The voters have spoken, collectively speaking. So be it.
Once again the political climate in this country has shifted. The president's magic wand, apparently, isn't working fast enough. Fortunately, I honestly don't think anything of significance will change in the next two years after last night's political pardigm shift. Unfortunately, the current administration now has little to no hope of making any strides in the next two years, either. It will simply become a reverse case of holding a finger in the dam.
The real battle for liberals and proponents of change now rests on 2012. Last night was a setback, to be sure, but change is rarely overnight. I think even more than the conflicting idealogues, the real concern for the evening should be in the hate and fear on both sides. The constitution has become an exceptionally well-built bridge with way too many people on it. Even the strongest foundations are tested.
In any event, this blog is not politically oriented. At least, I hope it's not, so I'll not linger. I can say that I'm personally disappointed. I can also say that I'm not personally surprised. I've often heard that socialism only works on paper. Well, there is a case in saying the same thing for unbridled capitalism. Marx warned of this (Karl, not Groucho). This nation has an altogether remarkable history of putting the right people in the right place at the right time. Over the past 234 years it has been almost uncanny in the way that has worked out. Providential, one might say. The electorate, although deeply flawed, is like an airplane spinning out of control. It was discovered in the early twentieth century, much to everyone's dismay, that if left alone, it will right itself, often times after the pilot has ejected with his parachute. And so has been the case of this nation. Just when everything seems to be spinning out of control, the country rights itself. It happened in 1783, it happened in 1814, it happened in 1865, it happened in 1900, it happened in 1917, it happened in 1933, it happened in 1941, it happened in 1960, it happened in 1980, and it happened in 2008. It will happen again.
See you tomorrow.