And so it goes... Virginians have done what appears to have been the right thing in electing (very narrowly) Jim Webb to the United States Senate, not only ousting Senator George "Macaca" Allen from his Senate seat, but also completely destroying Allen's hopes for ever being elected President of The United States.
It seems that the Democrats have achieved near-total victory, capturing 33 seats in the House of Representatives and picking up the six Senate seats necessary to control that body as well.
Nationally, the Republican Party has taken a huge kick in the teeth, and in the humble opinion of your correspondent, it is no less than they deserve.
The Republican Party spent so long in the political wilderness being the loyal opposition, they failed to realize that with their assumption of Congressional leadership in 1994, that the people who voted for change back then, were not giving them Carte Blanche to lead the entire nation in the interests of their own party's most extreme elements. Tuesday's election reminded them of this fact in no uncertain terms.
Locally, here in the Commonwealth of Virginia, we have something of a mixed bag in terms of election results. I live in the First Congressional District (at least until the redistricting) which runs from the southeastern tip of Prince William County, all the way to Norfolk (can you believe that?), and the voters in the District returned the odious, do-nothing, rubber-stamp-for-George-Bush, Jo Ann Davis for another term.
Also here in Virginia, the ballot question regarding a Constitutional amendment regard the definition of marriage passed without difficulty. I am saddened by the fact that while Virginians were able to see the rightness of electing at least one progressive to the Senate, homophobes wrapped in a Holy Bible were able to make this ballot question pass. For shame.
Apparently the first bit of fallout from the election was the "resignation" of Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, which, oddly enough, happened less than two weeks after President Bush said that Rumsfeld would be his Secretary of Defense for his entire administration. Bye Rummy... you'll not be missed.
My friends, I am pleased by most of the results of this election. I don't mind telling you that I am as happy as can be for the ouster of Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), and equally happy about the election of Deval Patrick for Governor of Massachusetts.
As for the what this election will bring for the future... Well, I just don't know. What I do know, is that soon-to-be-Speaker-of-The-House, Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca), has her work cut out for her. I hope that she and her fellows, hit the ground running in preparation for the 2008 elections, and more importantly, that they get to work fixing some of the problems caused by GWB and his clique of political thugs.