May Politics Get Worse Before They Get Better
If you write a political blog, you sort of have to write something before the election. It isn’t easy when the choices are this bad.
I’d like one of the two parties — and I am not sure it matters which — to shed its skin and begin again, preferably with an entirely new cast of characters.
The popularity of both parties is declining, as is public approval of their work in Congress.
About a quarter of voters are Democrats and another quarter are Republicans. The remaining half of the electorate is somewhere between “none of the above” and “I hate them both.” I am one of the latter.
Half of the electorate should be enough of a prize to inspire one party or the other to seek the first mover advantage, but I am doubtful. Each party is filled with squabblers clinging to imperiled perches and squabblers are not known to be strategic thinkers.
Since neither party seems likely to choose to move to the middle, I am hoping one of them will be forced to. As yet, neither party has been sufficiently disgraced to do so.
Let’s hope the Democrats win the House. That will be a rebuke to the Republicans who might then be forced to rethink. Under present circumstances, I am not optimistic about a Republican rethink but it appears that control of the House of Representatives will change.
When the Democrats gain control of the House, let’s hope for a blood-in-the-streets leadership battle. Nancy Pelosi is long past her sell-by date but she certainly shows no recognition of her toxicity. I hope someone has the courage to challenge her and the strength to make it ugly.
After the leadership fight, let’s hope for a blizzard of subpoenas and investigations. Tie up the administration with one investigation after another and bring governance to a halt for the next two years.
Either the Democrats will over reach and destroy themselves or Republicans will be sent to jail. Either way, there might be enough damage for one or the other to be forced away from the extreme.
Let’s hope the Republicans keep the Senate if only to assure gridlock. On present form, this seems likely.
In a perfect world, I wish we had a Special Counsel focused on the Democrats to balance Robert Mueller’s focus on the Republicans. Meanwhile, I hope he continues investigating and keeping his mouth shut. Maybe a Republican Senate and President will appoint another one for us.
Recent months have been bad enough – think Kavanaugh hearing and the caravan shenanigans, just as examples — but it is going to have to get worse before it gets better. Neither party will voluntarily change a thing to fix politics in this country, but politics needs to get better soon or we will completely fail to deal with real challenges that will do us in. Debt and deficits come to mind.
Chances are the party that loses in the short run will be the winner in the long run because it will be forced to accept half of the electorate as its prize.