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Now what?

Now that the 2012 election is over, what will become of the  characters in our great national drama?

Mitt Romney: Tall, handsome and articulate, he was by far the most electable of the Republican  presidential candidates. But he had two drawbacks:  he seemed out of touch with the circumstances of ordinary Americans (1), and he appeared willing too say whatever it would take to get nominated and elected.(2)   I doubt that he will ever run for office again. But his son Tagg might.

Paul Ryan:  Although he failed in the VP-nominee  minimal role of carrying his home state, he now has national  fame.  He must be considered a serious candidate for the 2016  GOP presidential nomination, along with NJ  Gov. Chris Christie and  Florida Senator Marco Rubio.  Even if he does not seek, or win,  that nomination,  he is an obvious choice for Secretary of Treasury in a  future Republican administration.  If he stays in the House, he has a good chance to become Speaker some day.  Either way, his political future is remarkably bright.

Hillary Clinton:  If she wants the 2016 Democratic  presidential  nomination, she can have it.  Joe Biden would be a fool to run against her,  but  based on his record of  laughs and gaffes,  maybe he is one.  The Clinton brand is still golden, and  2016 may be the time for a  Clinton  Restoration.

 The Senate:  Although the Democrats retain control, the Republicans will filibuster anything they don't like (and they don't like much), so very few substantive bills will pass.

Gerald S Glazer 


(1)  His offer to bet $10,000 with Rick Perry, his suggestion that college grads borrow  money from their parents to start a business and his comments about the "47%" of Americans who depend on government benefits all reinforce this image.  From Romney's perspective, even people earning  a quarter of a million dollars per year are still "Middle Class".

(2) He changed positions on abortion, the individual health mandate and rights of homosexuals when switching from a Massachusetts constituency to a national one. 

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solitarius | Nov. 7, 2012 at 10:05 a.m. (report)

You forgot about Obama.

Obama: He will continue to act like a community organizer and make wonderful sounding speeches and then do nothing. The economy will continue to be stagnant until Obamacare kicks in when it will tank due to massive deficits that will send the national debt close to 25 trillion by 2016. Democrats of course will continue to blame Bush and the Tea Party and deny their economic policies always fail.

In other words NOTHING will change, but this fiscal folly cannot go on forever.

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