I will remind you again: I have no number and don’t know which party will control either body. Instead, the business community’s objective ought to be something much bigger than guessing a final number count. After all, this isn’t personal but professional for all of us. We enjoy the competition and the speculation, but no matter the outcome, when the election is over, it is the policies that affect our employees, shareholders, customers, communities that drives us to be involved. Regardless of the party in control, we have to turn out a product or service. That requires building workable coalitions to enact legislation that makes it easier for us to accomplish our workplace bottom lines.
If you are still struggling for how to explain this election, take a look at my Top 10 goals for a good outcome this cycle.
Top 10 Bernadette’s version of good outcomes for 2010
- Marco Rubio wins Florida Senate race with at least 50 % and gives this state stability in this Senate seat before everyone dreams bigger things for him.
- Rob Portman wins Ohio Senate race and works with White House on the stalled trade agenda
- A smart and effective woman joins the Senate and gives working women a role model
- Tom Corbett takes the Pennsylvania governor’s race by winning votes in union households
- Steve Stivers wins in Ohio 15 and uses his financial services background to fix the unintended consequences of the current reform package
- At least 15 of the 17 House Democrats on the ballot who crossed party lines on health care and climate change are in the 112th Congress
- At least five freshmen pro-business House members are under the age of 45 with state legislative experience
- Rep. Paul Ryan (R WI 1) has a chance to work with a reconfigured White House to do politically bold things on Social Security and Medicare, backed up by an under-40 member of the Democratic House caucus
- A darkhorse becomes senate majority leader, regardless of which party controls
- Charlie Stenholm, former House member from Texas, is chosen as speaker of the house. The constitution doesn’t require the speaker to be a member of the body