I was just looking at the blog stats today (down, but surprisingly, not out) and realized I've not posted anything for over two months.
(Caution - Excuses ahead - if you cannot tolerate excises, lame or not, you might want to skip a paragraph or two...)
The summer was brutal - tenants moved out and we had to clean the place up, deal with contractors, etc., in preparation for putting the house on the market, which we did last month. Every single weekend has been gobbled up by that house - and it is a bit over an hour away, so just going there is a chore.
Physically, mentally and emotionally exhausting.
Well, we've had a couple of weeks of only a single trip up there (not both weekend days) and that just to water some flowers and make sure the A/C/Heater is working properly for the weather. The house is professionally staged, and to let the flowers wilt into an early death might spoil the affect, dontcha think? The Cyber-wife thinks so, so we go - or at least I do...
But all this while, I've been perusing Facebook, reading the news, talking with friends, online and off, and generally trying to soak up the feelings this election cycle.
I do tend to be a bit optimistic at times, but my considered opinion is that the Republicans are screwed. Why? The polls are mixed. None of the pundits agree, either with me or with each other.
President Obama is still in office, the Republicans are still livid that he is, and determined to obfuscate at every opportunity - and even when there are none.
Republicans are still spouting nonsense, some are getting arrested or investigated, and the rest are acting like either children in kindergarten or high school kids with hormonal problems.
Democrats are still divided, one or two are playing the get-arrested-for-idiocy cards like Republicans and are still failing to play political hardball to take full advantage of Republican faults - which are many.
And Pat robertson is still talking like a demented Altzeimer's patient on steroids.
In short, everybody is doubling down on what they were doing last election, including Bernie Sanders, who seems to make more sense than most of them.
So, why do I think Republicans are going to not win this election? (Notice I said "not win", instead of "lose" this election.)
Because they pretty much didn't win the last one, and they've done nothing to change their game. While they've attempted a bit of fluff here and there to try to reach out to women or Hispanics, none of it went far, and never was a serious attempt, so neither went anywhere. No wonder, all their energy went towards marginalizing and shitting all over both groups.
In at least one Senate race, today, it was noted the Republican in the race, an incumbent, is down with women by 18 points. That is not an insignificant amount, and could lose him that election. I don't remember the State, unfortunately, and I'm too lazy to go look it up. They didn't say if that State has a significant Hispanic population, but the media has largely ignored those fine folk unless commenting snidely about immigration. But the number of States who do is growing by the year, and in many of them, that population is often tending towards the Democrats, and not the Republicans as in the past.
I guess that wall down along the Mexican border is finally sinking into the Hispanic consciousness. Republicans still haven't realized that the demographics there are catching up with them, and the media ignoring them hasn't helped.
That's cool, I hope they keep it up!
Last election, I posted almost daily about the shenanigans the Republicans were getting into - ;was passing against women, pronouncements against immigration, crazy, stupid statements about rape, abortion and women, and all of the typical crap they tend to spout.
I've avoided that this year for a couple of reasons.
First, I'm sick of it. I could, if I wanted, do that again, but then again, I'd be repeating myself. Day in, day out, like a broken record (younger set, google that!), same old crap.
Which brings up the second reason - if you really want to read any of that, just go back in my past posts and look up the last cycle - no use writing it again, I've already done that!
In short, Republicans haven't done anything different. Same old anti-Obama crap, anti-immigration crap, same old anti-woman crap, same old anti-abortion crap. Maybe a bit of shallow discoloration as camouflage, a few wilted leaves here, a bare branch stuck in a cap there. Nothing to really disguise what they are still selling.
Unadulterated conservative crap, leavened with corporate bribery and topped with the fluffy whipped cream of religion.
It is less than a month before the election, folks, and some States allow early voting beginning SOON!
GO VOTE!!! Get off your ass and get your friends, family and neighbors out to vote - especially if they are Democrats. Urge everybody to vote Democratic.
Not only can't we afford to lose the Senate, but we really need to narrow the lead of Republicans in the House. I don't know how much good that may do now and in the next two years, but it sure will make the next election easier to take the House back when we have a better chance!
And it wouldn't hurt to change a State House or two back to Democratic control, either.