Today is a day for conservatives to thank Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid for destroying the Democratic majority in Congress, stopping the progressive juggernaut and putting Republicans in a perfect position to take control of the Senate in 2012 and eject the Radical-in-Chief from his Oval perch. Watching the MSNBC leftists Olbermann, Matthews and Maddow try to explain away the rejection of their policies by the American people and attribute it to “outside money,” inept messaging, insufficiently radical policies and poor instructions to their camp followers was a particularly satisfying experience. Keep on thinking that way comrades, encourage Obama and Reid to open the throttle on the socialist express and – as Karl Rove put it with a joyful exuberance in his FoxNews commentary – “drive that train off the cliff.”
This was an election night which saw the state houses in North Carolina and Alabama go Republican for the first time since 1872 and 1874, which cast out – often by landslide margins – “old bull” Democrats Skelton, Boucher, Oberstar and Edwards, who had been in the House for more than twenty years and had stuffed their districts with enough pork to keep their voters satisfied and the seats they held their personal property for as long as they drew breath. Here was a night that saw the election of a Republican governor in the unionized Michigan by a twenty-point landslide, and the installation of Republican governors through the arc of the Midwest from Wisconsin through Illinois and Ohio for the first time in half a century, along with the state house and legislature of keystone Pennsylvania. Here was a sixty-seat flip in the U.S. House of Representatives a feat that hasn’t been achieved since 1948.
Despite this conservative tsunami by a party outspent and out-manned, the progressive faithful still grasped hope from the fact that in two union-plagued states in the west Harry Reid and Barbara Boxer managed to cling to their by now near-hereditary seats, and because an empty-headed Republican lost a race she should never have run in Delaware, Republicans fell short of a Senate majority. This election night failure to take the Senate is in fact a conservative blessing in disguise (as is the loss of the governorship in California, a state that no Republican executive could rescue from its socialist legislature and union mafia and the bankrupt future to which they have condemned the state).
If Republicans had won the Senate, Obama would run in 2012 by attacking a “Do-Nothing” Congress that had thwarted his plans to fundamentally change America into a cornucopia of social justice and economic health. An almost-majority in the Senate is good enough to thwart his radical spending schemes and anti-business assaults without handing him an opportunity to deceive voters public by blaming his mess on someone else.
The “good news” which desperate progressives have managed to retrieve from California and Nevada has another upside for 2012 when 24 “liberal” Senate seats and the Oval Office are up for grabs. This optimism will stiffen progressive necks and cause them to pressure their leaders to drive the train along that radical track, encouraging them to defend their rejected policies and resist a change of direction. And that’s just what conservatives should want them to do.