For now, we’re mired in the current wave of election pandering, fear mongering and phony trends. Sadly, very few people realize that nearly identical politicos in this two party system are simply trading chairs because of macroeconomic trends that dictate the course of our lives far more than anyone wants to realize.
Nevertheless, it’s important to take pause and realize that things really aren’t changing despite the blathering of so many political talking heads.
Jacob Turk has made big news because he’s in “striking distance” of Former Kansas City Mayor and current Congressman Emanuel Cleaver. The distance is only around 9 points now with a margin of error of around 4. Sadly, this still has the perennial candidate losing by a not so close margin.
The Missouri Senate Race is notable in Kansas City because the local African-American community has entered the debate regarding earmarks and Robin Carnahan vs. Roy Blunt is already a forgone conclusion. The seat will stay Republican and will be counted among the Tea Party wave with little to no acknowledgment that Blunt is anything but a voice for change, is part of a political dynasty and some of the most ardent Tea Party enthusiasts actually see this guy as part of the problem. Still, winning is the most important thing in politics.
Finally and on the local front, the decision of two Kansas City, Missouri Council Ladies to forgo their reelection bids has left the door open for a few local Tea Party concerns. The only problem is that big money Democrats and their many assorted local clubs are in no danger of losing their stranglehold over local politics. The debating might be fun, but when it comes time to make real decisions . . . Only money plays.
So, house seats will change and there might be a bit of gloating but don’t expect this town to look any different after the election as Tea Party hype still doesn’t manage to create any new jobs or really impact the economy.