Well, it’s really over now, or is it just beginning…, again? The Democrats received their much anticipated shellacking. Republicans gained 60 seats in the House of Representatives and 6 seats in the US Senate. They also claimed 10 Governorships as well. All in all a very good night for the Republicans especially if you hear them talk about it!
First of all, as James Carville, a Clinton strategist coined in 1992, “It’s the Economy, Stupid.” The party in power during a bad economy usually takes it in the shorts. In spite of the billion dollar bail out of Wall Street, Main Street is still hurting with unemployment still high, the economic growth for families’ non-existent and jobs continuing to be shipped overseas. Voters always choose their pocketbooks and wallets over ideology any day.
Is Obama unpopular, you betcha! According to a CNN poll on November 1st, he has a 59% disapproval rating. So, a portion of the vote is also attributed to that.
So, now starting on January 4th, 2011, we have a divided government with no one able to get anything done without the help of the other side. The Democrats in spite of starting out with a super-majority essentially squandered that away to reward Wall Street for being the crooks they are and passing a health care bill no one, even they, did not fully understand. Most Americans might favor some form of national health care, if they truly knew what they were going to get. After all, senior citizens love Medicare and all the other perks they get. But, due to Republican misinformation and Democrats inability to get the word out understandably, Americans are confused. Is it good or bad? Well, who really knows? You know it will be great for the healthcare industries as politicians always take care of their real constituents, the deep pockets.
What is humorous to me is the chest thumping coming from the victors especially John “orange man Boehner and Mitch “Shifty” McConnell. Yes, they won big. Yes, Obama suffered a huge defeat. But a mandate? Hardly.
At best, the parties have to work together to get anything done now. At worst, government comes to a grinding halt. The Republicans do not have a veto-proof majority in the House, so they will not be able to get anything passed that Obama and the Democratic-controlled Senate do not like. But repealing healthcare and renewing the tax cuts? Not without significant compromise. The only thing the American people have to fear is that any compromise will leave the battered middle class with the majority of the burden while the politicians once again reward their friends and benefactors. That might be the biggest fear of all.
The other wild card in all this is the Tea Party candidates who did get elected. Sarah Palin had a pretty good night endorsement wise as 29 of her endorsed candidates won. While the big names (and the crazy ones, I might add) like Christine O’Donnell, Sharron Angle and the hideous Carly Fiorina (Sorry, but I work at HP) lost, others won pretty big. So the Republican Party has to deal with them as a new found force. Imagine the Dems aligning with the Tea Party group against the Republicans. Probably won’t happen, but it is fun to dream.
One thing the Tea Party movement did show was that a few hundred thousand people can really make a difference in our system. Once the wackos are thinned out, we could have something worth looking to, to break the stranglehold of our exclusive two party system.
Just get Glenn Beck the heck away from me!
Oh, and before I forget, the Mormon News of the Weird: Political Edition: An incumbent Democratic Congressman, Jim Matheson of Utah wins re-election.
I know a lot of Republicans will be down on their knees nightly praying for the economy to get better in the next two years. I even imagine December’s Fast day in Utah being specifically dedicated to that.
In conclusion: It was the Economy, Stupid!