Thursday, March 13, 2014

Voters Took Everthing Jolly But Not The Kitchen Sink

       The 13th District in Florida, although carried by Obama in 2008 and 2012 and had not voted for a Republican Presidential candidate since 1988, had been represented by Republican William Young from 1970 until his death in 2013. Young was legendary in his ability as a member and later chair of the House Appropriations Committee in bringing federal dollars into the District. Alex Sink, the Blue candidate in the special election, had great name recognition and experience and was presumed by many pundits to be a favorite. David Jolly did not have that recognition, but campaigned on the need to repeal Obamacare--you could not mend it as Sink was proposing to do as she was also attacking him as a climate change skeptic (remember Kerry's new definition of Weapons of Mass Destruction?). But when the dust cleared, Jolly won, sending the Blue spin doctors into high gear, but realistically sending tremors among those Blues seeking reelection in the Senate and House , especially those in states that Romney carried.
      This could be a historic election, the first time in my memory that a central similar issue resulted in Congressional landslides--the aborted and failed Hillary Care in 1994, Obamacare in 2010 and now once again Obamacare in 2014.  Will make for interesting poetic comments!
But Not The Kitchen Sink
One election victory be it a landslide or thin does not mean a trend
Even though the results from the 13th mean ACA problems are not coming to an end
In a district Obama had carried in 2010 and 2012
The Blues brought the best candidate from the shelves
Clinton campaigned and the DNC unleashed a flood of campaign dollars that would not quit
Borrowing a Clinton phrase “Don’t end it, mend it”
Outspent four to one, to against a Blue with name recognition run seemed to be height of folly
When the dust had cleared, votes all counted, 13th would not take the Sink but did David Jolly
Alex Sink tried to with ad dollars keep the worry over Obamacare deflected
Ads claiming Jolly was an ostrich who global warming fears has rejected
Like Nero who fiddled while Rome burned, the Blues filibustered late into the night
Over failure of carbon reductions and the wisdom of their global warming clear insight
This may not have been the first sign of a growing Red  trend
Who knows what potholes in the next 8 months lurk around the bend
But all Blue candidates seeking reelection voted for this mess, each and everyone
If this election was an omen a good number of these Blues the voters in the fall will shun
Debt, Deficit, size of government, imperial Presidency are concepts too abstract
But loss of trust, loss of  doctor, loss of plan, higher costs these are issues that voting anger attracts
If all the Blues have in their bag of tricks is to the minimum wage raise
And more unemployment insurance payment extensions  to get the voters’ praise
If the Reds push some increase with a carve out for employees under an early age
To encourage the young, unskilled, unemployed to start receiving a wage
Income Inequality which is a farce as a Blue issue is cut off at the knees
Global Warming left but still a hoax; there is no human caused rising of the seas
But Reds to insure a quantum shift must have a unified vision on healthcare to propose
Along with jobs, energy, immigration—they cannot remain only the party of Noes!
© March 13, 2014 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet


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