Victory is Ours!
Hello out there! Not a bad day for the right side of politics. In case you’re not already all up to date, this is how things worked out: Though Iowa has still not been called for either side, Bush has 279 electoral votes to Kerry’s 252 (270 are required to win). Kerry did the manly thing when he called up during math class (my math class of course) to concede defeat – he realized that he was unlikely to receive the 94% of provisional votes cast that would move Ohio into his column. Bush received three-and-a-half million more votes than Kerry, winning the popular vote by 51 to 48 percent. Bush tallied seven million more votes than he got in the last election; he got more votes than any other president in history. Bush got more of the female, black, and Hispanic vote than he did in the last election.
Republicans fared well in the House and Senate races as well – we picked up four seats in the Senate, giving us 55 seats to the Democrat’s 44 (there is also one independent who usually votes with the Democrats). The most important Senate race may well have been the one in South Dakota, where the Democrat’s ex-minority leader Tom Daschle (a Senator since 1986) lost to Republican challenger John Thune, who got 51% of the popular vote. Other happy outcomes include Mel Martinez’s defeat of Betty Castor in Florida, and Lisa Murkowski’s defeat of Tony Knowles in Alaska. (Murkowski had been appointed by her father to fill a vacant seat, and it was speculated that this would hurt her.) In Louisiana, David Vitter (R) avoided a runoff election by getting over 50% of the vote. (Louisiana has open elections where more than one candidate can run from each party; in the event that no candidate gets half the vote, there is a runoff between the top two candidates).
Even though three races remain to be called in the House, Republicans have increased their lead – they now have 231 seats to the Democrats’ 200 (there is also an Independent in the House).
Another bit of good news: Eleven states had state constitutional amendments on the ballot that would ban gay marriage in the state. All eleven amendments won in an impressive rejection of gay marriage. The margins ranged from 3-2 in Ohio to 6-1 in Mississippi. The amendments in nine of the states banned civil unions as well. These amendments have allowed the people to make the laws – and taken the power over gay marriage out of the hands of activist judges in those states.
In the face of this resounding victory for conservative values in America, I’ve heard some distressed liberals say that they’re going to move to Canada. I would like to say to them, in as gracious and magnanimous a manner as possible: Go ahead.