Red to Blue or Blue to Red?

Posted on June 7, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

By Caren Turner

The stunning upset victory of Scott Walker has led every commentator and pundit to reevaluate the metrics by which we predict electoral outcomes.  Though exit polls predicted a cliff hanger, within one hour of closing the voting booths Walker took the crown.

As pointed out by Ari Fleischer, this is only the latest step in the march from Blue to Red.  To wit – Blue state NJ went red with Christie, blue state Massachusetts went red with Scott Brown, Anthony Weiner’s Democratic seat in Brooklyn NY went to Republican Bob Turner. Now, to the shock of Gloria Borger and others even WISCONSIN went for a Republican!!!

Democratic self recrimination abounds. Barney Frank blamed the Unions for picking the wrong fight. Unions blamed Obama for not participating enough. Citizens United was blamed for changing the battlefield completely. The blame game continues on related issues. The Obama camp is criticizing Clinton for advocating passage of Bush tax cuts. They are also going after Newark Mayor Cory Booker.

So, while the Republicans are having a tough time reigning in the Freshmen Tea Party people, it is matched by the Democrats internal struggles.

Transportation legislation is still in negotiations, equal pay for women failed in the Senate, Georgetown Law professors are predicting the Supreme Court will strike down the Affordable Care Act, all are winding up for potential sequestration cuts and debt ceiling discussions! When you come to the Capitol, please bring your helmet! It’s getting nasty.

Please call me at (202) 466-2511 for any help you may need regarding understanding the governments’ ball of tangled wool!

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