I’m feeling under the (cold, rainy) weather today, couldn’t make it in to work. I did manage to get out and vote in the mid-term election. All the pundits are predicting the Republicans will take control of the Senate, thereby rendering moot the last two years of Michelle’s husband’s presidency. As if anyone would notice.
I hope the pundits are wrong. Not so much because I would like to see our government remain somewhat functional for the next two years — though I would — but mostly because I want to see the talking heads eat crow. I grow so weary of their endless prattle.
As far as control of the Senate goes, we here in Misery will have no say in today’s results. Neither of our Senate seats is up for election. I was pleasantly surprised to see my voting location pretty busy this morning. If that holds all day, turnout will be pretty good for a non-presidential election year. I’m a big believer in the idea that maximum participation produces maximum democracy.
Of course, ideally, that participation would apply to the candidates as well. Here in my little corner of a red city in a red county in a red state… not so much. Of the 19 federal, state and local races on my ballot, only 5 even had a Democratic candidate. I’ve grown somewhat used to a lack of alternatives here, but this is the worst I have seen. Voter turnout is meaningless in the face of candidate (or party?) apathy.
And it’s not like the few Democrats we have around here are hippie liberals. They are more like what the Republicans used to be before they went insane over fetuses and fags.