Apologies again for the dearth of blogging, yada, yada...
Just a few thoughts on the election results.
1) The American Middle, - the undecided - are a fickle, fickle, bunch, no matter where you sit.
2) No Tea Party candidates on the ballot at all in our state, but plenty of Greens, which is like the Tea Party of the Left.
3) A viable third party will never have a chance until one is created that can draw voters from both established parties more or less equally. So far, that hasn't happened. Third parties are always either right of the GOP or left of the Dems. The appeal would have to be to the middle, which means that there would be very little to hold such a party together (see #1, above). Positions on the most pressing issues of the day would be all over the place. Middle ground voters lack the conviction to hold a party together.
4) I do think Obama gets unfairly blamed for the overall crappiness of the economy, but that is largely his fault, for a couple of reasons. A) He ran as the guy who was going to fix everything, and B) He never, ever tried even a little to establish real consensus or work with conservatives. Silly man thought he had some sort of mandate and could ignore everyone who disagreed with him. So, he rammed a HUGE new entitlement program down the public's collective throat, ignoring the fact that most people thought it was a bad idea, what with the weak economy, and all. Long story short; the economy is always tied closely to whether people feel optimistic and secure, and his gleeful enthusiasm for spending our tax money made most people feel pessimistic and insecure. Racking up unprecedented national debt with little explanation aside from "Trust us!" does not inspire confidence in government.
5) If Obama now moves toward the center and begins to compromise here and there, I expect a lot of Dems will be hopping mad that he didn't so six months ago and save a lot of their seats in Congress.
6) I left a lot of blanks on my ballot. I think I flunked.
7) It's a little disappointing how quickly and seamlessly the Tea Party was rolled into the GOP juggernaut.
8) Question of the day: What odds would you give today for a Hillary Clinton run for the Dem nomination for POTUS against Obama in 2012?