03
Nov
10

THE MIDTERMS ARE OVER

Ah, yes. Another election has come and gone. And despite all the dire prognostications it pretty much turned out the way we all figured it would. And I realize that those are British Redcoats in that picture, not the Continental Army. But it looks all Revolutionary War-ish which is what the whole Tea Party thing is about. I think. I don’t know. I honestly still know nothing about those people.

Politics is a game for the pragmatic, not the idealistic. There is no such thing as a definitive election, only the next election. And the smart players in this game are already planning ahead several election cycles. So for all of my liberal and progressive friends out there who are weeping this morning (seriously, you guys are always weeping) I have composed a list of five reasons why last night was a relatively good night.

1. PEOPLE STILL DON’T LIKE REPUBLICANS

Last night was about us, not them. Stop telling me that America is running back to the warm embrace of the party of Bush. We only have two parties in this country to begin with. But, once Mr. Boehn and his buddies start doing and saying Bushy, Republicany things I think some people’s attitudes will change. I give it a year before buyer’s remorse sets in.

2. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS NOW THE TEA PARTY

2012 now has a clear set of combatants: Barack Obama vs. Sarah Palin. And this will be the case whether sugartits is the GOP nominee or not. Palin, and what she represents, has given the dying husk of the party the only life’s blood it has. For that reason it will be her agenda that Obama will be running against. And I think Obama himself put it best when he pointed out in 2008 that you can “put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig”. The Oh My God There’s a Black Man in The White House Party can dress up in all the pretty moderate dresses it wants. It still has the five o’clock shadow and giant Adam’s apple of a movement for angry white people.

3. OBAMA WILL BE FORCED TO FIGHT FOR THINGS

Democratic control of the government made Obama feel comfortable letting others take the ball on domestic policy. He assumed that his agenda was in safe hands. Kind of like when Moe would entrust Larry and Curly with something. Teapublicans in Congress will prove to be an excellent nemesis for him even if they only manage to be agitators. From now on he will have to take his administration’s case directly to the electorate rather than to other Democrats alone.

4. THIS WILL BE FUN

Government needs more entertainment value. It’s the only way to get people to pay attention to what’s going on. And while I’m not thrilled to see our nation’s political system turned into a reality TV show, at least people are watching. And the cast of characters on this show are some of the most entertaining I’ve seen in years.

5. THIS IS STILL THE GREATEST NATION MANKIND HAS EVER PRODUCED

I’m not a big believer in the concept of “American Preeminence”. It’s an attitude that is obsolete in an increasingly globalized world. And I think that Americans need to come out of this cultural shell we’ve constructed for ourselves. But, when the story of the human race is told The United States of America will be the standard to which all other societies are compared. You could live in Somalia where they have gunfights instead of elections. You could live in Iran where elections are overruled by religious leaders. You could live in China. I’ll take the circus sideshow that is American politics.

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