Category Archives: Election 2006

Party crasher

This is awesome: a Fairfield University professor registered as the only member of the Connecticut for Lieberman party and promptly elected himself chairman.

According to bylaws established by Orman, anyone whose last name is Lieberman may seek the party’s nomination – or any critic of the senator.
Orman seized control of the Connecticut for Lieberman Party this week after registering as its sole member and electing himself as chairman.

Orman said the “party” is upset that Lieberman has abandoned it and says he is an “Independent Democrat.”
“I want to organize it as a group that will keep (Lieberman) accountable,” Orman said. “It will be dedicated to critics, opponents, bloggers. . . . I’m just trying to carry it to the next step.”

(Via Shellock.)

So this is what victory feels like

Yes! Despite my dire predictions the Democrats have finally proven that they can win elections, and have broken the GOP’s lock on the House of Representatives. The last couple of years of GOP governance have been worse than I had imagined, with the loss of the Geneva Conventions, habeas corpus, and the city of New Orleans, but the end of one-party rule should keep things from getting much worse.
Fire away with the subpeonas, Speaker Pelosi! (The Bush Administration is going to ignore the subpeonas, but it’s a start…)

Election Day Thread 2006

I am heartened to see that my precinct has replaced their Diebold touchscreen voting machines with a non-Diebold optical scan system. Of course, here in California’s 9th district I don’t have to worry about the outcome depending on the voting machines, but it’s reassuring to know that my vote will be counted and that a paper trail exists. (I could get this by voting absentee, but I typically don’t since I like the experience of voting at the polls.)
Here’s an Election Day thread. Any stories from competitive districts? How’s CT-04 looking?

Election 2006 Endorsements

My neglect of the blog continues but I really should post something about the election.

(Image via Pharyngula.)
My endorsements: Recently the Republican Congress passed a bill which legalized torture and suspended habeas corpus. I am endorsing every Democrat running for any office anywhere.
In California, we have the usual assortment of dumbass ballot initiatives. I am voting no on everything except 87 (taxing oil companies) and 89 (public election financing). I could perhaps be convinced otherwise (but you’ll need to do it before about 10am tomorrow).
I predict that Republicans will keep both houses of Congress. I think there’s no way the Senate will switch; the House seems more likely, but I think dirty tricks and rigged voting machines will put the GOP over the top.