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Well, contrary to all the hubbub about an alleged uprising of the conservative masses (proletariat?) against the totalitarian rule of Barack Obama, it seems that things have gone differently in the over-discussed special election for one of New York’s congress members. It turns out that a district that has been held by Republicans since 1872 has now been won by a Democrat.

Yeah. The days of Barack Obama are clearly numbered. Thats obviously what this indicates.

Now, obviously all of this fascination with this obscure special election is massively insignificant. However, the one thing it has wound up showing is how utterly nonsensical, ideologically driven, and stupid the whole Beck-Palin cloud of noise is. And maybe it also seems to show that at least some of the electorate isn’t completely captive to these sorts of inane voices.


  1. I live five miles from the New York border and get my public radio from Albany. The media frenzy around this race has been spectacular, even by their normal distorted canons. Everybody wants to read the tea leaves in these small elections, but this one defies interpretation. The Democrat who won is a Blue Dog conservative, the Republican candidate, who dropped out, is pretty liberal and threw her support to the Democrat, and the Conservative candidate, who ran when he didn’t think the Republican was pure enough, lost votes by splitting the Republican vote. How this could have been a referendum on President Obama, no matter who won, eludes me.

    Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 9:17 am | Permalink
  2. Halden,
    Thanks for putting up the link to my blogpost defending blogging. Between your link and Jason’s post last week about my blog, quite a few people have just found Retired Pastor Ruminates, for which I am most grateful. One salient thing I didn’t say in my post yesterday is that blogging has helped me stay in touch with younger voices. I notice that many theo-bloggers are graduates students or young scholars. I really enjoy having them as interlocators. I wish that I could have been in conversation with some seasoned theologs when I was sitting in my rural Maine parsonage trying to stay intellectually alive back in my late twenties. The irony of my being one to defend blogging is that I am a crazy bibliophile, child of two librarians, and have been accused of believing in “salvation by bibliography,” since I answer every question with a book recommendation. At age sixty, I am also most likely one of the few of us in these conversations who learned to read before I ever saw a TV.

    Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 9:35 am | Permalink
  3. Bobby Grow wrote:

    I thought the proletariat was the Obama crowd; have things ‘changed’ that fast?

    Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 3:30 pm | Permalink
  4. Daniel wrote:

    The people who thought this could be a “referendum on President Obama” probably will think it was regardless of the outcome.

    Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 4:04 pm | Permalink
  5. Halden wrote:

    Thanks, Richard for the comment and the original post.

    Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 4:07 pm | Permalink
  6. Mox wrote:

    A more independent interpretation of election night:

    Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 7:12 am | Permalink

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