Snood…my fervent hope is that Obama is elected to a second term. I certainly will vote for him—and it will not in any way be a better-of-two-evils kind of vote. I think Obama has gotten about as much as any progressive thinking Democrat could possibly have gotten from the cards he was dealt. The political climate during the last three years (which I expect will continue until the end of this term) has been about as toxic as anything I’ve ever seen…including the **** that went on while Bill Clinton was president.
I do think, however, that there will be every bit as much in the way of concession—mostly because I do not see the Republicans appreciably changing the way they do business, which means concessions (extreme compromise) is the only way to get anything done.(His hopes for big change in the way the Senate does business is going no where!)
My expectations for the next term, whether Obama or one of the Republicans is president, are not high. There will be some short-term recovery, but the problems faced by our economy (and the world economy) are systemic and will not respond significantly to the kinds efforts being brought to bear on them. We need cosmic changes in the way we do business, and “cosmic changes” will not happen until we are so far in abject crisis phase.
Re-electing Obama will not get us out of the hole we’ve dug for ourselves, but electing a Republican to replace him will only mean more digging.