Of 2 Rightist Parties in D.C., Voters Go Hard Right

The most ironic comment of the post-election analysis came on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show, today, when one of the commentators said (paraphrasing), "Well, the voters just think the wheels are falling off of the car," meaning the car as the country.  Yeah right, so just turn over the keys to the folks that almost drove it over the cliff in '08, and everything will be just fine.  When, however, for all intents and purposes, you only have two right wing, laissez faire parties to choose from, voters apparently decided that going hard right, i.e., with the Republican Party, made more sense than going for right wing lite, the Democratic Party. 

Such is the dilemma of politics in America where there is a void of immense proportions and no strong left-of-center party in sight since corporatist-oriented Democrats Bill Clinton, Dick Gephardt and Tony Coelho reshaped the party of F.D.R. 20 to 25 years ago, to the dismay of the nation that actually had two opposing parties until that era.  As Commoner has been making this point continuously for years, the Democrats and Republicans have all but melded into one, the "Democratic-Republican Party."  Although, at least, by the country turning to right wing strong, again, unless President Obama starts vetoing stuff like mad, commoners will find out sooner than later that absolutely nobody is minding the store when it comes to their economic interests, which may in turn lead to a "new awakening" through a new strong political party.  That's the only silver lining of this election.

[revised on 11/5/14]