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How much does it matter who the president is if Congress remains divided?
November 5th, 2012
04:18 PM ET

How much does it matter who the president is if Congress remains divided?

By CNN's Jack Cafferty:

When we wake up Wednesday morning - or whenever this race is eventually decided - it might not matter all that much whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is the next president.

Here's why: It's expected Congress will remain divided in the next session with Democrats in control of the Senate and Republicans in control of the House of Representatives.

And we all know how productive our federal government has been the past two years with a divided Congress. Critical issues have gone ignored. They include, but are not limited to, our soaring national deficits, a $16 trillion plus national debt and the looming fiscal cliff.

Our lawmakers do nothing about the really important issues and instead focus on symbolic votes, meaningless hearings and name-calling of the opposite party. And it's highly likely we can expect more of the same for the next two years.

Experts are calling 2012 a "status quo" election with most incumbents expected to win new terms. That's really a shame. What have they done to deserve another term?

In the House, Republicans now hold a 242-193 majority and Democrats are not expected to win nearly enough new seats to take control of the chamber.

In the Senate, some Democrats say the worst-case scenario is maintaining their current 53-47 margin.

But if Americans are frustrated with the dysfunction they'll likely see under Obama or Romney come January, we have no one to blame but ourselves for re-electing the same people over and over again.

Here’s my question to you: How much does it matter who the president is if Congress remains divided?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 5pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

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  1. Harold

    The "Party of No" and "Defeat Obama at all costs" will likely keep the House. Obama should win the Presidency for balance. I don't think the Republican Congress will be as pathetic during Obama's second and final term. Compromise will finally be made on the many important questions at hand.
    That's the view from here Jack.

    November 5, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  2. Charley in New Mexico

    You've just said it Jack. It doesn't matter who is elected to be President, as long as the Congress remains divided it will remain "business as usuall" in Washington D.C. As my grandfather often said, "We have the best government that money can buy."

    November 5, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  3. Gary H. Boyd

    Once in awhile you come up with a good question Jack and this is one of those. If Congress remains as divided as it has been for the past two years, nothing will get done regardless of who's in the White House. It could be equated to the Captain on the bridge while the crew is drunk and disorderly below decks. The ship isn't going anywhere. In naval parlance, it's called mutiny.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    November 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  4. lee in Wyoming

    Of course it matters BIG TIME who our president is. The Congress can
    stand divided and look stupid, but I firmly believe all the naysayers
    will go down, even if takes to 2014. More moderate heads will prevail. They HAVE to work together one way or the other.

    November 5, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  5. Ruth in Indianapolis

    If the house remains republican and the republican senators demand 60% of the vote (not 50 as it used to be) for anything to pass, then we will still be in gridlock. The republicans will gear up for an even more conservative approach for the next election – assuming that the country lasts that long.

    If, God help us, Romney wins and the house remains republican, then we have a disaster.

    November 5, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  6. Emmett M. Smith

    Dear Jack,
    it matters a lot where national security is concearned. Do you remember what happened to Iran when Jimmy Carter was our president? Also, what about the fiascos in Mexico and Benghazi under Obama's watch? Only in a perfect world could we afford another Democrat in the White House!
    Yours truly,
    Emmett Smith
    Mobile, AL

    November 5, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  7. Richard Texas

    It does not mater one bit who is president if congress is not willing to work as a team to accomplish something beneficial to all people. We have seen this in both democrat and republican cabinets time and time again. Congress has forgotten who they work for and I am here to tell them that it isn't the president or their party that they work for it is all the people in America. We are one nation and that is who they represent. Not their own interest or special interest groups or a particular party. If they are not willing to do that then they need not apply for the job.

    November 5, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  8. Oceros

    If Congress actually carried through with the WILL of the people, it would not matter at all. It seems incredible that Bills are passed and then we find out that more than 50% of the people disagree with it. See "obamacare" as an example.

    November 5, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  9. Rich Texas

    The president sets the agenda and the congress holds the purse strings. The president can do very little without the full support of the congress. That being said if you gave the whole Sahara Desert to our wasteful congress in a years time there would be no sand left.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  10. Tom (Atlanta)

    A lot Jack. Effective leaders understand that they never will have everyone agree with them, and often the best ideas come from those who do not. Effective leaders understand how to reach consensious rather than polarizing and creating a fragmented, disfunctional executive team. The President has proven than he couldn't lead in a representative form of government. Based on data available it appears that Romney would be more successful than has Obama.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  11. Brian in Las Vegas

    If the GOP makes any gains it merely mean more obstruction unless legislation is exactly what they pose. The GOP has lost their minds and forgotten that compromise between the parties is what is needed to govern our nation.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  12. Tonybottomline

    Well, it shouldn't matter much: The President is the Chief Executive– so the President should stay focus on executing whatever bill the divided congress passes; that is Of course they do pass a bill.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  13. CARRIE IN aLABAMA

    Jack , you made a good point but it is more than comgress being obstructionist with Pres Obama . More than them giving a Pres Romney all he wants to pay back his millionaoire donors , both scenarios are sad. What I also worry about is the Suprene Court. Do we want an all right wing SC. NEITHER do I want an all left wing one. If GOP wins , the American people lose for years to come , not just a a bowl full of jello for a President.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  14. Louie M.

    It's time to clean house.I believe we must re-elect Obama to continue to shed light in the dark corners and reveal the hidden trap's left by the republicans for the suppression of middle class America. One chip at a time to fell the giant republican tree of lies and back-handed politics.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  15. Peg in NY

    It matters to me on a social agenda perspective. No way I can support anyone who does not support women's rights.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  16. Lucy

    It won't matter a bit! neither candidate can really make any changes without Congress. But then neither candidate will make any changes right off the bat anyway. I still think the public is looking for instant gratification.....and it ain't gonna happen.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  17. Rick McDaniel

    It matters from the standpoint of finding common ground.

    If matters if Reid makes any effort to be bipartisan.

    We know Obama will be totally partisan, so that is non-workable.

    If Romney makes an effort to be bipartisan, and Reid does not, then what will matter most, is whether the Dems continue to hold the Senate leadership, or if they lose leadership.

    It is not going to be an easy road, no matter what. The Democrats have become too divisive, and too focused on party, rather than on government.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  18. Bob In Florida

    It makes a world of difference. The business community and job creators have seen the threat of higher taxes and more regulation go unchallenged by the press for the past 4 years. A Romney Presidency would at least tell the business community there’s no reason to be shy about expansion and growth and that it’s safe to hire again even if he doesn’t have both houses of Congress. At the very least they would know he would do no harm.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  19. George in PA

    Does it matter if he's called whosis or what's his name if nobody's listening? The winner needs a clear majority in both the House and Senate to get anything accomplished.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  20. Elizabeth From Toronto

    Nothing! Until Congress is reformed and Congress men & women don't have to worry about being re-elected every 3 years nothing will change. In fact it will get worst because the racial – brown vote is starting to come in to play as more and more brown people immigrate to the US.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  21. David, Tampa

    It doesn't matter a whole hell of a lot Jack. Who ever is president will have to contend with a house divided against its self. If Obama wins, it will be a continuation of partisanship and congress behaving like a bunch of spoiled kids. If Romney wins, well let's just say the Democrats are licking their chops at that eventuality to give the tea bag party a taste of their own medicine (not that I blame them, but would rather they didn't). Either way this country is in for four more years of what is going on now, and America will not be the better for it. One good thing about Nov. 6 being election day is that my mailbox will no longer get all that obscene garbage sent out by the political parties, most of mine came from the Republicans this year.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  22. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, Virginia

    It matters a great deal, because if the President has coattails, it won't be. You can assume Obama will bring in 25 new congressmen or Romney will bring in 3 new Senators. If that assumption is grounded, it still has an effect on who is the primary deal maker. Romney will cut deals with Reid and expect the GOP to toe the line, while Obama will deal with Boehner and hope that enough Tea Party idiots have been purged so that Boehner can actually deal.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  23. Jane in CA

    It depends. On who takes which house, on whether or not we get rid of the filibuster and secret holds in the senate, on whether or not there are any members who can actually be bipartisan. Congress may not be able to pass anything substantial, in which case it wouldn't matter much. If congress can work together enough to pass legislation (not really too likely, imho) then the president can use his veto power.
    Unless something changes, it doesn't seem likely that anything will get passed for the next 4 years. That isn't all bad, sunsetting the Bush tax cuts would cut the deficit significantly.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  24. David of Alexandria VA

    It matters a great deal, Jack. The president needs to be a collaborator, a consensus builder, and a skilled negotiator,particulalry with a split Congress and particulalry with a winning margin of only a percentage point or two.. He needs to know how to solve problems, not just fan the flames of partisan divisiveness. The best idea guy in the world is worthless if all he can do is pontificate on "fairness." if we get a non-problem-solver, the next four years will be as bad as the last four - worse because we don't have a few trillion dollars to throw at our problems any more. Need I name names here?

