Thursday, January 26, 2006

Throw the bums out

The results are worrisome. Both Hamas and the Conservative Party of Canada have achieved upset electoral victories this week. But what does it mean? Have Canadians abandoned their progressive traditions? Are the Palestinian voters set on prolonging the conflict? More likely, in both cases, the electorate has had enough of a party that it perceives to be corrupt and ineffectual, and wants an alternative, regardless of ideology.

This trend bodes well for the US congressional elections in November. If it keeps up, the Democrats will garner the support not only of the 50%+ of Americans who agree with the Democratic platform, but even of conservatives who are fed up with Republican corruption and incompetence and are ready for a change.

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