Saturday, November 11, 2006

Hurry Up and Wait

From now until February 1st, 2007 we're in a funny state of limbo. Remember the line from your service days that went "Hurry Up and Wait (Huaw)?" Well it's true today as we wait for the new 110th Congress to come online, elect new speakers, pick committees, and actually go to work and do something.

Kos reminded his readers of all the puzzle pieces that came together to make the mid-term election outcome as it was:
  • Senate: 51 Dems; 49 Reps; +6 Dems
  • House: 229 Dems; 196 Reps; +29 Dems
  • Governors: 28 Dems; 22 Reps; +6 Dems
Kos also admonished everyone who thinks that they single-handedly won the election that they didn't, couldn't, and shouldn't think of themselves as the source of all good for the party, government and the world.
  • It wasn't the DNC and Howard Dean (although Dean's 50-state program played a significant role).
  • Nor was it the DCCC andd Rahm Emanual.
  • Nor the DSCC and Chuck Schumer.
  • Nor the 527s and unions and allied organizations that ran all those independent campaigns (the VoteVets ads were awesome).
  • Nor the grassroots and Internet crowd (although the technology is improving and more and more are participating and contributing).
  • Nor the big dollar donors.
  • Nor the new campaigning technologies.
Kos reminds us that we were all (including Bush and his cronies) part of a glorious puzzle, working together, not always harmoniously to effect the election. Also, it might be said that part of the success was because we mostly ignored the pundits and middle-of-the-roaders who advocated a Democrat-swing-to-moderate-Republicanism approach.

The people spoke in a rush and flurry of exclamation points. And now we have to wait until February for their wishes to come to fruition... if they do. Huah.

[Many terrible things have happened in this waiting period in the past; it's not a time to hibernate.]