Power and Politics - I am Not the Yellow Peril

The life and times of an Asian American activist who tells all the truth (and dishes news and analysis) but with a leftwards slant.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Everything changes

New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's campaign tagline has been "On day one of the Spitzer administration, everything changes." Now I'm not so naive as to believe that just because we hold the House (congrats Madame Speaker) and the Senate (go Harry Reid), that everything changes immediately. We still have to hold our elected officials accountable. It is up to us to make sure that the Democrats remember what an opposition party looks, sounds, and ACTS like.

Of course, the feather in our cap is that Bush fired Rumsfeld today during a long, protracted, and painful (for him) press conference. This was supposed to be the kiss and make up one where he made peace overtures to the Democrats. Instead, he sounded nothing more like a petulant 8 year old who didn't get what he wanted, so he decided to scream and yell and throw some stuff around. Oops, broke your Transformer, little boy.

This doesn't mean that I'm not gloating today - I do have to allow myself to savor life's little victories.

But let's remember what race this all hinged on - the US Senate seat in Virginia. And that race was decided months ago by a courageous Indian American college student who decided to use George Felix Allen's words against him. And Asian Americans provided the decisive margin of vistory that led to Allen's Senate loss and the end of his presidential ambitions. Macaca this, you smug bully. Control of the Senate rested on your shoulders, and you failed because you motivated Asian Americans in Virginia and across the country to turn out like never before.

Felix got what was coming to him, because eventually every great bully takes a great fall, and the other George is going to have a nice long, slow one which will involve lots of lame-duck quacking - all noise and no substance. During which time, hopefully the Democratic Congress will go a-hunting and win ourselves a prize trophy - the 2008-2012 presidency.


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