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1994 all over again? Not hardly

I remember Nov. 3rd, 1994, pretty clearly. I was in Professor Held's Critical Thinking and Writing class at Temple University, bright an early. I hadn't heard anything about the election results, but we discussed it in class.

I couldn't understand it. It just...wasn't right. The Republicans had taken back a majority in both House and Congress, and immediately swore vendetta on the Federal Government which, irrationally, they themselves led? I had a horrible, horrible sinking feeling. Agree with their aims or not, the Republicans clearly had a plan, and set about enacting it with little hesitation. (Or thought for reason or scruple...)

This isn't like that. A narrow majority in the House and a Democratic White House and Senate, coupled with a party with no particular plan other than "cut taxes!" does not equal the same inimical threat of Gingrich's brute squad. Oh, don't get me wrong, they'll do their best to impeach President Obama - but one can hardly fear that they'll gum up the works of progress, as even out of power, they did exactly that with such effectiveness and ruthlessness while out of power, they could hardly do worse, now.

If this was the reversal after the crushing defeat of electoral reform that the Supreme Court visited, which resulted in a mid-term election that nearly doubled the ad spending than the last presidential election - and all from mysterious corporate and overseas contributes - then clearly America hasn't completely lost its mind.

You know what's going to happen for the next two years? Nothing. Deadlock. We may as well not have a government. But it could be worse - we could have got the government we deserve.

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aghrivaine
Nov. 4th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
And of course, the President's veto, which neither side has a 2/3 majority to overcome.

Two years of finger-pointing and odious partisan squabbles - much thunder, but little lightning.

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