Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Political Popcorn by the Colonel
Observations and Questions
■ The President was judged on his record. The people said, "Looks pretty good -- four more years."
■ Romney won independents. That's good news for Democrats: they can win presidential elections without independents.
■ Incumbents are tough to beat. Clinton was re-elected after being impeached. Dubya was re-elected after being Dubya. Obama was re-elected after not (yet) fixing the economy.
■ What will the stock market make of probable two more years of gridlock in Congress?
■ Will we always have gridlock unless one party has more than 60 seats in the Senate?
■ Will credit rating agencies downgrade U.S. credit?
■ Will sequestration happen? (President said not.) If not, what will lift gridlock to stop it?
■ Is anybody saying that sequestration would be a blessing, with or without disguise? Are some people thinking it without saying it?
■ Tea Party's toast.
■ Marriage equality gains may prompt change of strategy: more referenda, fewer lawsuits.
■ After two billion-dollar campaigns, Indiana and North Carolina flipped. The mountain labored mightily and brought forth a mouse.
■ Citizens United did not transform U.S. politics; a phenomenal Democratic presidential ground game may have.
■ Questions for Republicans: going forward, what people, what policies? "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." --Albert Einstein
■ What will happen with Obamacare? Can it be implemented under conditions of gridlock?