I didn’t realize how nervous I was about the election until the day of. Probably because of how important I know it was, but also because I lived there for about 5 years and still pay income taxes to them. (That whole taxation without representation thing)
But anyways, what I’ve found most interesting is the media coverage today. The media is billing this as “the end of an era”, etc, and the Republicans seem all downtrodden. Did any of these people actually expect the Republicans would be in power from now until eternity? Why are these events seen as such a shock?
I understand the media’s reaction because they need to make everything seem like a huge deal.
To everyone else, read a little history. One of the properties of a 2-party system is that the parties are always in flux. The parties don’t have a permanent platform, only to bring into their platform whatever gets the most votes. If the country turns more liberal, the Republicans wouldn’t sit back and let things slide until they had 10 senate seats and 90 for the Democrats. They’d moderate themselves. And obviously the same for the Democrats.
Personally, I don’t think it’s to anyone’s advantage in the US to ever have the same party hold all 3 seats of government. I think that naturally leads to corruption, which is a partial reason for what happened Tuesday.