Sunday, November 05, 2006

La flor mas linda de mi querer

It's election day! Not here -- in Nicaragua. And the Bush regime, filled with operatives from the illegal, terrorist war waged during the 1980s by our government to undermine the twice-elected Sandinista administration, is taking a little time away from efforts to stave off electoral disaster here to do the same thing there. Their idea of disaster is the re-election of Daniel Ortega.

Now, I'm a Jarquin supporter myself (hey, if some norteamericanos get to side publicly with a candidate in another country's elections, we all do). Since being voted out in 1990, Ortega's shown himself to be much more of a politician in the worst sense than any kind of progressive leader. His recent co-governing deal with the right wing proved every bit as corrupt as the (U.S.-blessed) administration it replaced.

But the menacing gestures by our government -- "visits" by Rumsfeld and Ollie North, open threats by the U.S. ambassador of sanctions and blockades like those that hobbled Nicaragua twenty years ago -- are just shameless bullying. And the Bush regime's favored candidate? Ortega's partner in the scummy co-governing pact.

Festivals of democracy.



At 2:18 PM, November 08, 2006, Blogger Thomas Nephew said...

Knock on wood, but... congratulations, Nell! And although things look good right now: regardless of how it turns out, thank you so very much for working so hard for Webb.

At 11:31 PM, November 08, 2006, Blogger janinsanfran said...

Congrats on VA-Webb!

And yes, I just don't understand why the U.S. couldn't just buy Ortega. He is so obviously for sale.

At 9:39 PM, November 09, 2006, Blogger Nell said...

Thanks, Thomas and Jan.

I get happier and happier every day that it sinks in. I've understood that we won the Senate longer than most people because I stayed up to see the tide turn for Webb, lived through a 20-times-closer statewide loss that a 'recount' didn't change a year ago, and found credible the DSCC's helpful spine-stiffening memo of Wednesday morning (posted on TPMCafe's Election Central).

So I spent all of yesterday and this morning convincing people it was really over, that we've won. But most people don't believe it until they've heard it on teevee, so are just taking it in this evening.

Because so many of us steeled ourselves against high expectations, thanks to 2004, the mood's well captured by this wonderful Toles today.


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