With that gift also comes obligation. We are required now to work together for the good of our country. In the days ahead, we must find common cause. We must join in common effort, without remorse or recrimination, without anger or rancor. America is in need of unity and longing for a larger measure of compassion. I hope President Bush will advance those values in the coming years. I pledge to do my part to try to bridge the partisan divide. I know this is a difficult time for my supporters, but I ask them, all of you, to join me in doing that. Now, more than ever, with our soldiers in harm's way, we must stand together and succeed in Iraq and win the war on terror.--John Kerry
So today I want to speak to every person who voted for my opponent. To make this nation stronger and better, I will need your support and I will work to earn it. I will do all I can do to deserve your trust. A new term is a new opportunity to reach out to the whole nation. We have one country, one Constitution, and one future that binds us.--Dubya
Letís all head to the airport and get out of the country.--"Reverand" Al Sharpton
Unity? Cooperation? Bipartisanship? Don't hold your freaking breath.
What's the scoop with the erroneous exit polling data? Deliberate? Or what? I normally spend election nights listening to WILK and tracking the latest voting tallies on the internet. But this year, I could not bring myself to listen to untold hours of Kevin Lynn insulting those ninnies that will never approach his utter brilliance and obvious superiority. I just couldn't do it.
So I turned on the video advertising box and settled on ABC. Peter Jennings spent what seemed like a half hour explaining how the major news outlets had bent over backwards to make sure the latest data they were about to shovel at us was 100% accurate and beyond reproach. They had scores of experts, banks of super-computers and folks poised at the polls ready to gather the latest scoop. They told us that nothing could go wrong this time and they would not call a state for either candidate until mold starting growing on the paper ballots. Then they went and mucked it all up again. The exit polls were foretelling of a Kerry landslide, while red state after red state was again called for Bush. With the millions upon millions the major media outlets spent to make sure their data was unimpeachable, how could they get it so completely wrong again? It sure makes ya wonder.
As it turned out, this was about the cruelest joke that could have been played on the Kerry supporters. These folks were privy to the exit polling numbers all day long and it was obvious as they made the rounds on the advertising box that they were gearing up for a big celebration. A victory celebration. But as the night progressed, it quickly became very obvious that something was seriously amiss. I'm not saying the incorrect data was a deliberate attempt to influence anything. But it really had to suck to be a Kerry supporter on this particular night. They had their hopes jumped up so high, only to have them come crashing down around them a few hours later. That's freakin' cruel and it never should have happened. Maybe next time we should vote and then go home and go to sleep.
I read a bunch of blog spots this morning and they were crying foul about the major media outlets willingness to call Pennsylvania a Kerry victory real, real quick, but seemed reluctant to call Ohio for Bush and end any further doubt about who would win. Just another conspiracy theory that is a bunch of bunk.
With the networks afraid to may another big election night blunder, they were probably confused by the polling data themselves and wondering if calling Ohio and in effect ending the election fight was the very blunder they were so wary of making. If it was my call to make, I would have been very skeptical also. Whatever. Like I said, maybe we should vote and then hit the rack.
After the dust finally cleared, I heard Lisa Caputo say that what this election eventually boiled down to was "God, gays and guns." I'm not sure I completely agree with that assessment, but with gaggles of lawyers swooping down from the sky, it seemed like we were headed for a "Lawyers, guns and money" tussle. Thank goodness that nonsense never came about.
Last night, MSNBC reported that 21 percent of Americans said "moral issues" were the biggest factor in their decision - more than those who said the economy or the war on terror. How come we never saw this discussed in any polls before Election Day?--Christopher Ruddy
It's become obvious that the Democrats can no longer completely ignore Fly Over Country. In fact, many of the Dems stances on many hot button issues are taken as direct insults to much of Middle America. You're belittled as some sort of ignorant redneck if you want to own firearms. You're derided as a homophobe if you reject judges trying to legitimize sodomy. And if you are a devout follower of God, well, you're a silly sod of the highest order. Sorry Dems, but "In God We Trust" just jumped up and bit a huge chunk out of your fat asses. You better stop speaking of them in belittling terms such as right-wing evangelical wackos, and start acknowledging them as what they really are. Typical, traditional God-fearing Americans. If not, get used to flying over a sea of red.
