Wednesday, November 08, 2006
The Day After
12:39 PM EST
WABC TV just announced that Tester has won the Montana Senate race by less than 4000 votes. The Senate stands now at 50 Democrats, 49 Republicans.
WABC TV just announced that George W. Bush has asked Donald Rumsfeld to step down. Bush will announce it at 1 o'clock.
Andrew Sullivan thinks maybe Bush would appoint Lieberman as Secretary of Defense? No, it's too political, it's too crazy...
No, the replacement for Rumsfeld is Robert M. Gates, 22nd President of Texas A&M, and former CIA director under Dad Bush.
Bush speaks in a press conference from the East Room of the White House. Bush says Rumsfeld appreciates the value of bringing in someone with a fresh perspective. Gates is serving as a member of the Baker-Hamilton committee (the one that's looking into new strategy for the Iraq War).
I'm beginning to feel sorry for Bush...he's stumbling. He says he thought we'd [the Republicans] be fine yesterday. But we weren't fine. Shows how much I know.
He's getting testy. The media is merciless. "Have the elections repudiated your administration?"
Kos has the Senate 51 Democrats to 49 Republicans. "Webb has the initial count in the bag." This by way of Kos from Raising Kaine.
Thank god the press conference is over. It was painful, terrible. I'm outa here...the teach
Andrew Sullivan has a handy primer for the state propositions. Here's the direct link.
I'll give you just a few:
Arizona passed proposition making English the official language of the state - 74% to 26% with 99% of the precincts reporting.
California said no to parental notification proposition - 54% to 46% with 98% of precincts reporting.
Colorado said no to an amendment legalizing marijuana - 60% to 40% with 90% reporting.
South Carolina said no to abortion ban - 56% to 44% with 100% reporting.