|(not so) Brief thoughts
||[Jan. 19th, 2010|10:11 pm]
So looks like Massachusetts is a bit more republican right now, and to that I say "Eh" and here is why.|
1) The Senate is now 59/41 so the only way things are not going to get passed is if almost all republicans are against everything, which I can't imaging that would happen on the normal run of the mill type legislation.
2) Brown will only have the seat 2.5 years until re-election, if he goes crazy conservative (or even awkwardly conservative) there's not a snowballs chance that he'll win again.
3) For the health bill, the house can just approve the senate version (which I prefer myself) which the president can then sign. Kinks of said bill can be worked out later, which will get more support then the bill as a whole.
4) There are going to be at least 10(?) senate seats open this fall (4 formerly democratic, 6 republican, IIRC) so it could swing either way.
As a last bit, I don't think this is a real "referendum" on the president, from what I saw it was a case of someone very good at politics vs. someone who really sucked at it. Yes, there was some of the vote reflected the state of the economy, and how people think about health care, etc. but I think I can get 25 analyst to give you 25 different tea readings on this one.
Anyways, I'm sure they're will be some hyperventilating and people saying the president has failed or something stupid like that. However, let's not forget that the "supermajority" was tenuous at best, so the talking heads for the next week or so will be extrapolating way to much. In the future at worst there is going to be a lot of digging of heels into the sand. At best there will be more compromise which should that help the country as a whole.
For me, since I can't do anything about said outcome, I'm going back to trying to graduate, and I'm going to donate another $10 to the Red Cross, because that's something I can affect.