by Mr. Universe
Polls and pundits alike are predicting at least a Republican House takeover in November. Nate’s goobernatorial model came out today and he predicts a 30 seat Repblican control in Governor races. Considering that there are only 37 Governor’s races this year, that’s big. Many of these races are in the midwest and the south so, while not surprising, it is a significant change of political landscape. So is this a real trend or just a reflex reaction?
I suspect it’s the latter.
Has it been that long ago since Bush was in office? Has our long term memory diminished that much due to hard economic issues that confront us immediately? Maybe we got the change we wanted and thought we could relax and let Obama steer the ship. Well we didn’t exactly expell the brigands from the bridge yet, have we?
Personally, I have been pretty happy with the current administrations efforts. If anything, I think they haven’t done enough. But I understand that change is often a matter of degrees and it often involves a lot of compromise (though I think that the Republicans have hidden behind the guise of compromise for too long).
Things suck right now. They’re not terrible but the credit card companies are being bigger jerks than ever, banks won’t give you any money love, and it’s just hard to stay employed. So yeah, I’d like for that to change. Change. There’s that word again. I campaigned for that back in 2008. Things aren’t changing fast enough for my tastes. But I think it’s important to remember what the administration has been doing. They were left with a steaming pile on the oval office desk when they took control. I’m not surprised that they have had to spend the bulk of their time just maintaining the status quo because in September of 2008 it looked like we were in the barrel headed for Niagra Falls.
So my point is this. Change doesn’t happen overnight. It is an ongoing process. We cannot afford to be complacent now because, come November, the change we voted for could revert to the way it was. Is that what we really want?
I think it’s time to rock the vote again. Campign, cajole, rant, inform, and vote; dammit. It’s more important than ever before. You voted for change two years ago. Don’t blow it now.