    November 5, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  25. John from Alabama

    Jack: The President Of The United States of America is the leader of the free world. The President goes to the G8 conferences on economics and currency. Congress is just one pf the aspects of his job. I believe that Senator Mitch McConnell, Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Jim De Mint, and the Speaker of the House will have to compromise with President Obama. Americans are tired of the Tea Party and Grover Norquist and his rich few friends. The word "no" for the sake of just not moving forward is wrong. The Republicans are on the wrong side of history. There is a cliff which no one wants to go over. I believe President Obama will move us forward, and Gov. Romney will move back toward the policies of George W. Bush. This is truly sad.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  26. Doug Ericson

    About as much as, the difference it makes who is President, when there is a natural disaster the size of Katrina, and now Hurricane Sandy. Fema is a natural dissaster in itself, a federal agency so heart breakingly incompetent, it may bring down two Presidents in a row. As far as Congress being divided, who ever wins tommorow is going to face the same gridlock, caused in part by a Republican led House, and a Democtractic Majority in the Senate. The Charming Drunk, and the Dahli Donkey, will still be the two most powerful figures in Government after the votes are counted . Both leaders have already agreed to disagree going forward. We got lucky in North Central Massachsetts, without even minor damge due to Hurricane Sandy. I raked leaves wildy in preperation for the storm. I had a football field length of head high leaf piles, stacked away from the ditch by the dirt road, a day before Sandy hit. Exhausted and proud of my efforts, I paused, while my wife remarked to me form her car as she was going out, " Your wasting your time, there is a hurricane coming". Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  27. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    It matters a lot because the president doesn't deal just with Congress. He deals with the world and the world much prefers Barack Obama.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  28. wayne, va beach, va

    It matters a lot, Jack. Some people can intice people to work together, others can't. In Obamas case. its his way or the highway.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  29. Shiloh

    Jack,

    The quality of the person is key.

    Both Reagan and Clinton ran very effective, two-term governments.

    Both administrations tactfully negotiated with the opposition to get the job done.

    Both administrations are remembered fondly...

    November 5, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  30. Sylvia from San Diego

    It matters a lot because a true leader like Romney will work to bring both sides to the table. We all know what a failure Obama is in doing this..... If Obama wins, we can expect 4 more years of gridlock!

    November 5, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  31. Florida Pete

    It matters a HUGE amount, because the 2013-2016 President is likely going to select several judges for the Supreme Court. If Romney wins, the addition of several conservative judegs to the Court will set this country back 50 years. Other than that, it doesn't matter – if Obama wins, the Repugs will still refuse to pass any legislation and block everything in the Senate, and if Romney wins, the Dems SHOULD do to the Repugs exactly what they've been doing for the past four years to Obama – obstruct EVERYTHING Romney tries to do.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  32. Larry, RI

    It matters alot because the President will pick the Supreme Court Judges. He also has the power to veto.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  33. Greg in Arkansas

    Given that fact that Congress has done virtually nothing in the past 2 years and the President either gets all the credit or all the blame, I think it is imperative that the correct person gets elected.
    The president (or his cronies) will appoint the policy makers, law interpreters, Department heads, tax codes and maybe even a couple of Supreme Court Judges to guide the government in the day to day activities that enforce the laws and regulations.
    That interpretation will either favor the poor and middle class or the wealthy and big businesses.....so, yes, it will matter a lot who is in the White House.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  34. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    Romney wants an immediate reduction in federal spending as does House Speaker Boener's GOP and Tea Party fiscal extremists. Millions of lower income Americans will suddenly and catastrophically be deprived of money for rent, food and utilities. Thousands of Government employees will lose their jobs and education cuts will deny them retraining. The likelihood of an epoc Middle East War will depend on when Netanyahu decides to pull the trigger. Romney says if he doesn't win the election the Republican Party will destroy America's economy.

    Abraham Lincoln once said, "A House divided cannot stand". We all know what followed.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  35. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: Excellent question--and the answer is in reality--"it want make a difference!" Congress is nothing but a bottle neck of self-absorb; self-centered; self-encompassing "DRONES!" They have raped Americans over the years without remorse or conscious--a useless body that has only their self-interest at heart! But the reality is that as Voters-–we keep on re-electing these useless individuals--and that doesn't say much for us as a society. This election, like every other election is nothing more than a "LEAP OF FAITH"-–and we are loosing that quick!

    November 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  36. Rich Texas

    You know Jack I like fairy tales as much as the next guy but thinking that by electing one individual all the problems in America are going to go away is not rational thinking. Thinking that one person is going to wave some magical wand and the economy is going to miraculously right itself and we will live happily ever after is indeed a fairy tale. After the election when we will all wake up to find the same dysfunctional wasteful congress and reality will set in. Over 2 billion dollars in campaign funds later and America will be no better off then it was the day before.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  37. jen seattle wa

    A president can convince both sides to shun the inherent corruption within congress.Unfortunately, obama went along with harry reid ignoble agenda of empowering vegas casinos as means to fix economy.Getting rid of senior leadership that undermines innocent community needs to be overthrown

    November 5, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  38. Loren, Chicago

    A lot. If you recall the passage of the so-called Health Care Reform Act, Congress was just as divided over that bill, but the Democrats were able to shove it down the throats of the American people without even an opportunity for the text of the bill to be read by our representatives before the vote was held. If our President views Congress as merely a rubberstamp for his ideas, then Congress is irrelevant.

    Congress is one essential leg of our unique government and the tendency of the Supreme Court to render political decisions (Citizens United anyone?) means that it decision making process is needed more than ever. Even if it appears divided, it performs an essential purpose of acting as a check on the power of the President, one which at least a majority was willing to cede in the first two years of President Obama's term. Better a Congress that blocks a President's whims, then one that cedes its duty to serve as a check on those whims.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  39. Garland Wright

    No one discusses the true meaning of Executive Power. In the presidents second term he can use his executive powers to over-ride the objectionist republicans. In a second term a president does not have to be concerned with a re-election are having to appeal to everyone to be re-elected; meaning he can do what he needs to do, which he will, and when all is said and done President Obama will go down in history as the best President America ever had.

    November 5, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  40. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    To me it matters a lot. I'm voting straight Democrat this year and being an independent voter, that is something I never done. The reason for this is, if I vote for Romney or any other Republican I am voting for Glover Nordquist a lobbyist who controls Romney and 90% of the Republicans like some guru. This man never held public office in his life but yet he controls 90% of the Republicans in Congress. For the life of me I cannot figure out why? But I know we need to get away from lobbyists control not walk into their grasp and that is what we will do it we vote Romney and the Republicans. I want the old Republican Party back that was filled with moderates.

    November 5, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  41. Simon/Orlando

    Ther have been a lot of Presidents who have worked well with a divided congress. Most recently Bill Clinton. The current president doesn't have the will nor the brains to know how to do it.

    November 5, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  42. Ted

    This is what matters ...... We are ( as a country ) in deep...deep...deep debt. 15 trillion or so ,give or take a trillion. Unless there is real change, China will own us in 4 years. We will find out in a couple of days if Americans care. This is what matters.

    November 5, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  43. Harry

    It doesn't matter. One day the ignorant racists, the misogynists and the religious zealots will be out numbered. If all the women in this country thought about the future of their children, that day would be tomorrow. Ladies you know how stupid your husbands are....rise up and defeat the.

    November 5, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  44. Pat in Michigan

    Boy Jack, just in the nick of time .this whole dog and pony show has been designed to distract from the real problem. a bunch of scared little men who wont do their job.I for one pray everyone listening votes out their obstructionist rep or senator and dammit let's get back to work.

    November 5, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  45. mike

    no it does not matter, congress has always had their own agenda they really dont care what our needs are once they are voted in ,so why should it matter now. Salisbury, NC

    November 5, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  46. mike

    it's we the PEOPLE not we the congress

    November 5, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  47. Carole, VA

    It matters a lot! We need Obama & Biden to keep the Tea-publicans in Congress from dismantling our society. A Romney-Ryan administration, aided and abetted by a neanderthal GOP Congress, would have clear sailing to set our society back by decades. Grover Norquist says all he wants is a Republican in the White House to rubber-stamp whatever the GOP trolls in Congress send him; Romney's already told us he'd be 'delighted' to sign what they send him.

