There is almost no mention of the following: Black voters showed up to vote in about the same percentage as they constitute demographically.
The U.S. Census reports that Black are 13.6% of the population.
In a story about voter dissatisfaction, this piece of information is buried. “Exit polls suggest that black voters made up about 1 in 8 voters nationally, similar to the last midterm in 2010.” One out of eight is about 12.5%.
So, of those voters who turned out, Blacks were well represented in terms of their overall weight of the population. Also, because they are a small percentage, a 13.6% percentage would not have made much difference in the outcomes.
Most Americans did not vote. They rarely vote in mid-term elections. Blaming the defeat of the Democrats on the unwillingness of Democrats to vote makes little statistical sense.
The Democrats got pounded because the voters who showed up were protesting against Obama, just as the voters who showed up in 2006 were voting against Bush.
Voters don’t like Congress. So, the only way the ones who are unhappy can protest is to throw the bad guys out — this election’s bad guys. Congress will not change, so the other bad guys will be thrown out at some later date.
So it goes. The faces change; the basic policies do not. What we see is what we get — always.
The federal budget will not get balanced. The immigration problems will not be solved. The porkers will not be castrated. The Federal Reserve will not be audited by the General Services Administration, let alone shut down. The Federal Register will still publish 78,000+ pages of three-column, fine print regulations. It will be business as usual.
Pray for gridlock.