There is a great wailing and gnashing of teeth in Toon Town tonight.
The election amounted among other things to a virtual St. Valentine’s Day Massacre for Obama and the Democratic Party.
Not only was it a rejection of all things Obama but possibly of the Clinton’s as well who campaigned hard for their favored candidate in Kentucky who also lost.
Jimmy Carter’s grandson lost in Georgia while yet another Bush won some obscure office in Texas – I don’t know about anyone else but I’m not into the political dynasty thing whether it be the Kennedys, Clinton’s, or Bush’s. In fact I think they are a shallow and suspect pool.
The Tea Party in a way received a smack down as well, a good thing in my opinion – nonetheless the next two years will be tumultuous if nothing else.
Obama’s “vision” and promises of “transparency” have been riddled with holes from day one, and I don’t believe anyone with an ounce of commonsense can deny he has been first and foremost a corporatist.
I’m not elated with the election results, I don’t think they bode well.
The reason being the Reps will surely push the Keystone pipeline, a boondoggle that threatens the environment and by the best calculations will create somewhere in the neighborhood of 4,000 temporary jobs.
In addition the oil will be sold to China at a reduced rate, a little difficult all things considered to characterize it as being “good” for the country.
It will further enrich corporations and one percenters which at the core has become the mandate of government.
In truth though I believe Obama would have agreed to Keystone but was waiting until after the elections to avoid it becoming an issue for him and the Dems.
The Reps will do everything in their power to deregulate whatever they can, another attention to the bidding of big business, and as far as the environment goes they could give a rip and will seek to weaken or repeal programs and protections in place.
In the midst of this they will attempt to impose their “Christian values”on the nation and legislation – a “morality” they aren’t noted for practicing.
They will have the majority in the Senate and the House and can do a lot of damage.
Purely speculating I believe Hillary Clinton will be the Dem candidate for president in 2016, I also believe in view of what has transpired Christie of New Jersey moves up a few rungs and can no longer be viewed in any sense of the word as a dark horse.
There will be the usual squabbling and intrigue among those seeking the nomination.
Rand Paul will be in that mix as well as Cruz, and if unable to secure the nomination will demand some input in constructing the party platform.
Interesting to note that women within the Rep party seeking offices are younger and actually addressing issues like birth control and reproductive rights, something anathema to the party and a death knell for the aging old guard who will either retire or pass away.
Talk is people voted for what they considered the “lesser of two evils”, but I heard the same thing when it came to Obama and Romney – if the choices always come down to that I suggest no choice exists and it amounts to little more than coercion, people need to take back control of the entire system, forget the flag waving and confetti, and begin thinking for a change rather than being led around by the nose.
When Obama first ran for the nomination indigenous people were encouraged, the talk was a “man of color” would better understand, be fairer – I think mostly as a people we’ve had our fill of his empty promises and business as usual as apparently the rest of the country has.
Ultimately what all this should illustrate to the electorate is that the business of government isn’t service to the people, it is about paving the way for greed, which has effectively been shown to further the decline of this country and the working class.