    November 5, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  48. NurseLisa in CT

    Unfortunately I think it depends who gets elected POTUS – if Obama, the congressmen may want to work across the aisle to improve their cred in 2016, if Romney, the congressmen could be motivated to keep him a one term president. Purging the old guard for more moderates might be our best hope for accomplishing meaningful legislation.

    November 5, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  49. randy

    Tremendously! If they're a divided congress, they can't pass lopsided trade deals losing millions of American jobs. They can't pass "no strings attached" bailouts for the banksters. And who else is gonna attack domestic programs for citizens while spending trillions in military and foreign aid to protect our precious "allies"?

    November 5, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  50. Larry from Kansas

    Jack,

    You can call me a flip-flopper. Six months ago I felt that it did not matter who the President is. Congress will remain divided. Today I feel that it does matter who the President is. Congress will extend their arms across the aisle to a President with compromise on his mind. Politicians have realized that the American people have had enough of Congressional and Presidential gridlock. They want change. They want Congress to get something done instead of doing nothing.

    Larry from Kansas

    November 5, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  51. Bert, L.A., CA

    Hi Jack, it matters who selects the judges who say what the Constitution means. Republican Presidents appointed the current Supreme Court majority who say associations are a person and its money is its speech. Telling the Minutemen that The British East India “Tea” Corporation is a person and its money is its speech would have been suicide! Now individual Americans compete for political power against global corporations? Read my lips; no new Republicans!

    November 5, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  52. Phyllis G Williams

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    How much does it matter who the president is if Congress remains divided?

    "The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew Himself
    strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him"(2nd Chron.16: 9)
    and "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge"(Proverbs 1: 7),
    so a Congress having knowledge will serve the people, not who happens to be
    the president.

    November 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  53. Eric in Houston

    Quite a bit. The President has the bully pulpit, so he can teach, convince, cajole and otherwise press both the public and congress. He also has the power of the executive including executive appointments and executive orders. Even if a divided congress forces him away from his fringe desires he can and will lean toward his views and this will change the country albeit slowly.

    November 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  54. mike

    it's we the PEOPLE not we the congress Salisbury,NC

    November 5, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  55. Chris in NY

    Congress was divided with President Obama because Republicans made a political calculation that hindering the President's agenda would give them majority in the house and the Presidency. The media stayed mum on it. Now that it seem like they may have miscalculated and they couldn't stop President Obama from being re-elected. What will be their agenda?
    Republicans primary agenda was to make the President a one term President. They were willing to punish the country just so they can win elections. They didn't care that people were suffering. You, Jack, and the rest of media moguls stayed mum on the issue.

    November 5, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  56. Rose in Glendale, Az

    I think if Obama is elected it won't make any difference at all, things will remain the same, he just won't work with Congress at all, he would rather use the Executive order to do his work, if Romney is elected, I believe he will work very well with both sides of the aisle. We have had enough of no compromise over the past four years. Obama is not always right, he has proven that over and over.

    November 5, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  57. lou

    It doesn't matter at all, since the president is at the end of the sausage making line of law-making. People need a refresher course on US government. A bill is introduced in congress. The speaker gets to decide if it moves forward for a vote...not the president. If it passes the house then it moves to the senate where it has to pass by a 60/40 majority vote. After all that, it lands on the president's desk and he/she decides to sign it into law or not. The president has no real power to make any laws on his own. We need to be voting the bums in congress out to get any real change.

    November 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  58. Stan Bauer

    It will make a great deal of difference unfortunately Jack. Since the right had pledged, pretty much since day one, to make certain that Obama does not get a second term, and has spent precious time and effort to block a number of bills, including very important jobs oriented bills to support that pledge, I would guess that at least the right side of the aisle might be more willing to be productive if Romney were to be elected. However, I would also guess that many of the votes being put to the floor would be geared to undoing things rather than doing them. Stalemate again.

    November 5, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  59. Greg Cox of Bremerton, WA

    Well it does matter but only if Romney wins the election. Four years of Obama as President has gotten me in a panic for our general welfare, our rights, our misspent money, the escalation of our deficit and our debt, the inability to address some pretty major issues: Social Security drain, reduction in our troop strengths, an unhealthy job market, unemployment is still too high, our borders are still not secure just to name a few. Perhaps a fresh approach with a fresh face will wash awy my panic and restore some confidence in the office of the Presidency.

    November 5, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  60. David

    It means a lot if the President is willing to use the power of veto: all the problems the world faces is because of too much intervention from the governments, the less the government does, the better we will be.

    November 5, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  61. Jim

    Jack,

    It matters a lot. President Obama will still be setting the tone and direction for our nation even if he continues to be confronted by stonewalling republicans. He will likely get the chance to appoint at least one more Supreme Court justice. He will be in a position to use his veto pen to kill any attempts by the Tea Party fringe to damage much-needed social programs, including Affordable Health Care. But it goes beyond that and beyond our shores. We impressed a lot of folks in foreign lands when we found the courage as a nation to elect our first African American president. The GOP, shamelessly pandering to the lingering racist element in this country has attacked the President by every conceivable means these past four years. They have called him every name they can think of and done their best to sabotage him and his programs. The nauseating Rove-style attack ads have been polluting the airwaves for the past year. Yet despite all of that, we the people will re-elect President Obama to a second term tomorrow. Freedom-loving men and women in every nation will know that the courage we showed in 2008 was no fluke or passing fancy, and that our chosen direction is forever forward.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    November 5, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  62. BrainTurnedOff

    When stubborn members put their principles above the love for the country, it doesn't matter even if the presidents adopts their position – they will only come up with new principles. The only thing it will do is to drive the approval rating down to .001%

    November 5, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  63. Gordo from NJ

    Jack, it matters a great deal who wins tomorrow. Presidents get us into and out of wars, they nominate Supreme court judges, they set the tenor of legislation. Romney clearly doesn't have much interest in foreign policy, so his rerun Bush neo-con advisers would likely repeat the same mistakes of 2001-2008. Romney is only pretending to be moderate; his judges would be even more reactionary than Bushes. Finally, Romney really doesn't know what he believes on many issues, and he would let Ryan drive the legislation - far to the right. Tomorrow does matter, and I'm voting for the steady, pragmatic leadership of President Obama.

    November 5, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  64. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    After witnessing the pathetic performance by Reid and Boehner on 60 Minutes last night, I am now positive that it would not matter if Christ himself were elected President. These two clowns demonstrated perfectly the reason there is such partisan petty bickering and dysfunction in Congress. Neither one of them seemed to have the least amount of interest in compromising, or at least looking it up in a dictionary so they would know what it means, and they didn't have a clue when it came to the frustration the public feels. All they could talk about is how the "system" makes them act like jerks. These incompetent boobs could change the rules so that government would work much smoother, they just don't want to.

    November 5, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  65. Ed from California

    A new war with Iran. Escalating the wars we already have right now. Privatizing Medicare and Social Security. The Supreme Court, American rights.....don't LBGT have equal protection? Ending the home mortgage deduction......think the crash of 2008 was bad. If the mortgage deduction goes, we haven't seen nothing yet. Yeah, it matters who's in the White House. And it matters more if the,"Party of No" holds onto the House. We need the House and the Senate to get anything done for the middle class.

    November 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  66. perry jones

    The only place it would matter is the underhanded appointments , supreme court cabinet members getting rid of the zarrrrs , we have had four bad ones in a row so really not that important

    Perry Jones
    Council Bluffs Ia.

    November 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  67. Ima Rose

    It matters a lot if you are female. Romney and his cohorts would take away women's rights, birth control, voters rights, union rights, schools as we know them, health care, etc. Our President was bipartisian the last four years and the Repubs would not have it as they made a pact the night he was elected to not work with him. Well just maybe when their time comes to run again they won't be voted in ever again.

    November 5, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  68. Don (Ottawa)

    It matters a lot. The President is the leader of the country as well as his party. President GW once said, "I am the decider." As such, the President can demand results. If that doesn't work, some Congressmen may only need a good talking to, while others may need a kick, and others my need a time out. Unfortunately, the families who sent them to Washington will probably complain. Bad behavior sometimes runs in families. If they still want to behave like children, then threaten to publish their report cards and with that comes the possibility of getting kicked out. Mitt Romney summed it up nicely, if you arn't satisfied with your school, take a voucher and find anothor school of your liking. I think some of these Congressmen are just not suited for their job and need to find a suitable trade school.

