Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Virginia Elections

(Virginia Gal doing a small Snoopy happy dance), went to bed last night with Democrat Jim Webb leading incumbent and resident racist, (whom I've despised since day one because I knew even then he was a red-neck good ole' boy) George Allen by a small margin, but that is better than being on bottom, no?

Yesterday, I drove up from Richmond to Manassas (about an hour) to vote. It was wild! I swear the line was longer than even in 2004! It took everyone in my family an hour to vote - just because of the wait time (wrapped around the building). My sister even tried to go during a supposed, "down" time, at 2pm, and she still got stuck. But it was such a nice feeling to see so many people out and really taking part in the democratic process!! Also, it is really nice to finally be part of a state that has some say in the direction of this country, instead of being typically red and a rubber stamp for the conservative Republican wing.

After the bitter disappointment of 2004, it is amazing to feel like this time around my vote really counted, as the margin is so small between Webb and Allen, my vote will probably be recounted and Virginia will be in the news for a bit, making a decision on the fate of the US Congress - very exciting indeed!

On a side note - I was sad to see the marriage amendment pass (anti-gay legislation), but not overly surprised, while Northern Virginia, where I live, is a bastion of open-mindness, the same cannot be said for much of the rest of the Old Dominion. Let us not forget this is the same state that for the longest time had a very racist state song and is third in the nation for deaths due to the death penality.


Blogger Tony said...

I'm with you, sweetie.

It's such a great day to be a Liberal, no?


6:47 PM  
Blogger JoeinVegas said...

Glad you went. Here in Nevada they have 'advanced voting', with polling places in shopping malls for three weeks before. So easy, so empty, and quick. No reason to wait until the final day - easy to make up our minds from the choices offered very early in the game.

11:26 PM  
Blogger Molly Malone said...

I guess you got the news by now: VA went to Webb!

9:07 PM  
Blogger maidink said...

I thought of you when I heard Webb won VA. I didn't picture the Snoopy dance part, though. :)

As for the anti-gay legislation, I'm not worried. Things can be voted on again. Maybe not next year or a decade from now, but I feel when Dink and her unknown sibling get to be my age, things will be different.

I always look at my children as the hope for a better future.

For now, all we adults can do is take baby steps ... little steps to pave the way for new generation.

9:47 AM  
Blogger Merci said...

I am dancing with you over the election results. I haven't felt this happy about a political outcome since Bill Clinton won his first presidential race.

I'm with Maidink. I think we will eventually fix the inequities in our marriage laws.

Glad to hear you are celebrating!

12:49 PM  
Blogger Virginia Gal said...

Tony - (in loud tailgating country music loving, style scream) woo hoo!!

Joe - wow, three weeks in advance, boy no one has an excuse in NV not to vote. It sounds very casino-ish to me : )

Molly - yay baby!!

Maidink - Beautifully said, I agree - Dinkers and little one's generation will make the necessary changes - baby steps is better than no steps at all, you are correct!

Merci - I SO feel the same way - I really was going to have to shoot myself if we lost AGAIN. happy days, happy days.

3:20 PM  

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