"Sarah Palin says she wants limited government. Does she mean fewer elected officials or more officials who resign in the middle of their terms? I think limited government will be perfect for her limited abilities." – David Letterman
"This was the biggest landslide since the '30s. The Republicans picked up 63 seats. I haven't seen the Republicans so happy about taking seats since they made Rosa Parks stand up." – Bill Maher
"Here's how huge their victory was. They actually elected two black people on the Republican side in Congress, and seven gay Republicans. Of course, you won't find out who they are until they get caught in a rest stop somewhere." – Bill Maher
Republicans are certainly beginning to crow a lot. Of course, by the end of the next two years, they may be eating more crow and cawing less... Those states that now have Republican governors to match the Republican legislators are now looking forward to laying off state employees, cutting back their salaries and benefits of the workers who remain, and expect them to be loyal and perform well.
“Public employees can’t be haves, while private sector employees are have-nots,”
Colorado already has learned its lesson. I live in the heart of conservatism, home of the Libertarian Party, and in this election the tea party didn't have much influence, certainly not as much as they are saying they had. None of their candidates got elected, and we elected a Democrat to the Senate and as Governor. Our state legislature now has a Republican majority, but it is a small one, leaving plenty of room for spirited debate. The personhood amendment, giving legal rights to a fetus, lost again by 71% to 29%, which may be a good indicator of how much of our electorate has leanings towards the tea party, less than 30%... The statistic I want to know is, of that 30%, how many have medical marijuana cards...
Worse, I don't see any coherence coming from either the White House or the liberal camp. How do you just say no to someone who is just saying no? As long as the major prescription medicines in America are ones that cause loss of sleep and inattention, along with liver damage and lack of sexual appetite, I don't see the mood turning around anytime soon. Look for more random violence and domestic abuse to keep these good times a'rolling...
But I do appreciate the honesty and candor that came from the tea party candidates, and that you'll never again hear from any elected Republican, even though it still rings true:
"People ask me, 'What are you going to do to develop jobs in your state?' Well, that's not my job as a U.S. senator." —Sharron Angle, May 14, 2010
specifically on Iran: "Before taking off for Asia Saturday, Nov. 6, President Barack Obama ordered the Pentagon not just to beef up American and NATO military pressure on Iran but to do so as conspicuously as possible. At a special White House security consultation last week, Obama said it was time to plant America's military option against the Iranian nuclear threat visibly and tangibly under the noses of Iran's political and military decision-makers. In the last few days, three aircraft carriers, four nuclear submarines and marine assault units have piled up opposite Iranian shores."
Senator Lindsay Graham, who is also a JAG officer in his spare time, and member of the Armed Services and Homeland Defense committees, issued the hawkish statements yesterday: "The US should consider sinking the Iranian navy, destroying its air force and delivering a decisive blow to the Revolutionary Guards." In an address to the Halifax International Security forum, he declared "They should neuter the regime, destroy its ability to fight back and hope Iranians will take the chance to take back their government." The carrot was delivered by allied countries who have invited Iran to sit and talk about their nuclear program. Iran has responded that it would love to, beginning next month if the meeting can be held in Turkey...