    November 5, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  69. Gigi Oregon

    I think the people will silently speak in this election. And the Evangelical church may be the loser in this election if Romney wins. You cannot speak ill of a religion and then ask the members to have faith in a cult religion. And many moderate conservatives have not been happy since 2000 when they were led astray by the "religious right".

    November 5, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  70. Shirley, Parry Sound, Ontario

    Maybe it won't make much difference in the U.S.A. but, apparently, it matters to the rest of the world. According to the Toronto Star today, Pakistan is the ONLY country that is not rooting for Obama. This suggests that a Romney win will send U.S. foreign relations into a nosedive.

    November 5, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  71. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    I think it'll matter because if the Republicans can't win the White House tomorrow, then they'll be determined to maintain their control of the House and gain control of the Senate, so they can make things much more difficult for the Democrat president.

    November 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  72. Larry in Houston

    How much does it matter who the president is if Congress remains divided ?

    Answer : It doesn't really matter. Why do you think after obama took a "shellacking" in 2010 , he's practically done everything with an "executive order" ( if he gets anything done at all )

    May the Best Man Win – 2012

    November 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  73. Don (Ottawa)

    It matters! The public must insist the first thing the winner of this election does is have their State pay their salary and benefits package and establish terms of reference based on results – just like any other job.

    November 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  74. Mr. D

    Either way, yawn. I'm going to Disneyland. At least I'll know I'm being taken for a ride of my own choosing.

    November 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  75. Gail, Plano TX.

    The GOP with their lies, and hatred for tfhe firsr black President are destroying this country. And now we have a choice. Anyone who casts a ballot for a Republican needs to see a psychiatrist! They serve the rich, and are behind the voter suppression that we have witnessed this timearound. Wake up America!

    November 5, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  76. jk in MN

    It should matter alot, but the voters in their district need to ride herd on them too and tell them them LOUDLY and often when they are not doing their job correctly. The bad thing is the country is just about as divided as it was before the Civil War; that doesn't help. The Prsident also has to publically call them out when they won't act on his proposals.

    November 5, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  77. Mysterious

    Thanks for admitting that the TeaParty of the Republican party is the problem. Just about every pundit (you included) blame "Congress," like it was both parties causing the drama

    With the likes of West, Bachmann and Walsh, it's no wonder why.

    November 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  78. Dave, Kissimmee, FL

    The only concern we should have is who will do the least damage to our country with what little power the president has left. We are all in a barrel going over Niagara Falls anyway, so it is just a matter of time as to when we hit the rocks below. I hope our children and grandchildren are good swimmers, assuming anyone survives the impact.

    November 5, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  79. Adem H,--PA

    Jack:

    It matters a lot if Romney Vin election's it mans more jobs go to china and more wars for all other i come bankruptcy more borrowing money more home foreclosure more unemployment because Romney know how to make money only for hes pockets Romney do not care about pure people..

    November 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  80. Mike in Minneapolis

    If Obama wins I don't think it will remain like this for another four years. For the first time I have ever heard, the leader of the opposing party specifically said from day one, "Our No. 1 priority is to make this president a one-term president." If they fail at that I think they will to fall in line. They might have been able to spend four years trying to get one man out of work, but if they spend the next four years trying to ensure Obama will be only a two term president, next time around it will be their jobs on the line.

    November 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  81. Terry in Virginia

    If Congress remains the same with the GOP controlling the House and the Democrats technically in control of the Senate - they don't need 60 votes to pass anything, just guts which they don't seem to have - we will continue to have gridlock. If Romney is President, he'll get everything he wants regardless if it's good for the majority of us. If Obama's re-elected, which I anticipate he will be, then Issa will find a way to impeach him because the GOP can't stand having Obama as President, not even when Obama gives them 98% of everything they want. So, if We the People want this mess to change, we better get out and vote for change ourselves because Congress surely won't change on its own. Its members are clearly allergic to "compromise" because both parties represent the extremes of each one. Once upon a time, there actually were liberal Republicans or conservative Democrats in Congress, but no more. That's what is needed to make Congress a respectable, working institution again; that and "term limits."

    November 5, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  82. Jerry

    It will make a complete difference,Obama doe's not move right he always goe's far left off the scale of normal.America needs Romney. This is not a Godless Country as CNN and NBC and the Liberals want. Justice will prevail. No more Muslim Presidents.

    November 5, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  83. Mark.....in Houston

    Makes a world of difference Jack.
    The Dark Age thinking new Republican party should never be allowed any more wiggle room than they already have. What these people might do with Romney and especially Ryan in the White House scares me to death.

    November 5, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  84. Kevin in CA

    It matters because it's about the Supreme Court nominees.

    November 5, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  85. Phil

    Just wait for 2014, Democrats will be defending 20 seats in 2014, compared to just 13 for Republicans. That’s a smaller disparity than this year, when the ratio is 23 to 10, but the 2014 map looks much less favorable for Democrats due to where the races are taking place. The senate will swing Repulican in 2014 regardless of who is President, along with a Republican House. If Obama wins re-election he will not have an enjoyable lame duck Presidency. But then again, he doesn't really do anything, so maybe he will enjoy it.

    November 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  86. sarge from Utah

    Toss the scoundrels out!

    November 5, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  87. Alex

    With political affiliation now being treated as full out religion in the US, it won't make a difference because religious hatred is almost impossible to get rid of. If you don't believe me when I say it's become a religion, read rhetoric being spewed by both left and right wing pundits and in your mind substitute a name of a religion. You'd likely be shocked.

    November 5, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  88. Steve

    I absolutely love it....balance of power....
    Power corrupts, and power and money and the skys the limit for corruption..

    With a balance of power, there has to be compromise – It's as if I am watching a fight among my 6 yr olds...
    Obama for President, Dem for Senate, Reps for House

    Great Day

    November 5, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  89. California Gary

    The only way the current gridlock gets broken is if we are successful in throwing the 2010 crowd of GOP "Tea Party" house members out on their collective backsides. They are unwilling to compromise on anything, and would be willing to harm America if they think it will help them get their agenda moving. They have already demonstrated this.

    November 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  90. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    Well if you understand that the two groups have different jobs, it's pretty important. If you try to blame every single failing of the nation on one person, then I guess it means less.

    I would ask how much does it matter who's in congress if congress remains divided.

    November 5, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  91. Donaldo in ATL

    Obama has failed in the most fundamental way, as a Community Organizer, one must work among groups to get a consensus. He failed to do this with Congress, and there is nothing in his personal profile to show that he has this skill. Either he does not have this skill or after 4 years has failed to learn this most fundamental skill. In either case, his record is abysmal, if re-elected there is no guarantee this will change. He blames the GOP in Congress, but he is the POTUS which requires him to lead, but then again, he leads from behind. I can not believe Americans will buy this for 4 more years, but you simply can not fix stupid.

    November 5, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  92. Arlene, Illinois

    I'll probably never see it in my lifetime but maybe my grandchildren will see term limits.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  93. Bill in VA

    It does matter for national defense and foreign policy, not to mention the Supreme court. If I had my way I would have both houses of Congress controlled by one party and the White House controlled by the other. The worst, is to have the Senate and Pres from the same party and the House the other. But, I will settle for the House putting the brakes on whatever they can if Obama is selected. I do want all to remember that The Dems under have not passed a budget in three years and there is ni excuse. Budgets aren't subject to the 60 vote rule. Dems just know, no one – not even many in their own party – really do not like their proposal and they don't want to have justify their leaders' positions.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  94. Paul in NC

    Nothing else matters, or will matter, as long as the far right wing-nut tea party reps, who pledge allegiance to Grover Norquist rather than our nation, are all run out of Congress. When all those clowns have been replaced by moderates, of either party, things in this country will begin to return to normal. But if so-called "values" voters continue to re-elect those hypocrites there is no future for America.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  95. Virginia - Atlanta

    In the past, a divided Congress was a good thing, I always tried to seek the best people for each position, regardless of party. Once both parties recognize believed in the Constitution and the rights of all. This is just no longer true. The Republicans now treat the Constitution as theirs to read as they please, ignoring parts about "all" the people. They outright lie about their opponents, believing it is ok to lie if it is for their own cause. So it does matter who we elect. We need Obama to be able to implement his ideas. We need a Democrtic Congress to support our President and give our country a future. We do not need more Republicans destroying our International reputation now that Obama has restored it. If we do not reelect President Obama and give him a Congress that will work with him for the American people, then we are in for more years like the 2000-2008 with even more years trying to recover.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  96. JM from DFW

    It matters. Hopefully our nation cannot be purchased by the super rich. This is one nation that need to remain under God.
    They have the most to lose.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  97. Larry Boston Massachusetts

    Term Limits for Congress will help. Take away the lifetime pension and health benefits and you will get rid of the beauracrats.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  98. Brian Smith

    Don't forget – renaming post offices!

