Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Election Day Has Arrived

Election Day is here and the votes are being cast. By the end of the evening, hopefully, we'll have some idea about what will happen over the next two years. Though George W. Bush isn't on the ballot, this election is and should be a referendum on him and his handling of Iraq. Though elections are based on local issues, unless there is a change in congress there will continue to be no accountability. To think that the President is heading into the final stretch of his presidency and he's used the veto pen only once, and that was to veto a popular bi-partisan stem cell research funding bill, is mind boggling.

At this point it's not about Democrat and Republican, it's about accountability and about forcing the current administration to pay attention to at least half if not more of the country. With gerrymandered districts, this makes things difficult, but the House is likely to fall. The Senate is more iffy, but it should be at least closer to 50-50.

With things as they stand the Democrats can do little, except hold the rest of the government accountable and then moderate things. Interestingly enough, many of the candidates running for the first time are moderates, some are former Republicans who no longer feel at home. I think in the next few years there will be a new sorting out of things. Things should be interesting!

So, if you've not voted, go vote! And keep in mind the big picture.

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