Thursday, January 21, 2010

Drawing the wrong conclusion

Republicans are ecstatic over Tuesday's election in Massachusetts, rightly so. But they had best not get too cocky. The sentiment in the country isn't pro-Republican. It isn't even completely anti-Democrat. It's more anti-incumbent and anti-political establishment.

Yesterday the Obama Administration was trying to claim that Brown's election on Tuesday was driven by the same sentiment that put Obama in office. That's partly true, but not the way the spun it. (They claim that it is the anti-Bush anti-Republican sentiment of 2006 and 2008 that caused Massachusetts to vote for a Republican in 2010. Riiiight.) It's slowly dawning on the masses that the governing class (both parties) doesn't know what its doing, and doesn't give a damn about the concerns of the people. In 2008 that meant voting anti-Republican. On Tuesday that meant voting anti-Democrat.

But the Republicans can't rely on only being the "Not Democrats". They may be able to win back both houses of Congress this fall with that message, but once in office people will expect them to govern. I'm still not seeing any indication that they can do that any better now than when Bush was in office. They may get swept back into office in 2010 only to be swept right back out again in 2012.

In 2006 and again in 2008 I stated that the Democrats didn't deserve to win but that the Republicans deserved to lose. Now the Democrats deserve to lose as well. That doesn't mean the Republicans now deserve anything other than what they got in 2006 and 2008.

Tuesday was a good start. Now this fall we need to follow through and vote all the bums out, in both parties.

PS Several times in the past year or so I have made the point that I don't intend to vote Republican in 2010. I still don't. For years I voted for them because the alternative was worse. Maybe it still is. But just because the other guys are catastrophes doesn't mean I want to vote for the mere disasters. I'm tired of that. Plus, even though in my local congressional district I would be voting against the execrable Alan Grayson, I can't stomach the idea that a vote for the local Republican would be a vote to put John Boehner in charge of the House of Representatives. Similarly, a vote for Rick Rubio for the US Senate would be a vote for Mitch McConnell to run things. Not a change one can believe in!

Re-elect no one. It's the only way to get the attention of the bastards in charge.

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