Down here we want it all ... a veritable Super Slam breakfast every morning.
The irony is that, of course, "all" resides in the heavenlies.
I am reminded in times like these of the words of one of my law school professors: "A liberal wakes up every morning and says, 'Lord, what good can I do today?' and a conservative says, 'Lord, thank you that my throat was not slit last night while I slept.'" This was his New York way of saying that human nature and a fallen world beckon us to be grateful for even the little things. And furthermore, human nature oftentimes causes us to fail to appreciate the big and really good things, too.
Like you, I am bummed that Greenjeans escaped in Nevada. Every conservative feels this. There were some other near misses in the Senate; in the House, Barney Frank won ... and handily ... and Ruth McClung (what a candidate in AZ-7) narrowly lost in a gerrymandered Demo district.
But still, overall, I am much more than glad to have survived the night, for it was a very good night indeed. The repudiation of all things Obama/Demo at all levels of the federal and state governments was clear. The most Republicans hold office nationwide (federal and state) than at any time since the 1920s. Today, Rush said that 680 Republicans won elections in state legislatures nationwide, in large part due to Tea Party activism. And Sarah Palin? Of her Demo targets, 18 of 20 went down.
And look at the new red Midwest. And Republicans won in the Northeast. They are close even to winning the governor's mansion in CT. Rhod? Are you supervising the count?
As a result of the smashing success, even Mitch McConnell and John Boehner are talking the talk ... now, to ensure that they walk it. Actually, I believe they will do a much better job this time because folks are engaged.
I have seen reports that talk about the strange lack of celebration by Republicans and their supporters. I view this as an extremely good sign.
All this is to say our side is winning and acting like a winner, too. More reason to be optimistic.
You see, when your goal is a championship, a first down is no big deal.
So, let's appreciate the successes we have as we march down the field. Sunny side up, please.
Still, we keep our eyes fixed on the ultimate goal.
Such a focus will help us enjoy the first downs along the way even more.
Note: I am working on a post re: some lessons I think we conservatives can draw from Tuesday's results. There's been some interesting commentary out there, but none of it quite clears a landing zone like a Daisy Cutter.