I have to hand it to the democrats, they sure know how to stuff it all up. Just a mere two years ago Obama was swept to power with the democratic party holding both the senate and congress. It was assumed that we were facing a generation of democratic rule, with the republicans facing a long era lost in the wilderness. On the international stage, the election result was hailed as a breakthrough for sanity, with praises heaped upon the new administration. Indeed, Obama was even given a nobel peace price (seemingly for just not being Bush).
How times change. On Tuesday night the democrats got the biggest kicking seen in a generation. Broadcast around the world were images of dancing Republicans, celebrating their conquest of congress. Obama had been successfully been painted as an evil nazi communist muslim, and they were ready to “reclaim” America.
But rather than this being a proper movement, it is a confused mess. The republicans were reliant upon disaffected over-60’s who want more money for medicare, whilst also whipping up support with deficit reduction rhetoric. They claim to be libertarians, whilst embracing the religious right. They want the state out of their pockets, but still in their pants. What this amounts to is a confused mob, united whilst they are on the outside pissing in, but what on earth will happen now they have power?
America is in for a tough time. Obama faces a rabid congress whose sole aim is to de-construct everything he’s done over the past two years. He can either let them do so in exchange for moving forward with a mild and ineffective agenda, or he can fight them, causing gridlock and stagnation until 2012. Either way, not a lot is going to get done.
Two years. That’s all it took for the democrats to stuff it up. And just when the republicans looked like they couldn’t get any crazier, they run further into the hands of Sarah Palin, deluding themselves that the reason for losing the last election was the likeable moderate John McCain, rather than his lunatic running mate. I feel sorry for Americans, they electoral choice seems to be between the incompetent and the insane.
Oh, and the people of California voted against legalising cannabis. Tossers.