As I recover from late night election watching by trying to stave off exhaustion with caffeine infusion I ponder a couple of ironic aspects of yesterday’s election.
The first is that the Bush White House is calling for bi-partisanship. This is incredibly ironic since, by many accounts, this is the most partisan White House in recent history. I guess your perspective changes in a hurry when you no longer control Congress.
The second is closer to home. It is very ironic to me that of all the Florida Constitutional Amendments that were decided yesterday only 1 was passed with less than 60% of the vote. The irony of this is that Amendment 3 which passed with 58% limits the power of the people to change the constitution in the future to votes of 60% or greater in favor. If I had voted for this law it might give me pause to consider that I succeeded in changing the law only because I hadn’t already succeeded in limiting my power to do so.
UPDATED: To get a feel for just how ballsy the call by Republicans for bipartisanship in the house really is check out this story about life on the Hill under Republican rule of the house: THE MISERY OF BEING A HOUSE DEMOCRAT.
Update II: Since you have to be subscribed to The New Republic to get that article here is a pdf of it: THE MISERY OF BEING A HOUSE DEMOCRAT.pdf