If you listen closely, you might be able to hear a loud, collective sigh of relief rolling across the countryside. Tomorrow, it will finally be over. No more stump speeches, no more mind-numbing negative ads, no more insanely obscene outlays of money to get our attention. And I don’t even live in a “battleground” state. The ads we get are mostly local ones. Well, except for the congressional ads and in a sense they’re local as well.
Of course we may not know the presidential results right away. For reasons that I don’t comprehend, it’s pretty close. The odds certainly favor President Obama, but you never know. His Ohio-Iowa-Wisconsin firewall seems to be holding, but it could still be a close call. There won’t be any landslides this year.
If Obama does win, the Republican Party will likely wind up in an internal civil war. The moderate wing of that party (or what’s left of it) will have to challenge the far right for supremacy. If the moderates lose that fight, the next presidential cycle won’t be nearly as close. Demographically, the United States is changing – rapidly. By 2016 the current version of the Republican Party will have a significantly reduced chance of winning anything at the federal level. For any chance at all, they’ll need to make their membership “tent” a lot bigger. Which means a lot more minorities (especially Hispanics), women, and young people. To do that, there will have to be some ideological changes as well.
In any case, tomorrow will be an interesting day (and night). And of course I’m being facetious when I say that it will be “the end”. In this country, politics never ends. We just start all over again. Within a week the talking heads will be discussing potential candidates for the 2016 election. But at least the ads will be over. That’ll be something, anyway.
If you’re a U. S. citizen, please go and vote. While I’m a cynic most of the time, I do believe that this is one of the most important things we do as citizens. If we don’t vote, then we’re letting other people make all the decisions. Unless you’re a billionaire, your vote is the only leverage you have. So please use it.