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Here in NM-CD2 Bill Richardson worked his magic and Harry Teague, the oil guy was elected. The seat usually goes Republican, but Teague is chummy with Republicans like Steve Pearce, who lost the Senate race. Teague and Pearce are in the same line of business and from the same locale. Teague headed a board of some sort in Lea County and was beloved by Republican members. Enough said. Money came into this race this time, whereas last time, the ex-pastor Al Kissling was not part of the club and he got nothing…except well over 30% of the vote against Pearce. This time around, he was shut out of the primary.
I wrote extensively about Teague earlier so do a Search of the blog for the gory details…
Tom Udall never set foot down here in Southern NM, except for a closed fundraiser with the money people. Thank you, Tom Udall!
I did not vote for either of these people because of, in the case of Teague, his past history and close money connections to Richardson and because, in the case of Udall, his slighting of this part of the state.
Locally, the Democrats pretty much took it all except a couple of offices. My local incumbent state rep returns to Santa Fe and will be joined by a another newly elected Democrat.
I haven’t check the NM political blogs, so I don’t know what the scuttlebutt is on Richardson as a potential Secretary of State. Let him go. He pulled a few “Obama” tricks down here and I won’t miss him if he goes. Maybe he’ll get lost somewhere in the Middle East and will never be heard from again…
By the way, the problems with absentee ballots not arriving has been forgotten. The local rag reported that voting went smoothly, no problems…Down the memory hole…
I have to say I really enjoyed Edge of Forever’s (Not Your Sweetie) take on the election and the indications that she hasn’t dropped the mantle of the PUMA. The little graphic which says “Don’t Follow the Crowd, Stay True to Yourself” at the link captures my feeling completely. I believe in keeping my INTEGRITY, which means we’re going to keep eyeing everything hurled at us from DC with great suspicion. Edge is one my FAVORITES–maybe because I’m a Jersey girl who grew up about 10 minutes from Midtown Manhattan. I think we share a common attitude…
Question of the day: How far down do the expectations get “dialed down,” Pelosi?? As far down as when you “took impeachment off the table” when you took the House in 2006? When you didn’t lift a finger to change Medicare Part D as Kennedy had vowed from the Senate side? When you let Karl Rove get off without answering the subpoenas the Judiciary Committee had voted to issue? Reality is going to bite a lot of Obamacrats in the butt…
I happened to visit the LA Times opinion page (Nov. 5) and saw all sorts of those unnerving poster-like renditions of Obama all over the place along with lines about “Post-Racial Promise” and the start of an article which proclaimed that one “had never seen such exhilaration.” Well, there would have been just as much joy if a woman had won the presidency and I would have been thrilled over the vice-presidency as well. Of course, all Obama could offer was a line in his speech about how his “first” is all he needs to see. It’s always about HIM….women, nada, all sorts of other ethnic groups, nada. As a person with a 100% Italian background, I’m still waiting, too. Mario Cuomo would have been a wonderful leader, but he never ran and I think it was because of a bias against his name and his background. OK, so now we’re “Post-Racial” …really? Let’s see when Obama stops bringing up race when it’s convenient to do so. And, when the gloves come off against this guy, THEN we will be “Post-Racial.”
Yoko Ono once observed that “Woman is the nigger of the world.” So, I guess if we’re supposed to be “Post-Racial” then we’re “Post-Misogyny,” too? All that “18 million cracks in the glass ceiling” crap? Well, tell that to Sarah Palin. She was an INSULT, remember…Frankly, my overall feeling about this whole business is that I’VE BEEN INSULTED! And apparently, will continue to be so…
Under the mandatory editorial about the great “mandate for change” there was this sub-title:
The nation’s choice for president is a historic opportunity to restore American principles and return to greatness.
Really?? Is that why the LA Times refused to release that Khalidi tape?? What utter bilge. What principles will Obama restore and how the hell is he going to return us to greatness? UGH!!!
Finally, I have to admit that I could not bear to watch John McCain’s concession speech. I’m not a Republican (nor a Democrat anymore), but I respected him. He ran a decent, dignified campaign and treated Sarah Palin with utmost respect and honor. It was refreshing. It made me angry to see Obama give him the “street finger,” again showing NO RESPECT to a rival. Actions speak louder than words, as they say, and McCain came out the winner in the “class department.” It pains me to think that a lying, thuggish, arrogant, and cold person like Obama was enabled by the media and Democrats. It is a lowering of our standards to have him installed in the Presidency.
Finally, I fired up Vista Media Center last evening to record “Waterloo Bridge” on TCM. If there’s one thing I love about Vista, it’s the ability to record TV easily. “Waterloo Bridge” features Viven Leigh and Robert Taylor. I am a huge fan of Laurence Olivier and whenever I see anything with him or Leigh in it, I make sure to watch. It transports me back to a different time and a romance that was all fire. Wonderful. And, without Turner Classic Movies, I would go nuts. It got me through Bush and it will get me through Barack and Michelle. The film was part of a celebration of Vivien Leigh’s 95th birthday…It included “Anna Karenina” and “Fire Over England” the movie that marked the start of the Olivier-Leigh romance. SIGH…
You may have noticed that once in awhile I make a comment based on a movie. Well, I guess that’s why classic movies are classic…they are relevant long after they were first made. Before “Waterloo Bridge” I caught the end of “Rope” directed by Alfred Hitchcock and featuring Jimmy Stewart and Farley Granger. I had seen the film before, but this time, the ending meant so much more to me. Here are excerpts from a couple of synopses at IMDb:
Brandon and Philip are two young men who share a New York apartment. They consider themselves intellectually superior to their friend David Kentley and as a consequence decide to murder him. Together they strangle David with a rope and placing the body in an old chest, they proceed to hold a small party. The guests include David’s father, his fiancée Janet and their old schoolteacher Rupert from whom they mistakenly took their ideas. As Brandon becomes increasingly more daring, Rupert begins to suspect….Rupert Cadell , the murderers’ former teacher whose flippant repartee regarding social caste festered into the pathological short circuit that led to Brandon’s and Phillip’s crime. Brandon’s sense of intellectual superiority swells to reckless levels throughout the evening as he makes a nail-biting game out of cleverly dropping his guests hints at nasty goings on. Meanwhile, Phillip grows increasingly frightful and guilt-ridden as Rupert inches ever closer to discovering why David hasn’t yet arrived at the party.
Rupert is completely horrified that his words about intellectual superiority, construed to the extent that Brandon believes intellectually inferior human beings have no right to even exist, have been taken so literally. Rupert is shocked into realizing that he has created monsters who have actually murdered.
Superiority, coldness, lack of empathy…we’ve seen it all from the Democratic candidate. And his friend Bill Ayers, who still, apparently, embraces violence and has displayed an indifference to injury caused by his past actions.
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