|Senator Mike Lee (R-UT)|
I was also delighted to see Gary Herbert retain the Utah governorship in this special election. The Philpot race was a narrow loss to incumbent Jim Matheson. Would have liked to see Morgan Philpot, but it was not to be.
Nationally, the big news tonight is the nationwide repudiation of President Barack Obama's liberal agenda. This swing in House seats into the Republican column will prove to be HISTORIC! Since World War II, in 1946, when the Republicans picked up 56 seats, and then in 1994, when they won 52 seats, tonight looks like the biggest gain ever. They will pick up an estimated 65 seats.
It appears they will also pick up six or seven Senate seats, maybe as many as nine governorships, putting the number of governorships somewhere in the range of 32 nationwide. That's a stunning victory by any measurement.
One would have to say that the angst among voters has most to do with the sour economy. Voters are impatient these days. It would be foolish to claim victory if you're a Republican, because from my vantage point it seems this was mostly anger directed at Democrats for the direction the country has been taken. I don't believe for one moment the electorate is as much impressed with Republicans as they are opposed to Democrats.
There is a little reported reality emerging. The Democratic caucus will be more, much more, liberal than it was because the so-called "blue dog Democrats" were demolished nationwide. Conversely, the Republicans are going to be more conservative than ever before. Don't hold your breath waiting for bipartisanship to emerge suddenly in the aftermath.
|Mid-term Election Map, 2010|
There is one race that stands out among all the rest demonstrating just how deeply the anger has run against this president. Obama made twelve trips to Ohio to campaign for Ted Stickland, and Vice-President Joe Biden was there eight times. It was John Kasich (R-OH), however, who pulled it out by a comfortable margin.
We're not thrilled to vote for Republican candidates, but the alternative was unacceptable. The message is loud and clear: Get the deficit down, reduce spending, reduce national debt, get the economy going, and reject Obamacare.
The question is whether President Obama will continue to govern as a liberal idealogue, or will he move to the middle where the moderate voters reside and determine elections.
Obama said last week, "The people are acting out of fear without knowledge about what I've done for them." That's an amazingly dense analysis for someone who is known to be an effective speech giver. Is it that he can't communicate effectively, or are the American voters so smart that they know EXACTLY what they don't want?
I say it's complete, absolute and unequivocal presidential repudiation.