A Turn to the Right

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After a long and often controversial campaign season, the mid-term election results are in and the Republican Party has much to be thankful for. In the early hours of Wednesday morning, Republicans claimed the House of Representatives with a historic 60-seat pick-up, securing a majority of 235 to 181. Democrats retained control of the Senate after a six-seat loss to Republicans and a majority of 51 to 46, according to RealClearPolitics. Recognizing the chance for his party’s redemption, a tearful John Boehner, the man expected to become the next speaker of the House, acknowledged Republican missteps and entreated President Obama to pursue real bipartisanship. The emotion from Boehner was startling, but to be sure, the battle was hard-won.

Despite immense White House investment in Joe Sestak, Republican Pat Toomey narrowly won the Pennsylvania Senate seat formerly occupied by Arlen Specter (51% to 49%). Both President Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden had made multiple trips to campaign on behalf of Sestak, but to little avail. While Sestak defended his support of the Obama administration’s policies, including his vote for ObamaCare, the congressman may have benefited more by taking a page from West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin’s playbook. Now Senator-elect Manchin, the governor turned heads by fully repudiating his public endorsement of ObamaCare and airing a campaign ad in which he fired a rifle at a mock cap and trade bill, a measure which the president supports.

Perhaps more disappointing for the administration was the loss of the president’s former Senate seat in Illinois. Republican Representative Mark Steven Kirk defeated Democrat Alexi Giannoulias in another close race. Although both candidates were plagued by ethical problems, Giannoulias’s close affiliation with Obama and the omnipresent Democratic establishment of Illinois were not enough to secure a victory against Kirk, a fifth-term congressman.

Two three-way races, both strongly influenced by the Tea Party movement, have commanded significant national attention throughout the election. Much to the Democrats’ chagrin, rising Republican star Marco Rubio defeated both the Democratic candidate Kendrick Meek and Republican-turn-Independent candidate Charlie Crist in the race for Florida’s Senate seat. After losing the Republican primary to Tea Party favorite Marco Rubio, Governor Crist pursued the seat as an Independent and tried desperately to characterize Rubio as a dangerous right-wing extremist. In the end, Crist did not find the same success as Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski, who was also forced off the Republican ticket by a Tea Party favorite. Murkowski ran as a “write-in” candidate in the Alaska Senate race after being defeated in the Republican primary by the Palin-endorsed newcomer Joe Miller. After 70% of the vote had been counted, Murkowski led Miller by a four-point margin. Although a winner may not be officially decided for days, the situation looks very good for Murkowski, who would be Alaska’s first successful write-in candidate.

Despite widespread anxiety over unemployment and the economy, notable CEOs did not fare well against entrenched politicos in this year’s election. In the way of governors, Republican candidate Meg Whitman was defeated by Democrat Jerry Brown for California governor. Brown had previously served as California’s governor from 1975-1983 (and is returning for his third term) while Whitman was the former CEO of eBay. In Connecticut, Republican Linda McMahon, former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, lost the state’s Senate race to Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. Blumenthal will be succeeding retiring senior Democrat Chris Dodd. Not to be overlooked, Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer of California maintained a close but comfortable margin over her Republican challenger, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. Although Fiorina had not yet conceded as of the predawn hours of Wednesday morning, Boxer enjoyed a five-point lead.

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  • Chezwick_Mac

    How sweeeeeeet it is!

    • ze-ev ben jehudah

      The Jewish people have for the last 2000 years been, the so called,
      chosen people so it is time that some other nation takes over for the
      next 2000 years ?? please !!

  • Beverley

    One of the reasons the Demo …rats have lost a lot to the Republicans is because they treat Israel so badly. They don't believe God is watching what they do to the 'apple of his eye'. God has a calling on Israel to fulfill THEIR role in the redemption of the WORLD. Therefore, He is not happy with those NATIONS who try to thwart His plans Zech. 12:2-3,10

    He said. "I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all people, all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it". Every person should read these prophetic words written almost 3 thousand years ago. God either exists or He does not. This is His plan for the whole world and does not only include Israel.

