23 Things We'd Rather See Return From 1994 Than a GOP-Controlled Congress In a Democratic Administration
It's rare that something so predictable makes so many headlines, but when there's so much at stake, it's inevitable. The GOP has officially taken over the Senate (and, as expected, is holding onto the House of Representatives), meaning that Republicans now control Congress. But what does that mean, exactly? Well, for one, we could see plenty of gridlock, and reproductive rights organizations are worried about how a GOP-led Congress could restrict abortion access for women via bills banning abortion after 20 weeks. Add to that fears surrounding what this means for judicial appointments on the federal level and the Supreme Court (since the Senate can block Obama's nominees) and the fact that this will ensure Benghazi remains in the 2016 conversation, much to Hillary Clinton's chagrin, and this result seems mighty scary in the eyes of any liberal individual.
Of course, since history repeats itself, we could take a look back at the last time we saw a midterm election yield a similar result: during 1994's "Republican Revolution," when the GOP took the House and Senate while Bill Clinton was still in office. And what did that midterm election produce? You got it — gridlock. Arguments between Clinton and Congress (and, particularly, House speaker Newt Gingrich) surrounding Medicare and more even led to a 27-day government shutdown in 1995. And considering one of those is still fresh in our minds following the 2013 shutdown over Obamacare, Americans are likely not eager to repeat that part of 1994's history.
In fact, here are 23 things from 1994 we'd much prefer to see than a GOP-dominated Congress and the subsequent gridlock to come.
Rachel Green's Wedding Dress
Celine Dion's Wedding Dress
The 8,546th Airing of Shawshank Redemption on TV
Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley Kissing
Gwen Stefani's Blue Hair
Having to Rewind
Not to Mention, This
Gwyneth and Brad with the Same Haircut
Realizing Someone Taped Over Your Recording of Party of Five
Your Uncle Doing a Terrible Karaoke Version of "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)"
The Terrible Scene from The Lion King That Ruined Your Childhood
Liv Tyler stripping in HER DAD's "Crazy" Music Video
A Half-Eaten Jawbreaker Hiding Somewhere In Your Room
This, On a Loop, Over and Over
And, Speaking Of, Tonya Harding's Bangs
Your Older Brother's Impression of Ace Ventura
Or Forrest Gump
A Broken Nintendo or Game Boy You Can Fix In Only One Way
Naked Gun 33 1/3, and the Uncomfortable Feeling That Comes Along With It
Every Article of Clothing Worn in This Promo Shot
Do not want.
But perhaps we should be optimistic — after all, Congress and Clinton eventually managed to work together, once the GOP-controlled House and Senate realized doing something and working with the Democratic president was prudent. After all, who would vote for a party that only invited gridlock in the next presidential election?
Then again, many are predicting that the post-midterms Congress will be the "least productive in history," leaving us to decide once and for all: Is inaction better than action in this case?