Friday, October 29, 2010

Quote of the Day

"This is going to be terrible. In fact, future historians will probably look back at the 2010 election as a catastrophe for America, one that condemned the nation to years of political chaos and economic weakness."

-- Paul Krugman, not overstating things in the least

(via Cesca)


Peter L. Winkler said...

Bullshit. Enough of the apocalyptic rhetoric from both ends of the political spectrum. I'm 53 years old, and have voted in every presidential primary and election, and damn near every other election since 1976. And every election, I've heard the same old bromide: "This election is crucial. It may be the most important election of our lifetime."

Experience and history disprove that statement. Since the presidency of FDR, if not before, the domestic and foreign policy of this country has followed an almost straight-line continuity, and continues to do so. And will continue to do so.

toastie said...

The present election should always be the most important election in your lifetime. If you're voting, good for you. Some people aren't planning on it, and if it takes hysterics to get them out to the poll, so fucking what?

Chez said...

I'm generally against hyperbole and sweeping statements when it comes to politics and the fallout from any decision by the electorate. But I also know that I've never seen anything quite like this before, and it's more than a little scary. These people are fucking lunatics, and to think that there will be no consequences from this election is ridiculous. It's true that the craziest among these candidates will likely be absorbed into the DC machine in short order, but it doesn't mean they're not poison and that electing them won't have a hugely negative impact on this country.

Darek said...

I agree with Cesca that these clowns will bring the system to a halt, but the rest of it is just hyperbole. A strategy of complete obstruction by the Republicans will only lead to Obama being reelected and the Dems probably taking the House back in 2012. Even now polls show that most people don't believe the Repubs have any coherent strategy to bring us out of this mess. That will become even more apparent once they have more power and still fail to propose anything meaningful.

Tuba Terry said...

I agree with Darek. I'm semi-expecting (mostly hopeful) that most people will realize what's going on and vote them back out in two years, but it's going to suck in the mean time. :/

kanye said...

I'm gettting a different read, Darek. The re-elect numbers have had Obama at 38%-39% for quite a while now. That's getting pretty close to straight ticket/base-only support.

As it sits right now, the only way Obama wins re-election (barring something unusual/extraordinary happening) is with a Tea Party candidate in the race; either as the Republican nominee or as a 3rd party candidate peeling off Republican votes.