Election Night

November 7, 2006

So…now that the Dems have performed well, I’m interested to see if the media will abandon the “Voter Irregularities” stories that they beat to death when the Republicans do well. I think they will, but I hope I’m wrong. I enjoy stories about idiots who can’t push a button or fill in an oval.

I swear to God, the Democrats can run a gerbil named Nibbles against a moderate Republican…and New Jersey will vote the gerbil into office. “Yes, Nibbles sleeps in pee-soaked cedar chips, but the other guy’s a Republican!”

PS: And why don’t I ever get an “I voted!” sticker?

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  • Wandering Minstrel November 8, 2006 at 12:06 am

    I want a “Nibbles in ’08” shirt!

  • Wandering Minstrel November 8, 2006 at 12:06 am

    “I was for Nibbles before I was against him.”

  • Tommy November 8, 2006 at 9:16 am

    It was embarrassing, but I knew that Tom Kean Jr. did not have chance – even with a close election.

    I’m a card carrying Republican in Lawrenceville. The results were very scary how overwhelming the Democrats won at every level. As a party, we need to re-evaluate how we are doing things.

    The amazing thing is about your post. Everyone I talk to has the same feelings as you. The Democrats are just doing a better job at getting their supporters at the polls.

  • Erin November 8, 2006 at 2:19 pm

    Wow. Amazing how the Republicans all of a sudden cry foul when they lose. Such poor sports.

    Why don’t I hear you guys being outraged about the illegal activities such as telling legal immigrants they would be arrested at the polls?

    Why, when you’ve yelled and insulted Democrats for insinuating that the Iraq war is for oil, aren’t you yelling and insulting the President for announcing that it is?

    Why did you sling mud saying someone NOT for the Iraq war was unpatriotic, a terrorist lover, and hated the troops but are upset that people stood up for themselves? That the TROOPS called for Rumsfeld to resign? That the TROOPS are fed up with Bush and his bungling? Using your definition, the TROOPS are unpatriotic and terrorist lovers, and yet, I no longer hear you shouting your superiority about the war from the rooftops.

    Why are you claiming that a register Democrat voter will support anyone not Republican when you’ve blindly voted in support of a president breaking the Constitution, making torture, wire tapping, and invading bank accounts legal? A president who pays for Iraq with New Orleans? Who decimated an entire industry by taking kickbacks to send jobs overseas? Who is the only President in history to violate his own trade embargo by doing business with the second ranking worst dictator in the entire world? Who cuts benefits from the TROOPS you keep shouting that you favor and yet, where are you to fight to get those benefits back? Why didn’t you vote against him for shoving senior citizens into such debt to get their medicine? (My mother had to pay THOUSANDS for her cancer medication; thank you, superior Republicans, for that.) Why was it okay to impeach Clinton for a lie and a scandal, but when it comes to Republicans, you state now that someone must have died?

    Guess what? THOUSANDS ARE DEAD!!! And the majority has decided to follow the rules, even when you change them. Thousands are dead and thousands of lies and scandals are out in the open.

    I got news for you: Nibbles is in the White House. You jumped off the cliffs like lemmings to keep his party in power, just like he asked.

    You are such hypocrites. You sat on Olympus and blindly voted and supported your party. You failed in your job as an American to question the government, which is in violation of the Constitution, and when it does wrong, bring it down on election day. Now that someone else has done that job, you point a finger and claim someone else blindly voted for their party. How aggravating for you that someone might have done what you did (blind support) and other did the job you didn’t (held the government accountable even when it was their party in power).

    And yet, how many of you voted Democrat when that was the best person for the job? I can say that I did vote for some Republicans yesterday when, after studying their stance on issues, I saw they were the best candidate.

    By all means, continue supporting The War for Oil. Continue abusing the troops’ commitment and thousands of innocent Iraqis; make them die for your gas tank. Send more jobs away from America. Take more kickbacks, sexually harrass more aides, criticize someone’s military record, make education (No Child Left Behind? Sorry, kids, no chance for oil control left behind!) and medicine something only for the rich. Keep the bankruptcies and foreclosures up and the jobs down. The President does and you wouldn’t want to vote against a Republican, because that’s what a lot of us did and you say we were wrong.

