Tomorrow will probably be the biggest election day I have seen. Definitely the most important in my short voting life. Last week I mailed in my ballot – complete with 11 Democrats, 3 Republicans, and 1 Libertarian and with 6 “no” votes and 4 “yes” votes in propositions. Now, I’m sitting back and waiting for the ridiculous attack ads to fade out for what I’d like to be 18 to 20 months but in reality is probably maybe a year. I’m also going to be sitting down and slowly watching a lot of people I like probably not return to office and a lot of people I don’t like get in. This afternoon Kentucky will close its polls and the projections and numbers will begin to fly.
Even two years ago I knew that 2010 would be a loss for the Democratic Party. In modern American history the new President’s party has only gained seats in the following midterm elections twice: in 1934 and 2002. Even though we are in a recession and still fighting in two wars (who are we kidding, Operation Iraqi Freedom?) I don’t think gaining seats was ever really on the table for the Dems this year. Not that I’m 100% happy with how they’ve been acting either.
The Democrats, with their supermajority in both houses of Congress, didn’t pull off nearly as much as I would’ve liked to see in the past two years. I might be guaranteed health care, the SEC might be drafting a report on conflict minerals legislation, and Pell Grants might have been expanded. But the DREAM Act hasn’t been passed and “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” is still very much in effect. I don’t have a public option for my health insurance and Race to the Top is no better than No Child Left Behind. Clean energy legislation never showed up and we just released the moratorium on offshore drilling. Now, I didn’t expect to see all of these things – but a couple would have been nice.
In Arizona, Democrats seem to be on the run. Personally, I don’t think it’ll be the near complete rout that some are predicting. Currently, my governor doesn’t know how to debate or answer questions. And the last county attorney to get elected is off his rocker. So I think some people, even if they’re not happy with Democrats in Washington, might still keep a few shades of blue in Phoenix. Point is, I hope my least favorite political party doesn’t sweep my state. If xenophobic obstructionist birthers get too much power I’ll be a bit worried.
Regardless of what you think, I’d like to make one request: go vote! Whether you want to stand beside me or try to counter my vote – get those ballots in!