I know. The election took a lot out of all of us. We were all on pins and needles on Tuesday night, and after all the agony and ecstasy from Election Night, we're all a little spent. Last night, the 10yo came home with an assignment to poll 10 people about the election (because my kid's school is run by a bunch of sick, sick bastards), and I almost didn't have the heart to have him call his grandparents in Ohio. They've only just begun answering the phone again without wincing.
I'm only going to mention this last idea, and then I'm through. Promise.
A lot of people are really pissed off that our president was re-elected, and three of them are my parents and sister, whose red votes were washed away by blue victories. Apart from this political defect, they're perfectly lovely people. But whenever I ask them about why they vote the way they do, they've never articulated anything to me beyond I just don't like him. And I say this fully aware that communication takes two, and that this impasse is just as likely my fault as theirs.
I really want to know what Republicans are pissed off about, beyond the usual birtherism, Secret Muslimism, He Hates Americanism, Non-White Freeloaders Want Thingsism nonsense that's beneath consideration. Do you disagree with Obama's social beliefs? Think he'll spend us through more debt ceilings? Overtax wealthy people?
If you're willing to share your concerns, leave them in the comments. And four years from now, we'll be able to look back at this and see whether the sky did indeed fall.
There's got to be some way to help bridge the gap, because not much about this obdurate gridlock is funny. Except the fact that Karl Rove spent $200 million in PAC money and backed exactly zero winners with it. That's freakin' hiLARious.