Then I read about the election results and am so sick and disgusted I simply couldn’t go forward as planned.
Virginia seems to have turned red. The governor for sure. And quite possibly the lieutenant governor, the state attorney general, and the House of Delegates.
New Jersey is poised to retain Democratic leadership but in an election that is closer than is comfortable.
Many think this is a harbinger of a strong Republican takeover of the national House and Senate in 2022.
I am sure there are positive outcomes in lesser races around the country, but I fear an overall trend.
My only hope had been that there would be such a nationwide feeling of outrage and disgust for how Republicans have behaved and how they have threatened the future of our country that the electorate would have rejected them in order to return sanity to the nation.
I’m so naïve.
Preliminary analysis indicates the voters are unhappy with Joe Biden whose poll numbers are lower that most presidents at this stage in their term. The people are angry with the way he has handled the pandemic.
Did I just say that? They are angry with the way he has handled the pandemic! After all he has tried to do to bring the virus to its knees, and after all the Republicans have done to thwart measures based on sound medical advice and scientific findings. I just don’t understand the thinking.
Now I don’t think Biden and the Democratic leadership are blameless. For crying out loud, they’ve got the infrastructure bill already passed by the Senate and the 1.75 trillion-dollar additional bill to expand Medicare, deal with climate change, and help solve other problems. Bills the public seems to highly favor.
But can the Democrats get them passed? I have serious doubts. They’d rather have bitter infighting with more conservative senators willing to sacrifice all and whiny immature Progressives willing to sacrifice all, including any hope for their own agendas and the future of their party.
I don’t know what goes on behind the public view, but Biden does seem weak to me, at least in his inability to force congressional Democrats to back his key legislative agenda. Can you imagine Lyndon Johnson acting the same way?
I guess I will, probably foolishly, hold out hope that the 2022 election will right the ship. But if it doesn’t and Trumpism isn’t wiped out, and it seems unlikely, we can say goodbye to the country as we know it.
Did we see, yesterday, the beginning of the end?