2010 Elections: After the Fall
The cynic in me says that Democrats will learn nothing from the midterm election. They not only took a bath, they were effectively water-boarded by voters.
Democrats lost the House by a margin not seen since 1948. They lost 10 governorships while retaining two --
While Democrats have complained about lack of cooperation from Republicans in enacting President Obama's agenda, don't look for them to show the way by cooperating with Republicans. The
I expect congressional Democrats, in collusion with the
At his post-election news conference Wednesday, President Obama said many of the things he thought people wanted to hear -- common ground, consensus, working together -- but he steadfastly and perhaps understandably would not cede any territory on his administration's core policies, especially national health insurance. Newly-empowered Republicans aren't likely to compromise, since that usually means they are the only ones doing the compromising, which in the past has led to disgust by Republican voters who don't want watered-down conservatism, but spending reductions and smaller government.
Don't look for President Obama or the Democrats who survived the carnage to admit their policies were wrong, or that they misjudged the public. After so many in the leadership denigrated voters as being insufficiently enthusiastic about all government was attempting to do for them and questioning the smarts and the sanity of those ingrates who don't agree with their policies, I wouldn't expect such people to have a change of heart or mind. That is especially so since the mainstream media can be relied on to question every Republican effort to reverse the policies and spending initiatives of the last two years.
For Republicans the challenge is to maintain their "purity" in an environment that is the political equivalent of a brothel. Both Senators-elect
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