07 November 2012

It Was Quiet ... TOO Quiet

The atmosphere at work today was quiet, bordering on "there's nobody here" ... but the place was fully occupied. One person described it as shell-shocked, which might not be a bad simile. All those doctors and nurses were really, REALLY hoping for a different outcome.

Like many of the so-called red states, Alaska swung harder to the right: we already have a governor with an R after his name, and the Repubs controlled the State house. Yesterday, several Ds were unseated in the Senate (some due to redistricting), and the Rs now control that as well.

The next few weeks and months could be interesting, to say the least.

12 comments:

Stephen said...

Same here. The first five people in the shop this morning barely said a word. Very little chit-chat. Shell shock is a very good description.

Rev. Paul said...

Stephen, my wife pointed out that the reaction we're talking about is what happens when something that's so clearly coming ... never shows up. It flies in the face of the evidence, so to speak, and leaves people speechless.

SENIOR said...

I noticed tonight at two local retail stores, it was the same in both establishments. The family and I walk in and utter silence, except for going to the pharmacy to pick up stuff and check out. When I am shell shocked, I tend to concentrate on things I enjoy, of course I was at these two stores prepping.

Rev. Paul said...

Senior, I understand. It's getting better, this evening, but I haven't wanted to talk much today anyway.

threecollie said...

I wish I could say that our state swung right. It has been four years since there was anyone in Washington who had my vote and now there is no one at the state level either. Not one!

threecollie said...

Excuse me, make that eight years. Sorry

ProudHillbilly said...

Shell shock. Exhaustion.

Rev. Paul said...

threecollie, I hear you. I felt that way about Missouri, years ago, and now they've swung mostly to the right (but only in the last few years, long after we had gone).

PH, yes indeed.

Jenny said...

If it makes you feel any better, the alternative is to be surrounded by giddy gloating Elizabeth Warren clones.

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Rev. Paul said...

You're right, Jenny - it could have been MUCH worse. The girl in the coffee shop is gloating today, but I can ignore her. Heh.

On a Wing and a Whim said...

About half of my subordinates were gleeful, one even wearing a rhinestone-adorned "obama for president" shirt. Management was... very quiet. We buckled down hard on getting things done, and perhaps were a little too relieved to get a major project out of the way, grateful for some good news.

As for the other half of my subordinates... it was not a good kind of quiet, but the kind of smothered feel, with angry muttering breaking out at the edges. Even the triumphant were a little too wary to gloat.

Rev. Paul said...

Understood, Wing. It's still eerily quiet at my medical building, and I've no gloating at all, with the sole exception of the coffee barista, who is poster child for All Causes Liberal.