I just got a phone call from the Democratic committee to reelect President Obama. The campaign representative went through the usual schpiel, thanking me for my past donations, pointing out that the Republicans are launching a $20 million ad campaign, and that the Democrats and the Obama reelection campaign needs to be prepared to respond in kind. Would I be willing to make a small donation of $150 to keep Obama in office?
I have never been so frustrated by politics as I have been witnessing what’s been going on these last few weeks. I have to think that most other Americans are equally frustrated. That being the case, the endgame to this debt ceiling crisis is pretty clear to me. In fact, for politicians in Washington, the endgame is the same regardless of the outcome at this point. As irresponsible and selfish as both sides have shown themselves to be, I think there will be a huge revolt against incumbents in the next election–one on a scale that we haven’t seen for a very long time. Congress has dug themselves into a no-win situation for themselves:
- If they come to a last minute agreement, people will remember the bickering and stress that they had to endure in the weeks leading up to a last minute agreement. They will wonder why such a compromise couldn’t have been reached weeks or months earlier. And they will recognize that it is not the process so much as the people involved that made a mockery of things. And that will come into play during the next election.
- If they don’t come to a last minute agreement and the U.S. defaults on its debts, well, that will piss people off as well and we’ll see that reflected in the next election.