Wednesday in politics: Buzz, buzz, buzz about Election Day, and more

Phil Pruitt
November 7, 2012

Wednesday and again on Thursday and then on Friday and all weekend, the politics buzz will be about one thing: Election Day.

The topics, or rather the questions, that will be thought about and talked about include: What happened and why and what it means going forward? And — brace yourself -- don't be surprised if there's talk right away about who and what to look for in the 2016 presidential race.

Tuesday provided a lot of answers. President Barack Obama was re-elected with 303 Electoral Votes to Mitt Romney's 206, Republicans retained control of the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Democrats maintained a majority in the U.S. Senate. The political alignment in Washington is what it has been for the past two years.

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But, again, that raises questions: Is there more gridlock ahead in Washington? Will congressional Republicans shift closer to the political center? Will a second-term Obama be more accommodating with congressional Republicans? And what about that fiscal cliff?

Questions, questions, questions — mainly for the pundits and the pols.

And then there is this: Wednesday marks the third anniversary of the House passing the Affordable Health Care for America Act, legislation that set the stage for what eventually would be called Obamacare. Obamacare was a focal point of the 2012 presidential campaign.

And this: Wednesday also marks the 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon's re-election as president. How that played out is no secret. The Watergate scandal forced him to resign on Aug. 9, 1974.

Sources: Yahoo! News, Associated Press