The Sheep Have Spoken
Democrats take the House and the Senate...much to the satisfaction of Jihad Jaara.
Exit polls of 8,344 voters across the country, conducted by the Associated Press and the TV networks, showed that a strong 60 percent majority of them opposed the war in Iraq and only one-third said they thought, as Mr. Bush and Republican candidates argued, that the war was necessary to protect U.S. security in the global war against terrorism.
"Far more voters said national issues mattered more than local issues in their House vote, but there was no difference in how those groups voted in House contests," the AP reported last night.
The Democratic Party's strong performance at the polls also was seen as a vindication of the 50-state strategy that Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean implemented two years ago when he put paid party organizers in all the states in an effort to rebuild the party's long-term infrastructure.
"That's paid off for us and for the rest of the party," said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Refern.
In the 2002 midterm election and 2004 presidential race, Democrats were outmaneuvered by the Republicans' superior voter turnout operation and by the public's perception that Democrats could not be trusted with the nation's national security.
This time, Democrats called for increased spending on the military and poured more money into their voter turnout operation, putting nearly $50 million into their ground game to identify voters and get them to the polls.
Democratic Party officials said it was the first time in years that they were able to compete with Republicans voter-for-voter.
All is not lost...but we're getting there.
Well... American voters wanted change...my prediction is that we will see it. We will see a change in the amount of fighting in the legislature. We will see a change in the ability to identify and protect ourselves against terrorists. And personally I will be seeing a change in how I proceed into my local Starbucks.
Thanks to an Election Night Jihad we now have our first Muslim Congressman. Difster says, "We're in a lot of trouble". I think it is a shame...not that a Muslim is in Congress so much as that Keith Ellison converted to Islam from Roman Catholicism. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.
MINNEAPOLIS, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Voters elected a black Democrat as the first Muslim in Congress on Tuesday after a race in which he advocated quick U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and made little mention of his faith.
Keith Ellison, a 43-year-old lawyer and state representative, defeated two rivals, television networks said, to succeed retiring Democrat Martin Sabo in a seat that has been held by Democrats since 1963.
Ellison, who converted to Islam as a 19-year-old college student in his native Detroit, won with the help of Muslims among a coalition of liberal, anti-war voters.
He advocates an immediate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq along with strongly liberal views. While Ellison did not often speak of his faith during the campaign, awareness of his candidacy drew interest from Muslims well beyond the district centered in Minneapolis.
A significant community of Somali immigrants in Minneapolis cast their first votes for him in the crowded September primary. Ellison also was the surprise choice of party regulars.
Yes these are the same Somoli immigrants who drive taxis, refuse rides to nightclubbers and fund Al-Qaeda.
Yes, we're in alot of trouble now.
**UPDATE** The NYT calls us bashers! at HotAir.com. Socialize this! Personalize this! Radicalize this!