You've probably seen the Facebook meme in which a kid offers to dress as a Republican for Halloween in order to scare homosexuals, women, minorities, Mexicans, and old people. It's supposed to be humorous. But what we're about to witness next Tuesday is anything but.
It's hard to believe that people across the nation have watched government gridlock inaction (not IN action, because there's been far too little of it) and have decided the solution to Washington's problem is Republican control of both chambers of Congress. I can't wrap my head around any question that ends with that "solution". But according to the pollsters, that's exactly where America is headed.
How this will play out in the aftermath of Tuesday's midterm bloodletting is anyone's guess, but here are a few things you can count on if the GOP takes control of the Senate:
They'll spend an inordinate amount of time passing bills designed to defund or repeal The Affordable Care Act in both houses of Congress, and any resultant laws they pass will be promptly vetoed by President Obama. In other words, much will be made of their efforts to save America from this socialist plot, but nothing whatsoever will come of it, other than this: the average American who has gained health care coverage through the ACA will get a very clear look at which political party gives a shit about them and which one is posing for the cameras.
Immigration reform will die on the vine. No Republican is going to risk his political life stepping out in front of the legislative freight train that is coming down the tracks in the wake of a GOP Senate takeover. If President Obama is to be faulted for anything in his first six years in office, it could very well be the failure to demand meaningful immigration reform when he still had Democratic control of the Senate. His unwillingness to use executive orders to impose portions of the Dream Act will come back to haunt us all... right on time for Halloween. See what I did there?
Both houses of Congress will begin to push anti-abortion measures in committee bills. The resultant damage to reproductive rights will be minimal, but Americans will finally have to face this issue on a national level, instead of through piecemeal state by state legislation. The bright side of this quandary is that women will finally, at long last, get a crystal clear contrast between the political parties as they relate to women's reproductive freedom. Why any woman would vote Republican has always befuddled progressives, but after the midterms there will be plenty of reasons for those women to reassess their priorities before the 2016 election.
In fact, losing the Senate might be exactly what Democrats need. Republicans will finally have to actually lead through their legislation, instead of just pandering to their lowest common denominator base voter. President Obama will wield veto power to stop the most egregious of laws from being enacted, and the Republican agenda will be on full display for the voters in the next two years.
So in that respect, Tuesday's election might yet have a silver lining.
But before we shrug it off, let's consider the big ol' dark cloud and not the bright fringe: if (heaven forbid) an opening occurs on the Supreme Court, we're all screwed... for generations.
A Republican Senate will control the nomination process for a Supreme Court appointment, and anyone who thinks THAT bodes well for America is doing way better drugs than I.
If you haven't voted yet, you still have time to make a difference. If you haven't voted and don't intend to because you think your vote doesn't matter, do the rest of us a favor and kindly shut the fuck up for the next couple of years whenever political issues are being discussed by people who give a shit.