- Well, the big news was the deluge of Republican victories on November 2nd.
The suburban Chicago race in congressional district 8 was one of a dozen races that just wouldn’t go away. Two weeks after the election, Republican Joe Walsh was able to claim victory over incumbent Melissa Bean.
A half dozen or so races are *still* undecided.
The Republicans gained more than sixty House seats but fell several short in the Senate. There are also eight more Republican governors and *many* more Republican state legislatures, which is important since redistricting will occur next year.
- President Obama did his obtuse act, either naturally or defensively, claiming that the election results showed that the people wanted *more* change, *faster* change, and that the real problem was that the voters just didn’t understand what had been accomplished.
- When the new Congress takes office on Jaunary 5th, John Boehner will be the new Speaker of the House and Nancy Pelosi will become Minority leader there.
- Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, defeated in the Republican primary retained her Senate seat by running as a write-in candidate and becoming only the second person in history to accomplish that (West Virginia’s Robert Byrd was the first).
- Unemployment remained steady at 9.6%
- Obama continued to break his campaign pledge that lobbyists “won’t find jobs in my administration.” The latest breeches are so flagrant that it’s almost as if he wanted to rub them in his followers’ faces: Tom Donilan, and Thomas Nides, a former Fannie Mae/Goldman Sachs lobbyist for National Security advisor and a Morgan Stanley former chief operating officer and then lobbyist for Deputy Secretary of State.
- The Co-Chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform gave the press a preview of their own thoughts, which included raising taxes and cutting sacred cow programs such as Social Security and Medicare. Like clockwork, political members of the panel began announcing that they wouldn’t vote for *this* or wouldn’t vote for *that*.
If the budget is to be balanced, Democrats and Republicans alike are going to have to swallow hard and vote for things they don’t like.
- In an attempt to reach out to the kids before election day, the President appeared on Comedy Central’s Daily Show, and allowed himself to be addressed as “Dude” by host Jon Stewart.
- Secretary of Homeland Security is postponing for as long as possible facing up to the uproar over airport scanners and pat-downs. When last heard from she was still saying that the groping was “discreet” and that scanner images couldn’t be stored or transmitted, despite the fact that we now know that some of the images *have* been stored and transmitted.
- The three US politicians most disliked in their home states are Rod Blagojevich in Illinois, Alaska’s Levi Johnston, and – back to Illinois – Jesse Jackson Jr, in that order.