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It was a good weekend.  I went to a 10th anniversary chili cookoff party, chatted with friends, worked around the house in the amazingly nice weather.

Yesterday was good, went to the polls, voted str8 Democratic ticket, expected everyone else would do the same.

Woke up this morning, and what did I find?  We have a Republican mayor and a Republican City County Council.  The weather has turned cold, and I have the start of a miserable headache.

You see, I didn't pay attention to anything the Republicans in the City County Council and the mayor were running on.  I don't know them, I don't know their platform, I don't know how anti-gay, pro-James Dobson and potentially corrupt they are.

In other words, I have committed a classic evil overlord mistake.  I don't know my enemy.  Neither did our old Democratic Mayor Bart Peterson.  He made the mistake of being an arrogant ass.

Ballard, a 52-year-old retired lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps, didn’t have much money and didn’t have the support of party insiders or the business community. But he had something better: votes.

With votes from nearly all of the city’s 917 precincts tallied, Ballard was ahead by almost four percentage points. Peterson called him shortly before 10:30 p.m. to concede.

Note to all Democrats running for office.  Just because Bush is an unpopular moron does not mean that the entire Republican machine will crash and burn because of him.  Don't anticipate winning because Cheney is unpopular.

Riding a wave of voter discontent over rising taxes, Republicans stormed back into control of the City-County Council on Tuesday night despite running a slate loaded with newcomers.

Democrats went into Election Day holding a 15-14 majority. But by late Tuesday night, Republicans had won 15 seats, with at least a few more likely to go their way.
The GOP said crime, tax increases and questions about City-County Council President Monroe Gray’s ethics helped them win back the council.

Democrats running for National office need to be very, very careful.  Next year's elections are not a given.

Originally posted to angrytoyrobot on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 06:13 AM PST.

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