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Lead the Way?

Here it is.  The day after the election that changed everything.  So what does this new world of Wednesday morning look like?

If you take the long view, as I do, it looks about the same as Tuesday.  Just as surely as everyone pronounced the Republican Party dead two years ago, the conventional wisdom has turned to call the Democrats and President Obama powerless.  These events must all mean something, yes?

No, not really.

Events are one thing, people are another.  Without leadership none of this will matter.

One thing I have to give the Republicans a lot of credit for is the very classy and humble way they accepted their wins last night.  Marco Rubio got to set the tone in Florida as the first big win to make CNN, and he was very gracious.  That will serve them well if they can keep it up as they assume control of 1/2 of 1/3 of our government.  They’ve enjoyed outsized influence as they gummed up the works as well as any opposition party could over the last two years, so perhaps they can now win more friends and continue to have outsized influence with a bit of grace.

Here in Minnesota, it’s recount time again, just like it was for Senator Franken.  Our governor’s race has come down to about 0.43%, which probably reflects the mood of the state better than anything.

Jim Oberstar of the 8th Congressional District lost, which when combined with the Democrats’ loss of the US House might mean a lot of trouble for rail projects in this state.  I wonder about the money for the Central Corridor, for example, which generally has been run through political channels directed by Oberstar and Rep. McCollum of Saint Paul far more than the usual methods.

Republicans have taken our legislature, which will prove very interesting.  They have also been very effective as blockers and not runners, having been out of power for far too long.  It will take them a while to get their legs and make that work.

The one race I really cared about was our local Sheriff’s race, in which Matt Bostrom ousted Bob Fletcher.  Words cannot express how happy I am.

But for all these changes we can’t say yet what they will mean.  All of them take leadership.  Our new Governor will have to balance the budget and face terrible choices.  The Republicans will have to learn how to run a legislature.  Sheriff Bostrom will have to reform his department completely.  It will all come down to the quality of leadership, something not really tested yet.

7 thoughts on “Lead the Way?

  1. I was really happy to see news of the Bostrom/Fletcher race. For so many reasons, this race showed us that justice can play itself out for a change. As far as the governor’s race, I agree with your assessment that our state is ambivalent at best about who would best lead our state, and it certainly didn’t help that the candidates were “B team” at best.

    Oberstar’s loss really surprises me; as a long-time incumbent perhaps he took his seat for granted. It looks like the independence party soaked up more than the thin margin, but it really says something about how hard Cravaack must have worked hard to turn out votes.

  2. I think the Republicans have just bitten off way more than they can chew. They are responsible for everything now and they probably can’t do a thing to make it better. This is probably the best thing that could happen for Obama.

  3. Long view yes! I read an article where China’s one child policy takes 50 years for the effects to be fully felt. In other big news the fed started quantitative easing, and a poorly run coal mine was closed in appalachia by the Feds.

  4. Over the long haul it’s hard to say what history will write about the era we’re in now. I really do think the dice are in the air regardless of who wins any given election.

    Just want to point out that in the Minnesota Governor election Emmer received 910k votes, which is less than the 1.0-1.1M that I was calling his “base” from previous elections. I’m going to stand by what I said and chalk this up to his mis-steps along the way. He really should have won with everything else running in his favor.

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