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The Not-So-Great Divide


We’ve all but heard the last of “Campaign ‘06” or “Decision ‘06” or whatever this year’s buzz word was. It lasted a little longer here in Virginia, with incumbent George Allen waiting two days to concede the election.
After losing by a margin of less than 7,500 votes, I have a suspicion Allen will be dropping That Other George from his Christmas card list. I doubt the Rumsfelds will be getting warm holiday wishes either.
Senator Allen is not calling for a recount. But I can honestly say there at least 7,501 people in Virginia who voted by using the EMMM method (“eeny, meeny, miney, moe…”), so this is hardly a mandate for Jim Webb. Turns out that even with the looming issue of the war in Iraq, Virginians are not so much divided as ambivalent. Less than half the commonwealth’s voters turned out, though the number set a record for a mid-term election.
At least everyone is being oh-so-polite about the whole thing, which is more than I can say for the last election. After the 2004 presidential race, I never heard a bigger bunch of whining sore losers since I stopped talking to parents after my son’s little league games. And that was just on the knitting e-mail list (provocative bunch, those knitters. . .).
While we all got the warm-fuzzies witnessing that triumphant moment when George W. Bush met with incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (do you think their face muscles hurt after that one? Their expression certainly looked painful), I doubt Republicans nationwide were feeling quite as friendly toward the President, who waited until Wednesday to drop the political hot potato that was Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
Meanwhile, I’m rather looking forward to the upcoming fashion commentary that is apparently going to be a part of political reporting. Will we all be running out to buy Armani suits now? Or will this bring up a question of patriotism because the new Speaker is wearing Italian suits as opposed to . . . hmmm. . . say . . . Isaac Mizrahi.
Well, at any rate, at least it will be at least a little while before we have to hear the phrase “in lock-step with Bush” again.

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