If you’re reading to find some rah-rah encouragement or a “silver lining”, well, I don’t have any. I’m also short on bitter tears and angry rhetoric. Sorry to disappoint everyone on both sides of the partisan divide.
I posted a song that expressed my feeling overall about the election result in 2008, back on the VO. It was “Who’s Gonna Save Us?” by the Living End. They say, “Who’s gonna unite us?/Who’s gonna divide us?” As it turns out, the answer to their questions was respectively “Nobody” and “Everybody”.
Continuing that tradition, here is my post-election song for 2012.
Maybe it’s sour grapes, but I have long felt that no matter who would win the 2012 election, it was too late to reverse the economic catastrophe this country is facing and probably has been since Obama blew it with the Stimulus. Now that Obama has won, I don’t feel as bad about the fact that we have this doom looming. The American people have chosen that fate. As I’ve been saying over the past week, it’s Obama who is now holding the bag of shit that’s going to burst. It’s only fair since 1/3 of the shit in there is his.
I defied the polls and got burned. Again. A slow learner, I guess. We can dissect what happened as more information comes in, but I have to say I’m still surprised. Romney ran a good campaign and Obama had nothing to run on. The American electorate, in their inexplicable way, have chosen to preserve the status quo (Democrat President and Senate, Republican House) that has paralyzed the federal government for the last two years even though they should know full well that the fiscal cliff and debt ceiling fights are coming. Obama failed in his first term at uniting Americans. The election proves that it’s only more divided, but still a bit in his favor.
God damn it, something should have given there. I have absolutely zero idea what message the American people have sent. Why did Obama deserve re-election? What is he supposed to do now? What is the House supposed to do? They’ve all been rewarded for partisan point-scoring while accomplishing jack shit.
This is definitely one for the books: Nobody has a mandate or even a plan to carry out with that mandate. Why in the fuckity fuck did we even have an election, really? I’m not angry or even anguished today. The 2008 loss was crushing and broke my heart but this is just…stupid.
Can it be that we really do have a Democratic majority in the US? I mean, Obama lost independents, based on the pre-election polls. He ran a negative, divisive campaign. He was totally focused on turnout from his liberal base. He converted no McCain voters to his side (seriously: I don’t think he got a single person) and lost states that he’d won in 2008. He was repudiated firmly in the midterm election of 2010 and probably will be again in 2014. The GOP had its highest party ID in the history of presidential polling coming into this election.
And he still won.
I don’t want to point fingers anywhere just yet, but I can’t see any sense or wisdom in these results. It’s like the Casey Anthony verdict of election results. People happily voted for a ridiculous outcome and can’t really tell you why they did it.
As I see it, the status quo was chosen and embraced. People turned out in massive numbers, this time to prevent change. Neither side has anything to offer and no need to compromise with the other. We’re sleepwalking into something really, really bad and seem to be pretty copacetic about it.
Half of the electorate still doesn’t understand that we’re in a crisis period that is waiting to gain strength. A paralyzed government guarantees that it will. This is not something I look forward to, even on “I told you so grounds.” Obama insisted on putting off the debt ceiling and taxes until after Election Day and he got it. But I don’t think it occurred to him that he was simply postponing having to deal with the exact same fight as before, now arguably worse for his side.
So yeah, I ignored what the pollsters were showing me. I thought that the American people were ready to come to terms with our fiscal and economic problems and would recognize that Obama is obviously not up to the job. I was wrong. Call it misplaced optimism on my part.
After the 2004 election, Michael Moore curled up into his bed and all but wept hysterically with his boxers twisted up his fat, smelly crack for a couple of days as the pizza boxes and Faygo bottles piled up around him. Got that visual in your head? Good. Don’t do that shit.
I’m going to finish this post and go back to work with dignity. We’re not a bunch of libtards who base our happiness on elections are we? We don’t blame our own difficulties and setbacks on larger forces beyond our control, do we? Of course not. Had the other side lost, they’d have burned a couple of blocks of real estate and thrown temper tantrums to one degree or another. Not us. Nothing is settled yet.
We’ve lost an election, but not our country. I don’t know what “revenge” Obama and his people have in mind now, but our own will be to continue resisting his class warfare, statism, and attempts to tear this country apart along every line imaginable. Our revenge will also be Liberty’s.
Stick with us here as we document it all. And go to work, assholes.