* Pants, © Charlie Loving, 2006
Democrats Celebrate Republican Win
This morning I woke up to CNN
election news. When I went to sleep,
Montana, Virginia and Missouri were still out.
Dems needed all three to take control
of the Senate. Still half awake, I listened to analysts
explain that the 28 seat gain in the House was
a normal second term, mid- term shift
and control in the Senate was going to hang
They said this wasn't a Democrat win, it was
a Republican loss, the Senate was too close to call,
and the Republican firewall appeared to be
Lieberman will caucus with the Dems
and vote with the Republicans as usual.
They continued to explain that Hillary
was positioned nicely for a presidential run in 2008,
that Nancy Pelosi, the first woman Speaker of the House,
would immediately start reigning in radical democratic
committee chairs like Charlie Rangell.
What about Missouri — where the idiot radio guy
made international news mocking Michael J. Fox
to turn out conservatives against stem cell research?
Missouri had been called for Dems.
What about Montana?
The Dem was in the lead, but totals
were still being tabulated?
And what about Virginia, where the FBI
is investigating Republican voter intimidation?
The Dem is ahead there too.
Why wasn't I hearing the word "sweep"?
Or "poised to sweep"?
The 2000 race was called for Bush immediately —
Remember Karen Hughes saying over and over and
over and over — her technique being to repeat a lie
so often it becomes a household veracity —
that the vote had been counted, when it actually
never was, everyone insisting Bush had won,
a lie that held for 6 years – so far.
Bush will talk to the nation soon to celebrate
the Republican firewall, to extend a hand
across the isle to moderate Dems who will
certainly see, now they are in power themselves,
the necessity of war crimes, tax give aways to major
corporations, torture and domestic spying, corruption,
sex scandals and unrestrained executive power.
The sweep — governor races, (everywhere but Texas
where the fix was insured by independent candidates ),
33 House seats, and the fact the last two races
(Dems need both to take the Senate)
show Dems in the lead —
this morning isn’t a Democratic tsunami at all,
not really, at least on cable news, not yet,
there's still time to wrangle voting machines.
What has really occurred is that Republicans
are poised, after making a few adjustments,
to win in 2008 against everyone’s favorite target, Hillary,
and the stage is set for a Bush victory speech
this afternoon — just before he invades
Iran in the next few weeks, months,
I hope I'm wrong.
©Susan Bright, 2006,
Susan Bright is the author of nineteen books of poetry. She is the editor of Plain View Press which since 1975 has published one-hundred-and-fifty books. Her work as a poet, publisher, activist and educator has taken her all over the United States and abroad. Her most recent book, The Layers of Our Seeing, is a collection of poetry, photographs and essays about peace done in collaboration with photographer Alan Pogue and Middle Eastern journalist, Muna Hamzeh.
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Tester's lead in Montana is now back to 3,000 votes and he has just been declared the winner. Webb's lead is back up to 8,000 votes.
This is a big win,
and no spin will have much staying power.
And now, Rumsfeld quits.
And in the future, watch MSNBC and use NPR.org.
CNN pretty much sucks.