Congratulations to James Webb. While I have been no fan of the way the Democrats have run this race, as I have said before, it all comes down to the Election Day.
Barring any huge scandals (and it is rare that recounts, and there will be one, show such problems to overturn a race), we
(UPDATE 11/9/06 5:30 PM: So much for the recount. Selfless move by Senator Allen, even if it stings that he is not making one last attempt to win this race) We will all have to deal with the fact that James Webb represents us, and that Democrats have a (tenuous, thanks to Joe Lieberman who may still be disappointed in his loss of support from the Democrats) hold on Congress. What can we learn?
- First off, I would like to state that I still believe that George Allen has been a great servent to this Commonwealth, and I truly hope he continues to be one. Same with Michael Steele in Maryland. Despite all the race baiting the Democrats did on these two, they are very honorable men, and still could very well hold office in the future (George Allen for governor in 2009? Then again, I best be careful, so he is not cursed as he was with the presidential hopes).
- Republicans dropped, conservatives held on. Measure 1 passed here, and similar measures have passed in other states. Emminent domain is being restricted. The oil tax in California is going to fail.
While I like to put faith in people that, perhaps, they might have some character, I recognize that our ideals are still going strong, and with the right people to back them, Republicans will be back in power soon enough.
- Democrats will likely push back the tax cuts; we need to shove even harder. Get loud about it. Many have shown that they will vote in Congress with the polls, not their hearts, and if tax cuts are what the people want, we might get enough of them to back them to make them permanant.
- Democrats ultimately hold the legislative power for the next two years (potentially more, but no point in forecasting right now). They must make some decisions. They still want to cut and run in Iraq, but they might not have enough votes right now to do so; with a Webb win, they will get 51 seats, but one of those seats belongs to Joe Lieberman. Dick Cheney may be President of the Senate, the Democrats will no doubt pick another to be the majority leader, but Lieberman is king right now. He could potentially swing a lot of votes, simply out of pure frustration, if not for his views on national defense. And with the Middle East staying hot
, there may be more reason for concern. Democrats have a huge chance here if they wish to take it; get hard on terror and ensure that they stay in power for years to come, or let terror test us for a couple years and allow the voters to take a serious look at our security. What say you, Congressional Democrats?
- The economy is soaring. Why have some tried to convince us that it is not?
- Nancy Pelosi has pledged to work with Republicans and George Bush. How long does this last?
We have a new Congress, like it or not. Unlike many liberals in 2004, I do not think this is the end of the world, but it could be a very trying two years. If we stay on top of things though, at least they may not be unbearable.
UPDATE 9:15 PM: One more thing; readership is up here at The Red Stater. Way up, in fact, over the last week or so. Thank you all for reading!