Isn’t it nice to know things for sure? We in the bunker have spent months cowering and wondering and darting around suspiciously, anxious about what was going to happen on Nov. 6. Big Day. The only poll that matters. And now it’s happened! All of it. Except for the Florida Uncertainty Principle, all is known.
E.J. Dionne Jr. reads some tea leaves. Now that the election has actually happened, we can finally obsess over what’s going to happen after it. Dionne argues that the trend of triumphant lefty candidates and issues means that the Republican Party can no longer claim to have public support in its refusal to compromise with President Obama. Taxes might increase somewhere, somehow! Politicians might have to stop deliberately insulting women, young people, urban dwellers and minorities! We might take the filibuster off cruise control!
But commenters are not so certain the bitter argument has actually been settled in Obama’s favor, not just yet. Readers either see this election as potentially snowballing into winning the argument Dionne cites — the real revolution is yet to come — or they simply don’t think this was enough to force cooperation. Oh, PostScript loves the concept of forced cooperation.
Many commenters won’t consider the argument settled without one more push for Democrats:
SMS45’s push is filibuster reform:
Harry Reid is intent on changing the filibuster rules. It only takes a simple majority. It’s a new ballgame. Hillary will finish the job in 2017.
Liam-still is the Senate minority leadership:
The Republican Party should pick a new Senate Minority Leader, since Mitch McConnell is even a bigger loser today than Mitt Romney is.
boblesch wants it all:
A new tax code - so we can all understand it? Peace - so we can spend our money on people rather [than] more, bigger and better killing machines? Campaign finance reform - so policy can’t be purchased? Cooperation - so we can stop fighting with each other?
underhill, speaking on behalf of Democrats, says the push will be more elections:
We absolutely must have higher turnout in the off year elections, or we will have 2010 again in 2014...must get larger numbers to the polls in the off year elections.
oldngrumpy1 wants the push to be reform of state-run elections:
President Obama hinted with “We gotta do something about that” when remarking on long lines at polling places in Dem districts. I hope he makes some headway toward limiting just how far a state’s leadership can stretch the law to give advantage to its party. We expect politics to be dirty and opportunist between candidates as one of our national pastimes, but no one wants the voter removed from the process.
thomasdj thinks the push needs to be in the conservative media/adviser group:
You’d think after all rightwing “pundits” foolishly predicted a Romney win (even a landslide), including Michael Barone, Rush Limbaugh, and Dick Morris, rightwingers might step back and say, “Perhaps I should rethink my primary source of news.” Fox and Limbaugh are putting out “poor product,” with horrific consequences for the nation. The market forces rightwingers claim to so dearly love ought to put all of them out of business.
And many commenters think gridlock shall continue its glorious reign:
EnPleinAir argues that the mainstream GOP held the House pretty easily:
Hard to argue it was a repudiation of the House. I would think that if it was a true GOP repudiation, that more than the nut-fringe guys like Akin and Mourdock would have been replaced.
cb11 also thinks a faction of the Republican Party, not the whole thing, will have to reshape itself:
I think this election was a repudiation not of Republicans in general but of the psuedo conservative caucus that has been running that railroad. They can keep the House two years from now if they clean house. It remains to be seen whether they have the guts to do it.
Exactly. Considering that few if any of the 2010 Republican congressional gains were rolled back, I see no political reason for either side to budge from the positions they’ve held for the past 2 years. I think we will have gridlock until the 2014 congressional election at least.
aaronweiner says this election preserves the status quo:
Obama’s re-election means nothing if the House of Representatives continues to delegitimize the Presidency. It would be nice if this did settle any argument, but the GOP must allow the argument to be settled on their side.
and Registered Independent brings it home:
The Republicans still control the House of Representatives by a forty seat majority. Another 4 years of gridlock, coming right up.
Whew. PostScript’s gonna order in some more emergency provisions for the bunker. Enough for, say, four more years.