Paul Dreyer: Looking for post-election answers

November 10, 2012 

Looking for post-election answers

Here are some important questions that I have from the campaign season and election this week:

How will President Obama now work with the House and Senate to craft a solution to the fiscal cliff and other critical issues faced by our country?

Can House Speaker John Boehner have the needed influence with the most conservative segment of his own party to address these same issues?

Now that he has failed in achieving his stated goal of making President Obama a one-term president, is it time for Mitch McConnell to step down as Senate minority leader? Hasn’t the taciturn senator from Kentucky made it clear that he does not wish to solve the issues facing our country?

Since we in North Carolina have elected moderates within their respective parties, can we look to Sens. Richard Burr and Kay Hagan to set an example and work together?

Will Gov.-elect Pat McCrory lead from the center or will more conservative elements of the legislative branch set the direction for the future of the state?

On the local level why did state auditor candidate Debra Goldman get all the heat about the alleged tryst with legislative candidate and fellow Wake County school board member Chris Malone? Was there a double standard with the media and the electorate? As he promised, will Malone address the issue now that the election has passed?

And finally, now that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has seen the outcome of the Citizens United decision, will he ask for a do-over? Is it possible that the majority of the court voted for the barrage of negative ads from euphoniously named organizations supported by unknown donors with less known intentions?

Oh, one more – why did anyone ever listen to Donald Trump?

Paul Dreyer

Raleigh

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