Be Careful What You Wish For

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson

Book cover for "Genie in a Bottle" / kansunkea: flickr

Three scenarios.  Take your pick.

1.  Disappointed that Obama hasn’t whupped more ass and accomplished more in the year and nine months since his inaugural, the people who put him in office stay home November 2 and let the Republicans and their Tea Party doppelgängers take over the Senate and House of Representatives.

To show how powerful they are, the newly empowered legislators shut down the government almost long enough to make elders have to wait for their social security checks. They turn the spigot back on just in time, showing how compassionate they are.

They discover that the financial mess Obama inherited from the last time they were in power is really, really bad and blame Obama.  They reverse everything they can that the administration has done to make things better. They make things worse. By the summer of 2012, unemployment tops 10% for the first time since the 1930s. Local taxes go through the roof, proving the adage that stuff flows down hill.

The Republicans blame Obama. The public doesn’t buy it.

In 2012 Obama is elected to a second term and the Democrats take back the House and a 61-member majority in the Senate.

2.  Disappointed that Obama hasn’t whupped more ass and accomplished more in the year and nine months since his inaugural, the people who put him in office swallow their bile and show up to vote in numbers beyond anything seen in a mid-term election since ever.

The Democrats play whup-ass in the House and Senate elections. Obama figures out that the Republicans are never going to play fair and polishes up his Chicago skills. House Republicans and those in the Senate whose terms expire in 2012, and who like the pay and perks, decide it’s time to play ball with the administration.

Obama continues with his plan to restore the economy to health.  By the summer of 2012, unemployment has dropped by a percent or two, foreclosures are down.  The economy isn’t great, but people can see it’s improving.

In 2012 Obama is elected to a second term. the Democrats take back the House and a 67-member majority in the Senate.

3. Disappointed that Obama hasn’t whupped more ass and accomplished more in the year and nine months since his inaugural, the people who put him in office stay home November 2 and let the Republicans and their Tea Party doppelgängers take over the Senate, the House of Representatives,  and governorships in every state that matters in national politics.

State legislatures redistrict the Democratic Party into oblivion, ensuring that for the next two presidential elections, at a minimum, Democrats don’t stand a chance.

Meanwhile, both the House and Senate start reversing everything done in the first 19 months of Obama’s administration and, in enough cases to matter, find enough votes among the Blue Dog Democrats and other Democratic wimps to override presidential vetoes.

Unemployment climbs. Republicans say it’s because people are so used to sucking on the public teat that they no longer know how to work. By the time of the 2024 elections, 5 percent of the population holds 80 percent of the nation’s wealth and the other 95 percent eat cat food.

What do you think?  Is it worth going out to vote November 2? Is it worth getting other people to come with you?

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