Election Night 2010 -- Insights & Analysis

Good evening, and welcome to our Little Epic Against Oblivion coverage of Election Night 2010.

The results are pouring in, so let us go live now to our political correspondant on the ground, William Butler Yeats.

Bill, what's the word where you are? What's happening in the polls and what is the mood of the electorate as you see it?
The intellect of man is forced to choose
Perfection of the life, or of the work,
And if it take the second must refuse
A heavenly mansion, raging in the dark.
When all that story's finished, what's the news?
In luck or out the toil has left its mark:
That old perplexity an empty purse,
Or the day's vanity, the night's remorse.

I see. So do you see the likely change in the House as indicative of the public rejecting the Obama agenda of Big Government, health care reform, and increased taxes? What can the public expect from a new Republican majority in the House?

A starlit or a moonlit dome disdains
All that man is,
All mere complexities,
The fury and the mire of human veins.


The years like great black oxen tread the world,
And God the herdsman goads them on behind,
And I am broken by their passing feet.

An interesting bit of analysis, but let's try to keep it non-partisan. What policies do you think the Republicans will enact in the next two years, and how will this election impact the 2012 Presidential Election?

John Boehner, the man most likely to become the House's next Speaker, has been quoted as telling the Tea Party, "I will never let you down."

How will the House be able to reconcile the debt ceiling and the Bush tax cuts without serious cuts to spending and entitlements?

Nor dread nor hope attend
A dying animal;
A man awaits his end
Dreading and hoping all.

Can you elaborate on that, Bill? Give us some of your inside-Washington insight. What are you seeing from your vantage point? Tell me what I don't know.

He knows death to the bone -
Man has created death.

All changed, changed utterly
A terrible beauty is born.

That's fine, Bill. And when this is all over, how will you finally unwind? It certainly has been a long election cycle. Heh heh.

Now that my ladder's gone
I must lie down where all the ladders start,
In the foul rag-and-bone shop of the heart.

I see. Well, er, thank you William Butler Yeats, for those insights. No one offers political insider views quite like you.

Well, on behalf of W.B. Yeats and all of us at Against Oblivion, thank you for watching, and good night.

Stay tuned for a check of tomorrow's weather and a truly heartwarming examination of what happens when a cute mutt of a dog catches a frisbee in a city park and the man who threw the frisbee...O to hell with it!

Who needs a drink? Bill? You with me?