Saturday, November 17, 2012

I promise — mostly

"Our biggest political division is the war between the empty places and the crowded places." — Gail Collins

THESE ARE THE last two things I'm going to say about the election. No really. I'm also thinking that this post's title would do nicely as a headline for the David Petraeus/Paula Broadwell affair.

I promise — mostly.

First, looking at the map of the New York Times county by county, red vs. blue presidential election results, I gotta say, I think Gail Collins called it way back on June 15. Here's what she had to say:

"People who live in crowded places tend to appreciate government. It’s the thing that sets boundaries on public behavior, protects them from burglars and cleans the streets. If anything, they’d like it to do more. (That pothole’s been there for a year!) The people who live in empty places don’t see the point. If a burglar decides to break in, that’s what they’ve got guns for. Other folks don’t get in their way because their way is really, really remote. Who needs government? It just makes trouble and costs money."

2012 presidential election results by county.

Secondly, I said it before, but I love saying it again, I'm relieved, thrilled, delighted, happy, ecstatic, over the moon, elated, exhilarated, joyous, jubilant — you get get the point — that Todd Akin (legitimate rape), Richard Mourdock (pregnancy from rape is something God intended), John Koster (the rape thing) and let's not forget Rick Santorum (rape victims should make the best of a bad situation), who was running to be the Republican nominee, all lost.

Here's what I keep thinking: if these comments are what they feel safe in saying in public, can you imagine what the thoughts in their heads must be like — you know, the stuff they think wouldn't be prudent to say out loud?!! That's why I'm relieved, thrilled, delighted . . . . and you should be too.

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