What The Election Means

If this blog is your only source of news and you missed the events of Tuesday evening (and why isn't that the situation for everyone?), you are likely just finding out that in national elections, the Republicans made significant gains in the U.S. House (60+ seats), and nearly broke even in the Senate (50-46 in favor of the Democrats, so far).

So, what does this Democratic "shellacking" mean for you? Me? Them? Everybody. Everybody.

Mark my word: nothing.

If I learned one thing from watching the returns come in on Tuesday night, it is that most Republicans don't have a f**king clue any more than Democrats do. In several instances, high-ranking members of the GOP (Eric Cantor, Michele Bachmann, et al) were asked point-blank, "specifically, what programs will you cut from the federal budget to help decrease the deficit?"

Each and every time, the Republican punted.

With the help (and hindrance) of the Tea Party movement, the GOP has once again regained control of the House of Representatives. And, like 1994, this will most likely mean more partisan gridlock in Congress (which, incidentally, is how the Founders designed it). This is not necessarily a bad thing...

With any luck, Republicans will actually try to cut spending in consequential areas (hello? defense anyone?) as well as discretionary spending. Without doing so, we will continue to go down the same path toward fiscal insanity. And, as you may recall, Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

This is what the Congress has been doing for the last half of a century, bickering over fiscal prudence for our country, but not doing anything of genuine consequence to fix things.

I have little doubt that the (EVIL!) Obama agenda will now be far more difficult to pass, what with the House being in Republican control. This will, no doubt, make Republicans extremely happy. However, it should also be noted that for all of the Republican talk of "repealing Obamacare", that's not going to happen either. The question that remains (for me) is what will happen to Republicans in 2012? Surely the anger at government will not have dissipated by then.

My guess is that Americans will still be crawling out of the recession, and still be as angry as ever at the perceived do-nothing government. The problem for Republicans is in the bleak future, they cannot lay all of the blame squarely on the President, or generally on the Democrats, as they have in this cycle.

The bottom line is that I will be very surprised if any progress is made in the Democrats' agenda. However, the silver lining for the Democrats is that they will be able to return to referencing the GOP as "The Party Of No".

It seems to be more of the same sh*t, just with many seats having switched party control.