Originally Posted by Domi
I cringe at the thought of the House and Senate being made up of nothing but far left and right wingers but we are rapidly approaching that day.
Domi, I couldn't agree more. As a fourth generation Republican, I an saddened by the defeat of Lugar as he believed in what this country needs most of all: Bi-partisian agreements.
Unfortunately, we are headed in the opposite direction. We are headed to a polarized government where nothing CAN get done because both sides have their far side nuts in charge.
Unfortunately the far right side of the Republican party, spured by nuts like Limbaugh, Hannity & Beck, think they can control the government and pass their agenda. And when they can't...they back themselves into a corner and refuse to discuss any "compromise." (and don't get me wrong, the far left members of the Democrats led by Pelosi and that lady from Florida are just as bad...the only difference is they don't have near as many seats right now as the Right wing Republicans.)
There is a great website called "270 to Win" and you can use it to look at scenerios for the Presidential election and the Senate elections. It will also allow you to flip states to see how many seats Republicans can win in the Senate.
I have looked realistically at the elections and flipped states to who I think is likely to win the Senate seats. It is pretty much a given that Republicans should win a majority in the Senate BUT there is no way for them to get to 60 seats. The most optimistic map I have made for Republicans show them with only 55 at the most. Without 60 seats, the Democrats will do the same delaying tactics that the Republicans have done during this term and the Senate will grind to a halt as it is currently. Will Republicans use the "nuclear option" and get ride of the Fillibuster?? Only if they want to look really stupid. (and remember...they won't always have a majority).
Looking at the Presidential race... it looks to be close and, unfortunately, I feel Obama may win a second term. If there is a Republican controlled Congress and Democratic President, it will be total gridlock as Republicans will not have enough seats in either house to over ride the veto.
So that brings us back to Lugar and members of Congress like him.... compromise would be needed but the radical members of both parties will not allow that to happen.
I fear this election is going to leave the country with its worst government in history and will lead us to total collapse due to its inability to compromise and work together.
The other problem is that neither party has a strong enough leader to stand up and say this is how it needs to be done. Obama has become a big chicken... afraid of making anybody mad. He won't compromise because it will upset the far left of his party. He won't use the entire power of the Presidency to put forth his parties entire agenda because it will alienate the Independent voters. So he is stuck in the middle. The only thing he is doing is making the situation worse by encouraging class warfare. Stop talking about the "rich Americans" and the "poor Americans" and refer to all of them as "Americans." By attempting to pit the classes against each other all he is doing is further pushing both sides away from the middle and away from potential compromise.