Tuesday, November 06, 2012

My thoughts on today's election

What a slap in the face for the Tea Party.

I am sure that there are already people claiming that Barack Obama won because Mitt Romney wasn't conservative enough. He may not be conservative enough, but that is not why he lost.

The Republicans had Rick Santorum, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, heck, they even had Donald Trump for a while. What they did not have was anyone who could defeat Barack Obama, and make no doubt about it, Barack Obama was beatable.

When the candidate who survives the primaries is the only one who could not launch a successful attack on Obamacare (because it was his idea), then you know how poor the field of candidates was.

The Tea Party also gave us two senatorial candidates in Missouri and Indiana who could have won seats, but did not have the sense to keep their barbaric comments on rape to themselves. The GOP had a legitimate chance to take the Senate, but the Tea Party faithful made sure that did not happen.

That being said, I have always thought Claire McCaskill would have beaten Todd Akin even without the "legitimate rape" remark. She would have also beaten either John Brunner or Sarah Steelman if one of those two had emerged from the primary.

Other winners:

Obamacare- With President Obama in place for the next four years and no change in control of the Senate, the Affordable Health Care Act is here to stay and once people finally realize that it is a vast improvement over what we had (though not as good as it should have been), those people who have opposed it are going to look like those who said that "socialist" ideas like Social Security and Medicare were going to bring about the end of civilization.

East Middle School- Our students picked the top three winners- Barack Obama, Jay Nixon, and Claire McCaskill.

Education- We are still stuck with Arne Duncan and Race to the Top, but the vouchers and privatization that a Romney administration would have been seeking are unlikely to happen.

Fox News, Rush Limbaugh- Fox News and Rush Limbaugh always thrive when a Democrat is in office. It is much easier to get viewers and listeners with constant attacks.

Hillary Clinton- Bill Clinton was a major factor in Obama's victory. The 2016 Democratic nomination is hers if she wants it.

Randy Turner- I won't have any more of my naps interrupted by robocalls.


Tea Party House Republicans- They fall into this category if they continue to practice their brand of obstruction into the second Obama Administration. Sadly, that is probably exactly what is going to happen.

Mitch McConnell- His 60 Minutes appearance Sunday with Harry Reid was not a positive for either one of them, but it was McConnell who defined the chief goal of depriving Obama of a second term. It didn't happen.

The Rich- The pressure is going to build on them to pay a bigger share or to actually become the job creators they have always said they were.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I don't see this election as being so much an endorsement of the President as I do a rejection of the GOP and its positions on any number of issues. In short, the voters ultimately said "no" to the Party of "No!"