Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Day After the Day After - NYTimes.com

The Day After the Day After - NYTimes.com

There were awful speeches from all sides on Tuesday night, but I liked Christine O’Donnell’s adieu. (“We’ve got a lot of food. We’ve got the room all night. So God bless you. So let’s party!”) That girl is so on her way back to cable TV. Although this time around they will have to pay her.
Meanwhile, over at his victory party, Reid said that “balloons and ballrooms are not my thing.” Which we sort of guessed.

Barack Obama, looking as if he had been up all night bailing water out of the basement, seemed somewhere between numb and shell shocked at his postelection press conference. He called the results “a shellacking” — for which he took “full responsibility.” A number of TV commentators swiftly decried his performance, particularly noting his failure to take responsibility.

Soon-to-be-Speaker John Boehner broke into tears during his victory address, recalling how he had risen from a low-income childhood mopping the floors of his father’s tavern. “I spent my whole life chasing the American dream,” he said tearily. It was a better invocation than many we’ve heard in recent months when candidates attempted to equate the dream with everything from a monster yacht to a professional wrestling empire to a health care company that bilked the government out of more than $1 billion.

Nevertheless, when you have suits as expensive and lobbyist friends as numerous as Boehner, it’s no longer really appropriate to start weeping on TV about your humble roots

Boehner announced that his party’s plan was to “roll up our sleeves,” which is coincidentally exactly what Harry Reid said his plan was. So you can look for lots of naked forearms in Washington in the near future.

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