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Pinch me.

At the DNC, Bill Clinton promised that it was getting better, and that we would soon start to feel it.  I know he was talking about the economy, but I'm reeling from the good talk in the last few weeks.

Here are a few things that have happened since November 5th:

Romney & Ryan lost the election.  

Rove looked like an idiot on national TV, and in a way that has damaged his credibility.

The Republicans folded on the fiscal cliff.

Sarah Palin has left FOX News.  I actually have some respect for her ability to grift - and she was a force, albeit a dreadful one, in the  2010 elections, which as we know cost us a lot, both in the House and in many states. So although we may want to mock her, we should also recognize the serious damage she did.

FOX lost so much credibility during the election that I believe that they are lurching back from that cliff and that offering Palin a tiny contract was part of it.

The President brought up climate control and the rights of women and gays in his inaugural address.

We're finally addressing gun control.  We were forced to, I know, but there were so many events in the past that should have forced us to do it, that I despaired of its ever being so.

The Republicans are talking about immigration reform.  I know they're just doing this because of demographics and losses, and we still can't trust them, but immgration reform is a lot easier if some of them are on board.

The Boy Scouts are thinking of relaxing their anti-gay stance.

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I know not everything is good.  Gerrymandering in the states, election rigging and the seas are rising; threats against the president; the economy still sucks; infrastructure and education need serious investment; obesity is rising (and I have a hole in one of my socks).

Still, it feels as if some of the focus on crazy is ending.  Just a little.

Perhaps I'm wrong.  Perhaps you should pinch me and wake me up.

Or perhaps I should dream just a little longer.

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Tired of politics?  Need to escape?  Try my Greek mythology based novels, either the story of Oedipus from the point of view of Jocasta, or a trilogy about Niobe, whose children were murdered by the gods - or were they?

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Comment Preferences

  •  I think you are correct. (6+ / 0-)

    This country is slowly seeing the GOP for what they truly are.  Horrible, selfish, ignorant people.  The curtain is being drawn back on Limbaugh and Faux News.

    I still think things won't get a lot better until after the 2014 elections, but if we can take back the House I'm really going to be optimistic.  :)

    Nice diary!

  •  And we have the SOTU in a couple weeks... (3+ / 0-)

    Another 40 minutes or so where the Prez can hopefully continue to make the case echoing the inaugural agenda.  

    "The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self awareness" -Annie Savoy (Bull Durham)

    by Jacoby Jonze on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 02:08:41 PM PST

  •  How much is actual improvement and how much is (2+ / 0-)
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    chloris creator, a2nite

    perception? I'd like to believe that we are getting better and I do, in certain arenas, but I think we also are experiencing a shift in perception. November 6th (seems long ago already) was not the start of change, but the product of ongoing change, had things gone like 2010.....
    A little while ago, someone here put up a diary about taking a minute to savor the victories, minor as they may be, in the political fight. That's good advice. It doesn't mean that we've achieved Nirvana, it doesn't mean we can sit back, but if we don't recognize improvement, we can't build on it.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 03:22:21 PM PST

  •  Far be it from me to piss on your optimism. (0+ / 0-)

    Although Sarah Palin is the second-worst ambassador for the conservative cause in the whole country (after Rush Limbaugh), so I'm not entirely pleased to see her leave the national media. After all, we are beginning to see that the more the far right talks to America about what they think, the less America likes them. Therefore, naturally, I want them to keep talking.

    All this gun talk and all these angry people with guns, though. That's relatively new, and it worries me a lot. I don't worry about The Wingnut Revolution -- they are neither smart, capable, nor popular enough to pull that off -- but I am worried about a whole bunch of Waco/Ruby Ridge type situations happening more or less at once. Armed civil unrest is bad for my blood pressure (it goes to 0 after I get hit in the cross-fire).

    Visit Lacking All Conviction, your patch of grey on those too-sunny days.

    by eataTREE on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 03:42:56 PM PST

  •  And the Thugs in Congress (1+ / 0-)
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    are actually working on legislation instead of blocking anything and everything to see if they can crash the US economy.  That all by itself is massive progress.  When they did this initially I figured it would last till the 2012 election.  Apparently they decided it was a good thing, because they kept it up for four whole years.  Now it seems that they have figured out that it isn't helping them at the ballot box and are actually working on bipartisan bills.  Amazing!

    We should not be fighting about equal pay for equal work and access to birth control in 2012. Elizabeth Warren

    by Leftleaner on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 05:25:10 PM PST

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