Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Voters to Obama: Take Your Spending and Shove It

The voters sent a clear message last night: We don't like what Obama and the Democrats have done to us over the last two years. We're not going to take it any longer. So, take your big government spending and shove it.

The breadth and depth of the Democrat's defeat was unimaginable just a couple of months ago.

The GOP will pick up 63 to 65 House seats -- the largest turnover since WWII. Not only were the Democrat classes of 2006 and 2008 largely purged from the House, several long time Democrat Congressmen (like Ike Skelton) were defeated.

The GOP won almost 700 state legislative seats. (I thought I was being optimistic when I predicted at least 300). 20 or 21 state legislatures will change party control, just in time for redistricting. North Carolina and Alabama have GOP state legislatures for the first time since the 1870s.

Several governors races are still too close to call, including Oregon and Minnesota, which the Democrats were supposed to win handily.

The GOP won at least 6 Senate seats. Rand Paul won by double digits. Marco Rubio had a larger than expected margin. One of the most liberal members of the Senate (Russ Feigngold) was handily defeated. We'll see what happens in Colorado and Washington.

The GOP elected the first female Latino governor (Susana Martinez), the first female Indian governor (Nikki Haley), and two other women governors (Mary Fallin and Jan Brewer). The GOP also elected three Latino Congressmen, including a woman (Jaime Herrera) from my state. They also elected and two black Congressmen. We'll see if they are allowed into the Congressional Black Caucus.

The only bad news for the GOP is that three successful business women (Meg Whitman, Carly Fiorini, and Linda McMahon) went down in flames as did Christine O'Donnell, and Sharron Angle. What a surprise given that they were viciously attacked as extremists, whores, bitches, psychos, and worse by the Democrats and their cronies in the media. Feminists everywhere must be so proud of their great triumph in defeating these women with their vulgar slurs.

The big question is what will Obama do now? Will he try to work with the GOP House like Clinton did after the GOP picked up 54 seats in 1994? My guess is that he won't. Obama is too much of a leftist ideologue. He also doesn't have any experience working with an opposition. Obama will likely try to use executive orders to push through his radical agenda on things like carbon emissions, while continuing to demonize the GOP as obstructionists.

Democrats who predict that the GOP will just sit back and do nothing are kidding themselves. That may be what Mitch McConnell wants, but he isn't calling the shots. The House is in charge of the GOP agenda. There are enough Tea Party candidates elected last night to push through pretty much whatever they want and send it to the Senate.

There are 21 Democrat Senators up for reelection in 2012. Many of them are in solidly red states while others are in states that swung heavily to the GOP yesterday. That includes Joe Manchin of West Virginia who just won a special election by running television ads in which he used a rifle to shoot holes in Obama's cap-and-trade bill. It's doubtful that they will continue to follow Obama off of a cliff.

On the GOP side, people like Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Jim DeMint and others will not be content to simply block and filibuster legislation. These people have an agenda and they are they are going to try to push it.

It would not surprise me at all to see a coalition of scared Democrats and GOP Tea Partiers in the Senate pass a fair amount of legislation on taxes, spending cuts, and fixes to Obamacare.

We should also expect to see the new GOP Governors and State Legislators push through their own reform agenda to fix their economies, failing schools, and tort systems.

Last night was an election of historic proportions. Now, the real work begins.

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