Wednesday, November 03, 2010

 

Republicans Sweep Aside a President who has been Unfairly Condemned

It's too early to know the full extent of the Democrat's drubbing in the US Mid-Term elections but it looks like a loss of 60 seats in the wholly re-elected House of Representatives and a grim holding on to a majority in the Senate by just one seat. A far cry from the euphoria we can so well remember in 2008. As a left of centre Brit I mourn this result as bad for them and bad for us and the world as a whole.

It seems clear that the difference has been substantially contributed by the Tea Party movement and by disillusioned Democrats who felt Obama had not gone far enough in his reforms. Personally I am baffled by both phenomena. The Tea Party was examined Monday evening by Andrew Neil on BBC2 and what an astonishing difference in political culture it revealed! There is no doubt these people are angry with all politicians and feel Obama has become a mortal enemy. One third of Americans, according to survey evidence believe Obama is a Muslim, despite all evidence to the contrary. TP activists cheerfully asserted he was not born in USA and therefore an illegitimate president. When Neil pointed out his birth certificate said otherwise, it was dismissed as a fake. They also cheerfully compared Obama to Stalin, the nazis and Hitler despite Neill pointing out such a discussion in a true 'tyanny' would never be allowed in the first place.

But what really amazed me was the televisual style of Glen Beck, the Fox news presenter- who has allegedly made $35m from his show- and the trick he seems to have of weeping at will. I have never seen such prodigal lachrymosity, even in a young child. His ability to blub to order would be seen as absurd in our culture yet it has made him an icon on the far right in USA. But it's not just him; another activist had tears rolling down his cheeks when Neil suggested the TP movement was to some extent a covert racist attack on a balck president.

As for his Democrat 'supporters' I cannot begin to believe what their guy could have done to please them. He has reformed financial regulation, introduced a historic health care system, which has eluded US presidenmts from Teddy Roosevelt onwards, and presided over a stimulus package which has saved the US economy from imploding. Of course it's the last factor which has been crucial. Voters seldom respond to something unpleasant which has NOT been allowed to happen and incumbent governments almost almost carry the can for things which happen on their watch, even if the economic crisis and huge job losses happened chiefly under the Bush regime.

So I'm depressed about what has happened and, as always, baffled by a political culture so alien to our own despite our common language. My hope is that: the the maverick Tea Partiers will prove an embarrassment for the Republicans as the defeated Christine O'Donnell did and Sarah Palin probably will; they will now have to take some resonsibility for managing the economy and will not be able to slag off Obama's efforts automatically any longer; that the economy will turn around by 2012 when the next president is elected; and that the healthcare reforms will finally become appreciated by then by people who might otherwise have died had they not been covered by health insurance.

Comments:
You are so totally off your rocker it is almost unbelievable! But there again, you do not understand the UK political environment, so how could you possibly understand the US?
The people have spoken, you may think they are idiots but this is not the case. Obama tried to take the US too far to the left, the result he got his rear end well and truly kicked!
You may not agree and as you have shown, you do not like it, but that is what democracy is all about.
Harden up princess of the left and get a real life!
 
THIS IS WHAT A DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE. THIS IS WHAT THE PEOPLE OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO DO TO ITS GOVERNMENT: GIVE IT AN ALMIGHTY KICKING WHEN IT GOES OFF THE RAIL.
 
I hope for their sake the defeated Democrats draw a different conclusion from their defeat than you have.

Stunning gains for the Republicans, and well deserved. The Democrats had huge advantages in both houses and the White House, and the people have rightly judged their efforts to boost the economy to be inadequate. The Republicans only have control of the House for now, so I expect they can do little more than block some of the loony ideas from our coloured friend who claims to have been born in Hawaii.

As for the beleaguered 'President'. I won't even go into why he has failed, but it was all so inevitable. This is what happens when you elect a man with no experience and empty headed slogans like 'hope' and 'change'. He's done and this result ensures that he can do no further damage. The Republicans need to choose which of their colleagues will be President in two years...a big decision, because this person will have the job of reversing the American decline and dismantling the absolutely un-American big state solutions that have failed so utterly.
 
Anon
It's David Morris isn't it? I really thought ther gentlemen in white coats would have found you by now.
 
Where to start ?

As with so many other things, Skip, you are wrong.

This is the real David Morris, who as fearless hammer of the left, never comments or posts anonymously.

The emergence of an apparently new type of politico from the shining beacon of democracy that is Chicago must have had the equivalent of a political wet dream to those of you living the dream of fringe socialism outside the U.S.

However, the hopey-changey thing took a kick in the gonads yesterday as America gave Obama a monster drubbing. It's not just Medicare that's angered the voters; it's the whole QE, Ferdy and Freddy, Chinese goods, derivatives, trillions and tax thing that's putting the needle in. The Banksters on Wall Street and Washington have failed Middle America, and what's worse, MA is going to have to bear increased taxes for about a hundred years to pay for it. And you wonder why they are teed off ?

Andrew Neil's tour of the Tea Party earlier this week confirmed that it's Tea Parties plural, a protest movement agglomerating at local level, self-defining, but with one tremendous and simple unifying tenet - that Big State & Gov America must be stopped in its tracks.

Oh yea, I can see why you would be upset
to see that happening.

Kind regards

BTW - why is it always the left who harbour & feed resentment. I'm with Tony Greig on this - a grudge is where one parks ones' car.

Kind regards
 
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