If you know me, you already know how I feel about the elections, and I think we can almost always trust the American electorate to do the right thing.
You might be surprised to read that exit polling showed that only 21% of the people who voted Tuesday self-identify as "tea party" supporters. Gosh, to hear entertainer Sarah Palin talk (and Lord knows, we've had plenty of chances to do so) you would think that the figure was more like 99.21%, and her huntin' fishin' feudin' fightin' forces were on the trail of the recalcitrant .79%. But, no. Fewer than one person in four is in league with the Tea-sters union, and that might explain why, for all the struttin' and braggin' celebrity Sarah Palin has brought to bear in this election, three of the candidates she backed with her mighty power are sitting around forlorn in campaign headquarters today, surrounded by deflated balloons and hopes.
Sharron Angle in Nevada, running against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, managed to turn a sure win into a big loss by being Sharron Angle, a woman who
- believes in the US withdrawing from the United Nations
- opposes same-sex marriage
- feels that there is no mandate separating church and state
- would privatize Medicare
- thinks that fluoridation in the water is a bad thing,
- wants to get rid of Social Security
- would not want to force health insurance companies to cover mammograms and colonoscopies
- supports eliminating the complete Internal Revenue Service code
- would abolish Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae
- and, of course, recommends that people start shooting when they don't like how things are going.
Angle, speaking to conservative Nevada talk show host Bill Manders, said: I feel that the Second Amendment is the right to keep and bear arms for our citizenry. This not for someone who's in the military. This not for law enforcement. This is for us. And in fact when you read that Constitution and the founding fathers, they intended this to stop tyranny. This is for us when our government becomes tyrannical...
Manders: If we needed it at any time in history, it might be right now.
Angle: Well it's to defend ourselves. And you know, I'm hoping that we're not getting to Second Amendment remedies. I hope the vote will be the cure for the Harry Reid problems.
So...Sharron thinks that we ought to all get guns and commence firing when we don't like how things are going...
and Sarah also threw her majestic power behind the campaign of Christine O'Donnell in Delaware, who will forevermore be known as the candidate who was forced to buy television commercials to reassure potential voters that she is not a witch. O'Donnell, who seems quite hung up on chastity but not so much on reading (or understanding) the Constitution, lost by 17 points to a lackluster county executive in the race for Senate.
And out in Alaska, home of media performer Palin, heavy-bearded Joe Miller appears to have lost his run for Senate, despite heavy endorsement of homegirl Sarah, who supported him despite Miller's having
- a goon squad to rough up reporters
- disdain for government programs of which members of his family have availed themselves
- opposition to federal aid programs such as federal farm subsidies, the federal minimum wage, and unemployment benefits
- support for the elimination of the U. S. Department of Education
- support for a repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which would return the election of U.S. Senators to the state legislatures.
- a belief that the Berlin Wall was an example of a nation taking effective measures to control illegal immigration.
So, from all indications, these three people, all backed by shrill-voiced Sarah, all lost. Her star-makin' machinery just ran out of juice.
This is why I love America. You can't beat how smart we the people are! We know best.