American Elephants

A Little More Gloating — Indulge Me. by The Elephant's Child

B1qUKR0CQAEJJhP.jpg largeHere’s Utah’s Mia Love, getting a huge hug from her father on her victory. She will be a great asset to the House of Representatives.  A black, Mormon American of Haitian descent and a Republican. It is the latter description that is so troubling to Democrats. Apparently one cannot be black and Republican. Blacks who leave the Democrat plantation are to be subject to vile slander and hate. Free speech and free thought are not allowed if you do not conform. I like Mia Love a lot, I wish I could have voted for her.

An outstanding newly-elected Senator is Tom Cotton, of Arkansas. A Harvard graduate, military veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, law degree. Here’s his victory speech, a little out of the ordinary, and very special.

The Election, The Spin, And The Path Ahead. by The Elephant's Child

Barack ObamaA little gloating is permitted. Everybody will be trying to figure out just what this election means. Clearly, President Obama nailed it when he remarked (to the Democrat’s consternation) that he wasn’t on the ballot, but his policies were.  Exactly. His policies were central to the election and the American people don’t like his policies. I don’t think Obama accepts that verdict for a moment.

Nevertheless, the Obama team has been working on Obama’s post-election speech for some time. The urgent point was to avoid any words like the blurted “shellacking” that Obama used after the 2012 election.  Apparently the Obama team found shellacking  much more troublesome than his remark that every one of his policies were on the ballot which Democrats running for office wanted to avoid at all costs. They knew his policies were deeply unpopular and were running away from them as fast as possible.

Mr. Obama seemed to believe that if the Democrats had just let him campaign for them, they would have done much better. His remarks seemed somewhat disconnected.

Obviously, Republicans had a good night, and they deserve credit for running good campaigns.  Beyond that, I’ll leave it to all of you and the professional pundits to pick through yesterday’s results.  What stands out to me, though, is that the American people sent a message, one that they’ve sent for several elections now.  They expect the people they elect to work as hard as they do.  They expect us to focus on their ambitions and not ours.  They want us to get the job done.

My first thought was ‘is he going to give up golf and actually begin to work hard? ‘ But of course that was not what he meant. It was a bizarre speech. He claims the country has made real progress.

So I look forward to Republicans putting forward their governing agenda.  I will offer my ideas on areas where I think we can move together to respond to people’s economic needs.

So, just take one example.  We all agree on the need to create more jobs that pay well.  Traditionally, both parties have been for creating jobs rebuilding our infrastructure — our roads, bridges, ports, waterways.  I think we can hone in on a way to pay for it through tax reform that closes loopholes and makes it more attractive for companies to create jobs here in the United States.

He has learned nothing since he complained that there weren’t really any shovel-ready jobs. An infrastructure job, passed into law in 2008 would probably not be ready to begin physical work even today. There are rules and regulations and environmental impact statements and design work and approvals from Native American tribes that the project might cross. Loopholes in the tax law are not the problem, our corporate tax is the highest in the industrialized world and is sending not only jobs, but companies overseas. He has learned nothing. Does not plan any changes.

He sent his aides over to the New York Times last night to spin the results. “He doesn’t feel repudiated” one of them told the Times. It was because the worst possible group of states was on the ballot.  The aides said the problem was really just that Obama wasn’t “getting out the president’ record.”

Seventy percent of the voters rate the state of the economy as either “not so good” or as “poor.” The only message voters sent as far as Obama was concerned was that “they overwhelmingly believe this town doesn’t work.” In other words, as usual, it’s not his fault. He’s “committed to being open to working with Republicans on issues where they think there is going to be cooperation.” My way or the highway.

The President’s remarks in his press conference are here. I would urge you to read them, for it gives some real hints for what lies ahead. Or read the Daily Mail’s coverage. The British press is often clearer than our own: “Never articulated a single policy where he would shift his position to align with GOP majorities in both halves of Congress.”

Eight years ago at his post-election press conference after Democrats won control of the House and Senate, George W. Bush said: “I’m obviously disappointed with the outcome of the election and, as the head of the Republican Party, I share a large part of the responsibility.”

That was straight talk, and honest.


Did Someone Mention a Wave Election? by The Elephant's Child

Well, the morning after! You must be prepared, however, for our friends in the media. They will be claiming that the American people have spoken, and they want more cooperation in Congress. The American people will be ‘demanding’ bipartisanship and a Congress that puts the American people before nasty partisan ways. Time for the Republicans to stop being so partisan and just get along. Uh huh.

You can plan on hearing a lot of a lack of an agenda on the art of the Republicans, but cautiously because too much emphasis would call attention to the fact that it was Obama’s policies that were opposed by the American people.

Congress did not pass much legislation. The House of Representatives did, they passed 384 bills, which Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid stuck in a drawer or put in a cupboard, or at least refused to allow them to see the light of day in the Senate. The Senate passed just 59 bills, last I heard. A budget was prominent among the missing bills.

President Obama’s team is trying to craft the president’s response to the election while carefully avoiding any offhand remark like his use of the term “shellacking” which he said in 2012, and is regarded by his aides as a big mistake.

Here’s the headline from the Huffington Post.



Very Nice Headline!

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