So now what?
So much for change.
Despite the election, things in the nation's capitol and the state capitol are just as we left them the day before the election. The Republicans control of the U.S. House and the Democrats call the shots in the senate and Mitt Romney did not unseat the incumbent.
In Lansing, the GOP lost some House seats but not enough to cede control to the Democrats. The governor is still governor and the senate, not up for re-election, is still under GOP control.
So back to the original question: Now what?
Job one for labor in Michigan is to regroup after a resounding loss on Proposal 2. It wasn't even close underscoring once more that this current labor movement is not your daddy's labor movement. Union clout took a hit and leaders may be bracing for more conservative GOP "attacks" on that movement.
Is a Right to Work vote looming out there? Did the rejection of the union ballot plan embolden anti-union R's to even the score? The governor is in no mood for retribution...no shocker there, but he may be in the minority.
In D.C. the re-elected president said all the right things about wanting to work with the other side but that was just a re-do of what he said four years ago. How'd that work out?
This can be said for sure: Michigan citizens and Americans in general thirst for getting rid of the politics of stagnation; they demand bi-partisan cooperation and to most sensible folks "compromise" is not a four letter word.
"Just work together" is the post-election pleas in both capitols.
Anybody in Washington and Lansing listening?