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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The most wonderful time of the year

It's the most wonderful time of the year...

Well, really, elections are probably only wonderful for journalists who love covering politics.

For politicians and political die hards, it's the culmination of a lot of working, hoping and praying. For everyone else, it means the end of all the annoying commericals seen on TV and election pamphlets stuck in the front door.

If this election proved anything, it says that one party really can win an election by blaming the other. Apparently, setting out a cohesive set of individual policy ideas isn't always necessary.

It's the 2006 version of the women's movement...

But Tuesday night had enough twists and turns to keep everyone interested. In case you missed it, we will likely have a female Speaker of the House for the first time in history. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who helped organize the Democratic takeover is probably one of the happiest people on earth right now as she will more than likely ascend to the speaker's office. Bye bye, Denny Hastert.

Those good ol' boys are still trying to hang on...

The Senate will probably be up in the air for a few weeks. Although James Webb (D) declared victory in Virginia, Sen. George Allen (R) isn't about to give up his seat without a fight. Looks like Allen's presidential aspirations just hit a dead end.

If you give a legislator a pay raise...

Oh, and then there are those rockin' state assembly races. The anti-pay raise activists were still chomping at the bit, and minority whip, Rep. Mike Veon (D) was the victim. Bye Mike. That's what happens when you tell voters you're going to take their money and keep it for yourself and your friends.

In a game of cat and mouse..

Really, the best story of the election came out of Allentown, where a voter believed that Republicans were conspiring to take over the election by rigging the electronic voting machines. So, he attacked the machine with a cat paperweight. Poor kitty cat.

Oh, and did anybody really expect Swann to win?