Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Election 2014: How Screwed Are We?

I went into this election with all the positivity I could muster. And with all the bracing I could manage for a bad result. All-in-all, I guess I'm weathering it. Whereas in 2012--which turned out pretty well--I was all aflutter with worry, this time it was more like grudging resignation. I don't understand why people are voting heavy Republican. I don't understand how anyone would want to elect Mitch McConnell, Rick Scott, Scott Wanker Walker, John Kasich, or any of a host of other candidates who were  re-elected tonight. But I accept that they have.

How screwed are we? Well, given that the previous Congress was the least effective in history, not much more screwed than before. The more relevant question might be, "how crazy will they be?" And my thought is, "pretty crazy." The rabid base that got them here has been frothing at the mouth for all kinds of nutty things, and they're going to want to flex their muscles. And I will make a prediction right now: The Republican Congress and Senate that was elected in 2014 will shoot their crazy wad all over the country, and will inspire a Democratic wave in 2016.

Until then, we have to cover ourselves with a tarp or something. Another prediction, my just re-elected Republican Governor Brian Sandoval will have to battle Wisconsin's Governor Walker for the 2016 RNC nomination. And finally, I'm going to have a lot more material for the blog.



  1. All is not lost, my brother.
    First, Obama will do anything he pleases, so nationally, things won't change.
    And the GOP will do stupid things so, they won't last long.
    And politics is cyclical. This time, it was the GOP who won. In a few years, it will change back and the Democrats will be in charge.
    The big thing is the State Houses and governors. I think the GOP has won more today that is where the real power lies.
    So, suck down a few beers and just remember, the GOP won and you know they will blow it.
    So, tonight will suck for Democrats, especially for Obama.

  2. Thanks, Dan. I've been here before, I can weather it! Fortunately, I actually *like* Governor Sandoval. So, as long as I remain in Nevada, I don't feel much of a squeeze. If I do move to Ohio, I'm going to bristle at living under Kasich. I've disliked him for a long, long time. My Congressman remains the same (OH MY GOD, Chresent Hardy the nutbar DIDN'T WIN!). Dina Titus won. Two of three local issues went my way. Locally, I did pretty well!

    Enjoy your spoils though. And thanks for the empathy!


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