Now that the mid-term elections are over and Virginians and the American people have spoken with their votes, where do we go from here? For one, I am glad to see that voter turnout in many parts of the country was up, because this means that when the electorate is given a reason to engage, they will.
It is now a fact that the majority in the U.S. House and the Senate is held by the GOP. If you are on the other side of the aisle, you may be disappointed in that outcome, but I believe there is room for optimism if we do not have a failure of leadership. Keep in mind that the Democrats still have enough votes in the Senate to block super majority votes, filibuster and basically do what the Republicans have done for six years, but that will not be the answer to move Virginia and America forward.
If we see gridlock for the next two years and beyond, that will be the sole fault of President Barack Obama, incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House John Boehner. A failure of leadership means that competent people cannot find a way to compromise and make decisions for the greater good.
It's just like a marriage, we say “yes honey” many times when we would like to just say no.