Re "GOP Takes Control of Senate," Nov. 6: This is a day which will live in infamy. The Bush cartel has consolidated its power and now controls the executive branch, the U.S. House, Senate and Supreme Court. The most right-wing government in American history is now free to pursue its goals, unimpeded by dissent. It is a sobering thought to realize that the world's most dangerous man, George W. Bush, will now preside over an agenda inspired by fear, loathing and greed.
To the American voters who stayed away from the polls, you got what you deserved. When, in the near future, you ask how this could have happened, take a good, hard look at yourself in the mirror.
Rolling Hills Estates
This midterm election has sent a clear message: "It's no longer the economy, stupid."
Marina del Rey
I'd just like to remind those in the Bush-versus-Gore majority that they will be responsible for the coming deaths in our soon-to-be-launched attack on Iraq.
The election showed that the national Democratic Party has no leaders, no message and no vision. Perhaps it's time for them to co-opt Barry Goldwater's old slogan, "A Choice, Not an Echo," and actually offer Americans a clear, compelling alternative.
"Tomorrow begins the election of 2004," said House Minority Whip Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco).
I don't know about you, but I got depressed when I heard this Tuesday night, coming before the election was even a day old. Republican or Democrat is not the issue here. This is about "the consummate politician": Politics is an end in itself, not a tool for the public good. Disgusting stuff, almost worthy of an apology to the electorate. She's in effect discarding their decision Tuesday.
The Democrats deserve the defeat they suffered on Tuesday. Their failure to stand strong against the Bush administration's rollback of every progressive policy of the last 50 years has given validity to President Bush and left the public believing the fight was based only on party rather than principle. Sen. Paul Wellstone was the lone beacon of integrity in the debates of the Senate. His death signaled the end of any serious opposition by the Democrats to the Bush policies.