Politics/Law/Government

Hopes for today's elections

There’s a big difference between what I expect to happen during today’s elections and what I hope will happen, with most of my expectations focused on the federal elections and my hopes on the local and state elections here in Colorado. Here’s a quick rundown. Feel free to add your own hopes in the comments.

I hope that Hickenlooper wins the Colorado governor race and that Dan Maes wins just barely less than 10%. That would mean the GOP is a minority party next election, which would cause all sorts of crazy things to happen in CO in two years.

I hope that every proposition in Colorado (three anti-tax propositions surreptitiously funded by TABOR’s Douglas Bruce plus the anti-abortion, anti-woman “personhood” proposition) except 102 gets voted down, and I just don’t care much about 102 either way.

I hope that either the Democrat or Murkowski wins in Alaska. It’ll be a vote against the influence of Palin and those like her, and that’s always a good thing in my book.

I hope that the Democrats retain control of the Senate.

I hope that Props 23 and 26 (both are climate related) in California are defeated.

I hope that California’s Prop 19 (legalizing pot) is approved. Having the most populous state in the US legalize pot would throw decades of drug war into a tailspin, and that would be a very good thing.

And part of me hopes that the Tea Party overwhelmingly wins in the House, because having one house of Congress controlled by uncompromising ideologues for two years might just show the country just how bad having the Tea Party in power would really be. In a “be careful what you wish for – you just might get it” kind of way.

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  1. As I think about my hopes, I realize that I’m not sure I really have any. Hoping that the rabid batshit wing loses, for instance, means that I hope, by default, that the Dems retain power. But today’s Dems are basically Republicans – corporatist to the core, with nary a progressive in sight.

    It’s like hoping you only get shot three times instead of ten.

    Cynical? You betcha.

    • So broaden your hopes beyond Dem vs. Rep. I did above, and there’s votes being cast all around the country today that are independent of political party. Like Prop 62 (personhood for zygotes), for example. You can’t tell me that your cynicism has spread so far that you no longer care about whether THAT passes or fails.

      OK, you can tell me that, but you’d never get me to believe it.

  2. If Fox News takes the house, then they have to be able to show something for their efforts two years from now. I’m not convinced those guys can do anything but complain. I always thought the two party system was a bad idea, since it makes life to easy for politicians. “What am I for? Whatever he’s against!” Not a lot of deep reasoning necessary for that kind of thinking. So now we have a one party system: democrats and Fox News. How do you beat a network that has no regard for the truth? Through advertising! I’m still working on the details.

  3. Brian, I’ll share your hopes there and even entertain the prospect of letting Americans reap what the Tea Party has sown, figuring in democracies the people generally get the government they deserve. But the bottom-line reason people are voting for the “other party” – whichever party is out of power – is because the economy sucks.

    In two years unemployment will be back to mid-single digits and voters will be less inclined to vote incumbents out. I’m guessing the Tea Partiers will do a Michelle Bachmann; say a lot of insane, inflammatory things that will get a lot of press and campaign donations, which will be enough to reelect them in a decent economic climate.

    And here is a flamebait/parting shot: Cynics defer to others the work of finding solutions to major problems. Because why put effort into something that is going to fail, right?

    • Djerrid – I think the idea that unemployment will be down that much in the next 2 years is wishful thinking. I hope you’re right, but I expect that unemployment will be right about where it is today.

  4. It certainly sounds like my state will be swept by the GOP this year. I’m dejectedly expecting it. The interesting thing will be if the proposition passes or not. Today we voted on whether or not we’ll convene a constitutional convention, including special elections for delegates and then another referendum to approve the theoretical, new constitution. If it passes, the next year or so of state politics will be pointless.

    I voted “no” even though i’m not philosophically opposed to the idea. I just don’t trust that the process wouldn’t end up being controlled by special interests and devolve into the worst sort of political bullshit. Still, i almost voted “yes” based on the idea that the GOP will sweep the state offices…why not hamstring the bastards?

    Hope for Prop 19 in CA, though for residents not much will change if it fails. I just want to see the issue blown the fuck up. And a constitutional crisis over weed would be hilarious.

  5. Haha…it’s almost like 1994 all over again.

    Any bets one what lesson the Democratic Party takes from this? I’m going to go with it not realizing that shitting on the base leads it to stay home; instead, it will come to the conclusion that it must become more Republicanesque to win elections.

  6. I could not agree more with your last hope, Brian. Let those true patriots see what it’s like, both the elected reps and the base. Let them get a great big dose of reality – let them see just how far uncompromising ideology takes them when they don’t produce instant results. We’ll survive.

  7. Well, at least we won’t have to worry about Social Security being an issue during the 2012 cycle…i’m sure it will be gone by then.