I really didn’t think the Democrats could take the Senate, but they just might. Jim Talent has conceded to Claire McCaskill in Missouri. Jon Tester is ahead in Montana. It may come down to a contentious, 2000-like recount in Virginia.
Quite amazing, considering how much the Dems leave to be desired. And to be understood, I think, as a lashing-out at Bush & Co., a sublimation of the wish to yell “You’re fired!!”
My own reaction surprises and amuses me. My heart and head go their separate ways. I can’t help feeling an involuntary surge of exhilaration at the Democratic victory (if that’s what it is in the Senate as well as the House — big if) which is pure conditioned, home-team reflex: I was raised blue, most of my family and old friends are blue, and a part of me will always run with my herd of origin. But my brain has gone the other way! I disapprove and am apprehensive of much of what the Democrats are likely to do. I hope they surprise me, and are sobered by their sudden expulsion from the womb of opposition.
But the Republicans really had it coming. It’s the arrogance, stupid. Who can forget these breathtaking words:
The aide said that guys like me were “in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” … “That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that realityÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬?judiciously, as you willÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬?we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”
~ Ron Suskind, The New York Times Magazine, October 17, 2004
It wasn’t “the reality-based community” that took the Republican empire down. It was reality.