The Silver Lining in the Slaughter

Congratulations, J.K. You the man now, dog!

Congratulations, to Gov-elect Kasich and all your Republicans buddies.

Seeing how the next governor is going to have to close  Ohio’s billion dollar budget deficit and Kasich has said he won’t raise taxes all that leaves is taking an axe and chopping fat, bone, arteries and vital organs out the budget.   Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it!

In other words I predict the next few years in Ohio will be Draconian budget cuts and no new jobs. Will the last person leaving the state please turn off the lights?

But even worse for the Democrats is they will have no input into how the lines are drawn when the Republicans redraw the electoral boundaries.  When you lose ALL of the state offices, you lose any clout you have. That sucks for the Democrats, but when you get smoked like they did tonight you have to deal with the unhappy consequences.

Looking for an upside in Tuesday’s Democratic debacle? Yes, there were some good progressives swept out, but there were also some bad Blue Dogs  that were put down too.
These 16 DINOs (Democrats in Name Only) voted against the most recent extension of unemployment benefits.   They are part of the 27 Blue Dogs Democrats who were swept out by the Republican tide.

John Adler, D-N.J.
Brian Baird, D-Wash.
Melissa Bean, D-Ill.
Marion Berry, Blue Dog-Ark.
Bobby Bright, Blue Dog-Ala.
Travis Childers, Blue Dog-Miss.
Jim Cooper, Blue Dog-Tenn.
Joe Donnelly, Blue Dog-Ind.
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, Blue Dog-S.D.
Baron Hill, Blue Dog-Ind.
Frank Kratovil, Blue Dog-Md.
Betsy Markey, Blue Dog-Colo.
Jim Marshall, Blue Dog-Ga.
Walt Minnick, Blue Dog-Idaho
Glenn Nye, Blue Dog-Va.
Heath Shuler, Blue Dog-N.C.

Now with only Shuler, Cooper and Donnelly surviving to win their election (plus Berry and Baird retiring) the rest will be looking for a job.   Lotta luck, losers!

Good riddance to bad Democrats.   I’d rather have a real Republican than a fake Democrat. Better an enemy you know is against you than a “friend” who will turn on your when it’s politically expedient.

One analyst said the Democrats had two problems in this election.  One was Barack Obama who wasn’t on the ballot but plenty of older, White voters showed up to oppose him. The other problem was Barack Obama wasn’t on the ballot and didn’t bring out the young, Black and Latino voters who turned out in droves for him in 2008.

Nothing shocking is going to happen over the next two years. What did the GOP do when they last had control in both Houses of Congress? I’m sure the GOP will flex their muscles and slash the social safety net as much as possible to get their spending cuts and they will probably make good on their threat to defund NPR (which will make die-hard liberals spew their lattes) , but since they have already taken defense spending off the table and don’t have the stones to go after entitlements, there really aren’t many places for them go whacking away. They may posture and flex about curbing pork barrel spending through ending earmarks, but while that may what the Tea Party Republicans newbies are going to demand, the old school Republicans aren’t going to want to be denied their chance to feed at the troth.

"Let GO, Nancy! It's mine, dammit!"

I don’t profess to having any special insights into the workings of the incoming elephants, but I’m sure there will be some legislation introduced to weaken, water down or flat-out repeal healthcare reform, but Pelosi and Obama weren’t so stupid as to make it easy for a Republican Congress to turn around the train after it left the station. Their best hope is probably that John Roberts and the posse on the Supreme Court finds parts or all of healthcare reform unconstitutional.

Barring that, what I would expect is the Republicans to defund as much of healthcare as they can. They do control the power of the purse and they would be silly not to use it. If a few poor bastards die because they can’t get the treatment they would under Obama care, well, you can’t make a omlette without breaking some eggs, right?

Both the president and the Congress will make all the right noises about  trying to  “work together,” and finding “common ground” and of course, the dreaded “B” word, “bipartisan”  will be thrown around

Don’t believe any of it no matter who says it.

The 2012 election season starts in earnest next spring. NOTHING WILL GET DONE. The Republicans have no interest in doing Obama any favors that might get him reelected. Obama should know by now, the Republicans don’t want to make nice and his base is sick of him trying to work with Republicans.

As  Barack Obama found out, campaigning is easier than governing and now with victory comes responsibility for the Republicans to actually get things done. It’s not enough to win. Now the Republicans have to deliver on their agenda. Oh, sure they’ll make some procedural changes to how the House conducts its business and they will try to kill healthcare reform and they’re going to spend a lot of time launching pointless investigations for the sake of harassing the Obama Administration, but it’s all good.

Along with the opportunity to return to power comes an expectation the Republicans are going to get stuff DONE. As they say on the streets, “Shit just got real.”

In two years time, the sweetness of a smashing victory can turn into the bitterness of total defeat. Just ask Nancy Pelosi how it tastes.

The “X” Factor here is Obama. All the liberal pundits are saying he should pull a Clinton and move to the Right (or “the Center”). But that ignores the fact that 2010 is not 1996, Boehner is not as ideological as Gingrich, with Rahm Emanuel gone there is no Dick Morris type whispering in the president’s ear to “triangulate” and the GOP are not going to allow themselves to be used again as the springboard to Obama’s second term.

But no point in crying in your beer about it. They won, we lost. First rule of politics is if you can’t deal with a loss, you shouldn’t play the game.

I look for the opportunity in the adversity.   There may not seem to be one after this kind of ass-whipping, but trust me, it’s there.

A bummer for Obama.