cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
The elections of yesterday carried some unlikely results given the past several years. The Democrats won the congressional seat in New York state. Beyond that, the Republicans appear to have been the bigger winners. Does that suggest that the Republicans are back on top? That is doubtful. It does suggest, though, that the political landscape has shifted a bit.
The biggest race, so far as outcomes, was for the governor's office in New Jersey. New Jersey has been a solid Democrat state for so long as I can remember. It has been very liberal for so long as I can remember. The win by Republican Chris Christie is a very big win no matter how you view it. Gov. Corzine spent gobs of money and had three visits by President Obama in his quest to retain the seat, but lost.
Another interesting vote was that of the people of Maine who became the 31st state to consider gay marriage in a statewide vote. They defeated that question to the great consternation of its supporters. That seems significant since Maine is in the very liberal northeast and since it has been a left-leaning state for years.
Virginia elected Republicans to the top three offices in the state, and that marked the first high level win for the Republicans since they lost the governorship in 2001. That sweep had been predicted so the outcome didn't seem to be as significant as it might have been.
Down below the headlines, though, is another interesting switch. Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has announced that he and the Senate will not be tied to the president's timetable so far as health care reform. He now is shifting that time line to 'sometime after the first of the year'. If this is real, and not simply a move to throw the opponents off their stride, it is among the more important happenings of yesterday. This signals his recognition that he doesn't yet have the magic potion to get the votes he needs on this huge piece of legislation.
It has long been discussed that the vote on such a major piece of contested legislation in an election year would be foolhardy for the Democrats since the public would have that memory very much front and center when they voted in the fall of 2010. Reid faces a tough re-election race next year, as well, incidentally. This seemingly innocent pronouncement by the majority leader could well indicate that health care reform will not occur in its present form.
Given the concoction that has been put together so far in both the Senate and the House, defeat of this nasty piece of legislation is the best outcome possible for the nation. There are certainly necessary changes that we must make, but the wholesale dumping of what works in favor of what liberals want (read: national health care and government control of this segment of our economy) is farcical at best.
This "health care reform" effort would mimic the best "Keystone Cops" episode but for the tremendous importance it holds for all Americans.