*Tomorrow is election day. There is a chance that Democratic wins in Virginia, New Jersey, St. Paul, and against Arnold's power-grab initiatives in California could certify a trend against national Republican leadership and policies, the same way GOP victories in the 1993 off-off-year elections served as an anti-Democratic Party omen a year before the Gingrich sweep in '94.
For those of you who are fair-minded, here's a straightforward analysis of election day from political expert Ken Rudin of NPR, a master of election data both trivial and profound.
For the rest of us, just go vote no on the national GOP. They're totally in charge, the country's way off headed in the wrong direction on every issue, so pin the blame on them by voting no against all their candidates and ballot initiatives.
*The Terminator may have his tough-guy posterior handed to him by a wonderful group of Nurses, Teachers, and Firefighters (with an assist from Warren Beatty). That's what you get for fronting for the national Republican agenda, trying to break the unions and redistrict to help out Hastert & DeLay.
By the way, what was Maria Shriver thinking when she said she was glad she didn't look in her mirror and see Warren Beatty? Here's her quote in the L.A. Times online: "'When I look in the mirror, I don't just see a first lady,' Shriver said. 'I don't just see a Kennedy or a Schwarzenegger. I don't just see a mother, a daughter, a wife, a sister or a friend.' Her voice swelling with enthusiasm, she added: 'Thank God I don't see Warren Beatty!'" Could someone translate the weird psychological implications of this "joke"?
*No matter what happens tomorrow, we still need a serious get-out-the-vote apparatus, and since the dismantling of ACT nationally, we don't seem to have one. We might win big tomorrow, and still not be ready for '06, much less '08. Progressives need a smart, well-funded, aggressive voter contact operation, to counteract the skewing of the regular electorate, which is whiter, richer, and more conservative economically than the country as a whole.
*Election Non-Trivia: 5 years ago today, George W. Bush really lost the election. He cheated.
If you want to know more about it, my favorite book is John Nichols' Jews for Buchanan, which is funny, useful, and true.
The sad thing is, W and our MSM have blocked it out of their memories, but the rest of the world remembers the Florida fraud. They also remember invasions, interventions, assassinations, and coups, from Guatemala to Brazil to Chile to Nicaragua to Cuba to Panama to Grenada to Dominican Republic to El Salvador, right on up to Venezuela in 2002 and Haiti last year. Keep that in mind the next time you read about him lecturing South American leaders about freedom and democracy.
*Supposedly, John Kerry told Mark Crispin Miller that he now believes the 2004 election was stolen--although when Miller made it public, Kerry backed off. Too bad he didn't listen to John Edwards last year, who wanted to fight it, and instead gave up way too early.
Here's the deal, though--if you're John Kerry, and you want to run again, you suspect the last election was stolen, you ended your campaign with millions in the bank, you own 5 houses, and your wife is worth literally a billion dollars, why in the world wouldn't you both spend time right now making sure that all our future elections are transparent, with a redundant paper trail that matches whatever form of electronic voting that is used?
Let me repeat that. You think you wre cheated. You want to run again. You and your wife are worth a billion dollars. Maybe you should spend some of it now, so that the winner next time will really be the one who won (for perhaps the first time in a decade)...
The voting machinery and vote-counting programs for our public elections are privately owned...And we lecture other nations on democracy and elections...