Blogs » Politcs Plus » Tomorrow's night bloodbath or a weather term of your choice



I expect the GOP to gain anywhere from 55-65 seats in the House of Representatives and about 6 to 8 seats in the senate. Tuesday night will be a very good night for republicans. Congratulations, but I'm reminded of what a former Dallas cowboy running back Duane Thomas said when a reporter asking if playing in the Super Bowl was the ultimate, he answered" They'll play another one next year; won't they?" I'm paraphrasing... but we still have a lame duck session to complete. Will the old democratic majority punt or try to complete some unfinished business, such as voting on the Bush tax cuts and DADT?

This midterm election is important because what is happening in the state races because the winning parties will redraw the lines in accordance with the new census. That's right, it's time for some new creative gerrymandered districts...."The word gerrymander (originally written Gerry-mander) was used for the first time in the Boston Gazette newspaper on March 26, 1812. The word was created in reaction to a redrawing of Massachusetts state senate election districts under the then governor Elbridge Gerry (pronounced /ˈɡɛri/; 1744-1814). In 1812, Governor Gerry signed a bill that redistricted Massachusetts to benefit his Democratic-Republican Party. When mapped, one of the contorted districts in the Boston area was said to resemble the shape of a salamander. The exact author of the term gerrymander may never be definitively established. It is widely believed by historians that Federalist newspaper editors Nathan Hale, Benjamin and John Russell were the instigators, but the historical record gives no definitive evidence who created or uttered the word for the first time.[1] The term was a portmanteau of the governor's last name and the word salamander"........ This will last for another 10 years and then we'll go through the process again.

If the republicans win 65 house seats and 8 senate seats, they still won't have the 358 votes needed to override a presidential veto. With 65 new seats the GOP will have 245 members and the democrats will have 190, in the senate the democrats will have 51 senators and republicans 49. The GOP won't have the 79 seat majority the democrats had in the house or the 10 seat majority in the senate but they have been known to get things done with a small majority voting as a monolithic party. It was pretty easy to predict these numbers before the election because 49 congressional seats held by democrats were in conservative districts that John McCain won and 14 others were in districts that president Obama won by less than ~4%. This will leave the house in the hands of the liberal caucus and the moderate senate democrats will have to make some calculating and uneasy votes. This election is about the next election.

The republican leaders have made it loud and clear that they will not compromise, so it's going to be very interesting to see how they will govern or if they will. There's talk that they will not fund health care and shut down the government if necessary. Mitch McConnell and John Boehner have said they will wait for the recommendations of president Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform before submitting their agenda.

It will be interesting to see what the solution for jobs will be because the CEO of Coca-Cola,Muhtar Kent told CNN's GPS host Fareed Zaharia that the job market won't improve for another seven years. Former IBM CEO Lou Gerstner,Alcoa's Klaus Klienfied, and Google's Eric Schmidt echoed the sentiments of Jack Welch; by saying that even when companies come up to full strength they will only hire about half of what they had before the financial meltdown. The four CEOs were on Fareed's show to give their insights on what will be necessary to restore the American dream. They all agreed that government does have a role but it should be in the line of investing in the new innovations because it's time that we admit ,that we cannot compete in the low wage manufacturing jobs. We need to retrain our workforce for the jobs of tomorrow and keep the engineers and scientists here on student or work visas because we're not graduating enough scientists and engineers to compete globally. Eric Schmidt said most of our ideas came shortly after WWII and during our race to get to the moon.

I never thought I would be inspired by a comedian; especially at my age. I didn't even the think I would watch most of Jon Stewart's “Rally to Restore Sanity" but I watched about two hours and to my surprise I really enjoyed it. I've been a Jon Stewart fan for years but didn't know what to expect. I thought it was going to be a partisan rally or at least a "get out the vote" rally but it was more of entertainment and a good summation by Jon Stewart... Even if you don't like Jon Stewart, you have to admit he had to have guts to pull this off because he didn't send out mailers nor advertise the event to any great extent, but still people showed up in great numbers. He made it a point that we work together every day despite our differences and to only call those people that really work hard for it; terrorist or racists. He said that the only place where people don't work together is in Washington and on cable TV. How long will his message last? I don't know but I know I'm not going to spend a lot of my time micromanaging the latest move by the republicans; it's their time in the sun; let them bask in it.

I did like the sign that read “Think outside the Fox.”