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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Is this the beginning of the backlash?

One can only hope that tonight's election results is the beginning of the end for the Republican stronghold on the USA. In both Virginia and New Jersey, Democrats took over the governorship. This is most notable in Virginia, a 'red state' where Democrat Tim Caine solidly trounced Republican Jerry Kilgore by more than 5 percentage points. Virginia Democrats crowed that Bush's election-eve rally for former state attorney general Kilgore only spurred more Kaine supporters to the polls. In New Jersey, Democratic Sen. Jon Corzine easily won the governor's seat after an expensive, mudslinging campaign, trouncing Republican Doug Forrester by 10 percentage points. Polls in the last week had forecast a much closer race.

Both of these elections are good news for the Dems and will only strengthen the party. According to Howard Dean, the Democratic Party Chairman, "I believe national Republican politics ... really had an effect in Virginia and California. Voters "don't like the abuse of power, they don't like the culture of corruption. They want the nation to go in a different way."

In California, where the governator was not up for reelection, Schwarzenegger failed in his push to rein in the Democrat-controlled Assembly. Three of his ballot measures flopped: Capping state spending, removing legislators' redistricting powers, and making teachers work five years instead of two to pass probation. Another measure he supported requiring minors seeking abortion to have parental consent is too close to call at this time.

In other election news, Texas voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional ban on gay marriage (BOOOOO!), Maine voted to preserve the state's new gay-rights law (YEAHHHH!), and GOP Mayor Michael Bloomberg easily clinched a second term in heavily Democratic New York. And in my city, the incumbant Mayor won his bid for a 4th term against a strong contender.

All in all, good gains for the Dems, embarassment for the Repubs, and the American people once again support their democracy by voting. Good going, folks!
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2 Comments:

Blogger nita said...

the pendulum swings.....and knocks the dark-age motherfuckers back where they belong!

9/11/05 10:25 AM  
Blogger jennypenny said...

Woohoo as a Canadian I too am glad that the democrats are coming back swinging. It is crazy how American politics can affect us up here too.. maybe we should be allowed to vote in American elections.. haha maybe not.

10/11/05 1:21 AM  

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