There is a different feel to this latest round of elections…..and we have been trying to put our finger on what it is. After scanning the airwaves, the print media, and the Blogosphere, we slowly began to discern the difference. It isn’t the gloating of the victors, nor the lamentations of the losers. It isn’t the absence of partisan revenge-seekers, or the vows of the defeated to win back what has been lost. We haven’t read a single story about Republicans emigrating to another country, or about a new type of depression linked to electoral losses; it doesn’t appear that the denizens of the fly-over states are aghast at the wishes of the (new) majority. No, we have nailed it. Finally, after 3 election cycles, we have managed to eradicate voter fraud, vote suppression, intimidation, and vote theft. The apparent concerns with Diebold and its corporate mission of guaranteeing Republican over-counts (despite being owned by Hugo Chavez) have receded into the fog of the distant memory. And, amazingly enough, all of these victories have been accomplished in our recently created Fascist state, whose political organs would (we were told) never again allow us, The People, an opportunity to make decisions. It says much of our great nation that we have overcome these Republican tactics and have managed to re-establish the Principles of Democracy. Now, if we could just get Keith Olbermann a job (since he will no longer have anything to rant about) and get some of those conservative speakers on the campuses of our great liberal arts universities………..