The Shotgun Blog
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
I suppose it was bound to happen. As Powerline notes, the Democrats are now trying to "redefine the meaning of close" in a last gasp attempt to avoid conceding defeat. In so doing, they risk convincing a good percentage of fair-minded Americans who had given them the benefit of the doubt over the Florida fiasco, that they might well be renamed the Lawyer Party Of Losers. At the core of this party is a group of people who are intellectually corrupt and emotionally immature. Little is going to change in Democratic Party fortunes until they are purged.
Hugh Hewitt has been unwavering in his optimism during the campaign, and as it turned out, he was closer to being right than nearly anyone else. Hewitt's blog should be an example for our Canadian local talk radio hosts - he has done a marvellous job of connecting his show to the voices on the internet, and it has made him all the more influencial. He writes;
Pete Coors is a gentleman. Trailing by less than 50,000 votes out of nearly 1.8 million and with 12% of Colorado's precincts yet to be tallied, Pete nevertheless took a calm look at the numbers and called Ken Salazar to concede. Classy.
Contrast that with Tom Daschle, Tony Knowles and Betty Castor, and of course John Kerry. No reasonable interpretation of the data in any of these races can give any of these candidates a win, but they are hanging on.
This is not the conduct of a great party, but it is also not surprising for the party of Michael Moore. What an example for the new democracies in Afghanistan and Iraq. Perhaps sleep will bring wisdom to this group. Sleep, and a good hard look at what Al Gore has become.
Hugh also notices that the gain of 4 senate votes breaks the Democrats ability to filibuster presidential judicial nominees - their last power wedge is gone.
Other big losers are the mainstream media - how badly and how permanently their credibility has been harmed is too soon to tell, but the results - the highest all-time popular vote total, the first majority won since Bush Sr's 1988 win - are a repudiation to the attempts to sway the election. The American public is onto them.
update: Saner heads prevail .... but as we are still awaiting the speech, there's still time for one last flip-flop!
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