To say the least. I must say, I cannot remember the last time I felt so happy after an election. I feel as if I’m finally getting my country back. Here in Massachusetts, I can at last feel hopeful about leadership from the governor, and an end to Mitt Romney’s screw-the-towns-and-schools philosophy. Deval Patrick has his work cut out for him, but I’m hopeful that he’s up to the job.
In my native state of Ohio, election-stealer Ken Blackwell is out of a job, they’ve put a Democrat in the governor’s office for the first time in 16 years, and a Democrat in the Senate, as well. Dare we hope that election “irregularities” in Ohio might come to an end?
Nationwide, what can I say? The neocon/pseudocon stranglehold on the federal government has been broken at last. Finally we might have a Congress that doesn’t roll over and play dead for the president, that understands checks and balances. With luck, we’ve seen an end to the pro-war, anti-environment, steal-from-the-underclass-and-give-to-the-rich sort of lawmaking we’ve come to know so well. It’s probably too soon to hope for the repeal or amendment of the bad laws enacted under the last Congress. On the other hand, maybe they’ll finally hold the president accountable to the law. Wouldn’t that be refreshing?
And to see Rumsfeld leave: that’s just a miracle from Heaven. (Side note: I had known that Rumsfeld was a former high school wrestling coach—embarrassing enough to the sport!—but had not known until I read it in the paper today that current Speaker of the House Hastert was, as well. Ai caramba!)
As for Iraq…truthfully, I don’t know the best way out. I don’t think it’s right to demolish the country and then just leave it in disarray—but I’m not sure how much good we’re doing with our continued presence. Probably the best thing would be for peacekeeping troops from other countries to take over, if they were willing. (And just to be clear, I don’t doubt the dedication of the guys and women in uniform; it’s we who have put them in that untenable situation.) It will take people smarter than me to figure that one out.
Anyway, I’m not going to let that uncertainty ruin my week. I voted this week (actually last week, absentee) and so did the rest of the country. And I’m thrilled with the outcome.