Today is Election Day in various states and cities in the U.S. (but, not all). One question which is being considered--after one year of total
Democrat rule (overwhelming Democrat Party majorities in the House of Representatives and Senate, and President Obama as the Chief Executive), are
voters encouraged to endorse the Democrat Party and its policies, or are they inclined to show disapproval?
There are three political contests which are drawing a lot of attention. One is governor of New Jersey, a state in which the Democrat Party has many hundreds of thousands more registered members than the Republicans. Another is governor of Virginia, a state which also went for President Obama in the last election. A third is New York District 23, in which a RINO (Republican-In-Name-Only) was put on the ballot by New York Republican Party leaders, but a Conservative was nominated by the Conservative Party, and proved to be more popular than the liberal Republican. The Republican withdrew as a candidate, and has endorsed the Democrat!
If Obama is thought to be doing well, the Democrats should get all three contests easily. Will the Republicans win one or more? Will they be close?
The greater significance--Congressmen and Senators whose people are more conservative will be thinking, "If I support President Obama, Pelosi, and Reid, will I be re-elected when my time comes?" Our representatives have the option of being somewhat independent, pulling in whichever direction they think is best for their district or state. It is easier for the ruling party if they can get all their people to vote alike, but it doesn't always happen. If Democrats win strongly in these various contests, it will encourage the representatives to vote as their leadership wishes.
I await the outcome with keen interest.
So do I.
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At this point, the Republicans have won in Virginia. I believe they have taken Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General.
The Republican governor candidate is ahead in New Jersey 50% to 43%, but there are still many votes to be counted.
The New York District 23 is still too early.
Republican Christie Gives GOP Stunning Win in New Jersey
Deals Big Blow to President Obama
On a more serious note:
Exit polls showed that the candidates Obama supported lost mainly because independent voters went for the Republicans, and because Democrats who had supported Obama in the last election did not show up. Most voters said they still like Obama, but they are concerned about the economy, and feel that the country is on the wrong track. They had hoped Obama's leadership would take the country in a better direction.
The Democrat Party has many talented, intelligent people--if they would work with the Republicans on areas where they could agree, they would do better. Bill Clinton managed to do this in several areas.
I heard a few interviews with disgruntled Democrats this morning. They all said much the same thing, ie that Obama had promised to do so much but had
achieved very little in the last year.
Not one of them appeared to be aware of the difficulties that have dogged his term so far. None of them seeme to be aware that there was a World recession throughout his whole time in office so far.
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Of course he has. He has been trying to avert a major economic catastrophe! And, at the moment, it appears to have worked.
Daz, on the other hand, may have a point because Gordon was in charge during the lead up to the crisis and it could be argued that the actions he took in the run up left us more vulnerable. Any blame for that in the USA must lie firmly with the Republicans.
In fact, Giron, you could blame the Replicans for the World crisis since it was their bloody mortgages that caused the crash.
Some people blame the Americans for all the worlds problems, not just the financial ones.
I suppose if you have to blame someone, Blame Christopher Colombus.
Yes indeed, he was a ruddy Italian, which is almost as bad as being an American, apart from the fact that the Yanks are better at fighting wars.
Talking about Italians, did you see that the Italians have convicted 25 CIA agents for abducting and torturing a Muslim cleric?
Indeed, I did see it.
In fact, I almost posted a comment about it, but in the end I decided not to cause our American members any further embarrassment, so this link was never posted.
...and fighting amongst themselves.
It might be callous, but it's true!
But, to be fair, the Yanks are jolly good at blowing up allied forces as well.