Well, That is a question for this post-election day in America. Are you surprised? Surprised by the margin of victory for Barack Obama? Surprised by Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren heading to the Senate? Surprised that both Florida and Ohio along with Wisconsin went for the President? 5 million more women than men voted in this election...something Mitt Romney just could not overcome. Surprised at the apparant repudiation of tea party zealotry?...both Akin & Mourdock along with Brown were beaten to keep the Senate in Democratic hands. The millions and millions of "Dark Money" spent by Sheldon Adelson & Grover Norquist & the Koch Brothers & Karl Rove buying them what?
There are certainly challenges that lie ahead...the lame duck Congress needs to address the pending automatic cuts & tax increases coming...the so-called "fiscal cliff". I believe they will. I also believe that the President will be fought at every step by the House...as John Boehner already threw down the gauntlet last night.
Some of the more hysterical posters on this website have already said that yesterday's results mean the end of America. SAVE THE DRAMA FOR YOUR MAMA! Give America and Americans some credit...we solve problems...we may wait til the last minute some times...but we do what needs to be done...the fact that Barack Obama and the Democrats view of how to do that is using the muscle of a strong federal government...does not mean the end of the country...no matter how many Republican fund-raising letters will go out today suggesting that very thing.
One of the other surprises for me was the Mandy Wright victory over Pat Snyder. I thought Pat's name recognition would prevail over the the strength of her teacher support. Once again, a tea party connection did not translate into victory. I do give Pat big props for getting into the ring and getting bloody. I don't agree with him politically on most issues but anyone who quits their job to run for public office at the age of 56 deserves our praise. It's easy to sit and bitch about what's wrong...its not so easy to try and do something about it.
Once again most of the pundits were totally wrong. Hopefully the networks roll out some new faces next time because the old ones don't have a clue anymore.
Back to the Toy Department--The Bucks return to action tonight as they host Memphis...you can hear it on Foxsports1390 at 6:40. You can also hear Badger basketball tonight on WSAU at 6pm as Bucky takes on UW-Oshkosh in an exhibition game at the Kohl Center.
Songs of The Day (from my I-pod)
Last Thing On My Mind-Judy Collins (2011) a beautiful duet with old flame Steve Stills on an old Tom Paxton song
The Last Time-Rolling Stones (1965) could they have ever been this young?