What Can 2013 Control of The House and Senate Mean To Republicans or Democrats?
Chances are the voters have already decided the Romney/Obama question; but what House and what Senate will be there for the winner?
I may not be watching the same results you do on Election Night.
I will be watching the Senate and House races all night on November 6, 2012, because neither Romney nor Obama can get much done without some accommodations from the new Congress.
People responding to a poll I have taken, state overwhelmingly that they expect to see a continuing stalemate in Washington, DC.
To me that would seem to indicate that the chances for divided government are very high. But there is a change in this election: Super Political Action Committees (SuperPACs.) This is the first election in which the Supreme Court's controversial decision to allow unlimited spending by such groups has thrown really BIG money into the election process. While both sides have spent about equally on the presidential race, SuperPACs are at work even at the level of state government, and each group thinks they know what they are doing....and why.
Barring a landslide by Obama or Romney, an unlikely scenario now just two days before the voting, the control of the House and control of the Senate will determine what either presidential candidate can accomplish going forward.
Election 2012 was so bitter, and the sides seemingly so far apart, a split control in which the Republicans are the majority in the House and the Democrats are the majority in the Senate seems unlikely to help either a President Romney or a President Obama. In fact, President Obama and the American people have already seen what that looks like, and a President Romney would find such a split an equally great challenge.
I will be watching with special interest to see whether or not the Republicans can eke out a majority in the new Senate. It seems likely that they will retain their majority in the House.
The horns of celebration will already be dying down, and voters will already be going to bed, before the new balances in the House and Senate are final. There may well be House and Senate races which will be "too close to call" or even come down to recounting the ballots before control of the House and the Senate are finalized.
I'm laying in a supply of healthy snacks and juices to see me through the long night and early hours of the day after.
I want to know as soon as I can what the future of America is likely to look like....and whether or not my poll respondents are right in saying that "continued stalemate" is in store for all of us.
Copyright 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights resrved.
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