(photo: Dino Rossi on the runway)
We steeled ourselves to be philosophical; to man-up and take it from talk radio, and our right-wing commenters, who have been pre-gloating for months.
Tuesday's shellacking, of course, was a surprise to no one; what with the job-weak economy, and the wide variety of legislative and foreign policy issues President Obama took on (and actually passed) in his first two years.
He could have played it safe. He didn't. There's plenty of time for him to work on 2012 now that such major lifting has been done.
Things would have been quite different Tuesday if Obama voters (the young and the brownish) had come out in the same numbers as they did in '08 - recreating the miracle in the off-years is a problem with a movement politician (even the messiah).
Mid-terms are forever thus, especially in a big, fat recession. Despite the 24/7/365 smears, and what right-wing media tells us, people still like Obama; his approvals are in the high 40's, early 50's.
A wave it was. But it was no tsunami. 1994 was a tsunami which installed the GOP for 16 years. This time they'll be lucky if they get two.
It could have been much worse... But turns out this country is still pretty much divided in half, and the tea-party's nominating wackish candidates (Colorado, Nevada, Delaware, Alaska, New York) actually kept Republicans from taking the Senate.
The view from our perch in the West is pretty nice. Looks like it's 3-Strikes-Dino-Rossi-is-out. Maybe Rick Larsen will pull it out in the 2nd District. We love the looks of Oregon's gubernatorial; the irony of the Palin clown candidacy in Alaska; the huge Latino vote which put Harry Reid and Jerry Brown over the top.
Again we're reminded of how talk radio was once a big media player in this state. KVI morning jock Kirby Wilbur's Seattle demonstration against Hillary Clinton played large in the defeat of the Clintons' healthcare plans. It was also the kick-off to an unprecedented 1994 conservative sweep over this blue, blue state.
Now that was a tsunami! And it was percolated on the AM band.
In its day, local radio jocks like Wilbur, Mike Siegel, and John Carlson played significant activist parts in campaigns for candidates, initiatives and protest demonstrations.
No more. Local right-wing talk is all but gone, even the stations have disappeared. Can't think of one issue or candidate that the last 3 or 4 talkers left standing in Seattle influenced in any measurable way in the last five years.
But they're still pretty good at gloating...