Within a week the American political landscape will be altered almost as dramatically as Toronto’s would have been had — to take an absurd idea — Rob Ford become mayor. Oh, that actually happened in Toronto. This could start to get exciting.
I am sure Republicans will regain the House of Representatives and probably also the U.S. Senate. This is not where the smart money is but I am not the smart money. I am a pundit. However, my prediction of a Republican victory in the Senate is not the product of wishful thinking nor is it a prediction of a Republican victory. To begin with, I do not regard electoral victories as transcendent or permanent. I grew up when the world really seemed to be going up the spout, and was delighted to see Thatcher, Reagan and John Paul II emerge. But when I read my friend John O’Sullivan’s The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister: Three Who Changed the World, a convincing argument that we can’t possibly be in the mess we’re in now, my reaction was: if those three changed the world, it sure changed back fast. Continue reading