Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The Electoral Aftermath

I've gotten a couple of messages since last night asking my thoughts on yesterday's election, and honestly I'm not sure I really have any thoughts.  The Republicans took the House, as they were predicted to, and the Dems held the Senate, as they were predicted to.  As far as the many Democratic losses in the House, I'm not losing much sleep over the Blue Dog Dems basically being put down.  I'm also very curious to hear what the Republicans who are cheering their victory intend to do with their power beyond not raising taxes and issuing subpoena after subpoena (which new Oversight chair Darrell Issa has already implied is an inevitability).

And as for the Democrats who are popping the bubbly because they still hold the Senate, if the last two years have shown us anything, it's that the Dems were fairly dysfunctional even with a so-called "super majority" of 60 seats, so I don't see how a majority-in-name-only means much.  While recent history Congress-wise has mostly involved the House passing lots of decent legislation that's been gummed up by the not-so-silent minority in the Senate, now that the Republicans have the House, we can assume that they'll end up passing a lot of legislation (whether good or ill, I leave to you to determine) that will then get gummed up in the Senate.  In other words, let's hear it for static equilibrium.

I don't really have much else to offer beyond that, other then being very disappointed that the Senate has lost a true champion of the people in Russ Feingold, and being utterly disgusted that Harry Reid needed to crawl over the finish line against Sharron Angle, who seemed like a Mad Magazine parody of a candidate for most of her campaign.  Indeed, between Angle, Ken Buck, and Christine O'Donnell, the Tea Party was more of a threat to the GOP than anyone else.  They seem to have proven themselves too extreme for the Senate, and they'll probably wreak havoc in the House once they run headlong into the reality of legislating.

All considered, could have been better, could have been worse. If that seems like a bitter pill, then watch Jon Stewart's speech from last Saturday's "Rally to Restore Sanity" -- easily one of the best of its kind that I've heard -- to view things from the proper perspective:

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