Re: 2012 - Post Election Thoughts
I think this was really a major victory for the democratic party and President Obama. We gained 2 senate seats when 6 months ago we were looking to lose our majority. I really feel issues like freedom of choice, immigration, Supreme court nominations had a large role in defining and bringing this win to the Democrats. I would love to say that now that the race is over there would be a new chance at compromise and that the republican party would see that the obstructionism that they have done since 2010 is hurting the country and would start to look for common ground in the house and senate. I do not however hold much hope for that given the tone set by a lot of republicans today. There is so much talk of needing to move more to the right. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell came out today and told the president and democrats that they needed to come over to the republican way of thinking if they were going to get anything from him and the republican senate. I find this unbelievable and shameful. This government was designed to be ruled by compromise. It looks like republicans just don't get it and never will. There is talk by a very few republicans of needing to move more to the middle and open their base to minorities. However they are being squashed already by many right leaning and tea party people. I say good for the Tea Party. Keep up the fine work. Hell you keep doing that and Indiana state legislature might actually be democrat led next time around. If the Tea Party and religious right continue to bully their agenda in the Republican party we will not have to worry about them for very much longer. This election showed as clear as day that the republican party as it is composed is going to be relegated to an also ran party if it even survives as that.
Mitch McConnell: “The President’s more than willing to negotiate with Iranians, I don’t know why he wouldn’t be willing to negotiate with us.”
Jon Stewart: “If it turns out that President Barack Obama can make a deal with the most intransigent, hard-lined, unreasonable totalitarian mullahs in the world, but not the Republicans, maybe he’s not the problem.”