    You can start by answering the President’s call for support in Iraq, even though he’s flip flopped on Stay the Course. The Army is in desperate need of people. The age range has been extended and you don’t even need a high school diploma. I am sure all of you proud card carrying Republicans will not be hypocritical and will be enlisting for service in Iraq by the end of this week.

  • johnnyblack November 8, 2006 at 3:46 pm

    what she said–you go Erin!!!

  • cynic November 8, 2006 at 4:45 pm

    Take a chill pill Erin…there’s enough blame to go around for everyone when considering our country’s ills.

    If you think either party is the solution to the problems, think again. The Founding Fathers never intended for our government to degenerate into what’s basically a two-party system. They envisioned a much more fluid government, without career politicians and with the country’s citizens actively participating in the government. I sometimes laugh at the number of republics Italy has gone through since its unification, but I think the intent of the Founding Fathers was that we have something more akin to that instead of the oppressive bureaucracy we’re laden with now.

    I’ve worked for the Democratic Party in the past, and have been involved with environmental groups, and what many would consider to be “liberal” groups, etc. While I’m much more conservative now than when I was younger, I say the following just to keep things in some perspective.

    While a Republican got us into it, the Democrats did the greatest amount of feeding into the meatgrinder that was Vietnam, a Republican got us out. (and believe me, I hated that thought 30 years ago) BTW, the Republican that got us into Vietnam, warned us about the military-industrial complex in a televised speech, but was ignored over 45 years ago.

    The push for the “Great Society”, and the “New Deal” before that, were led by Democrats. While the programs introduced were of course beneficial to many, there are many that would argue that those programs have led to the burden that we face now and well into our future.

    There’s no such thing as a free lunch – where is all the money going to come from? Whether its to pay for war or social programs, somebody has to open their wallets. Unfortunately I keep feeling my pocket is getting picked.

    My wife and I make roughly four times now than when we were first married 17 years ago – but we’re not sure if we can pay for school when our kids start going to college in 2 1/2 years, and be able to afford retirement before we’re in our 70s. We don’t have any debt – except for a mortgage. And, we save 15-20% of our net income per year (that’s far more than the average American family).

    Taxes at all levels are to blame – I’m sick and tired of paying for programs I don’t take advantage of, or for that matter, even have access to because my income is too high. But I do appreciate what is beneficail to me.

    I’m tired of pork barrel politics – almost all politicians take part in it, whatever party affiliation.

    I’m tired of the Government class (that’s in addition to the lower, middle and upper classes) milking the American public.

    I’m tired of all the finger pointing by everyone – at someone else, not themselves.

    I’m tired of people who tell me what to think, where to go, and what to do.

    I’m tired of all the mindless rhetoric and drivel from both sides of the aisle.

    I’m tired of the government telling business how to conduct itself, but if the same scrutiny was applied to the way the various governments were run, they’d be out of business.

    BTW – I voted for candidates from three different parties yesterday.

  • Kimberly November 8, 2006 at 9:55 pm

    FWIW, I didn’t vote straight Republican. I rarely do. I’ve never blindly supported any party. The last Republican senator from NJ existed in 1982 for less than a year as a replacement.

    I am not a hypocrite. I read, I question, I vote.

    I’m sorry…need to go now…my wedding song was just played in the middle of a hockey game I was watching. No joke. Some things are more important than politics.

  • Tommy November 8, 2006 at 10:37 pm

    That long comment above is so far off base, it isn’t worth commenting on.

  • dr. dave November 8, 2006 at 11:40 pm

    jesus… when the heck did YOUR blog start drawing the foaming-at-the-mouth talk-radio crowd??

  • john blackwell November 9, 2006 at 9:05 am

    Not talk radio–just informed.

  • Kimberly November 9, 2006 at 5:49 pm

    Apologies to “cynic” who somehow ended up in my moderation queue. Welcome aboard, “stranger!”

    I’d participate more, but I’m too busy denying abortions to rape victims, burning $100 bills for fun and ensuring that Michael J. Fox remains twitchy for the rest of his days. ‘Cause you know…that’s what I do up here on Olympus! 😉

  • AD November 9, 2006 at 9:42 pm

    Politics is definitely a sensitive subject.

