Politics & Prejudices
What it all meant
Jack on Obama’s win and what it signifies
Published: November 14, 2012
That which both sides now call "Obamacare" will now go fully into effect, and will be so embedded in our fabric four years from now it will never be repealed.
We won't get any horrible Supreme Court justices for the next four years, which is tremendous. If Jesus should happen to call Antonin Scalia home, or Clarence Thomas leaves the court to open a video store, things may overwhelmingly change for the better,
And Republicans still don't have a clue. When the votes were in, the Tea Party news network put out a press release calling for a more extreme right-wing candidate for president next time. "The lesson the GOP and Americans need to learn is that weak-kneed Republicans do not get elected. Conservatives do," it said.
Just think. If the Republicans stick with those guys for 2016, next time we may all be able to go to bed on Election Night before the streetlights come on.
Next week: What the election means for Michigan. (Matty Moroun has locked himself in the bathroom, and in fairness, I wanted to wait till he came out.)
Give it up: Turning to the truly nutty-cause department: Center for Creative Studies student Joe Benghauser posted a phony sign on the fence where Tiger Stadium once stood.
The sign says a classy new car dealership "Navin Auto Sales," will soon be built there. I saw that, and was cheered; a new bustling business is exactly what Corktown needs. Alas, it is all a hoax.
When you go to the website you find that what Benghauser really wants you to do is contribute money towards building a statue of longtime announcer Ernie Harwell on the site.
Now, that's just plain nuts. Ernie, by the way, was a friend of mine. But there's already a fine statue of him at Comerica Park a mile or so away, and the city doesn't exactly need another one.
There are a million bigger needs poverty-stricken Detroit has, and many better ways Benghauser could use his talent, or any money he is able to raise, to help. Joey, we're sorry to break it to you, but Tiger Stadium is not coming back. I didn't want it torn down either but that war is over. Comerica Park is a fine baseball stadium, and we all have our memories. But now it's time to get on with, like, life.
Jack Lessenberry opines weekly for Metro Times. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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