American voters sent President George W. Bush and his gang of thugs called the Republican Party a strong message Tuesday.
It wasn’t subtle, it wasn’t polite and it wasn’t subject to interpretation.
It said: Go to hell. Go directly to hell. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.
Democrats needed a net gain of 15 seats to regain control of the House of Representatives. The final count is still uncertain, but the Dems picked up at least 28 seats – nearly double what they needed and that gives incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi the votes she needs to give Dubya and his goons the bung-holing they so richly deserve.
Granted, the Senate is in play but Democrats hold on to slim leads in both Virginia and Montana and wins there give them control of that chamber as well, leaving Bush and the boys wondering if anyone got the number of that truck that mowed them down.
Bush and the Republicans deserved to get run down. They stepped willingly out in front of that onrushing semi called voter anger over the botched war in Iraq and the cesspool of corruption that ruled their party.
Exit polls showed a vast majority of voters royally pissed over Bush’s Iraq debacle, the corruption and broken promises of the Republican Party and the deterioration of individual and civil rights.
Two years ago, those who viewed terrorism as a major issue gave Republicans 90 percent of their votes. This time, they split evenly between Republicans and Democrats.
Two years ago, evangelicals gave the GOP 95 percent. On Tuesday, 33 percent of the religious right wing voted Democrat.
If you had an “R” after your name you became an endangered species. Even Lincoln Chafee, a Rhode Island liberal Republican, and Jim Leach, an Iowa moderate, were left flattened on the road of political ruin.
In Tennessee, Republicans won only because they showed no shame in openly appealing to the latent racism that resides in their base, taking down Harold Ford by stereotyping him as some cock-happy black man chasing white women.
In Virginia, the racism of the old South came home to keep George Allen in the race where he trailed Democratic challenger Jim Webb by a razor-thin margin in a race headed for an almost-sure recount.
Same for Montana, where you can still find enough ignorant rednecks to vote for a corrupt racist like Conrad Burns to keep the race close and undecided when the sun came up this morning.
But in most of the country where people voted with their heads instead of their prejudices, the Republicans could not sway the outcome with money, attack ads and sleazy campaign tactics.
Voters took the first step to take back control of their country. As we head into the daylight of Wednesday, the only two questioning remaining are the fate of two out-of-step incumbent Republican racists named Burns and Allen.
Both of these dinosaurs often campaign as phony cowboys, decked out in their hats and boots and astride horses.
How appropriate, because the message delivered by voters on Tuesday is the type that so often ends with “and the horse you rode in on.”