Election Recap: Red Storm Rising



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.

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  1. I was happy to be proven wrong about the GOP losing like they did in ’12. I just hope that the newly elected and reelected GOP’ers don’t turn RINO on us.

  2. I am very happy that our President who pointed out repeatedly that it was his policies that were on the ballots, and not him. The repudiation was not personal and certainly not racial. It is the policies.

  3. Although the Texas results were no surprise, I think it had as much to do with the obnoxiousness of Wendy Davis as it did failed Democratic policies in DC. Had the Dems run someone remotely likable, they still would have lost but it would have been much closer. So in that case, I think it was personal.

  4. The beginning of the end for Obama.
    The end of the beginning for America to rise from being led from the rear to taking the lead again.
    What the GOP now need is unity, and no suicidal primaries for the 2016 presidential elections.

  5. In Arkansas, every state constitutional officer, both our state house & state senate, both US Senators, & all 4 US House members are Republicans. I don’t think that has ever happened in the history of the state.

    One of my opinionated family members who was voting Democrat 6 years ago–told me recently that he & his family were going to do their best to vote every single Democrat out of office over the financial ruin Obamacare has made of their lives. Two 70 year olds, in the family, who were paying $400 per month for their health insurance before Obamacare–are now paying $1200 per month because of Obamacare. They are having problems buying groceries. All I can say is “I told you so!”

  6. Don the Kiwi that Churchillian note of hope and caution is good grist for us today. Nothing is static and we must respond responsibly 😉
    And Old Adam , I agree with you about red as a political color – but take refuge in the fact that we also ascribe that fiery color to the Holy Spirit!

  7. OK, what’s with that section of SE Iowa and NE Illinois, surrounding the Quad Cities? They’re always a blue tumor in the middle of red. Seems that way every time.

  8. On my drive home from a meeting last night, I listened to Michael Savage (who is angry but sins not :-)) He commented on Obama’s reaction to these events as being rather odd and perhaps indicative of megalomania. If so, Heaven help us!

  9. “what’s with that section of SE Iowa and NW Illinois, surrounding the Quad Cities? They’re always a blue tumor in the middle of red.”

    Some of the IL portion of the blue area is the IL-17 Congressional District, which has been generally Democratic since the early 1980s — a phenomenon I’m guessing stems from its blue-collar, heavily unionized economy (Moline is the home of John Deere and Galesburg, once a railroad and manufacturing hub, has lost thousands of jobs due to plant closings); from the popularity of the late (he died yesterday, in fact) Rep. Lane Evans, who served in Congress for more than 20 years and was known for his excellent service to constitutents even when they didn’t agree with his liberal views; and from the fact that it was specifically gerrymandered after the last census to be a Democratic district.

  10. Old Adam,

    You are correct that red was historically the color of the democratic party. There is a strain of the democratic pool that is connected to communism. It is not so significant today but definitely was in the past. Do you recall the term “blue dog democrat?” This also harkens to earlier times – um … 1995.

    The dem’s wanted blue for obvious reasons including disassociating themselves with the color red, as in red china. They own the main media outlets so it was a simple task of just taking the color blue for their own. The republicans and conservatives in general simply make the mental switch from blue to red and like spineless and helpless creatures, get used to it. That is exactly what happened.

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