So how was your night?
Apparently, Hell hath no fury like three or four million evangelical nuts waiting for the rapture. In the very end, it looks as if their presence at the polls -- and, apparently, the lack of presence of America's youth -- have led to not only a rather clear and significant Bush victory, but a solid kick to the nuggets of most of our better candidates for Congress.
Also, it looks like the United States sent a clear message to gay people tonight:
"Fuck you, gay people."
Not literally, of course. The majority of tonight's voters would clearly consider that a sin.
I'm far too stunned right now to be disappointed. I'd have to go through my records to come up with actual numbers, but I'm estimating I donated money to somewhere between 12 and 15 candidates this time around. Unless I'm forgetting someone, exactly one of these people -- Lois Murphy, fighting for the folks of the Pennsylvania 6th -- hasn't been defeated yet. She's down two points in the polls as of right now, so that will probably change by morning.
As a heterosexual white male who makes a pretty decent living, I guess I don't have much to worry about. But if you're between the ages of 18 and 29 and you couldn't switch off the PlayStation long enough to drag your lazy, tattooed ass to the polls for a couple of hours tops, I do truly hope you enjoy your trip to Fallujah. The bullets you see over there are real, by the way.
The sniping is already beginning on Air America Radio. John Kerry wasn't a good enough candidate and all that. Look, he was a fine candidate. There are a whole lot of people in this country who would have voted for Bush over Jesus Christ himself. Karl Rove ran another effective smear campaign against an admirable American, and it worked again. This had nothing to do with John Kerry. Look at the Senate races. ABC just declared that Tom Daschle lost his seat. Brad Carson, Erskine Bowles, and Inez Tenenbaum lost. Dan Mongiardo lost to a crazy man. Betty Castor is about to lose, as is Tony Knowles. A Republican will take one of Louisiana's Senate seats for the first time in 120 years.
Yet John Kerry is to blame. Some people are just imbeciles.
I wish I could come up with some wise words to share with the rest of the world regarding what happened here tonight, but I really can't. All I can say is that the United States apparently has learned to hate gays and dark people so much that we've given George W. Bush the mandate he's acted like he's had for the past four years. You should know that many of us, including everybody I know, don't feel this way. You should also be made aware that an even larger segment of Americans couldn't be bothered to go to the polls and apparently don't give a shit.
Speaking of polls, I guess John Zogby's career is over. He's been calling it for Kerry for months, and he said so again on Jon Stewart's show last Thursday night. Not that any of the other polls were much better, but Zogby really got his ass handed to him.
When it's all said and done, Bush is going to wind up with somewhere around 3.7 million more votes than John Kerry. I'm just numb.