My greatest hope in regard to the upcoming elections, including the recall election taking place in Wisconsin, is that the Koch brothers and all the other deep pockets hauling out big $$$ for Walker in Wisconsin as well as national and local Republican candidates across the country wind up spending multi-millions of their dollars on losing campaigns.
Obama and the Democrats in general just might turn most, if not all, of the Republican gains in 2010 into losses come November. I’m not predicting that, but it certainly is a possibility. Republicans across the country overplayed their hands and in the process revealed just how mean spirited and ethically bankrupt they are.
Early on, they began to fear in the back of their calculating little minds that they would more than likely lose nationally in 2012. Now that it has become obvious that virtually all of the declared and not declared Republican candidates for president recently graduated from clown college, they are even more alarmed.
So, shortly after the 2010 elections, they set about to disenfranchise as many likely Democratic voters as possible by making draconian changes to state voting regulations, many of which harken back to Jim Crow days. Many of the Republican-held state legislatures have been frantically gerrymandering their voting districts, also in an effort to effectively disenfranchise Democratic voters.
Republicans at all levels of government have been attempting, and in some instances succeeding, to kill unions. Why? Unions are virtually the only organized entities which provide significant funding to Democrats. Killing unions effectively cuts off a great deal of Democratic funding, especially for state and local campaigns. On the other hand, Republicans get huge amounts of their funding, both nationally and locally, from large corporations, most of which (or should I say “whom” since the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are people?) hate unions as well.
These and other efforts against Democrats and their likely voters are being taken on mainly at the state and local level, but could have serious implications in the national election as well. If trends continue with the economy making steady gains, if unemployment continues to drop, even if incrementally, the economy becomes far less an issue upon which Republicans can campaign.
So, as we have seen of late, they are pulling all the religious and social crap out of their kit bags, contraception, abortion, gay marriage, gays in the military, pouncing on the president, accusing him of “waging a war on religion.” Once again, the birthers are coming out of the woodwork. Since the beginning of his first presidential campaign, Obama has been accused of being a radical left wing Christian Reverend Wright acolyte, non-American Muslim, anti-American Stalinist commie, Hitlerian fascist and anti-religion secularist. Oh, and of course there’s always the underlying bias against him owing to his being left handed. All of this kind of garbage is once again coming to roost on Republican campaigns.
Meanwhile, we are being treated to, or tortured by, depending on one’s perspective, the Republican campaigns and debates which are getting 24/7 coverage by pretty much all the news media. With all the ground that’s been covered, approximately 50 percent of Republicans still want somebody else to throw their hat in the ring. A story I saw this morning on Yahoo News states that as many as 20 percent of Republicans may actually vote for Obama. While that seems preposterous on the face of it, who knows?
Oh, and just as an aside, I wonder when a corporation will declare candidacy for some public office? Why not? “Exxon Mobile for President!” Woohoo!