There are Serious People in Washington seriously looking forward to the Republicans taking control of Congress in the fall because they fully expect that the Republicans will not be able to do anything except make sure that President Obama can’t do anything.
These people, some of whom I suspect are Democratic Senators themselves (Did I say Max Baucus?)---think divided governments make the best governments, one side cancelling the other out, with nothing significant being accomplished by either side, as long as the real power remains in the hands of those who serve the interests of the corporate elite.
The prospect of Senators Angle, Paul, and Buck doesn’t frighten them. If anything, it amuses them. Nutcases make great news copy and titillating gossip. The Serious People are counting on the cynics and corporate stooges who manage the elite’s business in the Senate to keep the nuts in line. Look at the House. How much trouble does Michelle Bachmann really cause?
Their only disappointment with Angle, Paul, and Buck---and you can throw in Senators Rubio and Toomey---is that none of them look as good as Bachmann in a skirt.
The Serious People know that a Republican Congress even if well stocked with Right Wing nutcases will accomplish next to nothing over the next two years but neither will President Obama. Which is fine. The corporate elites who run the country will get done what they want to get done.
The Bush Tax Cuts will be made permanent.
Social Security will be “saved” in some way that makes sure that no rich people’s taxes are raised and, with a little luck, actually cuts the amount of money businesses have to kick in and even makes some rich people richer.
But it won’t be called “privatization.”
Restraints on corporations will be loosened again.
Obama will have to appoint more corporate friendly judges.
Our giant imperial military will continue to keep the world safe for international corporate business interests.
In short, nothing is going to change. It will be business as usual and things will go on the way they’ve gone on for the last 30 odd years.
The danger a Democratic Congress and a Democratic Senate posed to the corporate elite has always been potential not imminent.
There was always the chance that Nancy Pelosi might get real control of her caucus and Harry Reid might grow a spine.
There was always the chance that the liberals in the Senate might rebel and change the rules so that the majority actually ran the show and Joe Lieberman, Evan Bayh, Max Baucus, Ben Nelson, and Blanche Lincoln were reduced to the irrelevancies they deserve to be.
It’s amazing, isn’t it, that the Democratic Party, which mainly represents the urban centers on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts has been at the mercy of Senators from Montana and Nebraska.
You could take the entire population of Montana and combine it with the population of Nebraska and bus them all to Manhattan and they’d get lost in the crowd.
There was always a chance that the people of New York might notice this unfairness and start demanding that their Senators do something about it, like having one of them challenge Harry Reid for Majority Leader.
Fortunately, it’s looking as though the people of Pennsylvania have decided that instead of having their interests in the hands of Senators from Montana and Nebraska they want them placed in the hands of Senators from Kentucky, Alabama, and South Carolina. It’s possible that the people of Washington State and even California are deciding they want to be represented by Senators from the South too.
Which is to say in the hands of other corporate flunkeys who won’t have to worry about having their committee chairmanships taken away by obstreperous liberal colleagues.
So come January all will be as it should be as far as the Serious People are concerned.
The corporate elite will continue to run things but with less worry.
The rich will continue to grow richer.
The middle class will continue to shrink.
American business will have a larger pool of anxious, desperate workers who will be glad for any job they can get at any pay with the barest minimum of benefits.
And if it all goes to pot again, well, then President Obama or some other naively “responsible” Democrat can be allowed to take office and clean up the mess in a way he or she will get no credit for because no credit will be deserved because it will be done by punishing the middle class, again, and then it will be back to business to usual, with the Right Wing propaganda machine making sure that Americans blame each other for the mess.