It is 3.10pm…..I am exhausted. I stayed up until 6am. I am getting too old for this. I remember the days when I stayed up all night for American Elections and was still able to go out to school, university and work. God.
Wasn’t it great? I was flicking thru channels…….BBC, ITV, Sky, CNN, NBC……and the wonderfully fair and balanced Fux News. …..who had a panel of fair and balanced experts …….all Republicans.
Highlights of the Night….I think NBC called Ohio and the Election first. The others then weighed in…including Fux. Karl Rove thought it was too soon…..which led to the bimbo, airhead blonde co-anchor walking down to the room (followed by a camera crew) to ask the experts behind the scenes in the “Decision Room” if Karl had a point……..and no he didn’t.
Later there was the spectacle of watching fair and balanced Republicans tear each other apart.
On one of the channels…..someone said that Republicans can no longer just rely on their core vote and hope for “independent support”. By any measure …..the Economy, Guantanamo Bay,Unemployment……..Obama is a failure. It should have been a “slam dunk” for Republicans. To get the nomination in the first place, Romney had to pander to the worst elements (including of course the Tea Party) in the GOP. Yet to hope to win election he had to seem more moderate….and independents saw thru it.
I do not of course like “fiscal conservatives” but they should at least be in a position to pitch their analysis to the American people. They failed. There is an echo of 1980s Britain……Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister forom 1979 to 1990 (and her Tory successor John Major until 1997)…..eighteen years when the Labour Opposition could not get its act together and seem a credible alternative even to an electorate who hated Thatcher. Likewise Labour ruled the roost from 1997 to 2010 at a time when Tories were in disarray.
Partisan as I am….DEMOCRACY WORKS BEST WHEN THERE IS A CREDIBLE OPPOSITION. …..an ALTERNATIVE.
In the forty four years that I have been watching American elections there have been landslide victories but increasingly USA seems to be Red and Blue on the map. Last night Romney “took back” Indiana and North Carolina but (with Florida awaited) thats just about all he could manage.
It is a cliché of American Politics that Democrats take black votes for granted and Republicans ignore black votes. Clearly the Republicans can no longer do this. As one analyst put it “the Republicans have run out of white men”.
I think this analyst was Charles Thomas, a radio host from Chicago and friend of Obama ……his performance was stellar. Speaking from Obama’s Chicago headquarters he looked around and said “this place LOOKS like America but when I look at Boston (the Romney supporters were almost all white) that doesnt look like USA to me”.
That just about covers it.
Under the radar perhaps, there was some nice victories in the Senate including Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin, the first openly gay Senator.
And of course we have Donald Trump calling for the sustem to be overthrown. His Hair has disassociated itself from this comment.