Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Renewed Hope for Gridlock?

The results of yesterdays two gubernatorial elections - big wins for Republicans in Virginia and New Jersey - provide renewed hope for people with political preferences like mine:

The only thing worse than the Republicans is the Democrats, and vice versa.

Thus, I am not pleased because I want Republicans rather than Democrats to run the country; I am pleased because I want gridlock: a Congress with sufficient Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats to defeat most of the initiatives proposed by liberal Democrats.

Gridlock is not the ultimate goal, of course; I would like to see the U.S. eliminate huge amounts of existing government. But for starters, not enacting any new government would be an improvement over the path Democrats will adopt unconstrained.

It is nevertheless too early to forecast what will happen in the mid-term elections next year. If the economy has recovered substantially, the Democrats may hold their own. Last night's results nevertheless suggest that independents may be less enthusiastic about President Obama and the Democrats than they were last fall, and this should tilt the composition of Congress toward the Republicans.

That is one reason the Democrats are pushing so hard to get their agenda adopted immediately. They know their window of opportunity may soon close.

17 comments:

Fady said...

The good news is that at the local level in CT, (Rs) swept most contests. My town now has 100% republican officials. Last night put a stop to the Obama freight train. More gains in 2010 may turn the table enough to force Obama to moderate like Bill Clinton.

Anonymous said...

Can I get a ha-rumph for the Governor?

Left Coast Rebel said...

couldn't agree more, linked at the Left Coast Rebel. Here's to moe gridlock.

Anonymous said...

Do you want a small government because:

a. you feel that people have little need to be governed.
b. many roles of gov't could be better accomplished if privatized properly with strong rules and a powerful justice dep't to enforce.
c. all of the above.
d. none of the above

Anonymous said...

I don't buy this argument. It seems quite illogical to me. For example, if we have libertarian president, should we seek for a libertarian majority in Congress as well (as any sane libertarian my opinion would), or maybe for Pelosi-led left-wing radical collectivist majority, just for the sake of "balance" (as your argument imply)?

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