Welcome to The Rational Middle’s Live Blog of the 2012 National Election. You can expect zero spin and regular updates on the races for President, the Senate, and the House. As we enter the evening, the consensus expectation is for a status quo election; no change is expected in any of the three bodies, with little expected movement in the numerical composition of Congress.
It only seems like one million commercials ago that the race for the White House, 2012, began. A reported $6 billion has been spent to convince Americans that one of two parties should control the near-destiny of our nation. The most heavily polled election happens tomorrow, and it is time for a final countdown.
The world, sadly, has changed. Like a nation of teenagers, we have become unable to view the world from a perspective bigger than ourselves. We seem ready and able to condemn any facts that are inconvenient, and the entire conservative movement is committed to the derivative notion that any numbers that fail to support their worldview are necessarily be wrong.
National elections matter, this is after all a democracy, a place where the vote is (or should be) sacred. But what matters more than elections are the voters themselves, and perhaps 60 million Americans (just under 20% of the population) are now at risk due to Hurricane Sandy. Today in New Jersey, the President got to observe the aftermath of the storm with a stricken and clearly shaken Chris Christie. Lives have been, in a painfully literal sense, both washed and blown away.