Needless to say, I’m quite happy with the election results. Now comes the anxiety that this man will either be assassinated or will turn out to be a completely crap president. I hope neither happen, but I’m having a hard time embracing the unadulterated, exuberant joy that has gripped much of the country. But, granted, I’m much happier than if that other one had won.
All of the gay marriage propositions really have me down. In terms of civil rights for homosexuals, I think history is going to look back at this era of American history with scorn and shame. On the other side of the coin, I’m very pleased with many of the other state propositions. All the abortion props were shot down — even in South Dakota! Michigan got on board with medical marijuana, and Washington got on board with assisted suicide. All very interesting results.
And then there’s Alaska. Ted Stevens, very recently convicted of seven felonies and at 84 years old is simply pretty ancient anyway to be taking on a six-year term, is winning over his challenger, Mark Begich. Nobody’s really called it for Stevens yet, but why in hell is it this close? Are Alaskans so adamant about not voting for a Democratic candidate that they’ll vote for a felonious old codger who thinks the internet is a series of tubes? Wow… just, wow.