:: Wednesday, November 08, 2006 ::
The morning after mid-terms
What can I say about the electorate here in Missouri? Yesterday we narrowly approved an initiative to protect embryonic stem cell research, ostensibly because such research holds promise for future cures. But yesterday we also defeated a tax on cigarettes that would have funded health care programs.

Yes, we support the promise of future cures. Just don't make us have to pay for it or change our unhealthy lifestyles. We're a schizophrenic bunch, guided more by emotion than reason, more by blue sky promises than good fiscal policy. We want a quick fix -- with our health, in our government, in Iraq -- but we don't want to pay for it.

So I guess we're a lot like the rest of America, eh?

The proponents of the cigarette tax blamed heavy turnout in rural Missouri for their defeat, while opponents of the embryonic stem cell blame liberals in the big cities of St. Louis and Kansas City for swinging the vote in favor of that proposal.

To be sure, there is a dichotomy in Missouri, where the two big cities, heavily Democrat, often sway a statewide vote that would have gone the other way in the hinterlands. That's one of the dynamics of statewide politics here in Missouri. While we're technically a red state, our urban centers are decidedly blue.

Missouri is one of those states that swung to the left in the U.S. Senate race, where Democrat Claire McCaskill defeated Republican incumbent Jim Talent. No doubt the dittoheads will blame Michael J. Fox for Talent's loss.

So it looks like the Dems are in control of both houses of Congress for the first time since before Newt Gingrich's Republican Revolution of '94. My advice: Don't let it go to your heads. Hubris can be a killer. You've got two years to work with this administration. Make those two years count. Please.

Over at Blonde Sagacity yesterday, ALa urged her readers to go out to the polls and win one for the Gipper. (Never mind that the GOP has strayed far from "Gipper" Ronald Reagan's conservative politics.) I posted a comment to remind ALa and her faithful that the Gipper managed to get a lot done working with a Democratic-controlled Congress. Let's see if W. can do the same. First order of business: get Rummy to write that letter of resignation, post haste.

We now return to our previously scheduled hiatus. If you get to missing me too much, stop by Never Mind the Bibles for a scintillating read.

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