In many ways, this election seemed like a tantrum, perhaps a final tantrum from those who expect the America of the myth to be restored, the American dream, high wages for plentiful jobs, home with two cars, sending kids to college but that America no longer exists (if it ever truly existed) and its never coming back.
In its place is an America of diminished resources that taxes its depleting assets and morality even further in the building and maintenance of an empire it cannot afford and which much of the world rejects. This is of course including the endless armed conflicts the US feels the need to inject itself into.
The answer or at least one of the answers is an end to the two party duopoly of power. Until then, here a few observations on this election.
1.) Clearly this was a wave election. Losing the governorship of Maryland and almost losing (as of this writing) a senate seat in Virginia are examples of losses the Democratic party did not expect. Whether it be avoiding a run-off in Georgia or retaining the governorship in Florida, the Republicans exceeded their wildest dreams.
2.) I'm not a Democrat but I do think a lot of the Democrats who lost tonight (espc. in senate races) such as Grimes in Kentucky were too quick to run away from the president and their own party in general. What kind of message does that send to the voter?
3.) While there is no doubt that Republicans make efforts to drive down voter turnout from constituencies that vote Democratic (poor, African Americans etc.) and some of these efforts are illegal/unconstitutional, I must say that I do not see the problem with requiring a photo ID for voting - You need one for everything else important and while there may not be widespread fraud now the potential is certainly there. If the argument is some elderly or poor people don't have access to a driver's license then there should be a voter's card given to those who can prove they don't have the resources for obtaining another form of photo ID or even better and easier a national ID card which everyone would be required to present when voting. And no, a student ID is not a valid form of ID. At the university I went to, the foreign students had the exact same ID's as those who were Americans.
4.) One thing I really don't like is when they call a race based on exit polls before even one vote has been counted. I understand a certain result is likely in some cases but it would be nice to see the trend emerging ,at least 20% or 25% of the votes counted perhaps, before calling a winner.
5.) Scott Walker’s re-election which is too bad not just because he's anti-working people, anti-education etc. but because rumor is he is planning to run for the Republican nomination for president 2016 . He will not run had he lost re-election. With his non-threatening demeanor, he could be a formidable national candidate.
6.) Harry Reid (and Nancy Pelosi) need to step down from their leadership positions. Neither has shown much leadership as of late especially Reid who made no effort to push through contentious legislation nor confront Republicans. I think we could have had immigration reform had Reid (and the president) been willing to work with the House of Representatives.
7.) Marijuana legalization in Oregon and Washington DC was good news this evening. I hope this trend continues.