A long time ago - likely during the Clinton years - I suggested that we leave a few liberals around just to remind us of why we eventually chose the Republicans to run our country. Most of my friends were calling for the US to be a liberal-free zone. Not a bad idea, but I couldn't imagine a world where at least one fool could scold me for driving, grilling steaks, raising a child, or cutting down a tree. Maybe I wouldn't be happy if I wasn't pissing someone off.
Of course, it was all joking back then. But Tuesday's election map reminded of those thoughts.
Don't just glance at it. Put your Commie Obama Hat on and stare at it. With a BIG smile.
ZH posted another map today - the happiest cities. Having recently taken a road trip through the blue areas in the bottom right, I can confirm this study. Louisiana has 6 of the top ten happiest cities in the US! Not good for Mary Landreiu. Democrats and happiness do not mix.
The WSJ's Kimberley Strassel is a respected conservative voice. Her column today, The Senate's Talent Infusion, suggests good things will be coming from our Republican-led Senate. I am encouraged.
Victor Davis Hanson's post-election article, A Democratic Waterloo, was linked by many. I finally read it, and here is the paragraph that jumped out at me:
Unhappy voters thought the anemic economy, Obamacare, the collapse of U.S. foreign policy, the scandals in government, and the incompetent handling of everything from the Islamic State to Ebola were the only real issues. Democrats’ refusal to acknowledge them did not make these failures go away.---
Last, Charles Krauthammer published today in Investor's Business Daily: Next Up For GOP: A National Agenda. (That was the title in the print edition.)
He offers good advice, mediocre advice, and lousy advice to the Republicans. He may be closer to the political realities whereas I get to be fully ideological with no consideration for others, but he still could do better.
Good advice: Use the 1994 GOP's Contract for America as a template. Pass a bill a week to define the Republican values and force the Democrats in Congress to pick a side that they'll have to defend in 2016.
Perfect. Leave it at that.
Mediocre advice: Find legislation that both sides can agree to, like the Keystone Pipeline. Sounds good in print, but the sausage-making in DC will f**k that up and pull the GOP off the rails with negotiations, consessions, and other distractions. I say do it, but drop it if the Democrats want to play games.
Lousy advice: Use "the power of the purse to defund" Obama's open borders? WTF? What funds can Congress pull that will stop people from crossing our open borders? Also, he suggests killing ObamaCare with "a thousand cuts" of targeted legislation that both sides can agree on, such as the employer mandate. Maybe. But a majority like we have now, combined with a Republican President in 2016, could kill it all with one vote.
One more thought that's been bugging me. Why didn't the Democrats, Communists and Anarchists all go full throtle on civil unrest in Ferguson prior to the election? There is still enough white guilt to steer votes to the Democrats. And they knew they had a get-out-the-vote challenge with their EBT electorate - something race riots would have helped with.