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Disaster Averted

Best post-election comment I’ve seen is from Digby — “I think the world dodged a bullet.  A hail of them.”

Amen to that.  In the early stages of the election, I thought worst case Romney would be just another George H.W. Bush — an out-of-touch millionaire who meant well, but didn’t have a clue about how to run a government.  But it gradually became very clear that Romney was nothing like that at all.  Yes, out-of-touch with reality, for sure — but this was a guy right out of the 18th century French bourgeoisie.  Not only did he have nothing but contempt for the 47%, he really didn’t care about anybody who wasn’t as rich as he.  He looked at the country as one big corporation, where the only thing that mattered was how much bottom line profit he could wring out of it for himself and his associates.  To hell with the middle class, the quality of life for the 99%, and what this country would be like for future generations.  A Romney Presidency would have made the eight disastrous years of George W. Bush look like a Sunday picnic.

So yes, we did dodge a bullet here.  But I have to wonder if that’s all we did.  The Republican Party still controls the House, and the Democrats still don’t have a filibuster-proof Senate.  And you can bet that Mitch McConnell and John Boehner and all the other Republican sociopaths will just dig in deeper, continuing their policy of obstructionism that they’ve pursued for the last two years.  Obama did a great job of putting out all the fires started by the Bush administration, and has the country stablized for the first time since 2001. It’s time to start rebuilding, and get the country back on track.

The question is how will Obama deal with the Republican Party now that he is no longer concerned with being re-elected.  He played nice with them for the first four years, which I guess is understandable.  But now’s the time to take off the gloves and kick some right-wing ass.  The Republican medieval vision for this country has been rejected by the American people.  Time for this country to join the rest of the industrialized world in the 21st century.