When Ineptitude and Futility Seem to Become Indistinguishable


Nate Silver’s unfavorable projections seem to have spiked progressive interest in the November elections, in which control of the House and the Senate, as well as control of a number of state governments, will be at issue.

A fairly large number of House members and senators have decided not to seek re-election and to retire at the end of this term. For some, the decision simply represents their recognition of the inevitable end of their lengthy careers. For others, the very bitterly partisan atmosphere and the almost complete absence of any bipartisan compromise in the Congress have simply become too much to bear. Still others faced difficult primary challenges or general-election campaigns and decided that re-election either wasn’t worth the effort or wasn’t likely enough to warrant the effort.

Although it may seem that I have covered the whole gamut of possibilities in the previous paragraph, I am not sure…

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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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