Random Thoughts: Election 2010

When I finally turned off the tv last night, it was 12:30 in the morning here in Washington state and, despite percentage signs and other stats flashing in red and blue inside my brain, I miraculously fell asleep.  Three Senatorial races were still undecided when I finally went to bed, Washington, Colorado and Alaska, and remained so when I woke up this morning.

My biggest hope in this election was for the Republicans to win back the House – which they did in great numbers – if only to remove Nancy Pelosi as Speaker.  It was a wonderful achievement in my book.   When I listened to Harry Reid’s speech last night, I thought of a taxi ride I took in Las Vegas last year.  The driver ranted on and on about Obama and Harry Reid and I told him, “all you guys have to do is vote that guy out in 2010.”  Well, obviously no one heeded my advice and we’ve got ol’ Harry back in the Senate.  One out of two ain’t bad.

Losing the Senate is probably a blessing in disguise in light of 2012, but I’ll leave the potential advantages of a split Congress to the political analysts, something I’m not.  I did, however, learn a lot about the importance of the Republican gubernatorial wins, particularly in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida.  Good job, John Kasich!

I’m sorry to see Christine O’Donnell didn’t win.  I previously wrote about Ms. O’Donnell and got some flack from readers regarding my concerns about her nomination.  I thought she couldn’t win.  I’m with Bernie on this one.  I’d rather have someone who would vote my way half of the time (Michael Castle) rather than someone who’d never vote my way (Chris Coons).  It’s great to be an ideological purist, but, sometimes, you have to be practical.  I must say that listening to acceptance speeches by Tea Party-backed candidates, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio, was a breath of fresh air.

I would’ve loved to have seen Barbara Boxer lose and Meg Whitman win in California, but you can’t have everything.  God only knows what Jerry Brown is going to do in California.  He was blabbering during his acceptance speech last night but perhaps it was way past his bedtime.  I sure hope he gets some rest because he’s going to need it when he starts to tackle the massive problems in that state.  But, hey, I don’t live there anymore.

To be fair and balanced, I did switch tv coverage from Fox News to MSNBC a few times but someone would’ve thought they were watching election returns in a foreign country.  Their coverage – if you could call it that – was laughable.  When I did muster up the strength to actually watch Keith Olbermann and his three cohorts, their attempt to minimize the Republican take over of the House was pathetic.  I could vaguely make out the outline of the black armbands under their jackets while they sat around like a clique of silly school girls giggling and bad-mouthing those that weren’t part of their elite group.  They had no one on with opposing views, unlike Fox News which had several pundits on the right and left throughout the night.  Instead, Olbermann sat around with three other like-minded individuals enjoying their Republican bashing and Chris Matthews even threw in one of his sophomoric comments about Sarah Palin.  Did someone forget to tell him Ms. Palin wasn’t running for office?  These bozos must be obsessed and afraid of this woman otherwise why bother?

We’re still waiting to hear whether Patty Murray lost her Senate seat to Dino Rossi here in Washington.  Knowing how liberals rule in Seattle, I’m not holding my breath.  I’d just love to see the woman who once said, “[Osama bin Laden]’s been out in these countries for decades, building schools, building roads, building infrastructure, building day-care facilities, building health-care facilities, and the people are extremely grateful. He’s made their lives better,” have to look for a real job like the other 10% of Americans.

Over the past several weeks, President Obama drove his analogy of the car into the ground.  The Dems were in the front seat and the Republicans, who ran the car into a ditch, according to him, didn’t get to drive anymore and were relegated to the back seat.  Well, it doesn’t matter who was sitting in the front seat or the back seat, because, last night, the American people applied the brakes!

When I watched the President speak this morning, he looked as if he would’ve preferred to have a root canal without any anesthetic rather than stand in front of those cameras.  He’s now calling for cooperation and bipartisanship, but I’ll believe it when I see it.  I still remember the closed door sessions during the Obamacare fiasco when “transparency” was promised.  Whether he’ll be able to tolerate being in the same room with John Boehner is something we’ll have to wait and see.

As Mick Jagger said, “you can’t always get what you want, but … you get what you need.”  Well, we needed to stop Obama’s far left agenda to transform this country into something unrecognizable and that’s exactly what we got last night.  Let’s hope the Republicans will do actually what they said during the campaign, otherwise, like the Dems found out last night, the electorate will boot them out in two years.

Overall, it was a very good night.  Countdown clock on my computer to Election Day 2012:  2 years, 0 months, 3 days, 3 hours………  Let the games begin!

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
Author website: http://www.idontgetit.us
  • Roger Ward

    Yes, Leona, it was a good night …. a good night for the faithful who still believe that our Founders had it right. We’re not yet where we need to be but last night was a very large step toward righting the wrongs of the recent past. Now we need to hope that all our elected officials take the message that the Tea Party has put out there. (It’s really amazing how fast the Tea Party’s beliefs have taken root. Good for them.)

    I’m trying to get to the position espoused by Elias on 11/4/10: “True love includes everything and everyone. Let’s show and give the best of ourselves. Let’s work together!” It’s a laudable belief and position and I hope to get there …. but in the meantime, please don’t think too badly of me as I secretly take joy in the memory of the Democrats’ recent ass-whipping.

  • Friedrich N.

    How’s this for “unbias” “conservative” “news” http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20101105/el_yblog_upshot/citing-shady-numbers-republicans-take-aim-at-the-cost-of-obamas-trip-to-india
    Why don’t you do a report on this Mr. Goldberg? Why not? Is it because you don’t want to take aim at your buddies? Please Mr. “Liberal Bias News”, if you want to restore integrrity to journalism, take aim at this! I dare you! You can not ignore that Fox News is a lie factory. I have given you proof.