    November 5, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  99. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    If President Obama is re-elected and the Tea Partiers in the House (including Paul Ryan) are sent home and replaced by educated and reasonable Republican legislators, the country will move forward, the economy will start to recover, companies will start to invest in their businesses, jobs will be created and the last four years of Republicans doing everything possible to make the Presideetn fail, will become another shameful time of the Tea Party domination of the once-proud Republican party.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  100. Tony in Stone Mountain, GA

    Jack,
    The name, race, gender, or age is of little consequence in my opinion, What makes the difference is that the POTUS is mature enough to be the adult and find a solution to make these children in the house and senate get along and do what they were elected to do. Last I've heard, these brats are in Washington to represent those who put them there, not to be the self serving dolts they appear to be. The last 4 years Obama has shown me that he is not mature enough to find a solution (even when the Dems had control) to wrangle our elected brats together and pass even a simple budget. Maybe we should give Mitt a chance.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  101. Allen

    The reason so many incumbents will be re-elected is due to the rampant gerrymandering engineered by whichever party is in power when Congressional districts are redrawn. This ensures 'safe' districts for many, if not most, members of the House. It is really sad that, with an approval rating of <20%, probably over 80% of House members will be returned to Washington. Sad to say but unless the gerrymandering stops (by such voter-initiated measures as Issue 2 in Ohio) the current state of affairs will continue.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  102. JCal

    A divided Congress is part of what makes our democratic system ... well... democratic? We survive because we can disagree and not be harmed for doing so.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  103. JeffL

    Jack, I know I have no reason to believe this, but I'm hoping against hope that both sides of congess will rise to their higher selves to make some compromises and get something done. On the democratic sice, if Pres. Obama is relected, he knows damn well the demos will have to make compromises in order to solve the debt. crises, etc. But I worry that the repubs will hold out and do nothing – to wait it out until 2014 when they think they can take the whole congress. But that could be a miscalculation: the public – not always stupid – could rebel and throw everyone out and start over- which is not a bad idea.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  104. Gus in CA

    It will matter is a whole passel of ways. The President has wide options which matter, including starting wars. But the issue that matters to me most is the Supreme Court. Cannot stand more Citizens United, etc. Republicans must not appoint the next batch of judges or we are all doomed.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  105. Miguel Morris, austin, texas

    No one said being President was going to be easy. You can work across the aisles if you are creditable and try. You can not dictate, intimidate, threaten, Congress. That is why you must respect the three branches of Government. A leader can do it, a pretender can not. There are no speech writers or teleprompters when you deal one on one with people you need to help you. You need someone that can restore order and not spent time blaming someone else. Romney will do it like he did time and time again. What is a leader? Someone that gets things done through others. Maybe they do not teach this Management Principal in Law School. Give Mitt a chance to implement his Vision and put up or shut up.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  106. Brandon

    The real problem with politics is more people need to vote in the primary.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  107. A Independent Voter

    I believe Mitt Romney to be a good man but, as a woman, I do not want him as president. The Republican policies are so anti-women that we will return to barefoot and pregnant. And, with the R's signing their pledge to Gordon Norquist and Norquist saying all he wants is Romney with a pen in his hand, I shutter to think what will be waiting in Romney wins. Sometimes I wonder if Romney even knows his true feelings about governing as he has been on every side of every issue. What has become of the true Republican legislators – Reagan, Bob Dole of Kansas and John Warner of Virginia? Gone and replaced by Tea Partiers. How far the mighty have fallen.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  108. vicky

    No difference. Obama has gotten things done through executive order. We, the people are at fault for electing the same politicians over and over again. Can't get much done is you only work part time but get full time pay; at taxpayers expense.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  109. Yuri

    THE day when Obama took office and took oath to make us proud... republicans made a different... a very public oath themselves. They took a public oath declaring that their "SOLE" goal was to make sure that Obama is a one term president. With Congress divided only thing to happen (if Romney wins) is Democrats taking same exact oath and preventing Romney from enacting anything he promised. Whatever happens... nothing of substance will suffice.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  110. Sabrina

    Hell, yes, it matters – Two Supreme Court Judges will be selected by the next President. That's all I need to know.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  111. Deborah

    The entire auto ind shot down Romney as a lire, Jeep situation. How can you trust this man and why would you want. A lire as your president. can't believe this didn't move the polls.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  112. Dr. S, Chicago

    It matters a great deal! Given that Romney is all-in for trickle down (Friedmanism), and all of the things he has promised to do on Day 1, if he is put in office (I say "put" intentionally because it appears that the Republicans are doing everything they can to rig yet another election in a swing state), we will immediately go back to the final days of "W" and all the hard-fought progress that has been made during the past four years wiill be undone in a matter of hours. I cannot think of a worse scenario.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  113. John Keida

    ahhhhh? i don't know Jack. I am undecided. I am liening towards Bill. Clinton that is! :) oh yeah, Congress? they are a bunch of bums – kick em all out! btw, is Bill running – it seems like he is!

    November 5, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  114. Bob in Texas

    Jack, you make a good point. I can here Harry Reid right now, "Our primary missionl this term is to make sure Mitt Romney is a one term president." It's time to get rid of all the extremist ideologues in congress and get independent thinkers who will focus on solving problems. Until then, in terms of legislation, it makes no difference who occupies the White House.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  115. James from Toronto

    I think it would matter quite a bit to you and Wolf, Jack if President Obama is re-elected for another term. It would mean, both of your taxes would go up and neither of you will be able to afford new yachts next year! Zing!!!

    November 5, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  116. wxguytodd

    For most domestic policy questions, probably not so much. Most of the "promises" and "plans" that we demand Presidential candidates to make have very little chance of being enacted "as is". However, who the President is still matters. The Supreme Court is likely to have a couple of new Justices in the next 4 years. And then there's Foreign policy – as we've all seen in recent years, Presidents almost always decide that they have the autonomy to start wars ... without even asking Congress.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  117. Rodney Jones

    I think It makes a difference because if President Obama wins the election, things won't change regardless of his policies wanting to push forward. However, if Mitt Romney wins the election, policies can take a substantial turn to the right side, with absolutely no chance of working hand in hand with democrats.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  118. Ted Marules, Sr.

    It doesn't matter. If Romney wins I hope the democrats in the Senate do the same thing the Republicans did–350 filibusters and nothing gets accomplished.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  119. Tom in Texas

    It doesn't matter. If the President can't twist their arms, cajole them, bribe them, or get them to agree on anything, then he's nothing more than a figurehead. Even past President's who've had a political party majority in Congress couldn't always get anything done if the Congress didn't want to do it. You can blame President Obama all you want for the current situation; but, he has no power to spend or tax without the Congress' approval; and, they didn't do what they are paid to do so the U.S. population has to suffer for their inaction and everybody can blame Obama because he was technically in charge.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  120. Bill Yarbrough

    Both major party candidates have budget proposals that grow the deficit for years. Both favor a strong executive branch that can unilaterally wage wars. The only difference I see of consequence is the abiity to appoint Supreme Court justices of a differing ideology - though after the decision on Obamacare, I don't know that's really a difference either.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  121. Bob D, Morristown, NJ

    It will make a huge difference. If Romney wins, the Democrats will likely oppose everything he proposes for retribution and to make Romney a one term president, as the Republicans worked to do, and will have succeeded at. However if Obama wins, he can't run again, and the voters will have sent the message that trying to make the president look bad by blocking his proposals doesn't work to unseat him. So the Republicans will have far less to gain by continuing that hyper political approach to governance.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  122. Kent - Iowa City, Iowa

    It doesn't. Republicans seem to operating under some delusion that if they defeat Obama the Democrats will fold like a house of cards and give them everything that they want. They won't. If Romney is elected expect the Democrats to be having a secret meeting on how to make him a one term president during his inauguration. If Obama wins the Republicans will be even more conservative and vindictive, blocking everything that they can so that they can continue to ignore his successes and call him a failure.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  123. Steve

    While it matters for vision unless they can get both sides to work together nothing will be done. Proof is the 60 minutes interview with Reed and McConnell yesterday. They showed true incompetence....

    November 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  124. Mahala Burton

    Think supreme court justices...would you risk another Thomas ??

