Wednesday, November 05, 2014

The Midterm Debacle

As I mentioned last night, this debacle was more a referendum on Obama than it was in favor of the GOP.

It's going to be business as usual on the federal level, with the divided government guaranteed to be more about doing nothing to benefit the rest of us who aren't in the top one percent of the top one percent unless it is to screw us over in order to benefit that tiny elite.

The election took place amid widespread public hostility to both corporate-controlled parties, with dismal poll numbers for President Obama and the congressional leadership on both sides of the aisle. The $4 billion expended to promote one party and vilify the other served only to further alienate the population from the entire political structure.

In nearly all the closely contested Senate contests, both the Republican and Democratic candidates were regarded unfavorably by a majority of voters. The same was true in most of the closely contested races for state governor.

Voter turnout rose in a handful of the most closely contested states, but fell below previous record lows in many states. Voter participation by young people fell particularly sharply. Barely one-third of eligible voters went to the polls in California, the most populous state.

That isn't "democracy" in action but widespread contempt for the sham that is the two-party system in the United States.

People know it's a sham, but they are at all loss what to do about it.


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