Election 2012: More of the Same
Its been a long vicious campaign with billions of dollars spent, but when the smoke clears we will have exactly the same balance in the Executive and Legislative branches for the next four years as we do today.
It isn’t gonna change.
Republicans will retain control of the House, Democrats will control the Senate and President Obama will win in a close electoral college tussle.
Here is how it will go down…
The Presidential Race
Between them they have 27 electoral votes… more than enough to have won it for Romney.
That is eerily reminiscent of Al Gore back in 2000 who would have won the presidency if only he’d won his home state of Tennessee. Instead, he got hanging chads and a moral victory by winning the popular vote.
Ironically, Mitt Romney may share both honors with Gore tomorrow. Romney might win the popular vote, but lose the electoral college and the White House.
If so, Democrats will crow loudly that its payback time for 2000 and roar with laughter.
There is no logical reason Obama should be reelected.
Obama is the most divisive president since Richard Nixon. The economy is in a shambles. He has no credible plan to fix it and taxing the rich won’t even be a drop in the bucket toward fixing this nation’s ginormous fiscal problems. His grassroots reelection strategy is… wellll… just plain dumb.
President Obama is about to prove that, indeed, you can fool all of the people all of the time.
Heck, Romney/Ryan might not even win Paul Ryan’s home state.
The U.S. Senate
Republicans made a valiant effort to win the presidency, but it is just to hard to overcome a liberal press blitzkrieg and they had to come from to far behind.
But Republicans had a perfect opportunity to win back the U.S. Senate and get rid of Harry Reid. There are 21 Democratic seats up for grabs compared to only 10 Republican seats.
But it looks like Democrats will dodge a bullet to retain their current 53 to 47 edge.
Republicans made the blunder of putting to many eggs into the presidential basket and not enough into the Senate one. Todd Aikin stubbornly stayed in the race in Missouri when any reasonable person would have dropped out for the good of their party. That hurt all Republican candidates.
When Republicans wake up with a hangover on Wednesday they will kick themselves for this mistake.
The U. S. House of Representatives
Democrats might pick up a couple seats here and there, but not enough to be noticeable.
Come Wednesday, Americans will wake up shocked to realize everything will remain exactly the same as before for another four years.
There will still be 23 million unemployed or under employed Americans desperate to find work.
President Obama still won’t have an economic recovery plan.
The fiscal cliff will still be there… looming… only closer than before. It threatens to bring another recession with it the first quarter of 2013.
We will still face trillion dollar yearly deficits that are impossible to close. The national debt is up to $16.2 trillion and we will face another debt crisis around the time the next session of Congress convenes in January.
Come Wednesday, the rudest discovery of all will be that we still have the same ideological gridlock we have today and most of the same players in the same places.
How can we be so stupid?