When the Goths sacked Rome
I listened to some talk radio today and spoke with a few people about the election results last night. I gotta say, I think a little perspective is needed by the callers and a few other people. I don’t think Sykes, Belling, Wagner and Weber were out of line at all. But Charlie Sykes even had a lady call in to announce, “the Republic is dying,” and that she was flying her flag at half mast.
I know it was a nasty blow on both the state and the national level for Republicans. I know the thought of “Speaker Pelosi” makes some of us twitch like Herbert Lom every time he heard, “Clouseau.” I know Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sounds more like a character from “Debbie Does Washington D.C.”
And I know that closer to home, the only time the phrases, “four more years” and “Jim Doyle” should go together is when a judge hands down a sentence.
But it’s not that bad, especially in Wisconsin.
We’re going to get an ethanol mandate. Guess what? We were probably going to get one anyway. At least this time it won’t be the Republicans scheduling the bill.
Taxes are going to go up. They did under the Republicans and now they will under the Democrats.
We’re at status quo on stem cells and cloning, and it looks like we’re going to be stuck there. It makes me unhappy, but it could be worse. We could be Missouri.
On the national level, no matter how bad the current crop of Democrats is, I remember Speaker Jim Wright. I remember Congressman Ron Dellums and others hanging out with the Communists in Grenada. I remember Dan Rostenkowski. I remember Howard Metzenbaum and Alan Cranston.
As the great Obi-Wan Kenobi once said, “You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.” This current bunch of Democrats are a bunch of chumps compared to that rogues gallery from the 1970s and 1980s.
I’m just not going to lose any sleep over this bunch. The republic will survive. Wisconsin will survive. I’ll have plenty to write about. As the Democratic Party philosopher Michael Stipe once wrote, “It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.”