Howard Dean, MVP
Howard Dean, who said the Democrats should run on Republican Party corruption, Iraq and Katrina, plus run a 50 state strategy, is the man of the hour. Dean stood up to Pelosi, Reid, Emannuel and the other insiders who were initially afraid to have Democratic Party candidates discuss Iraq and who were only willing to support candidates in a few "targeted" elections. These insiders owe EVERYTHING tonight to Howard Dean, who knew that anything could happen and Democratic Party candidates had to be ready to take advantage of opportunities.
The runner up MVPS are: MoveOn.org, the Daily Kos and Atrios, for each making sure the grass roots Democrats were heard in the corridors of Washington DC and providing cover for Dean to maneuver past the incompetent Democratic Party political consultants who have so messed up past electoral seasons for Democrats.
To the Republicans, read this and weep for your messed up party; a party that betrayed whatever principles it once had; principled persons such as Senators Senator Bob Taft and Senator Barry Goldwater. The only bright spots for Republicans are politicians such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, who governed like a Democrat this year. Arnold at least doesn't care more about zygotes and embryos than living people and knows damned well there is something called climate change going on, to take two examples of a politician who knows how to face reality. And give Arnold credit for a plan to retrofit and rebuild California's infrastructure instead of tearing down workers, Arnold's previous plan in 2005 that failed miserably for him.
It is so nice to see mean-spirited idiots from Santorum to Allen to Northrup to Hayworth to Harris to Weldon and DeWine sent packing.
In this regard, I feel a sense of payback from a sad night in 1980, when Democratic Senators McGovern, Birch Bayh, John Culver and Frank Church went down to defeat in the Reagan shift that occurred in that momentous year. Unlike tonight's defeated Republican bozos, these particular Democratic Senators were men of integrity, honesty and had a sense of public purpose--again, like the classic mid-20th Century Republican Senators Bob Taft and Barry Goldwater.
It has been a pleasing night for our nation. Tomorrow, however, we must begin the next step toward a re-balancing of American life. This also means putting the newly elected Democrats to the test of staying strong and not giving in to the so-often elitist and corrupt culture that is Washington, DC. Bush wants to compromise now--except there is no compromise on torture, no compromise with corruption, no compromise with "staying the course" in Iraq, and no compromise in continuing to allow oil companies and insurance companies to harm American citizens with their greed and indifference to human suffering.
Subpoena the White House personnel, including Cheney, and hold them all accountable for their wrongs, their misleading statements and especially hold them accountable to the extent they have broken the laws of the land. And promote alternative ideas for rebuilding our nation's manufacturing base, promoting our best ideals abroad and give our military a chance to regroup, rest and recharge, as opposed to staying indefinitely in Iraq. These are the first steps to victory in 2008.