It’s only been a week since this year’s midterm elections, but it seems like it’s been much longer. Since the elections, there’s been an endless parade of Republicans on just about every news outlet boasting about the massive victories experienced by their party this year.
And they’re right. For Republicans it was a great election night. At the end of the day, their party did indeed score huge wins all across the country.
But there’s one stat that I’m fairly certain you won’t see any Republican want to address – the abysmal voter turnout.
How bad was it? Well, we just experienced the worst voter turnout in this country since 1942. You know, right in the middle of WWII.
In fact, only 34.6 percent of the voting-eligible public voted this year. To be fair, voter turnout during midterm elections is always lower than during presidential election years – but not this low.
It’s like I’ve said before, the huge victory for the GOP came on one of the saddest days for democracy we’ve seen in decades. And now we have even more stats to back it up.
This election shouldn’t be a celebration for anyone who loves democracy. This isn’t a “government of the people, by the people, for the people,” as Abraham Lincoln once said. This is a government that’s been determined by just over one in three Americans who were eligible to vote.
Essentially two-thirds of this country had no voice in this election.
Now, is that the fault of Republicans? Not entirely. I’m sure some will blame voter ID, but while those ridiculous and unnecessary laws might have lowered voter turnout in some areas, I think disgust and apathy are the real culprits behind this embarrassing turnout. These are feelings that are directly related to the unprecedented gridlock we’ve seen in Congress since 2010. And that is the fault of the Republican party.
While Democrats and Republicans have almost always disagreed on many things, we’ve never seen blatant obstruction like we have since Republicans took over control of the House of Representatives in 2010. Since that moment, the only goal of the GOP was to oppose anything and everything President Obama supported.
And that’s exactly what they did.
Because of this obstruction, millions of Americans saw this year’s election as pointless. They believed that no matter who won, nothing was going to change.
I guess they were partially right.
Because of gerrymandering, it was essentially impossible for Democrats to take back power in the House. And no matter how much power Democrats took or kept in the Senate, it wasn’t going to matter because John Boehner and House Republicans were never going to let anything get accomplished. That’s exactly what we’ve seen and been forced to put up with for the last four years.
So while Republicans all across this country continue to celebrate, voter turnout is one stat you sure as heck won’t be seeing many (if any) Republicans mentioning during their numerous cable news appearances.