Let's face it: The 2012 election is so passe. It may be less than 24 hours away but the media has moved on to bigger and better things: Like what's going to happen after the presidential election? Sure, that may be difficult to predict given we don't know who will be leading the country the next four years, but let's not get bogged down by minor details. Behold: Here's what's in store for America after Nov. 6, according to the media's tarot card-reading professionals.
The stock market will surge
Doesn't matter who wins, says USA Today's Adam Shell, the Dow is about to explode. "No matter who wins the White House on Nov. 6, history says a late-year stock rally is likely as uncertainty fades and investors get a better sense of what policies will impact businesses and economic growth," Shell writes. Just ask Paul Hickey, co-founder of Bespoke Investment Group. "We would expect … the market to rally following Election Day as some of the uncertainty from the market is lifted and the poor third-quarter earnings are digested," he says. Alright then.
Partisan gridlock will calcify
Don't bother counting the ballots folks! It's not going to change the gridlock in Congress. "Can either President Obama or Mitt Romney break the partisan logjam in Congress?" writes The Los Angeles Times' omniscient columnist Doyle McManus. "Probably not." This guy's got the next four years all played out in his head. "Neither President Obama nor Mitt Romney appears likely to win the kind of landslide victory that provides a mandate for big change. And whoever wins the presidency is almost certain to face at least two years of divided government in Congress: a Republican House, a Democratic Senate."