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Election Night was a nail-biter, at least for me. It was not clear most of the night just where the polls would take us. One thing I am sure of; No one, no matter which party affiliation, wanted to see a long drawn-out recount debacle as we did with Florida in the 2000 presidential election.

These last four years has also been frustrating for much of the nation, with a congress divided with the opposing party determined to see that President Barack Obama does not win a second term. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's statement that “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president,” made it clear that nothing was going get accomplished.

Then the Tea Party and its success in the 2010 midterm election, taking over several House seats, brought assurance of more division and less cooperation between the two main parties of government. The GOP moved further to the right after the 2008 Election, handing over control of the direction of its agenda to the views of extremist within its ranks.

Now that Obama has won a second term, the question remains of just what will happen now within the workings of our Congress; will partisanship still rule or will more sensible voices be heard and take our nation to a better place than it has been? No longer is there a reason to be motivated in making this president fail. Still, resentment, bitterness and a refusal to face reality may set in, causing yet more partisanship and less cooperation. The only real losers will be the American people whose needs are urgent, with Social Security and Medicare going broke and a national deficit threatening the very security of the nation.

Can we move forward? Can our elected leaders show some maturity and seek for the common ground needed to solve the big problems that face our future? Only time will tell.

My prediction: Not much will change as far as getting things done in Washington. Republicans I think will find something they can push an impeachment trial with and Congress will spend months dragging the nation down a road of divisiveness and bickering. President Obama will work to accomplish what he can by executive order and the Tea Party will continue to control the House of Representatives with its same old non-compromising stance while blaming Obama for everything.

I hope I am wrong and moderate voices will once again speak loud enough to be heard over the din of noise created by those who refuse to give up anything or compromise one inch in their opponent's direction.

Picture a playground overrun by bullies and crybabies who are angry they did not get their way and you probably will have a good idea of what our Congress has been like and will probably continue to be. However, I hope that President Obama will continue to be the supervising adult on that playground, getting things done the best way he knows how, even if it is by executive order, which at times has been his only course of action. I wish him all the best because he will certainly need it.

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  •  Tip Jar (0+ / 0-)

    Rule the Day, Let not the Day Rule You.

    by fidlerten on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 10:27:11 AM PST

  •  I'm more optimistic (2+ / 0-)
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    janmtairy, fidlerten

    here's why: I don't think the GOP will be able to maintain a united front in the face of

    (a) a reinvigorated Senate, with more Democrats and (fingers crossed) a reform filibuster rule.

    (b) a second-term President with the winds of a huge electoral victory at his back

    (c) a growing awareness that the scorched earth, 50+1 strategy that they have been following no longer works with the American electorate.

    Now I don't expect them just to lay down without a fight, particularly on fiscal issues.  But I don't think they will be as effective at sticking together as a bloc as they did 2010-2012.

    Barack Obama for President

    by looty on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 10:36:11 AM PST

    •  Boehner is the guy that needs to make the (2+ / 0-)
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      Timothy J, fidlerten

      Big Compromise;

      If he wants to get himself elected Speaker with the ability to get something done, he will need all the moderate Republicans that he can scare up and then ask for Democratic votes.

      Notice: This Comment © 2012 ROGNM

      by ROGNM on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 10:47:43 AM PST

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      •  My thoughts on Boehner (1+ / 0-)
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        Never has there ever been a Speaker of the House that is apparently so unconcerned with his legacy. In 50 years, what will the Boehner speakership be remembered for? Intransigence? That's not much of a legacy to leave to history.

      •  The beauty of the tax discussion NOW (2+ / 0-)
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        ROGNM, fidlerten

        is that all President Obama and the Senate have to do is...nothing.  And then in January the onus will be on Boehner to come to the table and play ball if he wants to avoid blame for the "tax hike".

  •  It is still the Republican mantra! (2+ / 0-)
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    Plu, fidlerten

    They are now determined to make sure that Obama doesn't win in 2016.

    Because, you know, Kenyan, Marxist, Socialist, communist, Muslim, radical Christian....


    OK. And now we begin the part of the show where we pull out individual words and phrases of the commenter to try to determine the "real" meaning of the comment.... let the games begin.

    by hillbrook green on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 10:38:31 AM PST

  •  Bipartisanship is Obama's catnip (1+ / 0-)
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    Of course there will be bipartisanship!  The same as the last four years.

    Progressive Candidate Obama (now - Nov 6, 2012)
    Bipartisan Obama returns (Nov 7, 2012)

    by The Dead Man on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 11:01:19 AM PST

    •  And not the kind of bipartisan ship (1+ / 0-)
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      where they come over to our side.  The Dems will always be the ones to give in.  If they can't come to an agreement, they'll just capitulate some more.

      You may think that. I couldn't possibly comment.-- Francis Urqhart

      by Johnny Q on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 12:02:20 PM PST

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