Hopes for today's elections

Posted on November 2, 2010

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There’s a big difference between what I expect to happen during today’s elections and what I hope will happen, with most of my expectations focused on the federal elections and my hopes on the local and state elections here in Colorado. Here’s a quick rundown. Feel free to add your own hopes in the comments.

I hope that Hickenlooper wins the Colorado governor race and that Dan Maes wins just barely less than 10%. That would mean the GOP is a minority party next election, which would cause all sorts of crazy things to happen in CO in two years.

I hope that every proposition in Colorado (three anti-tax propositions surreptitiously funded by TABOR’s Douglas Bruce plus the anti-abortion, anti-woman “personhood” proposition) except 102 gets voted down, and I just don’t care much about 102 either way.

I hope that either the Democrat or Murkowski wins in Alaska. It’ll be a vote against the influence of Palin and those like her, and that’s always a good thing in my book.

I hope that the Democrats retain control of the Senate.

I hope that Props 23 and 26 (both are climate related) in California are defeated.

I hope that California’s Prop 19 (legalizing pot) is approved. Having the most populous state in the US legalize pot would throw decades of drug war into a tailspin, and that would be a very good thing.

And part of me hopes that the Tea Party overwhelmingly wins in the House, because having one house of Congress controlled by uncompromising ideologues for two years might just show the country just how bad having the Tea Party in power would really be. In a “be careful what you wish for – you just might get it” kind of way.

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