I was sitting in a hotel lounge eating a prime rib dip watching the election results with about 8 other SF guys. The mood was frustrating. There was only one person I could recall that didn’t have a “we’re screwed” mood. Why? Well the fact is we have no faith in the Democrat Party. Now I don’t think it’s hopeless but it’s not real encouraging.
Then the next day we see SECDEF Rumsfeld’s resignation, another blow. But this wasn’t unexpected. While we see problems with the war (hey let loose the chains, remove the conventional Army thought process) but Secretary Rumsfeld was a forceful proponent of SF. With Robert Gates coming on it’s a mystery what will happen. Having met CIA types it was a concern for all of us.
We will see what happens. Perhaps reality will set in for the Dems and they will see we face a real threat. Perhaps partisanship will give way to survival. One can hope.
I will say the Democrats didn’t win as much as the Republicans completely blew it. They misread the left and the right. They had no clue what the middle wanted. But they knew how to funnel money to their districts and put up a half-assed immigration bill. They never learned the lessons of Clinton. But then why should they. Hell if you do one term you’re set for life so what’s really to lose?