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November 08, 2006

Idealism Reborn

I woke up in a new country this morning, to news on NPR that Democrats had seized control of the House of Representatives for the first time in my adult life. Now I know how Republicans must have felt in 1994! I can't wait to see what happens when Nancy Pelosi injects her "San Francisco Values" into our government as the new Speaker of the House. What are "San Francisco Values," anyway? Tolerance? Equality? I think our legislative branch could use some of that after twelve years of Republican domination. I'll bet that, for the next two years, Bush and Cheney will be extra careful not to ride in the same car or airplane, knowing that Pelosi is third in line for the presidency!

It is also a bright new day here in Michigan, where my fellow voters resoundingly rejected not only Dick DeVos, but the Republican party in general, returning Jennifer Granholm to the governorship and securing a Democratic majority in the state legislature for the first time since 1999. Without her hands tied by a Republican legislature, Granholm might actually be able to enact some of her progressive policy ideas!

It is not all good news here, however, as the evil Proposal 2 did pass late last night, but it passed by a much smaller margin than pollsters had predicted. UM president Mary Sue Coleman will address the university community today at noon on the diag, to talk about what the affirmative action ban means for us. I will most likely miss it, however, because my day is stacked to the brim with classes and meetings. In any case, today I'm proud to be a Michiganian, and proud to be a part of the 42% of our state that still supports affirmative action.

Posted by eklanche at November 8, 2006 08:38 AM


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