Republicans Win 2010 Midterm Election

by Mike on November 3, 2010

in Election 2010,Politics

President Obama and the Democrat Party suffered a humiliating defeat in last night’s midterm elections.  The Republican Party gained at least 61 seats in the House of Representatives to wrest control of the chamber from Nancy Pelosi’s iron grip.  In the Senate, the Republicans gained at least 5 seats, giving them enough to votes to stop the Democrats’ left-wing agenda in that chamber as well.

Some results were satisfying.  Senator-Elect Marco Rubio clearly believes in the principles that made this country great in the first place and knows how to articulate how those principles apply to the problems we face todayRand Paul will serve as a repeated reminder to his colleagues about the necessity for individual liberty.  And Allen West will serve as a lesson to our liberal friends that diversity is something more than just the color of skin.

Some results were disappointing.  Harry Reid somehow managed to defeat Sharron Angle in Nevada.  Barbara Boxer, the wicked witch of the west, apparently has more flying monkeys in California than anyone knew.  Barney Frank fended off the toughest challenge of his political career despite his complicity  in the banking crisis that helped plunge our economy into the toilet.  And my home state of Rhode Island showed a bit of misguided compassion by electing a dimwit as its next Governor.

Whatever our feeling about the individual contests, we conservatives got exactly what we needed out of the election.  With a Democrat still in the White House, the goal in last night’s election was to elect enough conservatives to slow down and/or stop the liberal agenda Obama has shoved down the country’s throats for the last two years.  With John Boehner in the Speaker’s Chair, the Republicans not only have the votes to reject the President’s proposals, they can prevent a vote from being held at all.  The same is true in the Senate.  To use the President’s beaten-to-death metaphor, the country slammed the brakes after the President drove the national car 95 miles an hour in the wrong direction toward the edge of a cliff.

That said, the President did a lot of damage during the last two years.  He has spent our country into debt faster than even George W. Bush could imagine.  He forced government intervention into the health care system to such a degree that Americans are going to be forced to pay higher prices for a lower quality of care.  We are still on track for a tax increase in two months because the Democrats never bothered to extend the Bush tax cuts.  Worst of all, more people than ever before are dependent on the state for their livelihood.

Pointing the country in the right direction by reducing the size of government, repealing Obamacare, cutting spending and the debt, and preventing the January tax increase is going to be difficult.  The Democrats still control the Senate, and Obama has a veto pen.  The Republicans should do everything in their power to push the more popular parts of our agenda.  Vote to repeal Obamacare and let Democrats oppose it.  Vote to extend the Bush tax cuts.   Pass medical malpractice reform.  Maybe the President will pull a Clinton by stabbing his supporters in the back and signing the more popular parts of our agenda in order to save his own political skin.  If he pivots, the country benefits.  If not, he jeopardizes his re-election.

Last night was a great result, but it was only part one of the story.    The sequel is two years away, but production starts now.

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Ryan November 3, 2010 at 4:35 pm

It was a great night for the nation. Lots of surprises, a tragedy or two, but altogether a tidal wave, not a tsunami, but when you’re on the beach there isn’t much difference is there. I heard the analogy on the radio today of a tornado: sometimes it takes out a whole neighborhood, inexplicably leaving one or two homes behind. Angle’s loss comes to mind. Harry Reid’s house remained, but many Dems got wrecked along the way.

Rand Paul sounded perfect in his victory speech. Marco Rubio could be President one day if he sticks to his guns. Trent Lott on Cavuto today sounded antiquated and a little put off.

Also, I’m not liking all the “compromise” talk today. The Republicans did NOT win last night to get along with the Obama Nation and be Democrat-lite. As a Tea Party supporter and sometimes activist, such a Republican move (compromising on principles for the purpose of “getting along) would be unforgivable to me. America voted for divided government (a similar trend over much of the last 30 years) to slow things down, check the engine, and be more deliberative.

In the midterms of 1930, the party in power (Republicans) lost 52 seats, but held onto the Senate by virtue of Vice President Charles Curtis’ vote. Two years later one of the most significant political realignments of the 20th Century took place in favor of the Dems. History says that playing it right and sticking to one’s principled message it will be possible to succeed in the next election in a similar fashion.


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