I'll lead with the most obvious: This wasn't a vote for the Republican Party. It wasn't even a vote against the Democratic Party. It was, however, a vote for Change. We capitalize Change now. If Change means (as a Facebook friend put it), asking Wall Street to pick the next bubble and asking how hard they should blow, fuck 'em. We'll get a third party.
Following up on last night's post, Alan Grayson blamed the weather (in Florida!) for his loss. It was warm and rainy in Florida yesterday. I suppose Grayson, in his darkest hour, agreed with the stereotype of Democratic voters as so lazy, apathetic, and stupid that they're unwilling to walk through the rain.
A liberal who cares solely about the Presidency might consider re-registering as a Republican to vote for Sarah Palin in the 2012 Republican primary, to give Obama an easy win. An independent or Libertarian might consider re-registering as a Republican to vote against her, as nothing is certain in this life, and she'd be awful for America if she won. She could win. She's Elmer Gantry or Huey Long in stylish clothing.
The most interesting state for the next two years may well be North Carolina. Republicans took control of both houses of the General Assembly for the first time since 1898 (!), and we have the weakest Governor in America, both in terms of character (she's a moral and mental defective who rode the 2008 wave to beat two indisputably better candidates, one of whom is on our blogroll) and in terms of power allowed by the state constitution. The inmates will be running the asylum for two years. The inmates might enact meaningful tax reform (our tax system is a horrible, motley mix of income, property, sales, and a million excise taxes compounded by a century of loopholes for favored constituencies), or they might waste two years on marriage amendments and declarations that July is Stonewall Jackson month.
(Not that I have anything against Stonewall Jackson. Stonewall Jackson was not a slaveowner, but was a man of scarily upright character who lost his life delivering the sternest rebuke the Federal Government has ever gotten, and last night, if anything, was a rebuke to the Federal Government.)
Alaska voters demonstrated that the state is a vast parasite on the American body by going for "write-in-candidate" in the Senate, which means establishment Republican Lisa Murkowski. While both her opponents ran horrible campaigns, especially Miller, this does demonstrate that it's time for the other 49 states to demote the Parasite State back to its rightful place as a federal territory, like Guam or Samoa.
Puerto Rico is far more deserving of statehood.