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I'm kind of taking a break from ol' Jon in the wake of his false equivalency rally.

Well, Jon helped New York State, perhaps. Today's a bummer day. As Iowa goes, so goes the nation.


Response to the election from a friend in new York City: "Americans, except for those living in the state of New York, maybe California, are the pits...that is my thought for the day." From my side of the pond it seems that we are all in thrall to the Bankers and Bean Counters.

No offense - really, but your friend sounds like part of the problem.

Are we (you) not ALL part of the problem? She went out and voted, as she has done for over 50 years, and you presumably know the results there. What about the results in other states? What 'part of the problem' currently is voting Democrat? Maybe you should all become Tea Partiers and do away with voting for government altogether?

As is my habit here in Texas, I went out and cast my votes for a string of losers - by which I mean not a single one of the people for whom I voted won.

I haven't voted for a winner since 2005 - and he was not on the winning side! I think the last time I voted for a candidate who won, and who represented the winning party, was in the 1970s. Still keep on doing it, though. With any luck the shambles of a government we have in the UK at the moment will enact something about PR and then maybe my vote will count for something.

Indeed, holed up in Vermont now as I am. I might as well be on the moon. But I have lived in quite a few places in this country, not all of which have had a dead leaf- and sap-based economy, and I've come to think that coastal aloofness isn't exactly helping this country.

That may be what it seems like, but the deal has more to do with the right wing being able to manipulate fear and anger better than a fire and brimstone preacher. The left hasn't taken that route since Vietnam, from what I can tell; we're a little to nice sometimes, I think. There are plenty of sad people.

And remember - the GOP LOVES to call 2 point margins and the like "mandates." That hyperbole was old when Bush II was elected. It's just stinky crap to me by now. But others will repeat it and vote themselves into oblivion because they'd rather not think too hard about how we got into this mess.

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed — and hence clamorous to be led to safety — by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” — H. L. Mencken

Well, unless you count Global Warming.

Henry Louis "H. L." Mencken (September 12, 1880 – January 29, 1956)

I think I'm going to have to give up my role as Pedant here.


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