The blog is a little late this week as I mailed it through Georgia, and it seems things there are taking a little long to process.
Someone asked me earlier this week when I’d have my blog post up about the election and I immediately thought of the old joke about two rednecks. There are always two rednecks in these stories, aren’t there?
They came upon a pile of what appeared to be the recent work of a dog.
‘Is that dog poop?’
‘Looks like it, for sure.’
Bending over to get close, the other inhaled, made a face and said, ‘Yep, smells it.’
‘Touch it. Does it feel like dog poop?’
Squeezing some in his hand, he replied, ‘Warm and gooey. Yep, feels like it.’
‘Taste it. Does it taste like dog poop?’
Pulling a dab with his finger, he put a little in his mouth. ‘Dang, sure enough tastes like dog poop, too.’
The brighter of the two then pronounced, ‘Yes, it is dog poop. Buddy make sure you don’t step in it.’
Yes, this joke was only told by eight-year old boys who liked to say ‘poop’ a lot. But I thought about the election and how we try to serve you each week here with our little blogging thing and concluded that mostly I need to just not step in it.
As I write this, the long-term Airbnb rental on the west end of Pennsylvania Avenue likely will have some new folks moving in. On the other end, Mitch and Chuck may have to wait until one, or maybe two, Georgia Senate runoffs are completed to see which of them gets to hold the gavel. People often wonder what, exactly, the Vice President does other than go to funerals. Well, there is a chance Kamala Harris will spend a lot of her time casting the deciding vote.
Yes, we are about as divided as we could possibly get, and things are as tight as a scuba suit on a Sumo wrestler.
I could opine in 14 different directions about how we got here, how bad it is, what we need to get out of this place, or several other things, but I am guessing you’ve already read way too many of those pieces this week as you’ve spent too much time watching interactive maps that haven’t moved much.
So, here’s one piece of data for you…
Thus far this week the prospect of a divided government (maybe that was premature on the Senate) was good for healthcare stocks. Said CNBC, ‘The lower possibility of rising regulatory zeal and unwelcome legislation plus pre-election positioning leaves Managed Care and Hospital stocks in better shape.’
‘Rising regulatory zeal.’
Maybe no big changes come.
Which means, as we’ve been saying for years now, what matters to your practice is not Washington, but your vision, strategy, culture and execution. That is where your vote matters even more.