Respectfully, to some posting here, I would argue that it’s not just the economy or swing vote, its more like, the stupid – for willful ignorance is a dangerous thing. The majority of the electorate, for apathy or disdain, refuses to do their homework. They are ignorant of past voting records of incumbents, never mind pending legislation. And, here we go again, because Party leadership did not foretell the possibilities, nor did they push…correction, shove back on their ring-wing opponents for solid, alternative solutions and remained largely on the defensive.
“If, realistically, taxes cannot be cut, exactly which programs will you target to suffer revenue ‘adjustments’?”
“How is Federal spending reduced without affecting an infrastructure that supports over 310 million people?”
“Why won’t Republicans work with the President and other members of Congress to expedite job growth?”
Reasonable questions all, but no doubt the next sound one would have heard was crickets, because the right either doesn’t know, or will not tell. On November 3, 2008, had President-elect Obama forewarned the recession might last three to four years, would yesterday’s result have been different? Hard to say, but such a declaration right out of the gate may have at least mentally prepared the country to hunker down, and, suck it up. A cynical, even defeatist stance to some, but I prefer to think a sooner recovery would have made Mr. Obama wrong, in the most positive light.
America, divided again in 2010, is obliged to suffer a government that for pride and power – cannot get out of its own way. It is necessary for Massachusetts Dems to network with colleagues throughout the country, beginning now. What works in here may not in fact be effective everywhere, but communication inspires ideas.
Voters have to be educated, and Dems must do whatever necessary to encourage them.
My motto: Engage, not enrage.