was well worth it as was the vote, but you are right we can't take it easy and fooled by the right.

8:28 AM  
Blogger Interrobang said...

I still think you're going to have an awful lot of doing to do to fix it. I'm vaguely optimistic about Madam Speaker Pelosi, however. She is going to need to be every millimetre the disciplinarian if she's really serious about her "Hundred Hour Plan," though.

11:56 PM  
Blogger Eli said...

Of course, the downside is that anything that goes wrong is now Entirely The Democrats' Fault, because They Control Everything.

12:02 AM  
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