A Political Crystal Ball

What if Republicans become the majority in the Senate after the election next week? Would anything really change much?
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I find it very difficult to believe or even consider that Michelle Bachmann could qualify to sit on any Intelligence Committee, anywhere....

20 2018-09-07 10:09:58 - PogoWasRight

If the Republicans re-take the Senate, which they had for 10 of the past 20 years, and maintain their control of the House, which they've controlled for 16 of those 20 years - I think that the future is pretty clear, and it's not bright. Please dear voters, do the right thing and throw da bums out.

44 2018-02-01 11:34:11 - borntorun45

I think we all know that speculation about what the Senate and Congress will or will not accomplish is false and specious. No meaningful tax reform or other legislation is likely to be produced. It will be an impeachment indictment and an impeachment trial, on whatever grounds you please, and it will be the one and only agenda item that the Republican Party in either body will pursue seriously. God Bless America.

33 2017-08-15 00:26:39 - Paul

You can turn off the talking heads but please don't quit being a citizen, VOTE.

9 2017-06-05 06:38:43 - Sherry Wacker

"Cynical minds might presume..."

Great phrase, that, Gail. Who can be cynical about the state of our politics. I think our views on dysfunction are one of the few things Americans can agree on.

The predicted Republican majorities in both House and Senate won't, I'm coming to believe, really change much in Washington. With a few exceptions: I'm sure there will be far more video clips of gaffes by Jason Chaffetz, Darrel Issa chastising top brass at CDC for their statements on "eboli" and those disease ridden folks in "Guyana".

At least one person will make out like a bandit under the coming Republican majority: you Gail! I look forward to plentiful comments that should appeal to the most "cynical minds," which is to say, most of us.

24 2017-04-20 07:21:15 - Christine_mcmorrow
What we can expect is a lot of Obama vetoes of legislation designed to shut down programs for the poor and middle class while cutting taxes on corporations and high income taxpayers. And these vetoes will be used by Tea Party Republicans to raise billions of dollars for the pivotal 2016 Presidential and Congressional elections. In other words, business as usual: the rich get richer, the poor get poorer and the middle class struggle to pay their mortgages and rising college tuitions.
25 2017-04-17 09:52:49 - Richard

Given that the Republican's devotion to corporate interests and rich, I cannot imagine a worse experiment for the country. The Democrats are bad enough.

4 2017-04-06 06:09:26 - Rocketscientist

Almost worse than listening to them is looking at them. Shades of Dorian Grey.

Ran into McConnell KY in '88 when he first ran for the Senate. He was no more likable then.,

KY was like a foreign country to a Yankee. When asked for a glass of iced coffee, in Lexington, the waitress looked at us as if we had come from outer space. "We don't have that", she said. But she did bring a cup of coffee and a glass of ice with a smile. It reminded us that back in MA, Coca-Cola etc. were called tonic. Which made life a challenge for travelers.

Television and immigration, from inside and outside, have made us stronger as a country. We more sophisticated and tolerant of our regional differences. And perhaps that will help defeat the likes of McConnell, who uses our differences as a bludgeon.

6 2017-03-22 08:02:51 - Wendy Minot

It is all fine to be ironic and wise to the refrain that all politicians are the same and that politics is a matter of running in place . Except that it is untrue. Able, effective politicians and judges put in place for us the Voting Rights Act, Brown vs Board of Education, Social security, got us out of the Depression and created the NIH, NASA and the Environmental Protection Agency.

If it is true that all politics is equally dysfunctional as far back as memory exists, then we should all be living in Love Canal, with drinking fountains and university education quotas for different cultures and all still living under the risk of polio, except for the poor and the old who would fall ill and die for lack of money to pay for health care, heat and food.

Spare me the irony. Pay attention to logic and go vote on Tuesday.

41 2017-03-18 02:53:09 - Mom

I doubt that either party would do away with the filibuster. It's the last resort when you're outvoted.

2 2017-02-16 10:41:06 - oldokie

Yes, R. Law, once the Roman Republic became the Empire, there was no going back, not even after Caligula and Nero and other catastrophes. I hope we are not at that point.

As others have said, democracy and capitalism depend on trust. Once we have the appearance (and the actuality) of bribery and corruption everywhere (Citizens United being the most flagrant example), trust is gone and we are on the downward slope.

26 2017-02-09 17:52:39 - mb

There is no such thing as working with a Republican controlled congress. Please try to base your suggestion upon reality.

38 2017-02-04 06:43:52 - Sherry Wacker
why do you think so? Whose motivations and manner will have changed?
16 2017-01-20 02:59:08 - elshifman

Republicans have one talent, one huge, glaring talent and that is selling themselves to the American voter. They lie, they cheat, they obfuscate and they manage to con enough of the People into believing them. It helps that they control much of the media. They have no interest in job creation...in fact, the opposite works for them very well. The further down the totem pole the People are forced to slide, the better for the Republicans in charge.

7 2017-01-17 07:23:12 - lynchburglady

Why not give the republicans a shot? They certainly cannot be any worse than the Democrats and it won't be as expensive.

5 2017-01-16 04:09:58 - JP

There's a possible outcome of a Republican-controlled Congress that could have far-term implications. We all know many will vote Republican against their better interests simply as a reflexive anti-Obama, pro-right wing media statement. Only afterward, when they discover that the Republicans really do want to lower or privatize their Social Security and Medicare, encourage corporations to pollute their water for profit, keep their incomes low, or even offshore or outsource their jobs, will they realize what they really voted for and that they only have themselves to blame.

108 2016-12-25 07:33:10 - DL

Well, Bo, I doubt that very much. Have tried 'gridding' Texas?
In Ohio, there are only 6 counties out 88 that voted blue on 2012.

1 2016-12-12 03:09:34 - Del S

Let's remember: what plutocracy wants is the status quo and gridlock serves that just fine.

22 2016-11-28 23:44:15 - Bill Green

Dear Ms. Collins, I seem to recall that the pollsters were predicting a Romney win back in 2012. When he didn't and the unwashed masses upset the GOP/TP apple cart, the party of the elephant went on a rampage if one calls doing absolutely nothing a rampage in a "political" sense. Sequester, fiscal cliffs, endless ranting about Obamacare and the end of Western Civilization as we know it because, well, because people are getting insurance? Okay, they need to work on that a little more.
Imagine if they lose again? What more (or is it "less"?)could they do (or is it "not do"?) to the country?
Perhaps one of their fiscal geniuses could come up with a new, scarier terminology for what they are/are not doing. Instead of a "Fiscal Cliff" we could have the "Monetary Black Hole" or the "Sink Hole Sequester". It beats waiting endlessly for the zombie, commie hordes that were supposed to come after passage of ACA.
Maybe the entire GOP/TP along with the NRA will lock themselves in the Congress and vow never to come out until everybody concedes the correctness of their ideology; a. money, gooooddd... b. liberals, baaadddd....
At any rate, what a GOP/TP takeover "means to me" is a return to the halcyon days of 1850 or so,when women, blacks and native Americans "knew their places" and the white gentry were quite happy. Honest, just watch "Gone With the Wind" to see how nice it was for everyone; it was a documentary, wasn't it?

26 2016-11-26 03:51:41 - Richard A. Petro

Goodnight Saigon: We will all go down, together.

20 2016-11-25 19:03:15 - Kevin Rothstein

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