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Election 2006: the Bad

Posted on Nov 7, 2006
Illustration by Karen Spector

ENTER_ALT_TEXT Not everybody was celebrating last night.  Here are some of the disappointing results from the elections:



  • Harold Ford Jr. lost to Bob Corker in his bid to become the first black senator from a Confederate state since Reconstruction.  Ford’s loss boosted the drama of tight races in Virginia, Montana and Missouri.

  • Joe Lieberman won in Connecticut.  Though he’ll probably caucus with the Democrats, we can’t help but feel a little disappointed in Lamont’s performance.

  • Issues


  • California’s landmark alternative energy initiative was defeated by a comfortable margin, thanks in large part to tens of millions of dollars in big-oil advertising.

  • Michigan voters approved a ban on affirmative action.

  • Arizonans hate Spanish.  At least that’s the message we get from voters’ landslide approval of a proposition making English the official state language, since the decision probably won’t do much to address voters’ concerns over immigration.

  • Voters in Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin all approved gay marriage bans.

  • California Governor


  • Arnold Schwarzenegger’s victory in California wasn’t a surprise, but did he have to go and obliterate opponent Phil Angelides?

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    By radmeister, November 8, 2006 at 2:47 pm Link to this comment
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    I just heard on cnn that John Tester beat his opponant in the senate race in Montana and along with Joe Lieberman that gives us at least half the senate. All those propositions that we do not like, we are going to have to get our own propositions on the ballot, and remember that federal law trumps state initiatives especially affirmative action which is a federal law. We still have a lot of work to do. Anybody for threatening the oil kings with nationalizing our oil industry?

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    By rabblerowzer, November 8, 2006 at 8:10 am Link to this comment
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    The Rabid Right tried hard to steal this election too, but Democrats were ready for them this time. Hopefully, we will be ready again in 2008 when the stakes will be just as high. Lying, stealing and cheating is the Republican Way, and most of them devote their entire lives to taking advantage of others. Good will never utterly defeat evil because approximately half of all humans born seem instinctively to be predators. Every species has a predator species that preys on it. Our predators may look the same as us physically, but they have the instincts of predators.

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    By Donovan, November 8, 2006 at 7:41 am Link to this comment
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    I thought that “conservative” political views were those that desired small govt.?  So why do neo-cons want the govt. to ban gay marriage, and homosexuality altogether (if they could get away with it)?  Is it because they’re not really “conservatives,” rather they’re the religious right, evangelicals in power?

    I thought “freedom of speech” meant that we can say what we want in whatever language we want.  I think it’s unconstitutional to force a langauge upon the people.  I agree that immigrants should feel an onus to learn English, but it’s certainly not absolutely necessary.

    Isn’t it time that we gain the ability to let that which truly does not matter slide?

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    By Ned, November 8, 2006 at 5:54 am Link to this comment
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    Yep the 9th amendment is but a comma.  The Bill of Rights has nothing to say about the right to persue happyness.

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    By TFYQA, November 8, 2006 at 4:38 am Link to this comment
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    Short of a second american revolution we,re all pretty much fucked !

    Be Careful What You Say

    Be Careful What You Say Part 2

    Lynching by Laptop Part 2

    Dying Regime Part 2

    Peace !

    Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. -Frank Zappa

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    By Palema, November 8, 2006 at 4:19 am Link to this comment
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    I have 2 thoughts about gay marriage bans:
    a) That’s government enforcing what is basically a religious viewpoint;
    b) Government should not be in the marriage business at all—they should stick to regulating contracts, which they do okay at.
    Anybody should be able to make a domestic contract in whatever way pleases them and dissolve it according to whatever terms they themselves set up.
    What if laws didn’t address sexual relations between consenting adults? Suppose such contracts didn’t revolve around sex—rather were about owning real estate, providing health insurance, power to make decisions in the event of illness, etc. They could be between a parent and adult child who live together, siblings, friends, etc. Why not? Our demographics are changing and the laws shold accommodate that.

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    By Bukko in Australia, November 8, 2006 at 3:30 am Link to this comment
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    Wow, US Marine, you’re smart. No sarcasm intended. My dad was career Army, but I always found jarheads to be smarter or meaner than grunts. Sometimes both. You should run for office. Hopefully not as a Republican.

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    By MARIAM RUSSELL, November 8, 2006 at 1:11 am Link to this comment
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    Folks, this is not going to change anything unless we demand the changes. The dems who were in office acted as enablers for the Bush admin to pass Patriot, Torture, and spend your grandchildren´s college fund on shooting people in another country who had done nothing to us.

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    By us marine, November 7, 2006 at 11:21 pm Link to this comment
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    just thought i would remind you all, while restricting gays and not allowing them to marry is wrong and in no way should be within the power of the government, the pursuit of happiness is not a right granted by the constitution it is a phrase in the declaration of independence wich by the way, in many peoples opinion is not even a federal document

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    By Anita Van Ouwerkerk, November 7, 2006 at 8:50 pm Link to this comment
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    I’m saddened to see that so many of the states and citizens wish to deny the basic constitutional guarantee of “the pursuit of happiness” to those whose partner is of the same gender.  This basic civil right to love whomever we choose should be an inalienable right. 

    What would Jesus do?  His life showed us.  He would affirm the right of others to live their lives as they were guided to live them.

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