I’m writing this from a hotel room in blustery, snowy northwest Wisconsin this morning after covering s sporting event for my newspaper/media group. I say this because I have been without TV service for the past few months, so yesterday was the first time I could sit down and flip channels for a while.
Given the fact there were election ads on for every single commercial it seemed during the local news, I’m glad I’ve gone sans television, at least until the election is over. One half-night was more than enough for me.
But the flip side is it leaves you disconnected from what’s going on in the campaign and quite frankly I’m starting not to care about the whole thing. Busy at work and the pleasant distraction of the University of Wisconsin football team this fall has added to it as well. This is not true in all races. I wish I could have done more to help Mike Krsiean, the independent conservative running for the House in my home district in Wisconsin but I have not the time nor money to do anything really extensive. Certainly a Tom Tancredo win would be a political earthquake and still fit the independent conservative profile. A B.J. Lawson win in North Carolina would be huge too because he’s one of the few candidates running a Ron Paul Republican campaign not even his son wishes to partake in. And of course, who wouldn’t want to see Nancy Pelosi go down to RPer John Dennis?
And that’s why, even if the GOP wins back control of Congress for example, it doesn’t look like it will mean a whole lot, except in one respect which I will ponder in separate post. Conservatives should know by now after 30 years winning elections doesn’t always mean what you think it does. Certainly 30 years ago one would have not expect the America of today compared to back then.
There are some GOP candidates who are taking a skeptical view towards interventionism which is a good thing albeit limited. There are Democrats who won’t be toadies to the White House if elected, also a good thing if they were more consistent, regional and coherent in their views. But for the most part Republican wins will be based in large part on disatisfaction with bad economy and tribal loyalty, not on anything they could really base a mandate on. It’s disappointing not to see candidates calling to “End the Fed” and its disappointing to see foreign policy play zero role in the campaign, giving the Obama Administration a pass to do what it wants. There was an opportunity for a broader based campaign which could have swept the board with real victories and led to real action in the next Congress. The GOP may still do so if the turnout models are right or it could be they simply gain back the ground they gave up in 2006 and 2008 leaving us back to square one and next two years basically a waste of time.