OK, so I don’t have a future as a political prediction guy. I was wrong about New Jersey and New York. But, that having been said, I am tickled pink by the outcomes. Chris Christie has a golden opportunity to show New Jersey voters how serious he is about fiscal conservatism and ethical governance. Good Republicans (not to mention all of the other voters who elected him) need to hold Christie’s feet to the fire. Just because he’s been elected doesn’t mean squat if he just turns out to be Corzine II.
I must admit I’m bummed about the NY-23 race, if nothing else because Doug Hoffman just seemed like such a nice guy. But just as adversity brings out the real individual, I have seen the guys who would step up to the plate and support real conservatives. Mostly I am thinking about Sarah Palin and Fred Thompson. While “their guy” didn’t win, those two (as well as the other guys who supported Hoffman) hung onto conservative values in public. Good on ’em.
On the same topic, I have lost additional respect for Newt Gingrich, the triangulating man from Georgia (yeah, by way of Pennsylvania). Newt is a newly converted Catholic. Didn’t anybody tell him during his RCIA classes that (good) Catholics don’t support abortion? Dede Scozzafava got the Margaret Sanger Award from Planned Parenthood! Geez, Newt! Scozzafava has apparently nothing in common with Republicans other than an “R” at the end of her party affiliation statement. Yeah, she’s dependable.
My biggest shock, oddly enough, comes with the knowledge that Maine voters rejected same-sex “marriage.” From Fox News:
“Gay marriage has now lost in every single state — 31 in all — in which it has been put to a popular vote.”
Get the hint.
Gorgeous morning: we’re probably a couple of days away from the first frost, but this morning was picture-perfect: clear, sunny, nicely cold. Had a good run along the river, and I am trying to keep from getting too tied to the area. Saturday is my last day of vacation, and then it’s back to work and all the fun that goes along with the Sandbox. Yippee.