    • Norman

      This is completely irrelevant, and if you like that place so much leave our country and live there. I am sure they will love to have another american living there for them to rape and murder. Enjoy your terrorism while it lasts.

      • Beverley

        Sheash … what rock did you crawl out from under. Sticks and stones may break …bla …bla. And I don't live in your country Normannnnnnnnnnn. Don't like the irrelevant truth do we.

  • davarino

    I think they lost because they were so bold as to show exactly what their agenda was, and the American people didnt like it. I think there are a lot of people who are finally waking up to what the democratic party has become and they dont like it.

    Again, thanks O, we couldnt have done it without you.

  • Andres de Alamaya

    Yeahhhhhhhhhh!

  • Wesley69

    This is a great victory for the people wanting an end to hope and change. Hopefully, it will be the beginning of a counter-revolution:

    Reversing the size & scope of government,
    Stopping reckless spending,
    Reversing the power relationship back toward the states,
    Heralding a new age of personal freedom and responsibility and
    Making government accountable to the people.

    Now, we prepare for 2012, to continue the counter-revolution and take back our country!!!

    All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
    Thomas Jefferson

    • stephencuz

      What I responded to in another post is relevant here I think.

      Their new strategy will be to print more money to make what we have worthless (can you say Hyper-Inflation?). So no, they don’t get the message. I suspect they’ll dig their heels in instead. Things will get so bad and now they can point to an “uncooperative” Republican House. In order to turn the vote back the Dems have to make an enemy of the Repubs. This is easy when hard choices will have to be made because the money just doesn’t buy what it used to. When the Repubs. make cuts that will surely touch “the people” the Dems can point to them as the bad guys.

  • Michael

    Unemployment is 10% across the Nation. Some states , ( Michigan) it soared to 30%.
    When Hitler was elected to office in Germany unemployment was 12%. Seems our Nation ousted some Hitlers from office yesterday.
    Unfortunately California voters chose to keep their Hitlers in office. Just shows the state is still cloaked with the "Blue Blanket of Liberal Insanity".
    American Christian Infidel
    Michael Canzano

  • IslamIsPolitical

    Correction: You probably don't even read the Bible, much believe it.

  • Hart

    Well said, Dhimminology…

    – while I am somewhat elated over Mid-term results, I don't look to PC stuffed shirt plutocrats and check-signing golfers to save the nation. I am encouraged by the infusion of Tea Party spirit – but there is not enough of it.
    What we need is another Great Awakening – and may God in his Sovereignty be pleased to send one in our lifetime…

  • Fiddler

    Oh bubba, if you're listening, I rest my case. This was a repudiation of Obama's policies not merely "Republican re-branding" as you put it.

  • guest

    Ah yes, the Iran-ization of America continues!
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/04/us/politics/04j

    Next up, say the pledge of allegiance on command or be flogged in public. Then, commit adultery and be branded on the skin. It's the 17th century all over again.

    • "gunner"

      just a little disgruntled "guest"? "iran-ization"? i hardly think. i'm a conservative non-christian "pagan" and i don't live in fear of my christian neighbors "flogging" or "branding" me for not being just like them. i'm quite free to think, and believe as i choose, and vote as i choose in the political arena. i exercised those rights on tuesday, evidently to your dismay, and i plan to continue to do so, choosing conservative values, and voting for candidates who follow them as long as i continue able to act in this world.

  • Jim C.

    Sorry–as we do 1996 all over again–minus the robust economy.

    As for the TEA partiers, I feel bad for them. Watch as they turn instantly into typical Republicans.

    • Jim C.

      Those TEA party candidates cost their patrons a lot of money. Rove's group. Norquist's group. Now they've got to dance with the ones that brung them. If you thought the monetarism Obama incuded in his stimulus wasn't effective, just wait until you get a load of these guys.

      The sad thing is–and I intend no sarcasm–when these guys provide "more of the same," you'll all be griping that they're just "not conservative enough." Because all you have to do to win elections is pay lip service to small gov't, tax cuts (which Obama provides), and "common sense." You don't care what they actually DO once in office.