Thoughts On The Election Results
First, nationally, I’m looking at things like I did the 2004 American League Championship Series. The Red Sox aren’t my favorite team. I like them, sure, and usually pull for them when my own team is out of contention, I just don’t bleed Sox colors. When they beat the Yankees, though, I acted like a life long Sox fan. Why? Because they had just beaten – no, humiliated – the Evil Empire. Darkness had been swept away.
Ditto last night. Like I’ve already said, I’m no Democrat, and I’m also not dumb enough to think they will govern perfectly, or even very well. But the real bad guys took a HUGE hit. I have hope for the first time in a long time that this country will be run according to reason and not demagoguery.
Second, also nationally, I am ecstatic that Rick Santorum got his tail whipped. This guy was the embodiment of everything I hate about today’s Republican party. Militant partisan, tool of wealthy special interests, theocrat, gay basher, big government conservative, you name it, he was it. Good riddance, and may all his ideological kindred soon share his fate.
Now the local stuff.
I am most pleased with the results of the JeffCo probate races. The losers – Sunny “S.D.” Smallwood and Mark Gaines – conducted very misleading and nasty campaigns. They got what they deserved. Congrats to the winners, Alan King and Sherri Coleman Friday.
I am most dissapointed that we now have on the Court of Civil appeals a judge with close ties to racist organizations. I wonder what color robe Terri Willingham Thomas will wear?
You may have thought I would be most upset over Troy King’s victory. While I am disappointed that our state’s top lawyer is a bigoted, ignorant, petty, political grandstanding moron, the fact is that my line of work often has me arguing against the AG’s office. So, the dumber the leadership the better for me and my clients.
I was surprised by three outcomes: Chief Justice, AG, and Lt. Governor.
For AG, it was the margin of victory that surprised me. By all accounts this one should have been closer than King’s nearly ten percent victory.
Lt. Governor proved again that polls are just educated guesses. I’ll ad that I am moderately pleased that Folsom won. I don’t trust Luther Strange. I’m sorry, but when I heard this career lobbyist say he wanted to bring ethics reform to Montgomery, all I could do was snicker.
I was most surprised by the CJ race. I know the polls had it neck and neck, I just don’t see how Nabers lost this. He was the incumbent. No-one has suggested that he did anything other than a great job. He whupped his challenger in the primary. And every other Republican running for a spot on an appellate court won.
As for my opinion of the outcome itself, I don’t know. On the one hand I’m all for divided government, so I’m very happy that we have one non-Republican appellate judge. On the other hand, Nabers is not the Republican I would have wanted to lose.
When I was in divinity school, he audited a class that I was also taking. The entire semester, he impressed me as a man of dignity, humility, good judgment and compassion. Now, as a lawyer, even though I’m sure that Nabers and I would disagree on just about every social issue out there, I am confident that I would always get a fair hearing from him as a judge. He is a good man.
Maybe he can run for AG next time?
Finally, two questions.
First, how many Bahakels are there in JeffCo? And were any of them NOT on the ballot yesterday?
Second, Bob Berryhill beat Greg Goodwin in the race for Madison County . . . coroner? Can someone explain to me why in the world the freakin’ coroner is an elected position?