    November 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  125. Michael

    With such a dysfunctional Congress, any president, regardless of his party affiliation, is by definition nothing more than a figurehead. Lame duck Congress; lame duck presidency.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  126. Warren in Minnesota

    It will make a BIG difference if Romney wins. People seem reluctanct to talk about the substantial portion of the electorate who can't stand the fact we have a black president and the large numbers of congressmen and women who have done everything in their power to make sure Obama doesn't get a second term. Should Romney win, it will be like the flood gates opened and the "cooperation" in congress will suddenly manifest itself. It's unfortunate, in this day and age, that bigotry is alive and well...but it is. Shame on us.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  127. John

    If Romney wins he will do what business people do – set a high level framework and then work the details in managable chunks instead of massive bills – that is the way to bring consesnus. If Obama wins he will continue politics as usual and there will be gridlock.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  128. Thomas in Mt

    If the status quo is maintained, there shall naturally be problems. Compromise is an endangered word in Congress nowadays, but we must hope that eventually the members of congress will realize that solving America's problems like the fiscal cliff and the national debt are more important than partisan politics. If they don't realize this and start acting like it in the future, then there is probably nothing Obama or Romney would be able to do in the presidency. At least not without half the country out for blood.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  129. Ray

    Mitt Robmey doesn"t deserve a chance. He proved his real stripes when he went into business gutting companys for profit.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  130. Shawn Fourman

    It doesn't make much difference at all because of the divide between the house and senate. People are smart enough to see who is working for us and need to go out and vote for a change and not for the same old garbage that is going on in the government. The president needs the right people in to work... Period.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  131. Paul McBrayer

    It doesn't matter much at all Jack, The wonderful world of politics which have evolved over time is set up so that congress has ultimate legislative power. Whether its Obama or Romney, we are still bound by congress and its various bedfellows.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  132. Dave G. San Jose, CA

    Jack Obama has shown that he wouldn't even approach the AISLE as if it were infested with sharks, Romney has proven as Governor of Mass. (The heart of the Democratic Party) that he will reach across the shark infested aisle. It matters.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  133. clint Walker

    Term limits, Jack. That's the only way that will help to allow congressmen and senators to think independently.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  134. Sandra (not the hurricane ... the sunshower)

    it matters what is at the core of the president and whether or not the people will be behind his policies ... divided congresses can get their act together if the people unite ... the President that can unite the people will matter

    November 5, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  135. doug

    To Florida Pete, I can see you are part of the solution with your plan to do the same thing to Romney with a democractic senate. Briiliant, moving forward as always.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  136. Josiah Samy

    Jack,

    I believe that it does not matter who the president is, in this two party political system. The reason for this is because the democrats and republicans have both taken control, and have joined together to exclude the third parties. If we really wanted to see change, then we should abolish this two party system. George Washington foresaw this tragic scenario, where we are voting for only two parties, that it would divide America. Now we are more divided as ever, and it's team A voting against team B. Team A and B will both bring around more of the same, this is why we need the third parties more than ever.

    -Josiah

    November 5, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  137. Jim in Charlotte

    Jack,
    Until we find a way to rid ourselves of a two party political system this will be a permanent fixture and failure for the citizens of the United States. Compromise used to be the main aspect of a politicians job, now they see compromise as a dirty word. Without compromise and discussion nothing can get done. If there is no discussion, what exactly are these people doing? Not their job, that's the answer- this is actually the Anti-Congress, Congress.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  138. maria

    Supreme court appointments, Obamacare, immigration reform, foreign policy stability and keeping personal religious beliefs out of legal issues concerning women are some of the things that are important about who is the next president.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  139. Eric in St. Louis

    As long as we have politicians working for their own parties benefit and not for the future of our country it doesn't matter who is President. Case and point Mitch Mcconnell stating he would make it his goal to ensure President Obama was not re-elected. He as a congressman has no place making this his agenda, that is not why he gets paid my tax dollars.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  140. richard robinson

    I live in eastern kentucky. Currently unemployed. And congress still has done nothin about unemployment. I wish drawin but i ran out of funds. This is effectin me big tome. Its like their is no hope left. But i try to keep my head up and stay in church. Bout all u can do these days.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  141. sifto77

    it only matters, Jack, if Pres Obama is re-elected...Mitt Romney has a proven record of working with both parties! Obama does not...as a moderate–i am for Romney..he had to work with a Dem majority in Mass as Gov...

    November 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  142. LJ2011

    Mitt Romney can just do what Barrack Obama has done and bypass Congress with Executive Orders.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  143. bob

    Even if people in America actually cared about their nation, fairness, democracy, and morality, and voted accordingly, I doubt very much whether this nation could save itself. With so many willing to vote for republicans, after the horrors of the bush administration, I see no hope at all. Our governmental system was designed for indepenent, well-educated, moral people – not for the uneducated human garbage that listen to talk radio and Fox news. An unnecessary war is mass murder – and the fact that so many people are willing to vote for the party of mass murder, sold to the public through lies and misrepresentations, speaks volumes about why this country is unsalvageable.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  144. Joan in California

    Three words, Jack – The Supreme Court!

    November 5, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  145. Andrew

    Of course electing a president matters, he can take us to war on his own accord. The president represents our countries to nations abroad. This is an extremely important election and everyone needs to exercise their right to vote.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  146. Nelson matos

    Well it does not really matter what I see we elect these republicans and democrat and they don't do anything for us as far as I see they just spend more of our tax payer money and waste time fighting with each other and not getting anything done I say get them out of them and get someone that will do the job

    November 5, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  147. Sebastian

    I hope that first off, my President gets re-elected. Then it will show that non of the talking heads and blowhard Republican talking heads deserve their jobs. We decide the president on election day, not when CNN states "Romney was just handed the election by the President's performance. Congress needs to wake up and start getting stuff done, or I see executive orders in their future. We need to eliminate the Supreme Court for the ridiculous amount of money they have allowed Super Pacs to corrupt our system. It is really a shame what our political system has become. It is truly an embarrassment and the Republicans have gone back to the dark ages with Binders of women and the whole Rape fiasco. Keep religion out of my government please. Otherwise not much separates you from the Taliband.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  148. Ivan from Bowie, MD

    When Obama is re-lelected his top political priority should be to make Mitch Mcconnell resign.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  149. Cherry in Iowa

    When we vote we become the "employers" of our elected officials. I don't get paid if I don't perform my job so I don't feel that Congress should get paid if they can't do their jobs.They should be paid base pay and only collect "commission" if they perform their jobs ..... and use term limits to entice them to perform or "else"....

    November 5, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  150. Marty from Michigan

    Doesn't matter much Jack.But why don't we call it what it is,the Republicans refusal to work across the isle.Oh sure it happens on both sides.But absolutely happens the most on the right side of the isle.We all heard it right after President Obama won the presidency.Mitch McConell didn't care about helping us Americans,he said his main focus for the next four years was to defeat President Obama.The word compromise which is what Democracy is founded upon,is the dirtiest word among Tea Party followers.I thought we were past totalitarian rule and that's what non compromise gives you.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  151. John in Simi Valley, CA

    It matters a lot less than people think. If Obama wins...John Boehner (the root of all evil) will not let anything that the president tries to put through pass, and the same goes for the Democrats if Romney get elected. It has NOTHING to do with what is best for the citizens of this country, it is only about party and keeping their jobs. There should be term limits on congress, that would sowve most of the problems.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  152. jane strasser

    It does matter who the President is as long as he/she leads. President Clinton and
    Governor Romney both demonstrated what can be done under less than ideal political
    circumstances.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  153. Andrew

    Of course electing a president matters, he can take us to war on his own accord. The president represents our country to nations abroad. This is an extremely important election and everyone needs to exercise their right to vote.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  154. Judy

    I'm a Republican in Butte, Montana (I know you know where that is Jack), but will vote for the incumbent Democrat who has been endorsed by the major Montana papers as a statesman rather than a politician. He votes his consciences, not his party, and tries to do good things for all of Montana. I surely can't say the same for McConnel or Reid. For the most part, I say, "Throw out the bums".

    November 5, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  155. Ian

    It makes a huge difference with regards to the supreme court "seats" that will likely come up in the next 4 years!
    Ian from Newport Beach CA.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  156. Al in Kentucky

    Jack, it matters a great deal who is elected president. Mitt Romney proved when he was governor that he could work and get a great deal accomplished with the opposing party, while president Obama has shown that he is either unable or unwilling to to work with the Republicans for the good of the country.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  157. Stacie

    GW warned us:

    However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.