    Also, stop talking about has-been celebrities who talk about politics. No one ever cared what they think! You’re the only one who does!

    And again, stop generalizing liberals. You have no authority to do that. You can not speak for millions of diverse people. Opinions are meaningless.

    • JDO

      Out of curiousity, is it your Opinion that “Opinions are meaningless”? And, if so, does that mean opinions have meaning? And, if that’s true, does your opinion make them meaningless again?

      Just for the heck of it, take a look at the picture of the person who wrote this opinion piece. Hint: It’s not Mr. Goldberg. When someone cannot even address the correct person, replying to something, I usually just ignore them, but your last sentence caught my eye, and made me laugh. Thanks for the laugh!

    • http://www.idontgetit.us Leona Salazar

      Quite honestly, I have no idea what you’re talking about. First, these are my random thoughts about Election night 2010.
      I have no idea what you mean when you say “stop generalizing liberals.” The only reference I made to liberals is to the overwhelming number in Seattle. In fact, Patty Murray has been declared the winner in Washington, so my statement was correct.
      I also have no idea what celebrities you’re talking about. I mentioned no celebrity opinion in my article except to quote Mick Jagger’s lyrics. I have no idea, nor am I interested in, what Mick Jagger thinks about our elections.
      Lastly, I have no idea where the $200 million price tag for Mr. Obama’s trip to India came from. Whoever said it, should provide their source of information. All I know is what I saw on Tuesday night. Fox News had as many liberals as conservatives in its election coverage while MSNBC had no conservatives. That’s exactly what I said.

      • Friedrich N.

        This has nothing to do with you. It is an attack on this website’s creator’s beliefs that the media are biased. I’m sorry you feel so offended. I’m also sorry you would respond to my post rather than respond to tommy freedom’s post. He suggests that Obama, Pelosi, and Reid should be shot by Cheney. You have no problem with this?

  • TOMMY FREEDOM

    EVERYONE NEEDS A BREAK, THE ELECTION WAS STRESSFULL,
    OBAMA, PELOSI, REID SHOULD GET OUTDOORS, ENJOY NATURE AND THE
    SUNSHINE TO REJUVENATE THEM. THEY SHOULD CONSIDER A NICE
    HUNTING TRIP WITH DICK CHENEY ! !

  • Ron

    Being practical has given the Republican Party, Michael Steele as Chairman and Mitch McConnell as leader of the Senate. We have also had Bob Dole, Jerry Ford and Richard Nixon as Presidents or candidates. Candidates who identified themselves as tea party candidates only won slightly more than 1/3 of the elections in which they were in. Nevertheless, it was the tea party enthusiasm that was largely responsible for the Republican gains. I never quite understood why people wished Christine O’Donnell did not run but not other candidates who identify themselves with the tea party movement. I just don’t trust my own instincts enought to know who has the best chance of winning. Finally, I just waited until 11:30 to watch the election results. I did not want to see the pundits tell me why people voted the way they did. I think we all vote for different reasons and I am not sure why they would know more than I would.

    • Chief

      Ron, part of the draw in watching the returns roll in and cheering for your team. The pundits are there to share their opinions and give you something to think about or cheer if you are so inclined.

  • JDO

    I continue to find it amazing how conservative California voters continue to be about issues such as gay marriage and legalizing marijuana, and how liberal they continue to vote when it comes to their paychecks and how much the Democrats want to take out of them. Truly remarkable.

  • Neil1981

    Election night was an exciting one.
    Only a few pundits believed that Republicans could actually gain as many House seats as they ended up getting (a whopping +65) so that is great news.
    Also encouraging was the Republican governor pickups in blue states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Iowa and always important Ohio.
    These new pickups will play an important role in the 2012 election.
    Senate numbers fell short. We may not know the Rossi/ Murray outcome in Washington State for weeks. We vote by mail here (isn’t this the 21st century)? I hate it and actually miss going to the polls. I am always leary of my ballot being “lost in the mail” or worse……
    The last time Dino Rossi was in a race this tight was for governor in 2004 in what is the tightest race for that office in U.S. history.
    After 3 recounts, the Dems were able to “find” enough votes to sent his opponent into office.
    I did not watch any other TV coverage election night but Fox News.
    I did however see Keith Olbermann “Bush Bashing” yesterday on MSNBC already mocking the former president about his new book coming out.
    I could not stand Mr Olbermann as a sportscaster and he is even a worse “journalist”. He comes across very unprofessional with his “childish” humor.
    But who even watches MSNBC anymore?????

    • CCNV

      Neil1981, I’m with you – and I’ve never been much for politics until this past presidential election. However, I can’t help but think Republicans might have taken a few more seats had the military ballots been distributed in a timely manner (who didn’t know the vote was November 2nd?). Washington seems to forget that OUR military men and women are not fighting just so politicians can run amok in DC.

  • Seth Bullock

    I am from California, and it is very unfortunate that Jerry Moonbeam and Boxer are still here!
    Everything you said is true, OF COURSE!
    Keep telling the truth.

    • Bruce A.

      I saw an article that for the first time since the 1950′s California will be losing seats in the Huse. Maybe that’s the plan, chase out people with money to invest. What did Moonbeam do last time as Gov. that was so great he deserved another turn? Happy I live in PA.

  • Elias

    Dear Leona,

    I fully agree with your way of thinking about the radical press.
    On election day, I also changed channels waiting to hear from the mouths of these individuals a kind word… no, “nada,” ….they will not change. But, we can change our attitude toward them. It is only light that lights the dark.

    This has been a long process. Now, the most important thing is to move forward and take the right course for the good sake of our country and all its people.

    True love includes everything and everyone. Let’s show and give the best of ourselves. Let’s work together!