Poetic Justice Has Been Served

You know what’s galling? That every cliffhanger race for Congress – or the vast majority of them – is won by the Democrat. Or at least that’s how it’s seemed – since around the late 1990s when I started noticing. (A notable exception, of course, was the 2000 presidential election.) Things really came to a head in 2008 with the Alaska and Minnesota Senate races. At first it it looked like the Democrats weren’t going to have their filibuster-proof majority. But then Ted Stevens lost in Alaska – under dubious circumstances; lawyers ginned up an indictment against him just before the election, and only later was the indictment thrown out amid prosecutorial misconduct.

And then, months later, Al Franken was declared the winner, also under dubious circumstances. Franken’s win, along with Arlen Specter’s party switch, sealed the deal for the Democrats. They got their 60-seat filibuster proof majority. Franken must have been patting himself and his legal team on the back for working so hard to finagle that win.

But his smile must have melted into a frown the morning of January 20, when it was announced that Scott Brown won the special Senatorial election in Massachusetts. A totally clean victory. The only hanky panky came from the other side: right before the election, the left’s biggest talk radio personality and MSNBC commentator Ed Schultz encouraged Democrats to vote early and often, i.e. engage in massive voter fraud.

It was only by pure chance that the Dems lost their supermajority. It’s not every day that a seat is up for grabs.

To think that of all Democratic senatorial seats to become vacant at that time, it belonged to the father of healthcare deform. And totally contrary to what one would expect in such a heavily Democratic state, that vacant seat was won by a filibuster-breaking, healthcare deform-derailing Republican.

Yes, in light of the dubiously-attained Democratic supermajority, poetic justice was served.

Mind you, the Redistributionist Left is still winning and likely will continue to win for decades to come, but still, it’s sometimes nice to see an occasional wrench get thrown into the machinery of their all-powerful locomotive.

So Much for “Minnesota Nice”

Speaking of the Angry Left (see below), several of their own are firmly ensconced in the U.S. Senate. Socialist Bernie Sanders is the most prominent angry leftie that comes to mind, but he’s now getting a run for his money in the form of Al Franken. He’s the one who previously made a name for himself by hurling insults at people, like “fat”, “idiot”, and the eminently redundant (or double negative) “lying liar”, as well as writing obscene literature in magazines like Playboy.

Minnesota’s former Senator Paul Wellstone had a knack for being coarse and abrasive, but the new senator from that state makes Wellstone look like a paragon of civility. Click here to read about some of his greatest hits – after only a few months in the Senate.

Worried about the coarsening of American society creeping into our revered institutions? Talk to the people of Minnesota about that – or the half of them who voted for angryman (not funnyman) Al.

(Update – two months later.) Ya know I’ve been meaning to change that last sentence. I have to admit that when it comes right down to it, people mainly vote based on a candidate’s policy positions rather than his or her comportment. I mean, if you abhor a certain political agenda, and if the only candidate opposing that agenda happens to engage in buffoonery a little too much, then I’ll admit that you’re going to place more importance on the agenda than on the buffoonery. So I’ll grant that the half of the people of Minnesota who voted for Al Franken aren’t necessarily at fault for promoting the coarsening of American society. After all, if they abhor free markets, small government, a strong defense, etc., then I guess they had no choice than to vote for ole’ Al.