Except for tangential observations, I avoid politics in this blog. I want anyone who comes upon this site to feel comfortable and welcome here. But today is too big to ignore. My conservative friends, please be tolerant of me for a moment.
It has been a very long time since I have felt happy the day after an election. I generally feel marginalized and irrelevant the day after, just another minority member of that latte-sipping class in that tiny, liberal enclave of Seattle, with no voice in the affairs of this nation. I don’t expect nor want my individual views to be the ones that dominate the national politics. My viewpoint is too narrow for that. But I sure would like my side to have an influence, and it feels like it has been a very long time since that has been so. 1992 was the last good election. The last time before that when I felt as good was watching the resignation of Nixon. These are almost once in a generation events.
It feel almost too good to savor this schadenfreude, to see the Republicans reap the harvest of their hubris and hypocrisy. I can still feel my blood pressure rise remembering the Clinton impeachment hearings and the utter meanness of it all. There is a Jacobin part of me, I’m not proud of it, but I’m not entirely not proud of it, that wants revenge. I want subpoena power, I want hearings, I want to make life as miserable for the Republicans as they made it for the Democrats. I want to make them pay.
This, though, is no good for my blood pressure either. Nor for the longer term success of progressive causes. The fact is, there’s more of them (conservatives) than us (latte-sipping liberals). A middle way is what I most fervently hope will emerge.
The last word on this: Obama in 08!!!