Thursday, November 06, 2014
US Midterm Elections
As expected, the US midterm elections on Tuesday were a bloodbath for the Democrats. The Republicans now have control of both the House and the Senate, which will make the last two years of Obama's presidency interesting so far as getting any policy or reforms passed. It's disappointing that so many people chose not to vote. I live half way around the world and I managed to vote and get my ballot mailed back in time. Although I don't think compulsory voting like here in Australia is the answer, it would be a very different ballgame if politicians had to appeal to all voters instead of just the narrow band that are likely to vote. In any case, this landslide could be a good thing going into the 2016 Presidential election, as the Republicans will have to be seen doing something over the next two years in Congress or they might experience a swing going the other way.