Yes, readers, we've been awfully quiet of late as the election season has progressed to it's climax tomorrow. Why? Just too depressing.
A significant portion of the electorate seems to think we can have a federal government that provides the services they want, with lower taxes and a balanced budget. And they seem to believe that candidates who espouse a balanced budget without specifying how they'll do it are inherently credible, as long as they are "against Washington."
Do these same people also think they can get paid a high wage without actually doing any work, or that they can get unlimited health care without it costing anything?
Our voters also have a very short memory. Two years ago we were teetering on a true economic Depression. Reluctantly, Democrats--of all people--voted to shore up the economy by bailing out the same banks and Wall St. firms that caused the crisis. The worst of it was avoided, but now voters, unsatisfied that the economy is not roaring again, want to return to office the folks who caused the problem in the first place.
This is a little like suing the doctor who saved your wife from certain death with an emergency tracheotomy because now she has a scar on her neck.
Anyway, we went through this in 1992, and it turned out ok. After the Republicans returned to power then, we soon saw what incompetent fools they were, and things balanced out.
Enough whining Mr. Curmudgeon. Here's our fearless predictions for tomorrow:
Senate: Dems 50, GOP 48, Independent 2
House: Dems 204, GOP 231
In individual contests, we'll do the same ones as the Washington Post Crystal Ball contest:
Nevada Senate: Reid 44, Angle 47 (Nevada has a "none of these candidates" option)
Colorado Senate: Bennet 50, Buck 49
California Governor: Brown 52, Whitman 47
Maryland Governor: O'Malley 53, Ehrlich 47
Tie-breaker--% of vote for Christine O'Donnell in Delaware: 42%
Wild Card--Tom Perriello retains his seat in Virginia's 5th Congressional district