Wednesday, November 3, 2010

2010 Election Postmortem

It was a blowout. North Carolina voted to send our dolt, Senator Richard Burr, back to Washington DC. On the one hand, I'm horrified. On the other, I'm pleased with the opportunity to dog our do-nothing Senator for six more years.

This blog rocks on, for six more years !

A list of post election observations:

1. Burr is an empty suit. MSNBC, FOX, CNN, CNBC ... I listened to them all at one point or another last night. As it became evident that Republicans won in a landslide, talk turned to who would control what committee in Washington DC in the coming term, and who would be in positions of power and influence. You know something really interesting? Not once did I hear Senator Richard Burr's name mentioned on any of the major networks. Not once. Why? Because we sent a lawn mower salesman to represent us in Washington DC. Richard Burr is not a leader. He has no expertise. He's a nobody in Washington DC. After 15 years of serving in Congress, we have a Senator who leads nothing, is recognized only as an empty suit. I shake my head in amazement that North Carolina voters could do this to our state.

2. Danger in misinterpreting the results. There's too much gloating going on by Republicans. And many are in danger of misreading the results of this election. I hear Republicans today constantly spouting off about the need to overturn the progress made on both the health care and financial reform fronts. Go ahead Republicans, do it. Fight it out. Voters want jobs and a good economy. They don't give a damn about anything but jobs and the economy. Waste their time with fights over health care and financial reform and you'll jump right back into boiling water.

3. Republicans continue to display ignorance of basic economic issues. If I hear one more ignorant Republican talk about needing tax cuts to spur capital formation, I'm going to scream. These people are idiots. Our problem is that we're awash in capital. We've got investors throwing money at our country to buy our Treasuries to such a point that interest rates are at historical lows. Capital is NOT our problem. Consumer demand is THE issue. Most Republicans just don't get it. They'll cook up any excuse to dish out more tax cuts. Go ahead, give an unemployed person a tax cut and see how far that takes us in getting our economy back on track. You can't cut taxes on a guy who has no income. Republicans crying about capital formation are idiots.

4. Republicans will fail in reconciling promises. Republican after Republican talks about out of control government spending and the need to balance the budget in one breath, and the need to extend tax cuts to everyone in the next. Then they'll spout that tired line about how government spending doesn't create a single job. This is going to be fun to watch. Go ahead, cut taxes, balance our budget by cutting $1.1 Trillion in spending, and watch how that won't lead to anything but appreciably higher unemployment. It's about time that BS gets called on Republican whining about deficit spending, job creation, and tax cuts. Those three issues can't be reconciled the way Republicans portray. An economic mess awaits. Watch and learn.

5. Mitch spews hate. Would someone please remove the giant corn cob from Mitch's butt? Fresh off his victory parade, Mitch comes out swinging for President Obama. Mitch spews an abundance of hate and vitriol. Any man with common sense could only conclude Mitch is a Grand Dragon of the KKK. Check out Mitch's shoes. And look carefully at the shoes of the banner bearer in the next KKK march you see coming down main street in any rural town in Kentucky. Mitch? Is that you Mitch? Mitch McConnell stands in the way of progress in Washington DC. If anything is going to get accomplished "for the American people", then Mitch first needs to have his ego checked. And the man needs to just tone it down.

6. Eric Cantor takes a good first step. While I'm not wild about Eric's desire to revisit history and unravel the progress on Financial Reform and Health Care, I admire his management skills. The guy has published a 22 page road map. And it includes steps to manage the House in a manner that would gain respect from management teams of some of our nation's better run corporations. His rhetoric though leaves much to be desired. He's not near as bad at Mitch McConnell, but Eric still comes across like an arrogant SOB who you'd rather not want to associate with. If he toned it down a couple notches, Eric might wind up accomplishing great things for our country. He's a keeper.

7. Boehner is a woman. There's no crying on Capital Hill. There's simply no crying in national politics. Boehner cried in front of the nation in his first major appearance as the leader of the House. He blew it. This man is a weak. His days are numbered.

8. The Republican attack machine cranks up. I think a large part of our nation's problems derive from the Republican attack machine. It's relentless, it's mean spirited, it spews hate and fear. And its cranking up again. Just check out the headlines on Drudge:
  • Barack backed into the corner
  • Next up for Dems: Trials
  • Dems warned not to shred documents
  • Fed under attack from GOP
My Republican party is in dire need of a positive message. They're mostly mean spirited old white men who do a great disservice to our nation through the hate and fear they constantly spew. And if they continue down this path, the progress they just made will get reversed in the next election.

9. Jack Welch has it right. Jack Welch, the former CEO of GE, is guest hosting CNBC this morning. Jack is a staunch Republican. He's crying out for the Republican party to change its tactics, dramatically. The voters just delivered a message of Jobs, Economy. Recognize it and deliver. Form a message around these two issues. Focus like a laser beam. Stop with the efforts to repeal everything that has already been done. Instead, look to improve and adjust with a goal to creating jobs and improving the economy. Jack indicates that the party runs the risk of being labeled right wing nut jobs if they continue with their efforts to repeal the past, instead of focusing on the future and directing all their efforts to jobs and the economy. I can really relate to Jack. I want to be a Republican again, when my party stops with the right wing nut job attitude and refocuses on becoming a party of problem solvers. I don't see it happening though.

more to follow, later ...

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