City of Roses
I agree with Ron here.
What did make me exhale a sigh of relief late Tuesday evening was that, following four years of a "rubber-stamp Congress" trifecta that was unchecked and unbalanced, this election has helped get us closer to living true to our checks and balances ideals that make our democracy great and effective.
Thus, this is something that, regardless if you're a Republican or Democrat, we can be excited about, in that truly our democracy works best when more than one set of eyes is transfixed on the plans for our great nation in the developing stages, and that essentially under divided government there are branches covering each other.
But I also have deep concern about this outcome in that intense partisanship in either direction just takes us back to square one, and while it is plain to see Bush and Pelosi will never seem eye to eye on many issues, it does no good in seeking positive solutions that strengthen our nation when the process is tainted with ceaseless contention rather than reconciliation and community. When I hear rhetoric about "bi-partisanship", you certainly can't expect Bush and Pelosi to mean that the 110th Congress will become the "Koombyea Congress" where we gather around the beach fire and sing serenades to one another. All I hope is that there can be a feeling of accomodation and compromise that comes out of this.
As a registered Independent, I was hoping for months that the Democrats would take the House of Representatives, but I wish the Republicans would hold a one or two seat majority in the Senate to especially even out the distribution of control. Ultimately, I guess that's not saying much, given I yearn to see a streak of solutions and problem-solving in Congress rather than pretentious preaching of mandates and such from either end.
Anyway, we'll see what happens come January, but though I would certainly respect Allen's wishes for a recount had he acted that way instead, given that I believe every especially close, honest election deserves an honest full recount, I also commend the class both Allen and Burns expressed today, just as Kerry and Daschle expressed in 2004 following their defeats. And that's the touch of dignity in politics I too desire to see more of.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"