Kerry won HollyYork, D.C., and Philadelphia. Bush won in Ohio And Florida. And there it is. The Vietnam war has come to an abrupt end. Again.
With all of this behind us, I think the thing I'm most happy about is not having to listen to the bathering of the Courtney Love of First Ladies for the next four years. Her and her immediate clan are a mostly vulgar bunch as evidenced by her continued low-brow comments, her son calling Bush a "coke head," and Kerry's daughters launching into backstage F-bomb-laced tirades immediately after his concession speech. Ah, the things the mainstream media suppress. Heyna?
Check this out:
Another man shouted to the Republicans "This is why the rest of the world calls us ignorant Americans. You obviously don't read the newspapers or you would not believe as you do."
A woman, unhappy the Republicans were there, screamed, "someone shut up those idiots.'
Brian Henchey, one of the College Republicans marching through the crowd told CNSNews.com that he had "never seen more sad and depressed faces in my life than what I have seen here in Copley Square tonight."
Unity? Yeah, that's what your average Dem seeks. NOT!
"This is why the rest of the world calls us ignorant Americans. You obviously don't read the newspapers or you would not believe as you do."
Read the newspapers? Were they drinking in Copley Square? Read what? The New York Times? The LA Times? The Boston Phoenix? If we don't base our decisions on the rantings from obviously biased newspapers, we're ignorant idiots? Those liberal secularists residing in the big cities look down on anyone that rejects their usual and predictable dogma. It's nothing more than arrogance on parade.
If we're to cast off meaningless labels as Kerry himself says we need to do, it wasn't so much that the right-wing religious kooks kicked the left-leaners asses as much as it was the more centrist among us rejecting the far-left agenda. Why, those silly hillbillies. Those ignorant redneck Bible-thumpers. How utterly revolting. How completely infuriating. Valium sales will rise appreciably. Oprah's ratings will probably soar. The left is distraught.
Rob Schenck of the National Clergy Council took aim at Democrats.
"This election demonstrates that Democratic Party leaders have moved far away from the moral consensus in America," he said in a statement. "If they are to reclaim political relevancy, they will need to reexamine their positions on all the major moral issues including the sanctity of human life, the sanctity of marriage and the public acknowledgement of God."
Sorry, kiddies, but Zell Miller had his finger on the pulse of the country when he claimed that his party had lost touch with Middle America. He nailed it.
As far as placing our trust in the objectivity of our newspapers is concerned, try this from Thomas Sowell:
The implications of this election reach beyond the government. The election results demonstrate that the mainstream media has lost its power to control what the public will know and not know. If there were not alternative media like talk radio, Fox News and the Internet, the public would have heard nothing but pro-Kerry spin masquerading as news.
We sure sent a very loud message to our supposed allies and our stated enemies. Bush doesn't have to deal with them. They have to deal with him. Our position in the world has just been strengthened. Kerry can take his "global test" bullspit and smoke it with "Shove it!" Teresa.
Healing? Reconciliation? Ain't gonna happen. The Democrats are already making noise about Hillary Clinton running for the White House in '08. You could not find a more polarizing politician than Hillary. The country's deep cultural and idealogical divide isn't going to disappear anytime soon while the itelligensia, the populists, the internationals, the secularists and the full-blown socialists clamor for Hillary to save them from their fall from electoral grace. We'll never see any unity in this country as long as the Dems seek to draft the ultimate class warrior to lift them back to their "rightful place" as the arrogant ruling class. Whatever.
All I know is those hayseeds from the neather regions defeated HollyYork, so we should expect to hear even more noise about eliminating the electoral college. They tried registering the unreliable youth vote and the dead vote, and that didn't work. With that said, for the elistist Democrats, the electoral college simply has to go. Hillary herself already called for it's elimination. Why? Because we can't have those ignorant idiots screwing up the natural order of things anymore. The system isn't broken, it just needs to be fixed. You know, fixed.
So, it's all over. Middle America sucks, God sucks and morality in general sucks. And Dubya has FOUR MORE YEARS!!!!
Deal with it, losers.
ZING!!! (obvious gloating on my part)