In The First Inning, Does It Matter Who’s On First?

ImageIt’s interesting to watch the reports as the 2016 Presidential elections come into sight or at least, into smell. The flaming radiance of the halo around President Obama (at least, within his party) has obscured development of any serious Democratic contender other than Bill Clinton’s wife, who was already well known from her inability to sell the predecessor to Obamacare during the Clinton Administration. To which she has now added the foggily dismal tale (whatever it is) of Benghazi while she was in charge. The President has been able to lock up any previous failures from public view as Hillary Clinton has not.

But the Republicans, in spite of the boost from the demonstrated incompetence of Obamacare, are no better off. Polling to date illuminates  GOP leaders (depending upon the poll one chooses) either a recycled Mitt Romney or a recycled Mike Huckabee. These remind of an old country western song: “Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor On The Bedpost Overnight?” 

The actual Republican grassroots leader on polls appears to be -ulp- Sarah Palin, whom all thinking folk understand cannot possibly be taken seriously since the media has spent so much time and effort telling us that  Good grief, next thing you know, the ignorant voters will be selecting a president!

Of course, that election is on the other side of the coming November’s Congressional bash. And these off-year elections are often hard on majority party folk in Congress, though this time, Obamacare may be the main issue. The House Republicans seem set to let it plug on, producing its weekly new horror stories. But 2016 is a long way with much room for new happenings. Excepting Palin, who has apparently invaded the polls without help from the mighty, these early handicappings seem more intended to grease the skids from Republicans with name recognition than to serve any other purpose. The GOP establishment never wanted Huckabee and is unlikely to want to recycle a proven loser like Romney. And Palin is unwanted at any time, she appeals to none who matter… just to voters, who don’t.  Well, so long as they do what they’re told.

The fact is, none of this matters; what is important is the November Congressional and gubernatorial elections of this year. Will the establishmentarians mostly be returned to Congress? That, matters. For now, the rest is distraction… And that is some of its purpose.

About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much) Couple of degrees in government, a few medals in figure skating; just reading and suspicion for economics ...
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