So, in case you missed the news, Democrats now officially are the majority in the United States House of Representatives, led by the first ever Madame Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi of California.
And, with that, according to right wing talk raido, the end of the world is neigh.
So I waited a day to write about it, just to be sure.
Now, we've heard about the "Democratic Takeover" (as if the Democratic Party pulled this off like Bastille Day instead of Tuesday) every single day since November. We had to hear about the 'terrible divisions' that didn't really exist when the election of Majority leader came about. We've had to hear about the political ramifications of a guy from Dakota suffering a stroke, when we should have been worried about the man's health. We've had to hear all about the "Mean Girls" chairmanship of the Intelligence Committee. We even had to hear from a certain Georgia Republican about how Demcorats, when scheduling the next two years, 'didn't care about families' because they thought some well off folks might need to work four day weeks for a bit. And, to be honest, even I got into the act when Rumsfeld and Bolton got gone-d. (Though I would have been cheering their departure even if Republicans had did it...)
Matter of fact, I don't know if I've ever heard the media get so very high school yearbook-y with any transfer of political office. All I remember hearing about in 1994 was that Newt was using a different gavel, the media didn't seem to care what color curtains he was gonna have his office decorated with (though now that I think about it, Bravo! could get a great makeover show out of this).
And now, hearing about the pomp and circumstance of the swearing in ceremonies, I'm frankly getting a little tired of it. Yeah, I know we have to have the fame and accolades that come with being the first-to-do-something dance that we do in this country, and hear, hear, yay and all that.
I'm cool with it, y'know, because these cats have only officially been on the job for about 48 hours at this point, and Hail to the Victors is OK when you pull off an upset of any kind. And even then, I know that us hearing about most of this is because the tabloidification of the national news media that has been going on for some time now.
But the new guys are letting the media run with it, and that's how they're being portrayed to the national voting population. Double edged sword and all that.
I do know this, Democrats better knock this next 100 days out of the park...
But even if they don't, it wasn't the end of the world. And for that, we can all be thankful.