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January 21, 2010

The day after

I haven’t talked politics much on this blog, which is a bit surprising if you know that I spend A LOT of time reading about and following politics.  Probably the main reason is that I have some VERY opinionated friends on both sides of the aisle, and after living in D.C. for a while I sort of decided that life was generally less-angsty if I gave my political rants only to Neal.  Oh, Neal has all the luck! 🙂

But since everyone and their dog was facebooking or blogging about the Senate race in Massachusetts today, I thought maybe I would too.  After all, it is my blog . . . no one is forcing you to read it.

Based on the reactions I read from my friends across the spectrum, I must say that I feel in the minority because I’m not really sure what I think about this anomalous event — a Republican senator from Mass.  I’m a little amused by the irony: after 46 years Ted Kennedy’s seat goes to a guy who might kill the cause for which Kennedy fought.  I am no great Kennedy fan, despite his excellent record on prison reform, and I sort of loathe the whole Kennedy-dynasty thing, so yes, I’m slightly amused.  But beyond that, I feel very much conflicted, which probably perfectly describes my whole relationship to politics over the last decade.  Is this the lot of moderate, independent voters?  Anyone with me on this??

I have to say that the Republican Party makes my stomach turn even a little bit more than the Democratic Party, and yet, some of the issues that are most important to me, like abortion, make me lean Republican in national elections.  This health care thing, though, has me in quite a quandary.  Do I think we have major problems with our health care system in the United States?  Uh, yeah . . . would anyone dispute this?!  Am I thrilled with how the Democratic Party has handled reform?  No; though I also don’t think passage of their bills would usher in Armageddon the way some people do.  Do I think the Republicans have better ideas?  No; I agree with some of their positions, like malpractice reform is a good idea, but seriously, you can’t mount meaningful health care reform on the platform of “trial lawyers suck.”  I just don’t think the data supports that this is the issue in health care the way some Republicans seem to.  So the long and short of it is that I’m not sure yet if Brown’s election will make health care reform better or worse.  A more bipartisan bill could be good, but if health care legislation goes away altogether — as it has so many times in the past — I will rue the day Brown was elected.



  1. Love this! I feel much the same way as you. Maybe you could share some of your political rants with me too :O)

    Comment by Meghan Romney — January 21, 2010 @ 5:34 am

  2. It might “usher in Armageddon.” We don’t know. 🙂

    Comment by Elizabeth H — January 21, 2010 @ 6:10 am

  3. This is why I like you Lindsay, willing to be open and see both sides.

    It will be interesting to see the effects. While the vitriolic rhetoric of both parties continues and they continue to embrace bipartisanship instead of working together for the good of all Americans, there is little hope of any party achieving any good. Personally I think we should do away with every current member of Congress and start over, but not before solving the problems like lobbyists, special interests and campaign finance. I have some more radical ideas but I’ll refrain from sharing them here.

    And if the actions of Congress (including both parties) up until now have not ushered in Armageddon I doubt health care reform will.

    Comment by Kirsten — January 21, 2010 @ 4:14 pm

  4. We’ve never talked politics (or have we?). But I think we should. I need someone with your strong ideals yet real-world pragmatism to help bring me into the political scene. I’m a cynic when it comes to politics and I have vowed to never commit to a party. Maybe when I get my finances in order I’ll come to you for political help next!

    Comment by Vickie Blanchard — January 21, 2010 @ 9:49 pm

  5. I agree with the talking politics thing. It can get dicey and sometimes I don’t enjoy finding out what people actually believe–I’d almost rather be ignorant in some cases. But I’m an independent as well and I’m waiting to see what happens and a little unsure myself how to take this. I liked your thoughts.

    Comment by Audrey — January 21, 2010 @ 11:49 pm

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