I still feel pretty lousy from whatever it is I have. However, I had to leave the house yesterday to vote and get some groceries and I stopped by the campaign headquarters of my congressman, John Boccieri, et al and I was promptly taken in hand by a lady I worked with who made sure I got a T-shirt and an invite to the Democratic Party's party (lol) last night since the kids I worked with weren't around, I promptly decided that I would attend.
I went and had a really nice time talking with some of the other elders who worked so hard for John. Yanni, my fav of John's interns, came over and I hugged the daylights out of him. It was fun seeing the kids. I feel bad for them but glad that they got the experience (and college credits) of working for him. It's gratifying to know that there young people out there who will be good leaders down the road. After I finished my second drink, I decided it was time to head home -- a mere ten blocks -- and catch the rest of results at home. It was a close race when I left but it got worse and John lost his seat to a tea-bagger darling, millionaire Jim Renacci, who owns nursing homes were elders died suspiciously and needlessly and was sued successfully, as well as assorted other nonsense -- not my kind of guy to put it mildly. John didn't promise us a rose garden and two years wasn't enough to change everything. I just hope I have enough strength to help if he runs again in 2012.
I am disheartened and disappointed with my fellow Americans. I fear for the future of my children and grandchildren. Hell!!! I'm afraid for myself and my fellow citizens here whose only 'sin' is being old or poor or both. John did a great job for us and I mourn his loss with him. This past weekend he shared the podium with Bill Clinton who was campaigning for Governor Ted Strickland and while there, John got word that his lovely wife had gone into labor for the fifth little Boccieri and he had to leave -- probably breaking records to get to Alliance. Here's video of him rushing off the podium. Nice that he has his priorities right.
* Some good news is that Toledo's Marcy Kaptur stomped her teabagger, Nazi re-enactor opponent who outspent her 4-1. Here she is after Iott conceded. I think she got it right and I'm wondering if I shouldn't think again about heading northwest. Her gracious speech on her victory is here.
* More good news is that Dennis "the Menace" Kucinich won so another progressive will be there for us. Can you tell that I favor candidates with a progressive agenda and blue collar roots? I like candidates who know how we ordinary mortals live and woe to the candidate who forgot where he/she started.
* Mr. ManTan (remember that stuff?), John Boehner, won. All I can say that's printable is a resounding "Yikes!" This scares me. I just wanna know how nutty they are down there. There's a reason I stay out of southern Ohio,
* We have a new governor, John Kasich -- a GOP hack. I thought Ted Strickland did a great job. I especially liked his respect and support for us elders. Sigh.
* Y'all would have been proud of me on Monday. For some reason, I was getting a dozen+ recorded calls a day from GOP candidates. Can you say "harassment"? I was not amused and called my local GOP headquarters and told them to stop. The lady who answered told me I was stuck on their list forevermore and hung up on me. Can y'all say I was livid? I knew you could. However, I did stop and think a minute and went to the 'Net for the RNC. I called their fund-raising line and hollered and the nice lady said that she would stop the calls immediately. And she did. Save this for future reference.
* One of the political blogs I read is The Rude Pundit -- it's not for the faint of heart or excrutiatingly proper and my mother (and yours prolly) would not approve. Here's the short version of what he posted last night: "we're f*cking f*cked". I can't help but agree and wish I had the cojones to say it out loud -- and I might! I am afraid for our country's future.
Well, I think I'm over the legal limit for ranting so I'm going to leave you with the song of the week:
And yeah, I am done with politics for a while!!!!
Hope y'all are having a great day!!!!!!!!!!