I'm sure many of our readers might be wondering: "Where is K.N. on all this election hoopla? Wasn't this guy a serious follower of politics not that long ago?"
Yep, I was.
In a past life, I was actually the point of the spear in a major political operation. It was a big part of this blog early on. Alas, burnout happens.
Since those days, I've found my interest in politics has waned. Oh, it is a wonderous thing to get really swept up with the spirit of an election and work for your side, but after a while it also seems futile. I was only marginally attached to the presidential campaign of 2012 and this year I pretty much checked out entirely.
However, I would be lying if I said I wasn't enjoying the GOP's resurgence. While I am very pessimistic about the party, believing that it is too captive to special interests to bring meaningful reform, the fact is the Republicans are the only game in town in term of having any chance of turning things around. (That, by the way, is what makes me so pessimistic.)
Still, a crop of promising newcomers has emerged and the death-defying Scott Walker has triumphed yet again in enemy territory. Even here in Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder pulled out a convincing win and the GOP tightened it's Darth Vader-like deathgrip on the state Senate.
Yes, the open seat vacated by Carl Levin went to another metro Detroit Democrat, but that's pretty much the way things go around here. The Michigan GOP treats federal Senate seats like vampires treat crucifixes - they stay the hell away from them. I have no idea why they haven't fielded a candidate who can campaign on a statewide level for Senate since New Kids on the Block were a pop sensation, but there you are.
At any rate, it was a good day, but without some sort of concrete result, that's all it will be - just a good day. I'm encouraged by the new blood and the victories deep in enemy territory, but unless actual policies follow, it will be a hollow victory.