Monday, November 13, 2006


Was it just my feeling here in Pop world, or did the atmosphere in the country seem different this weekend?


Blogger carbunclefrank said...

yeah...I actually saw some people smiling at the local coffee shop.....way coooool.

November 13, 2006 3:42 AM  
Blogger BBC said...

Not much different here, there isn't much awareness in this town. They wouldn't wake up and pay attention unless a bomb was dropped on them.

Half of the people I know don't even vote it seems.

All in all though, most folks around here are always pleasant and helpful, this is country folk country. Other than those newbies coming in.

November 13, 2006 4:40 AM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

Compared to the almost unbearable tension from last week, it was a limp string pushing me around. Good to get the rest. We have much work to do before it's over.

November 13, 2006 5:03 AM  
Blogger JM said...

It's amazing what a dose of sanity can do to the collective disposition.

November 13, 2006 5:24 AM  
Blogger bluegrrrrl said...

I think you're right, Pop...people seem a lot more relaxed everywhere, more playful. I know I am. Stella too. My friendly neighborhood freewayblogger's BRING TROOPS HOME sign even stayed up for over a week (instead of the usual hours) before somebody snatched it down.

November 13, 2006 5:41 AM  
Blogger Frederick said...

I actually saw people talking and debating without the Democrats support the Terrorists" meme lurking underneath the surface. Big difference.

November 13, 2006 5:56 AM  
Blogger Mimus Pauly said...

The air has definitely changed. It's a little cleaner than it was a week ago. It's also a lot thinner, and I've had to pace myself just to get through the days. But that's all right -- my blood pressure is higher than it should be. This will help bring it down some...

November 13, 2006 6:41 AM  
Blogger Undeniable Liberal said...

I had a rare saturday off,(thank you, Bush economy) and didn't do squat all weekend. Didn't even feel like blogging. It must be the chemtrails. Blah blahhhhh......

November 13, 2006 6:46 AM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

Here in the heart of the bible belt, there seems to be an air of resignation, although they don't discuss their politics much in public...and I sure don't ask.:) But I also sense somewhat a feeling of relief, as though "God, I'm glad you finally got it done!" It's long been my opinion that a lot of conservatives were secretly pulling for the DP to oust the current bunch, even tho they would never vote Dem in a hundred years. Several times, I've overheard conversations that included: "That war is getting out of hand. Something needs to be done about it!" Now to see if the Dem's are up to the task...... Now the 08 campaigns get rolling. ARGH!!

If you would, drop me an email at, Pop. Thanks!

November 13, 2006 6:51 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Oh HELL yeah!! Maybe it's just me, but I sense a great feeling of relief and - dare I say it - hope. And people are smiling more!!

November 13, 2006 7:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ditto what Pam said. Here, too. Of course, my county voted Democratic. Here in Texas. So you know hope is in the air.

November 13, 2006 7:28 AM  
Blogger andante said...

Down here in Rightwing Heaven, it's business as usual. However, the local wingnuts are plainly infuriated with Dear Leader.

SO nice to agree with them for a change.

November 13, 2006 9:26 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

definately different although "more of the same republican bullshit but this time circa 1989 version" won't be much of a change at all. the shia and kurds won't be reassured in the slightest by a return of the bush pere team. afterall he set them up for merciless slaughter once before. we'll see, the difference, if any resides in a population that won't put up with a lot "wartime president" or not. the sense i get from out here (redzone arizona) is that this wasn't a vote for anything but a vote against status quo. that means the dems have two years to deliver an agenda to support or face being the next agenda we're all against.

November 13, 2006 9:35 AM  
Anonymous Adorable Girlfriend said...

Yes, here in the Great Blue everyone stayed inside until the evening. It was like the streets were safe in the day and the mood so great we could go out dancing at night!

November 13, 2006 9:58 AM  
Blogger Ole Blue The Heretic said...

The place I live is a lot like BBC's description.

November 13, 2006 12:58 PM  
Blogger Pogo said...

I think there's something to what MB said. I saw the vote as a mandate to Dumya saying "Get the hell out" that Dumya will screw around with and try and talk the public into the belief that changing nothing is a favorable response to its mandate.

Of course the atmosphere in the Pogo household was a little lighter and more optimistic, but then little Pogo was named MVP on his soccer team, which won the state tournament for U10 juniors and I got 3 lights hung in the newly remodeled portion of our house. But the election didn't hurt, either.

By the way, Pop, congratulations on a quiet Atlantic hurricane season (and damn the bulldozers).

November 13, 2006 1:22 PM  
Anonymous Rhea said...

It changed, and wow, it's great. I am unpacking my bags now, as I don't have to rush to Canada.

November 13, 2006 1:42 PM  
Blogger vanillabirdies said...

I love the new's depressing for those wascally wepubwicans and great for those delicious democrats

November 13, 2006 1:50 PM  
Blogger DA said...

I doubt if they were smiling in Iraq..

Let's see if anything really changes :-(

November 13, 2006 1:54 PM  
Blogger PoliShifter said...

It's deffinately a different feeling in the air.

There's a feeling of hope, redemption, restitution,and revolution.

At the same time there is a sense of overwhelming at the amount of work needed to be done and that while the elections may have been cathartic, it's really just the begining of what is going to be a very tough slog against the Bush Republicans.

They won't give up easy and they will continue to "Demand" that we "reach across the aisle" and work with them.

It will also be up to us, the American People to hold Democrats accountable and make sure they enact the legislation we elected them to do.

But it is a different day. We took a step back from and rejected fascism. We also quieted the wingnut noise machine. Even Limbaugh feels liberated not having to carry the water for BushCo any more.

The American People are not stupid. We may be overweight and watch a lot of TV & Porn, but we aren't stupid.

November 13, 2006 3:11 PM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

I think I can honestly say there is a little bounce in my step that hasn't been there for a while. Can't imagine why...

November 13, 2006 3:17 PM  
Blogger Gracie said...

I noticed people are feeling more hopeful unlike after the presidential election. It's been nice to at least be able to breathe a sigh of relief if only for a short time.

November 13, 2006 4:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This doesn't really fit here, but it won't fit anywhere else either, and I think it's worth sharing.

- oddjob

November 13, 2006 8:26 PM  
Blogger Anon-Paranoid said...

Yes there is a sense of relief in the air, but don't be lulled into a false sense of security, Der Fuehrer and his Gestapo are still very dangerous people.

God Bless.

November 13, 2006 9:27 PM  
Blogger GraemeAnfinson said...

Pelosi endorsed Murtha for house majority leader. This is good news

November 14, 2006 12:02 AM  
Blogger sumo said...

It does seem better...more smiles and positive attitudes...even hope in the air. But we must never underestimate the american is always on the ready. Graeme is right about Murtha...I would love to see him get this position. Not only would it piss off lots of people on the right...but it would be a right back at ya guys! After what they did to him...he sooo deserves to lord it over them. He wouldn't though...he got too much class to get on their leverl.

November 14, 2006 2:57 AM  
Blogger sumo said...

Level. Damn!

November 14, 2006 2:57 AM  

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