By Michael Bryan
I admit it. I was wrong. It happens. More often than I'd like to acknowledge. My wife calls it my magical thinking mode. Ironic that I accused GOP commenters of it. I tend to give the voters credit for rational thought and knowing their self-interest. I've got to stop doing that. Last night was a victory for fear over reason, lies over truth, and slogans over substance. Ever it has been; ever it will be.
I would have never, ever guessed – even last night – that CD 8 and 7 could be so close. I would never have guessed that voters would give the GOP a resounding victory in the U.S. House. I would have never guessed that Arizona voters would give the GOP super-majorities in both Arizona legislative chambers and every state-wide office after their recent handling of the economic down-turn.
I would have never guessed that voters would empower the very party that is at the root of their current dissatisfaction with the tone of American politics and the current economic stagnation.
If there is any bright spot in this debacle (and I'm pretty sure there is none) it may be that the GOP will now be required to produce results for America instead of just filibustering everything and impeding all progress. Now they are in the boat with us and have to take up an oar.
Or not. I'm not even going to try to guess.