Ba-Rock’n and Roll’n – Wingin’ It Wednesday
Some days we struggle to find things to talk about. This was not one of those days.
This highly anticipated "Morning After" edition of ”Wingin’ It Wednesday” came on the heels of election day. Panelists Carol Ross, Warren Caudle, and Mike Stagg joined “Mornings With Ken and Bernie” fresh off their political hangovers to discuss the night that was.
Here’s what the panel had to say:
1. Obama wins. Your thoughts?
Mike Stag eagerly led off:
The president won and he won the popular vote. It was a great victory. If you looked at the polls in the battleground states all along you could see this is what was going to happen. This is the way it was headed. Obviously there are a lot of disappointed billionaires today.
This election showed the 4 million of us that made small contributions to the Obama campaign count more, and can fight this massive influx of million dollar contributions more. It was a victory delivered through ground game. We got out to vote. They had a plan they developed two years ago, they ran it, they executed it, it paid off last night, and it showed at the polls.
Warren Caudle added:
My real thought on the whole thing was that nothing is going to change. Nothing was going to change the other way. In fact I think we might be better off this way because you weren't going to see any real reform under Romney, because the Republicans weren't going to back it and the Democrats weren't going to back it.
The Republicans are still in control of the national debt because they run congress. Nothings going to change. What you saw last night, the one party we have is the party of big government. It's divided into two subsets.
The Republican party today has alienated itself and continues to do so. Nothing's going to change.
Carol Ross countered:
Oh yes, it was the triumph of reality shows over reality. As rush called him, the "Kardashian President", and I'm only half way joking about that. Exit polls show that people know more about reality stars than politics.
One of the interesting exit polls that I saw was that hurricane Sandy was very important to a lot of voters.
2.The 3rd congressional district will be heading to a runoff between congressmen Boustany and Landry. Your thoughts on the runoff?
I think you're going to see more of the negative nasty campaign.
I initially said Charles Boustany would win going away with over 60% of the vote. As we got closer and closer I realized that wasn't going to happen. Now that you're in the runoff, Boustany has to make up 5% and Landry about 15%. I do not see Jeff Landry pulling Democrat votes. I say Boustany is going to win with 60-65% of the vote.
Mike Stagg countered:
If you go back to how this thing set up Boustany was always depending on the Democratic votes, that was always his strategy.
There will be a sharp drop off in turnout, so that spread last night has nothing to do with the outcome we're going to see on December 8. From a Democratic perspective I don't think it matters which one is elected. There is no difference between them in their voting record. There is no difference between them in what they stand for. I think Democrats ought to stay out of this, and if that happens Jeff Landry wins.
From the last voter guide I saw, they voted exactly the same on 6 key issues. The one thing they differed on, and only because Jeff Landry didn't vote, was the jobs issue. It comes down to, the way it is in congress, seniority, seniority, seniority. Congressman Boustany is in a very good position to affect things he's already done. He knows the lay of the land, and he fits in more with the entirety of the district than Landry does.
I think Jeff Landry is an up-and-comer, no doubt about it, but the way this race was conducted leaves a bad taste in everybody's mouth.
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