Looking back, November was a very good month.
President Obama’s re-election was happily received by his supporters and received with stunned disbelief by the big-money gang. So many corporate jets flew into Boston’s Logan airport that parking was at a premium, because everyone wanted to be on hand for the Romney victory celebration. Sigh.
It was a very good month for women in politics and for a political powerhouse organization that flew under the political radar. The organization was Emily’s List, dedicated to supporting pro-choice Democratic women.
Emily (Early Money Is Like Yeast) helped elect 9 out of 10 of the women it supported for Senate and 18 of the 24 it backed for the House of Representatives.
It was a good month for a little political fun-poking, with comedians like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert getting more than a few chuckles at the gob-smacked astonishment of the other side that it could actually lose.
But it was not a good month for those of our fellow Americans who voted for Romney, and can’t come to terms with what his loss means about changing attitudes and values in America. The issue of gay marriage, for example, is simply not an issue for most of us, particularly the young. It is not viewed as an attack on the institution of marriage, but simply an extension of it. Not an issue stout enough to hang an election on.
Flight is one kind of response to unthinkable change, which explains why so many Americans are signing petitions to secede from the union. Been there. Done that. Didn’t work. But I don’t believe it is a constructive response on the part of the rest of us to make fun of fellow Americans who are clearly caught up in the shifting tides of societal change they find hard to come to grips with. It was an election it was hell to lose.
Organized labor played an important role in the election. Two post- election events are an important sign that non union, low wage workers are a sleeping giant that is at last beginning to stir.
Walmart workers demonstrated their dissatisfaction with part time work and no benefits and workers in fast food restaurants hit the street in New York over the same issues. It takes considerable courage to risk losing one of your part time jobs by taking part in a public job action.
So what does December hold in store? A reform of the Senate’s filibuster rule? I hope so, but I doubt it. Avoiding the “fiscal cliff?” More likely, since the Democrats are in a much stronger position than they were in the debate about extending the debt limit.
The election is behind us but the class war is not. It’s going to be fun to watch as it unfolds in Congress and on the picket lines.