My sleep-deprived brain is just racing with thoughts on this cloudy November morning in Milwaukee.
Most Promising Moment for the Future: The rights of women were advanced, as they now will hold nearly 20 seats in the 100-seat U.S. Senate. Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin became the first female U. S. Senator from our state and Claire McGaskill came from behind to win.
Two Republicans who originally had large margins in their campaigns were up-ended mainly because of insensitive remarks they made about rape during their campaign: Todd Akin in Missouri and Mourdock in Indiana.
Notice to politicians: Remember women make up 52% of the voting population. Women didn’t win the right to vote until 1920, but now they’re making their voices heard.
Funniest Moment on TV News Casts Tuesday night: Karl Rove, GOP premier strategist and the wunderkind of the George W. Bush, era tried to regain credibility as he continued to say Mitt Romney was going to not only win Ohio, but the election, even as all the Networks, including his own at Fox News, were projecting President Obama the winner in Ohio, thus putting the President over the magical 270 vote total and reassuring his election.
While the Fox News anchors stoically announced the result, Rove continued to theorize how Romney’s vote still would climb due to missing precincts in the rural areas of Ohio. To convince him, Fox News put on an elaborate charade with the camera’s following Megyn Kelly, the anchor, announcer down several hallways to the Fox decision room where dozens of analysts were pouring over computers. There the lead analysts plainly said they stood comfortably behind their projection of an Obama victory in Ohio and the nation. View the video clip.
The decision room people were clearly pros at their work, something all decision-makers need. Rove, however, continued to be clouded by his own dreamy reality and in spite of their reassurance plodded onward for a while with his cockamamie theorizing. For complete report on this incident, click here.
Most Sobering Realization: The Republicans maintained control of the House of Representatives and the Democrats still don’t have enough votes in the Senate to overturn GOP filibustering, an art their party leaders have mastered over the last four years. President Obama may have won a convincing victory – and the GOP lost several Senate races they once considered to be theirs – but their leaders remained adamant in Congress.
Senate Leader Mitch McConnell flat out said the President must show bi-partisanship by accepting the Republican positions on key items like taxes, cuts to entitlements and defense spending. The GOP continues to peddle the fiction that they have been open to compromise, while the record of the past four years documents that President Obama made plenty of overtures across the aisle, even adopting many Republican ideas – like the mandates in Obamacare which come out of an earlier playbook of the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation and from Romney’s own Massachusetts health care plan. President Obama will have a difficult four years ahead.
Most Joyful Development: The election of the first openly gay U.S. Senator (Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin) and the passage of four statewide referenda supporting gay marriages in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington. How far the nation has come in accepting gay rights in some 20 years is astounding. Remember the heat President Clinton got when “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” went into effect, and that measure was totally flawed!
Sadly, the country is split on this issue, with the four states passing it all being in the North. But gay rights have moved forward in this nation.
Most Disappointing Result: Republicans regained control of the Wisconsin State Senate, giving them carte blanche to do what ever they want. If they maintain the strict party discipline they exhibited in Gov. Walker’s first two years, they will be unstoppable. In early morning interviews, Republican leaders seemed bound and determined to pass legislation assisting business in doing away with regulations that protect the public and employees, trimming business taxes even further and cutting back on state aid to municipalities. In addition, Republicans are set to pass mining legislation that would begin the denuding of the forestlands and vacation spots in the North. The 18-15 GOP margin in the Senate would mean Sen. Dale Schultz of Richland Center would need to find at least one other GOPer to join with him in seeking balanced mining legislation.
The Republicans legislated their way to victory by redistricting seats for the Legislature in such a way that makes it difficult for Democrats to seize control in the immediate future. Dark times may be ahead for Wisconsin’s working people if they succeed in their pro-business, anti-consumer and anti-worker agenda.
Most Welcome Realization: No more robo calls.
By Ken Germanson, Milwaukee, Nov. 7, 2012