How will the restaurant industry be impacted by this year’s elections? Will we be better off with Obama or McCann? Does the presidential race even matter – is it Congressional seats we should be concerned with? Who is best-positioned to win with this year’s elections – private-equity firms, public companies, small chains, independents, employees?The NRA lists 23 “Front-Burner Issues Affecting Restaurants” (http://www.restaurant.org/government/issues/) – Will the elections provide any relief for wholesale price inflation as a result of diversion of crops for biofuels? What about immigration? What about minimum wages? What do you think are the most critical areas politics impacts our industry, and what’s at stake this year?According to the website electoral-vote.com (http://www.electoral-vote.com/) there are 12 Democratic and 23 Republican seats being defended (I’m finding differing numbers as I research) and a panel discussion by Salon’s Thomas Schaller (http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2008/07/21/house_roundtable/) projects it’s going to be a “good Democratic year.”Will it be a Good Restaurant Year?