The Republicans will likely win control of the Senate in today's midterm elections.
I would like to tell folks to panic and that the sky is falling. The reality is that the sky had fallen down to Earth on the American body politics some time ago.
Does this mean that reasonable, sensible, and forward thinking Americans should not vote today? Of course not. The Republican Party is a political entity that has fully embraced white supremacy both on its own "merits", as a means of killing "the useless eaters", and advancing the neoliberal corporate Austerity Agenda.
The Tea Party GOP must be stopped at all costs. To borrow from the sage, wise, and genius Redd Foxx as channeled through his character Fred Sanford, I would rather be electrocuted a little bit at a time than all at once. The Republicans are offering the latter option to the working classes, poor, middle classes, and people of color; the Democrats are offering up their jolts of painful and slightly less lethal electricity a whee bit at a time.
Choose your poison. I cannot tell you which one is preferable--such a decision is a personal matter.
I will admit to possessing a certain amount of admiration for the the Tea Party GOP's strategy and tactics.
The Tea Party GOP has been able to advance a political agenda that is inspired by the end of Reconstruction and "Redemption" launched forward 140 or so years, while using a sophisticated modern media propaganda operation to simultaneously create the artificial crises of economic malaise, stagnation, and broken government while blaming Obama and the Democrats for the problems the Republicans intentionally created.
White racial animus and racism have also been central tools for the Republican Party in ginning up white support to win back the Senate by mobilizing the White base, enabling voter suppression laws, shrinking the non-white non-Republican electorate, and "niggerizing" Barack Obama in such a way to counter-intuitively provide "race neutral" cover for a years-long campaign to delegitimize him as President of the United States of America.
White supremacy is central to American politics. When and if the Democrats loose the Senate, a skillful use of white supremacist sentiments, anxieties, and appeals, will be one of the primary ways that such an outcome was achieved.
Alternatively, I offer up the following scenario. The Republican Party is a person who comes over to your home, drops their pants, squats, and then pees and poops on your white carpet. He or she then turns to you, the host, and complains that the floor is dirty--and that you keep a filthy house.
One cannot negotiate with such a deranged person: the only solution is to kick them out of your home--swiftly, with intentional energy and great enthusiasm.
I often discuss American politics using the narrative framework and metaphors offered by professional wrestling. In that framework, the 2014 midterm elections are a combination of the "blow off match" and "doing business on the way out". Obama is still the champion. But he is now working in a full on "heel" territory (as he has been for most of his tenure in office) and will soon be leaving office.
Politics as professional wrestling remains an accurate description for American politics.
However, the great scholar and cultural critic Professor Henry Giroux has an alternative metaphor for the broken, moribund, and dysfunctional American politics of the Age of Austerity, Cruelty, and Neoliberalism that good citizens ought to also consider.
Giroux has sharply observed that America is beset by "zombie politics". His recent interview with Bill Moyers (and also many posts on Truthout) are frighteningly cogent, sharp, and clear exercises in truth-telling about the empirical realities of American politics in the 21st century.
Perhaps, there is a space for "zombie professional wrestling politics" in the theoretical and empirical frameworks used to describe and analyze American politics in the Age of Austerity, Neoliberalism, and Cruelty?
What are your predictions for today's elections? Is all hope lost if the Tea Party GOP has control of both chambers of Congress?