Monday, November 13, 2006

The Midterm Elections: What can they tell us?

W.C. Fields once said, "I never vote for anyone. I always vote against."

"In its simplest terms, that's what this election was all about - it was a vote against."
According to Tim Egan of BBC news the midterm elections last week were an important step in gaging American sentiment about the current administration and the war in Iraq. Among the most important issues were the administration's record with torture and war policy against terrorists. Egan also pointed out that "corruption" was one of the most important issues to the American people. He then goes on to summarize the recent scandal involving Reverend Ted and the evangelical church. What was this past election really about? I think that corruption is an appropriate word. It covers domestic corruption of elected officials as well as war-policy corruption such as the process of extraordinary rendition. I think that this past election was a referendum on the policies of the current administration, and obviously the American people had something to say...

3 comments:

thisisnotathens said...

I agree with Elle that the election was definitely against the Republicans and not for the Democrats, but I believe that if the Democrats get themselves organized and find a message that is popular enough they will be able to hold onto power. The Democrats have been extremely lucky and have had this election handed to them. America wants change, and they will be squandering their gift if they do not give America the change it wants. The Democrats need to be able to both be bipartisan and put pressure on the Bush Administration, without putting a stranglehold on congress creating deadlock while they try to arrest everyone who is a Republican.
So Hopefully the Democrats can handle themselves with all the new power they have acquired, rather than falling for the same vices that got the Republicans kicked out of office.

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jimbo said...

In elections it is somtiems the lesser of two evils. Thes eelections show that to be true. Alot of people who might have voted rebublican just voted democratic because of the things going on in the country that they do not like. Like it was said people think if they vote in the other poitical party then they will get change. That might be true in some cases but not all and hopefully for all those voters who voted for democrats, becuase of the change they hope to get from it, because if they voted blind just thinking the other politcal party would institue change they might be very upset when some changes arnt made, because they never looked at the views of the people they voted for.