Current polling averages find that by an overwhelming 66% to 26% majority, voters feel the nation is on the wrong track. Given what’s been going on, why wouldn’t they?
- Gasoline prices are plummeting
- The stock market is soaring to all-time highs
- Jobs are being added in abundance and the unemployment rate keeps falling
- Housing prices are up everywhere and up sharply in many prime locations
- We’re out of Iraq and nearly out of Afghanistan
- Interest rates and inflation remain very modest
- The Federal deficit is less than one third of the amount in FY 2008
- The rate of uninsured is near historic lows as Obamacare has protected at least 10 million
- The Seahawks are likely to get the number one seeding again (author’s prerogative)
Yep, this sure looks like a toxic environment for the party in power, especially if you contrast these results to the stellar record of their predecessors. Who wouldn’t want to return to the glorious halcyon days of Prime Minister Dick “Torture is Patriotic” Cheney and his lapdog?
Yes, even with the above litany of success, Obama and the Democrats get repudiated and eviscerated in the midterms. Senate seats originally thought to be safe are lost and a large, possibly structural Republican majority is cemented in the House. Senator Mitch McTurtle made my prediction of his demise look naïve and pollyannaish.
How can this be?
Upon much reflection, the only plausible answer your author can offer is that regardless of the facts, if people are told over and over that things are terrible and, importantly, they don’t hear a counter argument, enough of them will eventually believe it. The “Big Lie” is not a new tactic.
People on the right have been aggressively convinced that up is down, good is bad and black is, well, still black. Reality isn’t relevant. Data is bothersome noise. Substantial improvements from the 2008 implosion are seen as either woefully inadequate or just a left-wing ruse via cooking of the books.
During this obvious and consistent attack, Obama et al retorted with…um, I really don’t know. Will someone please tell me the affirmative message of the Democrats last month? Wholly surrendering the field to the opposition is, not too surprisingly, a really bad formula for electoral success.
Coupled with the Amazonian flow of cash that Citizens United enabled, an electorate with inadequate grounding in the truth (and even their own self-interests) poses a huge concern going forward. Our side must fully appreciate this painful lesson or risk a hellish one party government in January, 2017.
- “Todos Somos Americanos”
Liberated by the end of the election cycle, our president has in two dramatic announcements, simultaneously fulfilled major campaign promises and the dreams of millions. Not coincidentally, he further solidified the allegiance between the Democratic Party and the fastest growing segment of the electorate.
As many as five million undocumented people, largely from Latin America, are assured that they will not be deported for at least the next three years. Many of these folks came here as children and know no other home than the US of A. They are full members of society except for their legal status. While Obama’s Executive Order can not change this, it does suggest that a path to permanent residency and even citizenship should follow. The “can do” Congress might slow this process down just a bit.
Your alpha nerd author has often addressed the Cuban political impact in South Florida. Absent massive majorities from this specific community, Republicans have an increasingly difficult time winning the Sunshine State’s twenty-nine electoral votes…a state which MUST be won by the GOP to have ANY shot at the White House.
While Marco Rubio’s reaction to Obama’s announcement of normalization of relations with Cuba makes clear that vehement anti-Castro feelings still permeate “Little Havana”, it is also clear that this is changing. Younger Cubans tend to feel (and vote) less stridently than their parents and grandparents. They support a rational approach to our relationship with Cuba, not dissimilar to that found throughout Europe and Canada. Importantly, this approach is also favored by the Puerto Rican Floridians who populate the Interstate 4 corridor from Tampa to Daytona Beach.
The above, coupled with the obvious failure of the isolationist policies of the past half century, brought forth the president’s decision. In his beautifully structured and articulated address, Obama actually did “tear down a wall” rather than just talk about it. While his authority via Executive Order is again limited (the embargo can only be eliminated via an act of Congress), our nation can finally look forward to ending the cold war in the American hemisphere.
- For those who may have missed this on Fox…
The House Intelligence Select Committee investigating the Benghazi attack issued their findings. Notwithstanding the Republican control of the committee, they reported “there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team, no missed opportunity for a military rescue and no evidence the CIA was covertly shipping arms from Libya to Syria.”
While Fox broadcast at least 225 segments in June regarding the formation of the committee and pounding the table on its importance, once the actual conclusions were released their flagship show Fox News Sunday ignored the results entirely. In fact, the only reporting on that juggernaut of journalism has been to undermine the report’s credibility and call for new hearings. Just pathetic and irresponsible or actually evil?
- “Life Imitates Art” Oscar Wilde, 1889
The 3rd of May, 1808 by Francisco de Goya
Although graphic, please watch this from the 1st of July, 2012 in Saginaw, Michigan.
Our last question asked how long the combined prison time would be for Governors Bob McDonnell, Chris Christie and Scott Walker? While the latter two are have not been indicted (and may get away with stuff) we do know that Bob “Ultrasound” McDonnell was convicted of 11 felonies. Sentencing recommendations are imminent.
Today’s challenge…two presidents were married outside of the United States. Name them and where these marriages took place?