I flew cross country yesterday and my seat mate, a young Marine, was a gift from God. He certainly had the better perspective about Tuesday, a day best described by Judith Viorst as a: "terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day."
Thanks, "Mike" for kicking my brain back into productive mode. I'd vented some of my fears about the next two years and he reacted with scorn: "What, you gonna move to France?"
We'd better take our licks, learn our lessons and find a better gear for the coming hill climb.
For the record, I called this election wrong, wrong, wrong; and I am hereby making an abject and absolute apology. No John Kerry, I take complete responsibility for messing it up. If you listened to my insane ravings about how we'd get bloodied but not bowed, I abase myself and beg forgiveness.
Two close friends who used to call themselves "Congressman" will be unemployed January 20. I am just thankful that family duties kept me completely out of their campaigns. If I'd helped them lose it would be time for Seppuku.
So Mike and I made a list of the good news about Tuesday:
- It's more fun to be the loyal opposition, sniping, snarking and cackling at will.
- Rummy had to go sooner or later anyway, or he'd have been savaged by Congress for his long distance micromanaging. Making him the sacrificial goat suits everyone, probably even him.
- George can finally shake the dust off the veto pen.
- Election-meth powered Moonbat behavior will provide bonus blogging fodder.
- Tax increases, preferential treatment for fringies and communist social programs will create voter disgust just in time for the 2008 Presidential election.
- Pelosi mishandling of Jihadist threat will get the attention, and disdain, of the Freerangers.
- Increased exposure for Democratic presidential candidates will put more heat on Hillary.
Finally, just a few words about Iraq from my new friend. He was at Fallujah and other critical parts of the battle for Iraqi freedom and claims most soldiers there agree: the Iraqis want our stability while they figure out how to do democracy. Our Commander-in-Chief will never order us to abandon them, regardless the hand wringing in Congress. And by the 2008 election, America will have gotten a good look at Pelosi and her crowd, and we'll have another Republican President.
Drink up your lemonade, we have work to do.