The Good News:
- South Dakota overturned the abortion ban;
- There is a possibility that Cecilia Fire Thunder will be re-elected president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe;
- Attorney General Phil Kline of Kansas who sought and obtained private medical records of girls who had had abortions got the boot and a decent-seeming Democrat replaced him;
- Democrats took the House;
- Democrats almost took the Senate;
- Rumsfeld resigned.
The Bad News
- Michigan became the third state in the U.S. to outlaw affirmative action offering preferences to groups or individuals based on race, gender, color, ethnicity or national origin for public employment, education, or contracting purposes.
- Anti-Lesbian/Gay Marriage and Domestic Partner legislation passed in seven out of eight states: Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Colorado, South Dakota and Idaho, by an average vote of 61 percent.
- Arizona passed three harsh anti-immigrant measures. One of the measures established English as the state’s official language, even though a similar proposition passed in 1988 was overruled by the Arizona and U.S. Supreme Courts.
- Only 40 percent of registered voters showed up to vote.
- Bush is still president.
- Republicans still control the Senate.
- Corporate America has nothing to fear; the rich get richer, the poor stay poor.
Although I’d like to be happy about the election results, and I am in the sense that Americans at least tried to vote for change, when you get right down to it, there is precious little for women to be happy about. Misery loving company only goes so far. The Democrats are, in some ways, better than the Republicans, but that doesn’t make their platform, their policies or their candidates or winners something good for women, something we can celebrate. I’m glad Republicans got thumped, but I’m not all that happy it was Democrats who thumped them, especially when a lot of them seem to have been anti-choice, pro-war fiscal conservatives.
Note: I originally posted a quote here which I didn’t read carefully enough. My apologies– it was racist, xenophobic and sexist. Argh. Thanks to Y. Carrington for pointing it out to me.