You’ve heard it here first: it may take a day or two, but Jon Tester is going to come out the winner of the senate race in Montana; and it may take a few weeks, but Jim Webb is going to be confirmed the winner of the senate seat from Virginia. And that will mean…
Democratic Senator Harry Reid of Nevada will be the new Senate Majority Leader, and consequently the single most powerful and important Mormon politician since the end of the State of Deseret. (Look upon his works, ye GOP faithful, and despair!)
While his overall perspective on this election is completely messed up, Dave’s attempt to find a silver lining in Reid’s rise is absolutely correct: with a faithful Mormon attaining such prominence and influence via the Evil Liberal Hierarchy, “legions of staunchly conservative Mormons [in the American West] will now have to develop political (as opposed to religious) reasons for voting conservative.” A casual identification of the GOP with Mormonism is bad, sloppy political thinking. Whereas, actually developing a case for conservatism (or whatever) within the bounds of one’s own belief system….why, that would be partisan thinking, and of exactly the sort I think we need.
Should be a fun couple of years, especially with Mitt Romney sniffing around out there. I’m looking forward to it.