Maureen McGovern: Probably best-remembered for her version of the movie theme song from The Poseidon Adventure (1972). It could well-be the theme song for the Democrats last night. The Morning After suggests that there will be better times ahead. For the sake of the country, let’s hope not!
The news of the morning has the Republicans taking control of the House but falling short on majority control in the Senate. Clearly, the tide has changed once again but the analysts may have some of the significance of this change all wrong. It is being argued that the mid-term election is not as much about the Republicans falling back into favor as it is about the Democrats falling out of favor. The “change” that was promised two years ago has been slow in coming and for what has been implemented, not well-received. It is fair to assess some of the Democrat losses as self-inflicted. It’s also fair to credit the ground-swell of opposition stirred up by the TEA party. But this is only part of the story.
Voter turnout is traditionally low in a mid-term election. Absent the energy generated by a national election, the Democrats were not able to muster the forces necessary to retain power. It’s a relatively easy matter to rally the electorate behind a charismatic figure such as President Obama. Individuals who may not have voted at any other time in their life came out for this historic opportunity. The “turn out the vote” machine was in full swing, sweeping up votes from the previously apathetic and disenfranchised. This time around, that energy never built, the focus was blurred, and some of those voters felt once again apathetic and disenfranchised. And worse still, some felt betrayed.
Now that the tide has changed, it will be up to the current administration to find the long-promised bi-partisan path forward, not bullying its way into change, but rather finding the best path forward for America together.