No Pancakes for You: 2012 Election Reflections
A few random thoughts on the elections as they came to mind. Any one of these has been, could be or will be a post of its own.
*Novatownhall is officially batshit crazy. Talk about the neighborhood going to hell. Ever since Joe B left, there’s been a steady descent into partisan insanity capped off with what I read this morning for the first time about Angry Pancake Man, and suggesting that Black Out, because he was wearing the button of the opposing party, basically invited, if not deserved, the abuse. Crazy. Imagine if that had happened to someone wearing a Romney pin. Do you think their reaction would have been the same? Of course not – disingenuous jerks. Making all Republicans look bad.
*TC bestows its honorary Master of the Obvious degree on Matt “Brick” Letourneau for his Facebook comment: “It’s time for our party to truly begin outreach to ethnic groups that today voted for President Obama but who I believe fundamentally share our values.” Yathink. Problem is, at least in Loudoun County, the “outreach” expects those voters to yield to the Republican hardline instead of the other way around. As long as you have LCRC meetings that put Baptist tent revivals to shame, don’t count on getting the growing Hindu and Buddhist votes – not to mention those who just aren’t that religious.
*Romney was a good candidate and ran as a good campaign as he could have. The broader problem is the appeal of the party. If you want to reach minorities or women, don’t do stuff that pisses them off – like vaginal probes and stupid remarks about rape. That crap has consequences for all candidates throughout the nation.
*Brick redeems himself with another post: “The lesson here…polls are right. Believe the data.” Gotta say, the pollsters got this stuff right. Amazingly right.
*Tea Party whack jobs have now cost Republicans five US Senate seats.
*Can’t wait to see what Obama and Putin have in store for us now that Obama has greater “flexibility.”
*Obama did surprisingly well in Loudoun. Although his numbers dropped, he still managed to carry most of the precincts. Surprised that I owe only one beer given my generous bet. Seems like the Dems are as surprised as I.
*Thank goodness, the Republicans kept control of the House. Avoids a return to the extremism that was 2009-2011. We very well could get sequestration now, contrary to Obama’s promise that it simply wouldn’t happen. Four more years simply means more of the same that we’ve had for the last two. Gridlock.
*After all the contact Republicans received from the Romney campaign, I’m surprised there wasn’t a “thanks for the effort” email or something like that last night or today. Nothing. Bad form.
*Right after we figured Obama had won, the War Department and I decided to permanently table a kitchen remodel because our taxes would be going up. Direct cause and effect between Obama policies and the hit small businesses take.
*Forget ever getting rid of Obamacare or the Dodd-Frank Act. By the time Republicans can do anything about them, they’ll be too entrenched.