    GEORGE WASHINGTON, Farewell Address, Sep. 17, 1796

    November 5, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  158. David

    No, it does not matter who the President is because the Constitution vests the Congress with the power to be the law making branch of our country while the President is limited to executing those law. Though the President may recommend policy ideas and goals, it is up to the Congress to act and make those ideas come to life. In the end without a Congress that is able to compromise and come to the bargaining table, the serious problems that our country faces will never be seriously addressed. This is because those with the power do not honor the foundations, like the market place of ideas, which was one of the principles our country was founded on. Our forefathers envisioned a market place of ideas that allows the best ideas to rise to the top and succeed. Still, if Congress member refuse to negotiate and listen to each other, then the market place fails and we are a system of government stuck in idol.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  159. Peter in VT

    Jack, if we don't vote in term limits and soon, this mess will continue. Our " senior" Senator has NEVER worked in the private sector. Life time Senators and congress people has got to stop! Full salery after serving has got to stop. New blood every 8 years would shed a new light on congress. That wouldn't be all bad.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  160. Debra Williams

    Once people demand term limits and start to get rid of the dead weight in Washington this country will turn around. We kick the President out after no more than eight years, why not these idiots. I come from the state of Hawaii and Daniel Inouye is too old for the job, but this state keeps putting him back in office when they should put him in the rocking chair. I say get rid of them all, their useless and not worth the money we pay them! Aloha

    November 5, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  161. Mehluli Mpofu...johannesburg, South Africa

    As South Africans it matters who wins the election, US economy decides where other small economies go such as South Africa's economy. Our economy was hit hard during the Bush years, its been recovering since Obama took Office, we dont want to go back again, i wish we could have our say in the US election but we cant. So please America give us PRESIDENT who knows what he is doing.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  162. Adam - Los Angeles

    Excellent point, Jack. The Country, being more polarized, has led to Republicans refusing to work with Democrats and Democrats refusing to work with Republicans. Politicians have been extremely transparent over their contempt for the other side of the aisle. We the people have failed as we spend so much time voting the top of the ticket and forget to pay attention to all of the lawmakers that contribute directly to the gridlock in Washington and in our own towns, cities, states, etc. If a time could come where you could have a Democratic President and Republican Congress and still get things accomplished, things might get better in the United States. Unfortunately, if a Republican helps a Democrat get things done, how will they be able to campaign against that Democrat. Instead of fixing things, politicians like to keep things broken in order to blame on the current regime. This is how one gets elected. It is an unfortunate situation that may not likely change in our lifetime.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  163. Robert Jones

    What difference will this election make? Two words, Cafferty: Supreme Court

    November 5, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  164. R.Lndschoot

    Jack, Lincoln was wrong!! Government isn't of for,by the people!!! It's of, by and for the politicians and anyone who thinks differently is wrong (Written originally about 1870 by Chauncy M Depew, I think)

    November 5, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  165. Jim

    As long as these over stuffed egoes are allowed to run for congress without term limits we will always have this problem. If 'we the people' demand that they have term limits, maybe they will pull their heads out of their group thinks and get something done so they actually have something to put in their resumes for their next employer.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  166. Gail (Williamsburg, Virginia)

    It matters a great deal because Obama has proven over the past 4 years that he cannot lead or compromise to get things done. If he wins nothing will get done for another 4 years.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  167. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The House Majority Leader and the President can't stand divided, the can disagree but not at the expense of the American people. I think there was a lot to learn from Republican Governor Chris Christie during the hurricane disaster, he and President Obama came together for the good of the people and put political differences aside.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  168. Paul R

    It matters a lot who is President. America needs a President that can bridge the political divide. A person that will put country before party; "a leader". Mitt Romney is that President. The current administration pledged to do this in the last election, not only have they failed, they've made the problem worse. The fact that the residual effect of the current administration has lead Americans to even ask this question should be an enormous wake up call.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  169. Rebecca Nichols

    Off with their heads and lets get a bunch of kindergarten children in there to run our country. Atleast they know the sandbox rules.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  170. Jack, Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:
    I have known many business types, especially the MBA's. Eventually they all want to go to be forgiven and go to heaven (Paradise) , and be given a second chance on the planet first (gotta hedge the bet). So if a penetant one gets elected it could be good, otherwise I would suggest they not plan for creamation..why burn twice !

    November 5, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  171. tone

    In my line of work, sales...i get no where if I dont have relationships with my customers, its no different in washington..and the guy in charge can make a BIG difference if he is interested in developing real and meaningful relationships with people he doesnt like or agree with. obama has failed at this one basic task of developing working relationships with republicans, you can not run a country without everyone working together, the last 4 years have proved that...somewhere someone has to step up and reachout to create those relationships that will allow honest and fruitful negotiations to take place....and the buck has to stop at the presidents desk. Romney may or maynot have this going for him...my experience has been very very wealthy people do not go out of their way to get to know someone and understand different point of views..why should they? they dont need anyone..they BUY whatever or whoever they want ...politicians need great wrking relationships with their peers to get things done...but if most of the politicians end up becoming milionaires in office...they start to loose meaningful relationships also, because they dont need them..they only preach to the choir to keep the donations coming in...that keeps them in office...no relationship needed with other side for that.....this is the part of washington that seems to have been lost since Bill Clinton. it might be a sign of the times, the lack of people skills that seem to be missing from the most recent generation...

    November 5, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  172. Mary from Washington

    I have voted both democrat and reupublican over the years, and I believe it matters! One president may be able to cross party lines and get them to cooperate more than the other. Obama, unfortunately refused to listen or cooperate during the first two years when he had a majority. America is built on compromise between two differing ideals coming together to embrace more of the people's desires. He burned a LOT of bridges. He was the president of some of America but not all of it. Romney will be new, fresh, and willing to cross lines to listen to both sides. Both sides will be able to work together anbd have a voice. Obama didn't get it done, and burned too many bridges. We need someone else to try. If Romney doesn't get it done, I will vote against him in 2016.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  173. Brian Samuels (Chicago)

    It is actually better if Obama wins. The Congress's #1 goal when Obama took office was to make him a one term President by obstructionism. When Obama wins, Congress can no longer cuddle that goal. Thus this will break the fever of non-cooperation, because the goal is no longer that simple. If Romney wins, as Grover Norquist said, he is there only as a pen to sign the Republican agenda. Which will only cause more gridlock, because the Democrats in the Senate are not going to all of a sudden roll over to the Republican agenda. So, it does make a difference in who wins the Presidency.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  174. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I think that's a good question to ask N.J. Republican Governor Chris Christie because I just love his colorful ways of putting things.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  175. Adam

    Well, now Jack, we all know America needs her King. There is absolutely nothing like listening to two men battle it out on stage with really no "real" power to "change," anything without the consent of the governed. Domestically, we might as well hang it up simply because the focus of our elected officials stem far from the problems of the day. Those folks are too busy shouting, "Shame on you," and signing "Pledges," of fidelity to focus on little thing like compromise. Just a thought though, there's been a lot of promises about "Day One," following this elections cycle; does that mean those celebratory parties following the campaign trails will be cut short? I leave it to your investigative mind to explore further.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  176. nate

    That's the way it should be-imagine what would happen if the President and both houses of congress was republican, or democratic for that matter, then there would be no check or balance. What's better as far as you are concerned? All republican or a mixed bag.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  177. Ralph Kramden, Fargo

    Congress won't change much this election. Let's see if our USA is smart enough to dump Obama. If not, we will get more of the same – - no, it will get worse, much worse. The debt will GROW. Obamacare wiill help to further stiffle the economy and business. 'We' keep voting in the same clowns like Pelosi and Reed so I guess we get what we deserve..... I gotta go help Norton with the sewers....

    November 5, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  178. Wayne in Rome Georgia

    It doesn't seem like it matters since the congress seems to act like school kids, forming in groups, trying to have the best argument. Doesn't seem like it would matter since they never seem to change. If Romney is elected it would divide the school kids even more since he can't seem to make a stand on any decision and thats widely understood. If Obama is elected the school kids will realize that they have to finally turn into adults and get something done or they will be kicked out of school !

