I have so many thoughts and questions on world events jammed together in my little mind that I feel mentally constipated. I need to relieve myself of some of them or my head will burst, but where to begin the flow?
I’m not up to tackling the ISIS crisis, Ebola or even the Ukraine (remember when that was the big attention grabber ? Still, a near civil war brewing there in the western part with Putin playing his games, but it is a tired story, not quite hot enough at the moment to attract our public attention.)
Let’s look at the Senate race which is mildly interesting to me because I watch enough cable news to be ensnared into viewing the event like a horse race or football game and the “two teams” seem close enough to expect a good match tomorrow, even though the pundits are leaning towards a Republican victory.
Unlike those pundits, I don’t take it very seriously as it seems to me which ever party holds the Senate reins (which is like riding a bucking bronco), the familiar gridlock will continue. At the moment, I like the idea of a Republican victory simply because it should make for a more interesting next two years, as they would be in a position to actually develop shared legislation in both Houses. That would tie them down to their ideas instead of allowing them the luxury of a constant chorus of we’d do it better than Obama.
O. K. show us what you got.
I don’t think they’ve got much, frankly, and it is so much easier to agree in criticisms of Obama and the Democrats than actually agreeing among themselves on something specific to do. Really, do you think Ted Cruz could agree on much with anyone other than possibly his clone? That the Republican party can’t even govern itself might be revealed prior to the 2016 election and give the Democrats real governing power then, both Houses and the presidency, assuming typhoon Hilary doesn’t run out of wind by then through over exposure.
Of course, from a liberal perspective there are negatives if the Republicans win the Senate (they already control the House). For one, President Obama would likely have even less chance to accomplish much of anything the next two years, but how would that be so different than the last two?
Also, if a supreme court judge or two needs replacing over these next two years, for Obama to find someone who could get nominated and not add to the conservative majority of the court might be so hard, we’d have an eight (or less?) member court for awhile. And of course, with the Republicans controlling the committee chairs, Senate investigations of the Obama regime would multiply like dandy lions in an Illinois summer, vying for TV time with fellow House Republican Darrell Issa’s ongoing contemporary version of judgement at Nuremburg when it comes to all things Obama.
Maybe this all wouldn’t be so good for the country, but it figures to me more interesting to follow than two more years of largely the same boring political theater. I say: Let’s have some new boring political theater.
My attitude reminds me of something the romantic English poet John Keats wrote centuries ago. “What shocks the virtuous philosopher, delights the chameleon poet.”
I’m feeling poetic today. And a little less constipated now.