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I hope Ed Koch is wrong, if only for one reason: the difficulty of getting anyone less than a Right Wing Mega-Corporatist Crank on the Supreme Court (should the occasion for a nomination arise) if the GOP takes the Senate.
Otherwise, I’m ambivalent. Even with a GOP House there won’t be enough of a Nutjob majority to pass truly crazy-ass legislation, and what may get puked forth from Capitol Hill from January 2011 through October 2012 won’t have enough support to override a Veto.
Anyway, here are excerpts of what Ed Koch says (on Huffington Post), with which I can’t help but agree (here’s the entire column, by the way:
“[M]any pundits state that Democrats will preserve their control of the Senate because the Republican Party has undermined itself by fielding whacko and semi-whacko candidates from the “Tea Party” wing or otherwise offering inferior candidates. . . Without being able to cite statistics that support my view, I nevertheless predict the Republicans will also take the Senate.”
“Why would intelligent voters leave the Democratic Party that they endorsed so heavily two years ago in the 2008 presidential election? The reason is obvious – deep, deep disappointment in the record of President Obama. The President has wasted many opportunities in his term to date, and has lost by his own admission almost every battle for the hearts and minds of the electorate . . .”
“Why did the President and Congress insist on reinventing the wheel when it came to health care coverage? Weren’t there prototypes in Europe and elsewhere developed and used for more than 50 years with proven track records that could have been used as models? Did the President and Congress have to terrify people who had insurance coverage in order to provide coverage for the additional 32 million Americans covered under the new law? Couldn’t those without insurance have been attached in some way to the Medicaid rolls? Why did the President and Congress sell out to the prescription drug companies and strip Medicare of the right to negotiate volume discount purchases that could have saved U.S. taxpayers more than a trillion dollars over ten years? What rankles most for many, including me, is why have there been so few criminal prosecutions of those who are responsible for having brought the U.S. economy to its knees, destroyed the nation’s prosperity and caused millions of Americans to lose their homes, their jobs and a substantial portion of their retirement savings?”
Anyway, I invite you to read the whole thing.
You know, I don’t do orange anymore, but I confess to having a slight urge (an urge that, I guarantee, I can surpress) to find out what the delusional bots are saying over there. I can imagine that they’re scolding everybody but (a) the Administration and The One; and, (b) themselves. How’s that 11-Dimensional Chess working for you now?