Sour apple cider.

When the GOP gives you sour apples, make…well, you know.


Tom DeLay believes that this election wasn’t a win for the Democrats, it was a loss for the Republicans.
Bizzy thinks that 527’s unduly influenced voters ( and SBVT were 528’s).
They all think that the votes in every contest were votes against [pick one]: Bush, Iraq War, Taft, Bennett, Foley, Noe, etc.
They firmly believe that the electorate has let them down, that the voters must’ve been turned into drooling idiots.


Needless to say, I disagree.


After six years of ‘spinning the facts’ and ‘crushing the voices of opposition’, I believe that the voters all of over the country are waking up.
This election wasn’t about punishing Republicans for the actions of Foley or Noe or even Taft. This was an election about the direction our nation is heading.
We (the U.S.) once held a place of respect and admiration on the international stage. That is gone.
We were once called upon to be both the carrot and the stick. We are carrot no more.
An American citizen used to be able to travel (nearly) anywhere in the world and be greeted as an honored guest. Now we arrive to protests.
We do not live on the United States of Earth.
We do not have a monopoly on good ideas and good intentions.


This election was about tearing down the framework of sanctimonious complacency that has been dragging us down for years.


The proof, as they say, is in the pudding.
North Dakotans rejected the most constraining anti-choice bill in the nation.
Arizonans rejected a law banning gay marriage (not 2004 anymore, is it?)
Five states, including Ohio, recognized that paying our most needy and desperate te lowest real wage in more than 50 years was not acceptable.


I am looking forward to seeing if this is a bellwether of more changes to come.
I am looking forward to once again being proud to be American.

GOP goes on the offensive-defensive.

The Ohio GOP sent an email out the their flock of lemmings today, letting them know that they are all victims of Democratic voter suppression.
Sounds like real news.
Except for the lack of any….oh, what are they called…..oh yeah, facts.
Here’s an excerpt:
Democrats have proven they’ll do anything to win an election – even if it means breaking the law. 
  •     * Republican voters are reporting intimidation tactics being used by Democrat activists outside polling locations.  
  •     * We’ve heard reports of Democrat poll observers engaging in illegal activity by communicating with voters as they vote. 
  •     * Some Republican voters are even being told by Democrat poll workers that they can’t cast a ballot.
See what I mean – generic ‘we’ve heard reports of’ and ‘some voters are being told’.


If any of these actually happened, there would be specifics.
Where did this happen?
Who did it happen to?
What is the ‘intimidation tactic’.


Of course, we all know this is just bullshit.


A smokescreen to draw attention away from the voters who really are being disenfranchised.


Will they never learn?

Whatever you do — DON’T ANSWER THE PHONE!

Today, when your phone rings, ignore it.


It’s just somebody pretending to represent a candidate you’ve never heard of confessing to some dirty little secret.


Or it’s a group whose acronym spells something dirty telling you how Issue 2 will make your ice cream melt, or Issue 5 loves pedophiles.


Or it’s your Aunt Barbara, who just found out you’re gay and wants you to join her quilting bee.


Fact is, it doesn’t matter who is calling. If it is important, they will call back tomorrow.


For today, your only job is to vote.


So get up, and slowly walk away from the computer.


Put some clothes on.


Some clean clothes….




Now, get your car keys. They fell between the couch cushions last night. No, the other cushion.


Now get your ass out and vote!


For who?


I don’t care. Vote for whoever you want to. And if, when the votes are tallied, your guys win and mine don’t? Then so be it – as long as it was a fair election (even though the sheer amount of outright lies and deceptions spread this election season has almost prevented the ‘fair’ part).


And don’t be afraid to leave a box blank if you don’t have a preference, or if you don’t really understand the issue. It’s OK. Vote for who you believe will be best for Ohio, or against who will be worst.
Just vote.




Now fetch me my slippers. It’s getting chilly.