The 2010 elections offered no great surprises. A few tightly contested races went to the Democrats, but for the most part we live a in very red country right now.
The Republican party is being held hostage by the Tea Party, with those in office being put on record that they will be targeted if they don’t tow the line. People like Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin are holding court, even though they are not in office. If I were a reasonable, intelligent Republican right now, I might be feeling fairly isolated.
Instead I am a retired Democrat, breathing a sigh of relief that my job can no longer be abolished as the Republicans try to shrink the government. I just hope they have no plans of targeting my pension as part of the reduction scheme.
I am rather discouraged about the state of our government. The era of the real statesman seems to be bygone. Instead we are left with elected officials who constantly put party ahead of doing the right thing. Where climate change is still openly denied. Where many would abolish the line between church and state.
Past experience says things will once again swing the other way when the majority of voters realize the new guys don’t have the answers either. This election was mostly about saying the status quo sucks, not about offering up a viable way to fix it.