James R. Carroll of The Courier-Journal reports that “Mitch McConnell won re-election because he capitalized on President Barack Obama’s deep disapproval rating in Kentucky, hammering away at what the senator described as the administration’s ‘war on coal,’ and one other factor — trust.”
Okay, so the strategy for McConnell was just don’t be Obama. This is a strategy that relies on the revolving-door of politics—and this is only relevant to positive change if it puts someone like Rand Paul in a position to take the presidency. McConnell and Rand are pretty close, and as the Senate Majority Leader this primes a potential Paul-presidency to be pretty darn productive from the get-go. This is more a win for the Americans who would benefit from Rand’s policy choices and execution than it is some kind of landslide political shift—though it is a significant political adjustment. But it’s one that we honestly expected anyway.
USA TODAY’s Susan Page: What This Shift in Power Means
So the Republicans are on the up and coming; what can we expect from the Dems?
Well CNN puts it this way:
Now, it’s Democrats who will take the back seat on Capitol Hill, relying mostly on the power of the filibuster to stymie Republicans and keep Obama’s legacy intact.”
Watch for a filibusterer-barrage coming in from the left. Remember how they lamented about filibustering when they had … just about everything? I wonder if that attitude is going to change.
Look. What’s really going on here isn’t so much a faith-in-politics thing just because the GOP takes the Senate. There’s very little if any at all faith in the political system at this point in the hearts of Americans everywhere. If this midterm election result is anything, it’s the hopeful investment for a single particular politician: Rand Paul.
Can we expect Mitch McConnell as the Majority Senate Leader to throw a monkey-wrench in the Obama administration? Yes—but in a cursory ‘my brand vs. your brand’ kind of way that only politics cares about. The serious problems in the country like foreign policy, civil liberties, and scaling down the War on Drugs (more like the class-warfare on particular kinds of people in America)—those problems? Those problems can get tackled by someone like Rand Paul in the oval office. And now the stage is set for Rand to have a good prospective presidency. So it’s good news to hear that the GOP takes over the Senate during this midterm election; but not for the immediately apparent reasons.
What do you guys think? I think the elephant in the room is whether Rand will actually get nominated as the GOP candidate or not—his dad had that problem. But I could be totally wrong. What’s the biggest threat to screwing up Rand Paul getting into office at this point? Can we be hopeful? Tweet us or join the discussion on Facebook.
Written by Bryan Smith
(Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0)
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