OT: Midterm Mania. Or Not.
If you’ve turned on the television in the last 24 hours you’ve probably been hard-pressed to find anything other than the beltway chattering classes making their prognostications and generally enjoying doing what they do best- hearing themselves talk.
So, what do you think? Is it going to be GOP wave or a full-blown Tsunami? Are we going to be drowning in Tea thanks to Palin and her pals? Are you voting? Are you loving every minute of this midtermapalooza or are you sick to death of it? Will crazy Carl in NY pull off a victory, will anti-masturbation candidate Christine “I am not a witch” O’Donnell actually be elected? Will Sharron Angle, who has yet to give an interview to anyone other than some radio personality named Heidi Harris, actually dethrone Mr. Personality himself, Harry Reid? Will Alaska elect their first write-in candidate in 50 years? Will Nancy Pelosi “retire” if the GOP takes over the House? Will Chris Mathews ever shut up?
I live in MA and for the first time I can remember my representative, Barney Frank, actually has a real contest on his hands and so I will be pulling the lever for him and while I am toying with voting third party (Jill Stein) for governor, I’m not quite sure that I want to run the risk of having Charles Baker, the former CEO of health insurance company Harvard Pilgrim, become our next governor. I’m still sort of stinging from the electoral victory of truck driving, Tea Party centerfold Scott Brown. Of course, that’s the frustrating thing about our two party system- while I don’t believe there is any such thing as a throw-away vote (even if you vote for a third party or write in), other than not voting altogether, which I don’t advocate, I can’t help but worry that a GOP takeover of everything will be my worst nightmare on almost every front- foreign policy, war, gay rights, women’s rights (the GOP is gearing up for some shenanigans with respect to abortion and birth control access) and on and on.
I have to say, Barack Obama needs to take some political messaging and enthusiasm classes from Bill Clinton. The whole White House political shop needs to be fired. I haven’t heard a consistent message yet. “Vote for me, we’re not as bad as them!” is really not a message that gets people excited to go out after work during rush hour and vote. And I’ll be honest, I’m not all that pleased with the Democrats. I’ve never been a huge Obama fan but once he became POTUS I certainly didn’t want him to fail and in fact, I’ve actively rooted for him in large part because Secretary Clinton is part of his administration. While the right is basically running on the platform that our POTUS is a closet Muslim with a Kenyan birth certificate who will raise our taxes, enact socialism and side with terrorists, the fact is that Obama has governed from the middle, not from the left. Taxes are at a historically low level, Obama expanded gun rights, he fought the public option and he has expanded many of Bush’s most legally-questionable anti-terrorism policies (targeted assassinations of US citizens abroad, expanded drone wars outside of Afghanistan, continued the questionable use of the state secrets policy, and continues the policy of indefinite detentions of terrorism suspects, including, apparently, children).
So, if you have any thoughts, feel free to leave them in the comments.