  • John November 9, 2006 at 9:54 pm

    Geez Kim, what happened to the days when you were almost 100% democrat?

  • Wandering Minstrel November 10, 2006 at 9:31 am

    Vote for Nibbles – for a kindler, gentler exercise wheel.
    Vote for Nibbles – ask not what Nibbles can do for you, but what you can do for Nibbles.
    Vote for Nibbles – no gerbil left behind.
    Vote for Nibbles – it’s the cedar chips, stupid.
    Vote for Nibbles – speak softly and carry a big pellet.
    Vote for Nibbles – are you better of than you were four years ago?
    Vote for Nibbles – Tippecanoe and Nibbles too!
    Vote for Nibbles – Together, we can.

    This is an assortment of various political slogans from both sides of the political aisle. Please notice one amazing similarity – they’re all complete and total bullcrap. Each little catch phrase has been altered to fit Nibbles – who I will most assuredly vote for in ’08, given the dismal view I have of each party (sidenote to those who feel self-righteous about their views, left or right: how many of your chosen electors supported the war with their votes before it hit the fan and became taboo to support it?). Now, admittedly, these slogans sound ridiculous when altered to fit a gerbil, but they make no less sense than the originals.

    Empty promises, empty boasts, and too little done to support both. Ours is not a democracy – the Founding Fathers never intended a democracy, also known as mob rule. This is a representative republic – the people choose their leaders, within the framework of law and order. The system is not broken, those that we have chosen to represent us are.

    Some choose to select President Bush (yes, I say President Bush, not just Bush, call me crazy, but I still have the decency to respect the office) as the source of all that is evil and wrong in this country. That’s fine, he’s not in there forever. But look to the other side of the aisle for fault, too. President Clinton, for example, defaced that same office when he not only had an extramarital affair within it, but then lied to the country (am I legislating what goes on in the bedroom? Goodness, no, I’m saying that there’s a time and a place for it, and the office of the leader of our contry is neither that time, nor that place).

    Ted Kennedy is perhaps the best example of a Nibbles mentality (voting for anyone who isn’t the other party). Ted Kennedy, the man who murdered Mary Jo Kopechne, and yet has served as a senator since 1962. The people of Massachusetts would rather elect a man who killed a woman, then used his familial influence to get himself out of it, than elect a Republican.

    So yes, I dare say to you from the towering height of Olympus: Nibbles in ’08: Rebuilding American politics one rodent at a time.

  • johnnyblack November 11, 2006 at 2:28 pm

    It’s funny that when someone attacks the Bush, the only thing the GOPers have to answer with is “…but look what Clinton did.” Yeah–I guess that blow job killed 3000 Americans in Iraq!

  • Tommy November 11, 2006 at 6:53 pm

    “It’s funny that when someone attacks the Bush, the only thing the GOPers have to answer with is “…but look what Clinton did.” ”

    I always say when it comes to Iraq that the Democrats would have done the same exact thing – go to war. Bush was confronted with more in his first 2 years in office than any other President. I think if Clinton was President, we would be in Iraq and the Democrats would be on the defensive.

    Let’s keep in mind two things: 1) Americans overwhemlingly supported the War back in 03; 2) Bush himself said the operation was going to be a long one. Everyone seems to forget these two points.

    Hey Bubba Bill Clinton happened to be President at the right time. Back to the original premise of this thread, most likely a “gerbil” could have done as good a job as any.

    As for the Democrats. The NJ ones must all love Jon “Taxman” Corzine. Everyone must love paying taxes on health clubs, home security systems, etc. But yeah, he’ll give us property tax relief….great job Taxman.

  • johnnyblack November 13, 2006 at 2:59 pm

    Lets keep in mind–Americans supported the war because we were told there were WMDs–there weren’t any. We also THOUGHT that Bush would send in enough troops to do the job–he didn’t. We had faith that he knew what he was doing—he didn’t….and still doesn’t!!!
    He puts people from his father’s failed presidency in leadership positions. Real smart man!!

  • dr. dave November 13, 2006 at 9:31 pm

    politics, schmolitics… i just come here for the xmas cookies!