My first feeling, after learning Tuesday night that Barack Obama had won re-election, was that happy days aren’t just here for four more years but quite possibly 12.
And for the additional eight years of prospective, Democratic control of the presidency we can thank Obama for naming Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State when he took office.
If this 12-year scenario comes to pass, Rush Limbaugh might well be dead before the Republicans regain the White House.
All Hillary will have to do, it appears, is defeat New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie…and even The Tubular One might drop dead between now and then.
Hillary has grown, in my opinion, by leaps and bounds. She is much more confident and sure handed than she was during her husband’s years in the White House, especially the early years. She turned 65 at the end of last month, and she would be 69 (a nice age, better than 70) at this time in 2016.
A lot of people thoroughly dislike Hillary — maybe as many as can’t stand Obama — but many more admire her greatly. Also, as Charles M. Blow, a New York Times op-ed columnist, put it so succinctly and accurately several months ago, conservatives “are on the wrong side of demographics.” In the presidential election, 45 percent of those who voted for Mr. Obama were racial minorities. That’s a record percentage.
With the tide of Latino, African-American and Asian voters — not to mention our mostly liberal-minded young people — the Baby Boomer white class, which held serve so long, has been run off the court. In an online column that The Times posted today, Blow said, “Republicans are trying to hold back a storm surge of demographic change with a white picket fence. Good luck with that.”
The loud exhalation we heard around the nation Tuesday night was not a sigh of relief at Obama being re-elected; it was the dying breath of the white conservatives — the farmers, the pro-lifers, the wealthy and the rednecks (most of whom don’t have any idea what party is working for their best interests).
That crowd? They’re hosed…Somebody should assemble a representative group, tell them to say “Sean Hannity” and snap their picture for posterity.
I know that my multitude of loyal Republican readers out there, led by John Altevogt and somebody else whose name I can’t recall, won’t like this assessment. But if I were in their shoes, I’d be feeling queasy.
Where or in what does their hope lie? How will they change to become competitive again? Will the ultra conservatives clean the mud off themselves and crawl up out of the well?
I guess it will be interesting to watch, but I’m not really concerned about it because my guy won, and I’m going to find a button that says, “I LIKE HILLARY.”
Not everything came out as well on Tuesday as most logical-thinking Missourians and Kansas Citians could have hoped.
:: Depressingly, and almost inexplicably, the proposed increase in Missouri’s tobacco tax narrowly lost — 51 percent to 49 percent. I say almost inexplicably because the proponents of Prop B ran a lousy, nearly invisible campaign.
How can you fail to sell this pitch: Let’s raise cigarette prices for the 23 percent of Missouri adults who smoke so that we can give our kids better educations?
Somehow, the proponents found a way. At the same time, the opposition ran an effective campaign, financed primarily by the Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association. Convenience stores posted fliers — and the campaign committee ran TV ads — that diverted attention from smoking and focused on higher taxes. Taxes, taxes!
:: Kansas City voters fell into a trap by narrowly approving a proposal to raise the mandatory retirement age for municipal judges from 65 to 70. Now, truly, that’s an outrage. These people work four short days a week (Fridays are so casual that they don’t go to work), and their salaries are about $145,000 a year. That’s more than any other state-system judges, including those on the Missouri Supreme Court and courts of appeal.
The pitch to voters was that the retirement age for Municipal Court judges should be brought in line with that of other state-system judges. The city attorney went so far as to say that Kansas city’s lower age limit could subject the city to a lawsuit!
Well, holy shit…We couldn’t have that now, could we? I guess that would have brought the trash trucks to a screeching halt and deepened the potholes.
So now, after Tuesday’s election, the featherbedders on the Municipal Court are going to get to stay on an additional five years. I’ll bet that even the female judges are smoking bit, fat, Honduran cigars today.