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November 02, 2010

A Trip Down Memory Lane to the Nightmare of 2006

It's an all-too-recent memory...the bloodbath among Republican ranks in 2006...only 4 years ago. It was a perfect storm for the Dems: a series of Republican scandals, completely incompetent campaigns run by several GOP candidates, and of course the shadow George W. Bush cast upon the party like a cloud of radioactive waste.

Ace had manfully tried to keep enthusiasm and hopes up prior to the election, arguing against poll results, pundit assessments, and the jeering of the sinistrosphere. We the faithful wanted to believe, we tried to believe, we almost did believe...which made the election results on November 7, 2006 all the more devastating.

We. Were. Crushed. The Democrats routed the Republicans, gained overwhelming majorities in the House and Senate, and proceeded to wield their might in a fashion that appalled anyone with a sense of fiscal responsibility and individual freedom. We were completely demoralized: trolls defiled our listless threads, the guys didn't have shirts, and hobos roamed free without fear.

But on November 9th, Ace wrote a post. It was a throwaway post - just a little humorous aside. Here it is in its entirety.

Hutch1200:
I just bought a huge solar panel. Casey/Pisslousy/Kennedy promised 2 years of sunshine. Stock up on these now people, no clouds for two years. All that sunshine coming out their asses could lead to a drought though. Wait, Bushs' global warming will bring water, Donks bring sunshine. What a beautiful thing, this revenge voting shit.
Share your own hopes for this age of miracles and wonders, which started today at 9AM.
That was it. Sure to draw a few funny comments, but no big deal. Yet in a time when a 100-comment thread was a decent size, that thread drew over 1000. lauraw took on the task of selecting the best in her New Age Contest Results post. I urge you to visit both posts, where you'll find such gems as:
-Thanks to Democrats, I am now world Jenga champion!
Posted by: Michael J. Fox
The original thread was very funny, but more importantly, it was cathartic. It restored our spirit, our focus, and our desire to kick Democratic fannies out of the Legislative Branch. And now our day is here.

So, resilient in our defeat, let us be meticulous in our victory. Do not let a single vote go uncast, nor a single impropriety go unchallenged. It is not, as in the Democrats case, a matter of power and feelgood mindthoughts - it is a matter of economic and geopolitical survival.

...and an opportunity for another great post-election thread.


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