|From For Ellipsis Album #3|
Politics, noun. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage."
~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
So, today voters in New Jersey, and Virginia, will go to the polls to choose a governor. As I have been hearing, all day, from different political reports, from CNN to MSNBC, and beyond, it's pretty much a forgone conclusion that both of these men will be voted for overwhelmingly. With Chris Christie, it's not all that hard to understand why the people of New Jersey will be happy to have him serve once again as their governor! In a word he is... REASONABLE. Do I agree with his political beliefs, um, no, but what I do admire Governor Christie for is his ability to ignore the rantings and ravings of the far right of the republican party. The man thinks for himself. He has a sense of humor. He served his state not just one side of it. Above all else... when the storm had come and gone, he had the backs of all the citizens of New Jersey. Bottom line, in that he is ready and able to not just reach across the aisle, but indeed to give the other side credit when it is due, I see him as the biggest threat to Hillary Clinton, if she does indeed run for president. If the republican party is smart, they will embrace Chris Christie, and follow his lead. Otherwise, I don't see much of a future for the party, due to their inability to learn from their mistakes.
The state of Virginia has been through a lot. The current governor, Governor Bob McDonnell, otherwise known as Governor Ultrasound, because of his push for an invasive ultrasound test on women before they can have an abortion. That idea has proven to be not to popular with Virginia voters, and then add to it, all the controversy surrounding Governor McDonnell's accepting of political gifts, and his questionable spending and personal expenses while in the governor's mansion. McDonnell's political life has taken a beating this year, mostly of his own doing, and has done' nothing for the republican party's reputation in general. The people of Virginia are all to ready to go with Terry McAuliffe as their man. At least it seems so, we will see come later today.
What both parties can take away from the two situations is this... people all over the country, not just in New Jersey and Virginia, are tired of the bullshit. Just like our parents and grandparents were. We, the voters, will go to the polls for another national election in 2016, and we will, one way or another, begin a new day. Will it be a Clinton administration? God I hope so. Will it be a Christie administration? Could be. Either way, like generations before us, we have the opportunity to learn from past mistakes, and start over again, smarter, and wiser.
But will we do it? Will we let ourselves learn the lessons? Will we stand up to the gun lobby? The greedy 1%? Will we care enough to demand the change?
But that's just my opinion. I could be wrong.
Time will tell.