Top of Mind Thursday – November 10, 2022: Great Expectations

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It’s a well-known fact that in the US, the party not in power always regains a significant number of seats in Congress during mid-term elections.

It’s a well-known fact that in the US, the party not in power always regains a significant number of seats in Congress during mid-term elections.

That’s what the pollsters and pundits were predicting for the election held this week. Except it didn’t happen.

While we’re still waiting on the final results, it looks at this point like the Republicans will regain control of the house by a very thin margin, and the Democrats have a good chance of holding the Senate by an even slimmer one.

What happened? Depending on who you listen to this was because the candidate quality in many races was poor. Or people rejected many of the candidates who were still denying the results of the last election. Or many people thought the right to abortion was just as important an issue as the current economic situation. Or some other reason that will be posited soon.

Regardless of why this happened, because the Republicans had predicted a big Red Wave, they had high expectations for what they would be able to do in the next Congress. If the results play out as it looks now, Washington will be split down the middle and we face the possibility of paralysis and indecision for the next two years.

Of course, this could be an opportunity for moderates on both sides to come together, reach across the divide, and try to work together for the benefit of their constituents and the country as a whole.

But based on what we’ve seen over the last decade, that might be expecting too much.

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