A few days now with the election results in and news of Rumsfeld's departure making headlines, I'm largely satisfied with the results.
But I'm now more frightened that some people will confuse victory for effective strategy.
As seen in certain races like MN Governor and Virginia, in particular, or even Bachmann vs. Wetterling, and elsewhere across the country, what bugs me is that the margins had to be so close at all.
Given everything that's been going on, even without the scandals and gaffes, it shouldn't have come down to the wire in many of these races, and should have been more Klobuchar (58%) or McCollum (70%).
Half the time, it was the opposition that's stumbling over itself trying to hand it to someone else, and still people had to debate about it?
There's a segment that would seriosuly rather go with someone who HAS historically screwed them over, because we don't change horses in midstream or some ridiculous thing like that?
It's like saying, "Sure, Mike Tyson punches people out a lot, but I bet it won't hurt if I step into the ring with him."
Still, that's democracy in action for you. I'm glad we've got it. Let's just make sure we keep working to keep it fine-tuned and truly reflective of the people.
And in the meantime, just to keep it light:
Over at Tripmaster Monkey they're pointing out Radar Magazine's hilarious report on a new monkey menace
This ranks pretty high on the ol' bizzarometer.
Oh, and if you aren't already doing so, stop by at http://www.apiablogs.net where some of the most interesting blogs by Asian Americans are collected. It's a daily stop for me. You never know what you're going to find there, but it's usually good.