This marks my last post for 2005.
In some ways, 2005 was an unforgettable year what with Iraq, Katrina, the Supreme Court, and in many ways, a wasted start to the President’s second term. The blame for the last can not be solely laid at the President’s feet as Republicans in the House but especially in the Senate were found wanting in both the brains and intestinal fortitude department.
Thankfully, the Democrats were even worse. Led by brainless twits who exhibited the political sense of a bunch of marmosets, the Democrats refused to take advantage of the many political openings offered to them by spineless Republicans. Instead of policy options, the Democrats couldn’t resist a steady diet of Bush-bashing which succeeded in driving the President’s poll numbers down but little else. And since Bush isn’t running for anything in 2006 – or ever again for that matter – one can only conclude that their strategy had more to do with satisfying the ravenous appetites of their far left captors for spouting conspiracy theories and undermining the American efforts in Iraq than trying to gain political advantage that Republican’s missteps offered them.
Since 2006 will be a political year, I’m glad that I’ll never lack for something to write about. What should be interesting to watch from my perspective is the impact that blogs will have on primaries in both parties. I plan to write on some local (Illinois) races and try to place the issues framed into some kind of national context. That way, I hope not to bore my non-Illinois readers any more than usual while trying my hand at local politicking. It should prove to be an interesting experiment.
On a personal note, 2006 has great potential for me personally as I am starting to write a book and plan on trying to get published in a wider variety of on-line publications. Maybe some one will even, like, you know, pay me money to write stuff. In that vein, drop me an email or send me a check, whichever is easier.
To all of you, please have a happy and safe New Year. Come back and visit often in 2006.