High in the Department of Cold Comfort is Gary Younge's analysis in the Guardian that it really wasn't a wave election for the GOPers, the Dems didn't lose as badly as it seems, etc.
Or that (according to New York Magazine) liberal candidates lost while liberal policies won. Or that a numbers analysis shows that GOPers did not disturb the Obama base very much.
Or that "Denton, Texas became the first city in Texas to ban fracking with a locally led ballot initiative. Two counties in California did the same. Richmond, California defied massive spending from Chevron to elect a Mayor ready to take on Big Oil in their backyard," according to 350.org.
That's about all the analysis I'm going to read, frankly. Yes, the demographic and historical deck was stacked against the Democrats. Yes, the billionaires bought themselves a Congress and more states, bought themselves noise and turmoil to upset the confrontation with the climate crisis, as well as other matters.
Did it make any difference in the end that Democrats were timid, running on tested single issues and running away from their President? Maybe not, but it's going to matter now. Does anybody know what Democrats stand for? I guess we'll find out. But I am sure that today would feel better if Dems had gone down fighting FDR style, i.e. "I welcome their hate."
Maybe the numbers will show that President Obama pulling back from action on immigration didn't hurt Dems in the end, but I suspect it's going to hurt from now on. Timid Democrats kept Obama quiet, which didn't work out too well. He and we missed the chance to define what matters and what's really happening, with the ultra-rich fossil fuel magnates, the Koch Brothers and their ilk, buying turmoil and killing the future. It doesn't look like that electoral chance is coming again soon, not with the likely candidates for 2016.
The best news was that "President Obama did not appear chastened" by the outcome. 2015 is going to be a very important year for the future, it's going to be a lot more difficult now, but it will be all but lost if President Obama loses courage and leadership.
So we woke up to a nightmare country, with Tailgunner Ted as Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate. It turns out that Tailgunner Joe McCarthy was actually a vampire, and he's got a promotion.
to become governor of Pennsylvania. Or something like that.
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