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Election eve pessimism

I have used the quote "Our long national nightmare is over" several times in referring to the arrival, at last, of election day here in the states. This has been the most rancorous election I remember (keeping in mind that I was only six in 1968, which was probably the former standard for rancorous American elections). Truth is still weeping in the corner, and I fear by the end of the week she'll go catatonic as the supporters of the losing candidates go ballistic. I wish I was being hyperbolic, but I just remember how things were in 2008 ... and 2004 ... and 2000 ....

I also wish I could say that we've learned our lessons and 2016 will be better, but there's absolutely no reason for optimism. It's clear to me that the Citizens United decision changed everything for the worse, that lying and dishonest conflation destroys and does not build, and that American politics is to a huge extent a race for the bottom. But I don't believe that the people involved in politics understand all that. And they put ever-increasing barriers to any reform (viable third parties, campaign finance reform) in the way of citizens who care.

By this time tomorrow, oddly enough, I may end up almost perfectly satisfied with the outcome of the races I voted in. But it'll be hard for me to really appreciate that as I see the political landscape trashed as if a hurricane just made landfall. And it'll be hard to appreciate any victories when I realize that the next presidential campaign will probably start less than 24 months from now.

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maxauburn
Nov. 7th, 2012 03:58 am (UTC)
It's not looking so good for Obama.

Mittens has more electoral votes than he.

You've got to remember, Charlie, that there's a LOT of stupid people out there who think that the republicans actually CARE about them.

And people are desperate.

That is why Obama got elected 4 years ago.

And because he couldn't undo MANY years of republican damage in just 4 years, America will suffer if Mittens wins.

Many folks are uneducated, or they can't be arsed to read up on a politicians' track record.

I heard a woman today say this:

"Of course I'm voting for Mitt! He's SOOOO much better looking than Obama."

Oye!

songdogmi
Nov. 7th, 2012 04:19 am (UTC)
Not disputing most of what you say, of course.

CBS and NBC just called the election for President Obama.
maxauburn
Nov. 7th, 2012 04:25 am (UTC)
I know! I just read it online!!!

Did you see my post where I said my feelings said he'd win??

My fear said NO, my guts said yes!!!
jjfmi
Nov. 7th, 2012 05:13 pm (UTC)
For the most part, the folks who needed to win did - and the folks who needed to be tossed out (Akin, the mayor of Troy, etc.) were. I would liked to have seen Prop. 2 (collective bargaining) pass, but I freely admit bias as a 28-year union member. And I was elated to hear that our own resident arrogant bastard billionaire slumlord, Matty Maroun, got his nether regions handed to him with the smackdown of Prop. 6. I sincerely hope the 30 million he spent on his advertising deprives him of his next few changes of underwear.

But the only change I really expect to see will be that of a few faces here and there. The rest will be business as usual. I just feel relieved that the country wasn't QUITE as insane as I had feared during the early returns.
songdogmi
Nov. 7th, 2012 06:56 pm (UTC)
I'm definitely looking forward to a lot fewer lies being spread about the bridge project. Hoping Maroun and his minions just shut up now.

I'm afraid you're right, though. The LJ post I haven't written (probably won't) leading up to the election would be about the problem of having the same Congress again. I wish there was a way the Democrats could've pushed harder on getting control of the House, but it was probably just not possible. I like this result way better than having the same Congress but a Republican president. And maybe, just maybe, we can keep moving closer to sanity....
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