Dear friends, tonight I opened my calendar from the USO and was reminded that we have normal citizens who wear our country’s uniform in far-off places around the world, many of whom are in God-awful hell-holes like Iraq and Afghanistan, trying to keep the perpetrators of radical Islam holed up where they were born, so they can’t come over here and detonate themselves in our grocery stores.
I was a soldier once. That’s why I like the USO. Some of the troops have told us in circular forwarded e-mails that the best thing we can do for them, is what was done on Tuesday, November 2nd. The Democrats are now a minority in the House of Representatives, and no longer have 60 seats in the Senate. My Commander in Chief was Ronald Reagan. We had a good time. I can tell you stories.
But tonight I’m feeling apologetic a little bit, because the fervor that swept most of the United States leading up to the election did not seem to catch on much in my home state of California, where every constitutional state office was won by Democrats.
Not every office, mind you. We still have Dan Lungren and Tom McClintock and Darrell Issa in Congress. We just didn’t offload Senator Barbara Boxer, or Nancy Pelosi, two very annoying legislators who embarrass us a lot whenever they get up and speak to the nation.
I have a Meg Whitman joke for you. After the election, Meg tells her husband, “Honey, don’t look in the bank, OK?” So of course, he looks, and says, “A Hundred and Forty Million Dollars? What did you get?” Meg rolls her eyes and smiles and says, “Oh, nothing.”
There are a few analysts on Wall Street who study the economies of all 50 states and report on which ones are fiscally sound. Some encourage business by lowering taxes. Some wean their poor from social programs and turn them into productive members of society. Some steer clear of environmental legislation that will annoy everyone but the tree huggers. This handful of analysts today points to California as the closest thing we have to a failed state. As of Tuesday, perhaps you understand why. What happened on Tuesday in California is really something that happened a long, long time ago.
They tell us there are one million more registered Democrat voters in California than there are registered Republican voters. The independents are growing, and you might wonder what the hell they did to offset this nostalgia trip. I’ll try to tell you what I did.