Well, it would seem that after all those nightmarish years, the Democrats may again have some power in Washington. As we’re sure you know, the Demmies took back control of the House of Representatives for the first time since they lost it so tragically in 1998 (Correction: We meant the Dems lost the House in 1994, not 1998. It was early; we’re human. xoxo).
While it’s too soon to tell, it also looks as if they’ll retain control of the Senate.
So, what does this all mean? Well, it means that perhaps some progressive policy can take place in Washington. It also means that while Illinois Republican Dennis “Hasturd” Hastert won reelection, he will no longer be Speaker of the House, opening it up to San Francisco based Nancy Pelosi. While she has not yet officially been made Speaker, she seems poised to take over, which would make her the first woman Speaker in history. What was President Bush’s reaction? According to a White House spokesman:
His reaction was, he was disappointed in the results in the House. But heâ€™s eager to work with both parties on his priorities over the next two years. Heâ€™s got an agenda of important issues he wants to work on, and heâ€™s going to work with both parties.
Poor Bush, we bet he cried himself to sleep, because he knows his days of evil omnipotence have come to an end.
As for the Senate: well, that’s still up in the air, with Montana and Virginia still undecided. It seems as if the race between Senator George Allen and Jim Webb may require a recount. In Montana, it seems as if Republican Senator Conrad Burns’s lacking the votes to keep control out of Democratic challenger, Jon Tester. But, again, the votes haven’t all been counted.
Now, with regard to same-sex marriage bans. Unfortunately, Americans in Virginia, Wisconsin, South Carolina, South Dakota, Idaho, Tennessee and Colorado all voted to ban same-sex marriage in their states. On a positive note, however, pro-marriage group Arizona Together fought a fierce battle and beat the proposed ban. We predict Arizona’s the next big gay thing, whatever that means.
Oh, and you may also like to know that two homo-politicos, Patricia Todd (D-AL) and Paul Koering (R-MN) won their respective races. Meanwhile, reported homo-politico, Charlie Crist, won his Republican Governorship in Florida. Countering the balance, however, New York’s gained Eliot Spitzer, who has promised to write more progressive gay legislation.