    November 5, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  179. O Chillon

    Just recently I was talking to a friend about this and my point was why if north Americans have such a good government system in place haven't figure out that they also have micro dictators in the form of congressmen and senators that make a career of public service they sould be vote out of office after 2 terms and every citizen should see or have an opportunity to serve as well. Enough with people serving life terms in congress and becoming millionaires in the process just like the Castros of Cuba ( I from Cuba by the way) and the PRI party in Mexico that rule the country for 70 years with different presidents but a dictatorship non the less.Americas from USA do not vote for people to serve more than 2 terms stop doing this educate yourselves in the ins and out of politics and sosial _ public service so anyone can serve despite of background and experience. Say no to incumbents and all division will go away ....remember Rome and who truly rule it.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  180. Nolan

    When the country is in trouble, which it is, it is patriotic for everyone to get behind and support the President. which has not happened. Beside this unpatriotic, obstructionist Congress there is definitely a strain of racism that wants this good President to fail.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  181. Dennis from Millbrae, CA

    You could fill a barrel up with members of Congress, roll it downhill and there would be a self-serving idiot on top at all times.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  182. Skip

    Tackling a belligerent Congress requires equal and opposite reaction. They exist to serve themselves and the President must threaten their political future as much as they threaten his. It worked for Johnson, Reagan and Clinton. Dubya didn't need to apply this technique. He acquiesced to Congressional will as long as he got his war.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  183. vicky

    Our Politicians are Federal employees so why are they getting 6 months per year off while Federal employees only get 36 days per year in a combination of sick leave and vacation.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  184. Ken Vaughn

    Romney's religious beliefs automatically disqualify him as a viable leader for me. That he can believe in such nonsense speaks volumes about his character. FYI, If you believe in a planet Kolob, you are a supreme idiot. I hope Obama can in his 2nd term now take the gloves off and enforce his position and get things done.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  185. charles mcwaters

    Our problems are so much greater than the american people are willing to sacrifice to fix. All we can really hope for is someone to guide us through an orderly slow decline instead a sudden crash. Obama won't be trying to get reelected, so maybe you could give the nod to him.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  186. thom richer

    There is a cancer in Congress and that cancer is Stage 4 and is in all probability, inoperable. The cancer's name is...Lobbying. It feeds on greed and if not treated aggressively and stat, it will continue to fester and grow until hopeless.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    November 5, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  187. Courtenay Craig

    If Obama wins the election, the ruse is over. The Republican party can no longer justify parlimentary games like 241 filibusters in four years. If they continue the hard line obstruction, they are doomed to repeat 2008. Total control of both houses in Democratic hands. And that will be the death knell.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  188. Michael Goggins

    It is a good question because if Obama wins then there is no incentive for the Republicans to change the do nothing Congress approach. If Romney wins then the Democrats will just follow the exact policy and fillibuster everything Romney wants to pass, to work towards Romney being a one term president. What incentive will there be to work with Romney on any issue? Just the Republicans refused to work together on any major issue facing this country. They have spent the last 3 years voting to end Obamacare and writing legislation to manage a females reproductive rights.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  189. VancCanadian

    In a country that has been so wonderful in so many ways, it's hard to not view the US as a land of haters.

    And now at the G20, it's not Europe that's seen as the problem, it's the US and its inability to work together to govern itself because of all the haters.

    IMHO Rupert Murdoch has succeeded beyond his wildest dreams in promoting and whipping up the hatred with his media.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  190. Hmmm.....

    Congress is our biggest problem. Obama can't work with either the Dems or Repubs but you would think everyone would try to put the US back on top. On the other hand, I wish they would be passionate enough to have a good ole fist fight or throw a chair, a shoe – something. And call Obama a liar out loud to his face – at least they would look like they cared about this Country.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  191. Larry in Houston

    How much does it matter who the president is if Congress remains divided ?
    It deoesn't matter At All, really – This election cycle will be a nail biter, unlike Reagan vs. Carter in 1980 – all the polls showed one guy up 2 , and down one , Or, up one, and down 2 – and it ended up neck & neck, all the way up to the day of the election and reagan defeated carter by a landslide – this time the polls are the same as 1980 – but In my honest opinion, I think it will be a "squeaker" – ( No Landslide) I've been following presidential elections (pretty seriously) since Hubert Humphrey got defeated in "72" – I cannot honestly say that I actually Know who's going to Win, even 24 hrs. before the election, this time.

    May the Best Man Win – 2012

    November 5, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  192. Cee. La.

    It means a lot and hopefully Americans will wake up and send the bums packing if they continue to attack each other, instead of working toward common goals.......if we have any, that is!

    November 5, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  193. Chandru Sippy

    Chandru from San Diego

    If congress remains divided, why not just get rid of all of them – replace with new members with the provision that no one or two parties has a majority. This implies changing the current law such that no more than a certain limit (say 10 or so) congress members can be from any one given party (i.e. demonlish the current 2 party system). Hence the number of independent parties will increase depending upon the limit selected and the total number of congress seats to be filled. Since the number of independent parties will increase no one party will ever have a majority even if members vote along party lines. Hence a true consensus can be obtained on any given issue – PROBLEM SOLVED!

    November 5, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  194. ga.democrat

    Yes, Jack it does matter. Our country is broken when it comes to those representing us in Congress. I give credit to President Obama for bringing us out of the crisis that nearly bankrupted our country. In my view he has lead with a level head, a steady hand, and an open heart, and has kept us safe here at home. I frightens me to think we could elect a President who cannot make a decision, cannot take a stand, is dishonest, and does not care about 47 of the American people.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  195. bcc, LA, Ca

    Divided is good. It reflects a country that is divided. This ensures all will work hard to convince the other side. If a program is good than it should benefit all.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  196. Jean in Houston

    Regardless of who is elected President, it will remain nearly impossible to get things done because the current Senate rules allow a determined 41-member minority to block any and everything. Things got done when it took 51 votes (a simple majority). And you might remember this, Jack, that this "super-majority" rules-change tactic was pioneered in Illinois by Phyllis Schafly and her paleo-Tea Party allies. They succeeded in changing Illinois state rules for approving Amendments to the Constitution to require a 3/4 majority for ratification.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  197. Former Wasatcher

    Jack, I lost everything I've worked my entire life to gain on Obama's watch, but it was due to the economy that George W. Bush, war monger, laid on us! Funny how the Republicans campaigning all over the country NEVER mention "W!" Despite having nothing now, I will NOT vote for a Mormon. When he promises "real change," he's not kidding because the saints in Salt Lake City are secretly celebrating since they believe Joseph Smith's prophesy will be fulfilled if Nitwit becomes POTUS and Jesus Christ will be running the country through his Mormon administrators! I lived in Utah for 20 long, lonely years . . . I don't want a Mormon running my country and dividing us more than we already are!

    November 5, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  198. gail filman

    Jack, Once again you have 'cut to thhe chase' and stated the dismal truth. I am Canadian (therefore my opinion is irrelevant), but have watched
    your political situation avidly for the last 4 years, with a sense of foreboding. It was and is, depressing and horrifying to note that your Congress is ineffective. Clearly, I remember the statement very early in Obama's tenure by Mitch McConnell-when asked about his goals for your country, he 'proudly, err...shamefully!' stated it was to make sure that Obama was a one term president. Your country is at great risk. I think that all Americans should be very afraid that this lack of action for the good of all will be continued. Somewhere, somehow, the greatness of the American democracy has been repressed and shut down in favour of your top 1%. While you still can, the people should use the lingering remnants of power left to them and ACT. FORCE congress into Bipartisan work, throw out the sly and dishonorable politicians who do not pay attention to the wellbeing of your people. Take your country back and do it soon. Just last night, I heard about a book that you might like, WINNER TAKE ALL POLITICS.

    Thank you Jack for being one of the very few clear and intelligent people to have the guts to state your thoughts and 'walk your talk' in the media. Generally, your media (all) is tiresome and repetitive, too many sound bytes, too little substance and almost NO caring for the 99% of your people.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  199. O Chillon

    Can any of you please tell me how long has the older member on congress being in office? How many terms has Nancy Pelosi served or Jhon Boehner or any other micro dictators?......there you go, there lies the problem.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
  200. Charlie Everett WA.

    Apparently, there's a Simpson-Bowles type plan that's got 75% bipartisan support in the Senate, but it can't get to the floor of the House. If Obama is re-elected and the Tea Party Republicans continue to block passage of this plan (or a modified plan) then the president should stop trying to placate them and instead demonize them if America goes over the 'fiscal cliff' and into a worse recession. Conversely, if Romney is elected and the House Democrats dig-in their heels for political reasons and we crash-n-burn, then he should blame them for the national fiscal disaster. Whoever becomes president should warn the opposition party that if they put Party interests ahead of the nation's well-being, he will hound them from the bully pulpit when they come up for House re-election, making it clear they are responsible for our citizens' suffering.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:54 pm |