Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Living In the Parallel Universe

Firstly, congratulations are in order for now-President-Elect Barack Obama and his campaign team on winning such a decisive victory yesterday. As several commentators have pointed out, Barack Obama has run one of the best raw political campaigns in history, and his staff has raised the bar for how presidential campaigns in our country should be run.

Meanwhile, CNN projects a gain of 17 House seats for the Democrats with ten seats undecided. At most, the Dems won't likely gain more than 25. Further, the Democrats will not get the 60 Senate votes that they needed for a filibuster-proof majority. While these are significant numbers, they certainly aren't a wipeout or a Congressional landslide.

In the parallel universe of Tennessee, John McCain wins in a landslide, with Barack Obama carrying the counties one might expect him to carry (Jackson, Davidson, Hardeman, Haywood, Houston, and Shelby), but McCain's Statewide victory here isn't all that the Republicans have to write home about. While the GOP lost Congressional seats nationally, the Republicans appear to have gained control of both Houses of the Tennessee General Assembly for the first time since Reconstruction. (50-49 in the House, 19-14 in the Senate). Many Republicans I spoke with yesterday believed Republicans would gain control directly because of Obama-so I suppose Obama has already inadvertently done something good for us.

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At Wednesday, November 05, 2008 2:57:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, but while you may want to wave your "rebel" flag in defeat, it doesn't change the fact that the United States of America in accordance with the guiding principles of this great nation rose up, met, and overcame the regressive policies of the past with a single act last night. Dismissing the counties of Jackson, Davidson, Hardeman, Haywood, Houston, and Shelby is reminiscent of the "Real America" talk that handed your party the biggest loss since the 60's. This victory signals much more than the dawn of just a new presidency. The next generation has made its voice heard and has shown that it will not stand for the antiquated idealogy of the gun toting, flag drapped, bible thumping, xenophobic, ignorance loving, caste society worshipping crowd.

At Wednesday, November 05, 2008 4:41:00 PM, Blogger Gary ("Old Dude") said...

The country has spoken, and now the leftists have it all, they no longer have bush to blame, it will be interesting how they explain why taxes are scheduled to start going up Jan 1st, 2009, as the do-nothing leftist congress of the last two years failed to make the current tax cuts permenent--(when will the chosen one give us that tax cut he promised, and promised, and promised---???

At Wednesday, November 05, 2008 4:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, what hate filled talk from an "open-minded, progressive, un-antiquated" brainwashed fool. To quote, "I pity da fool!"

Within the next eight years we will see unparalleled growth for the nation feeding into our wonton consumerism all while Obama Bidden Laden, et al., coyly and perversely further strip this naion of it's strong moral fibers rendering us at the mercy of a one world government. Our national soveirgnty which our forefather fought so hard for will b gone. Anti-Catholicism will be the new Anti-semitism and Obama will be the face of the Fourth Reicht. Don't believe me now, just make sure you say, "You were right" eight years from now when you realize how eil this nation will have become.


At Wednesday, November 05, 2008 9:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha! You guys are funny! Remember when McCain called the religious, "agents of intolerance"? Then later welcomed the endorsement of John Hagee, one of those agents and the same guy who called the Catholic church a great whore and said the Church collaborated with Nazi Germany to exterminate the Jews? Sorry, looks like you have lost all credibility with the American people. They don't care who you pray to or how you do it. It is only the small minded that try to cram their world view down other's throats and preach intolerance of those not like them. Before typing again ask yourself, WWJD?

At Thursday, November 06, 2008 10:48:00 AM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

Like I said, we had a very good night here in Tennessee-obviously y'all ain't from around here.

At Thursday, November 06, 2008 12:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep trying to sugar coat it as much as you want, but as long as you keep holding on to your outdated idealogies, Tenessee will wise up and light up blue in due time, just like Virginia. Its a whole new ball game and you guys are 0-1.

At Saturday, November 08, 2008 2:23:00 AM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

In Tennessee, we're 1-0, son-we've got both Houses of the Legislature, so it isn't like we care what a bunch of liberals from somewhere else think right about now.

You can have Obama, we have a State to run.

At Sunday, November 09, 2008 12:14:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man up, Dave. The first step is to admit you lost, the next is to figure out what went wrong. Without a viable alternative, the country will move as far to the left as it has to the right over the last 8 years and we all know how that turned out. Reforming your party is as good for the whole country as it is Tennesee...


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