Posted: 11/07/12 16:43
by Dave Mindeman
OK, here are some general thoughts.
First, Florida is an embarrassment. I don't care which Party you belong to; seeing those incredibly long lines just to vote is ridiculous. If the response of a Governor is to shorten early voting and to have his state unable to report results on election night, then that guy should be voted out at the earliest opportunity. This is America....not a banana republic.
Secondly, I hope the GOP is figuring out how far you can go with appealing only to angry white men and billionaire donors. Money fixes a lot of things but not bad candidates and bad policy.
Third, Latino voters have spoken the loudest of all. It is time to put a comprehensive immigration policy on the table and make everyone vote on it ...up or down. If Republicans want to continue their policy of obstruction, then they do so at their own peril.
Fourth, it is high time to end DOMA once and for all in Minnesota. We had a very long and intense debate on this issue this year,(thanks to the GOP legislature) and the voters gave us permission to move ahead and not backward.
Fifth, I understand the caution that the new DFL leadership may feel about an agenda. The overreach by the GOP cost them a short lived majority. But political capital needs to be used. Good policy that fixes our structural budget problems, fixes infrastructure, and promotes common sense and fair tax reform are needed and would be rewarded.
Sixth, it was good to see more women rewarded with places at the legislative table. New Hampshire now has all its Federal offices held by women (although one is a Republican - we'll forgive her for that). Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota, Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin. Mazie Hirono in Hawaii, and a new Republican from Nebraska Deb Fischer...all will join the Senate. Women will hold 19 seats in the Senate - still a long ways from suitable representation, but progress none-the-less.
Seventh, I have to give one more shoutout to Nate Silver and his fivethirtyeight blog. He correctly predicted 50 out of 50 on the state races (assuming Florida finally comes in for Obama). Silver is approaching iconic status. He held true to what his numbers told him despite a viscious backlash from a desperate Romney campaign and conservative bloggers. He never wavered. And that's because Silver believes in numbers and facts. I have little doubt that if in 2014, the numbers favor the GOP, he will say so. He is not an ideologue that slants the data, he simply states what his data and elaborate computer models tell him. He put his entire reputation on the line and was vindicated entirely.
I am sure there will be more to talk about. Next year will be another very interesting political year.