There was a gathering of the field engineers at the office yesterday. I love working with The Lads (and occasionally, Lasses), because they're where the rubber meets the road - they're the ones who have to make things work, and who take the heat from the customer when it doesn't. There's no better way for someone like me back in the Factory to get real faster than hanging with The Lads.
We had dinner and beers, talking business and wouldn't it be neat for a gratifying time. It was a good grounding for me, one I try to do as often as I can. Then it turned to politics.
None of them liked Obama and the Democrats. None. They're in their 30s (the oldest were early 40s), and I'm not sure if this is the typical get more conservative as you settle down and have a family or not. I don't think so.
You see, none of them liked the Republicans, or Mitt Romney. None.
There was a certain amount of sympathy to my idea that since the economy will continue lousy, let Obama keep the Presidency (and the blame) while the Republicans take Congress. There was the obligatory what about the Executive Orders along with the obligatory what Executive Orders, but none of them had any feeling that the Coke Party would be an improvement over the Pepsi Party, except around the edges.
This is GOP Marketing FAIL, to my mind. You have smart, rational (engineering school, hello), well paid (mostly) white males, and none of them like your Party. In Georgia, none of them like your Party. You know, I can see their point: I don't much like your party, either.
Oh yeah, there was the obligatory yeah we suck but we suck less than the other guy discussion, too. Good damn luck to the GOP. They'll need it. Especially in 2014 when the Democrats retake the Senate. Just in time to block President Romney's SCOTUS nominees. So will Romney double down with conservative nominees who support the Second Amendment, or will he - beaten down by two years of relentless media assaults and a lost mid-term election - "compromise" on the SCOTUS? I lived in Massachusetts while he was Governor, and I think I know how that one will play out.