In a massive repudiation of the Obama administration, the country turned to the Republicans last night. Thus far the Republicans have gained eight seats in the Senate. Louisiana’s Senate contest will be determined in a run off election in December where the Republican is favored. The Virginia Senate race is headed to a recount with the incumbent Democrat Mark Warner clinging to a narrow lead,
In the House, it looks like the Republicans will have at least 248 seats. The last time the GOP had a greater majority was after the 1928 elections. At least a 15 seat gain for the Republicans.
In Governor races the GOP will have at least 31 including such icy blue enclaves as Massachusetts, Maryland and Illinois. A three seat gain for the Republicans which considering the number of seats they were defending is phenomenal.
In legislative races the Republicans controlled 59 of 98 chambers going into the election. They have added eight more including both chambers in West Virginia, the New York state senate, both chambers in Nevada and the state senate in Colorado.
It is impossible to see this election as anything but deep dissatisfaction by the voters as to the state of the nation under Obama. The President’s lame duck status was certified last night. Now the Republicans have the joys and the worries of victors. They were not given power by the voters out of confidence in them, but out of lack of confidence in the Democrats. Power granted under such circumstances can be fleeting indeed.