Out with the old, in with the new. Eventually.

I haven’t passed comment on the election since the historic events of November 4. After all, I don’t even have the vote, let alone an inside track on the political machinations that led to the Democrats winning Virginia, so sometimes it’s just best to keep quiet. All I can say is that I stayed up on a sofa in Brixton until 5.15am watching events unfold thousands of miles away, and went to bed happy in the knowledge that America had given itself a new start.

But after an interminably long election process that seemed to begin shortly after Bush robbeddemocratically defeated John Kerry in 2004, we’re now faced with two and a half months of sitting around waiting for the dawn to break. It’s like ordering a sofa for a brand new house, then having to sit on the floor for nine weeks while you wait for it to be delivered. Call me old fashioned, but since when were the supply chain problems of Sofa Workshop a good model for the democratic process?

In the meantime, The Squinty Little Man With The Former President For A Dad gets to experience a lame duck session as he goes through his cupboards to find all those weird scrappy bits of legislation he’d forgotten about over the last eight years. Any suggestions that lame ducks should be shot to put them out of their misery is not for this blog, thank you very much.

Of course, if the experience of the Clintons is anything to go by, he’ll have his beady eyes on some souvenirs from the Oval Office as he starts packing up his boxes. Although given that George Bush Jr (as he apparently hates to be called) has spent more time on holidayvacation than any other President in living memory, one of his aides will first probably have to point out where the Oval Office is.

The sadness is that by having this weird interregnum, America is denied one of the great delights of the British political system. Every time a Prime Minister loses an election, or is forced out of office by his own party, they’ve essentially got to get out of 10 Downing Street that day to make room for the new arrival. Nothing brings a politician back down to earth quicker than the arrival of a removals truck with a few hundred boxes to be filled full of tin sculptures (gifts from the Mongolian government) and framed pictures of the family standing with Bono and Richard Curtis.

Rumours that Gordon Brown was spotted picking up packing tape and bubble wrap at the weekend could not be confirmed at time of going to press.

10 thoughts on “Out with the old, in with the new. Eventually.

  1. Expat Mum

    Are you kidding me? He’s up to his eyeballs deleting and shredding! Didn’t I see on the crawler last week (artfully hidden among Presidential stuff) that all e-mails leading up to the illegal wire-tapping malarky have been subpoena’d by the investigating committee. They know only too well what’s going on.

  2. Mike

    Dylan, I forgot that with PM’s it’s a zero-sum game. In with the new and out with the old…as soon as possible. I think that’s a brilliant idea.

  3. Brooklyn

    Expat Mum

    Remember “Fargo”

    I always wondered what sound is made when a hard drive goes through a wood chipper.

  4. Quinn

    It would be nice to see some burly movers saddle up to the White House with only one objective in mind…forced removal. Especially with this president, who would finally get to experience some of that cowboying he is so fond of. But I can’t get totally behind this method of expulsion. Because if the Clinton’s had to move out of the White House on a moments notice they would have surely forgotten to take with them the “W” key on every computer keyboard in the house. And we would have missed out on possibly the best prank ever.

  5. Alasdair

    Just a thought, folks …

    If we are indeed in the midst of a “Spring Awakening”, how come the economy is collapsing faster and faster ?

    Surely the Democrats who have controlled Congress for the past almost-two-years are working with The One to cure the ills which you ascribe solely to the “lame duck” ? After all, since the last two Budgets were Democrat budgets, everything should be hunky-dory, should it not ?

    You might consider what happened the last time the economy went through this sort of free-fall – in 1929 … back then, a Republican President did the things that The One says he’s going to do – and sent the planet into the Great Depression …

    Seems like we are going to learn if The One will suck as much as a Hoover …

  6. Brooklyn



    Did Hoover adopt Keynesian principles by supporting a stimulus package?

    “Surely the Democrats who have controlled Congress for the past almost-two-years . . . ”

    “Controlled,” really, without a cloture majority in the Senate or a veto override majority in the House?

    One of the accurate statments Reagan made (if he did not actually follow) is that everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.

  7. Alasdair

    brooklyn – so where are all the various wonderful things that the Democrat-controlled Congress *tried* to do ? And that the Eeeevil Boooosh (TM) vetoed ? (Here’s a hint – Dubya’s Vetoes ) …

    Interestingly enough, Bush’s most recent 3 vetoes *were* successfully overridden …

    As you say, you are entitled to your opinion, but not to your own facts, when the reality overrides *your* “facts” …

    Trixie Trouble – I’m *ahead* of brooklyn …

    I hear many folk over here try to tell me that the current Democrat Congress is helpless cuz they don’t have big enough majorities to override a Bush veto … amazing how the three Republican Congresses for the last 6 years of Clinton didn’t seem to have the same problem, since they managed to put through budgets that led to considerable improvements in the US economy … then again, they didn’t whine about not having a big enough one, they just went ahead and did what they had been elected to do, working with the majorities they had …

    Still, you might be right, given that Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid are currently actively working to try to fix the current economic crisis to the best of their respective “abilities” … remind me what is happening with unemployment rates, even as we discuss the situation ?

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