Dems learn nothing from election

Contributed by Warren Mowry

I had the opportunity to appear on a Greenville television station on Election Night and the Morning After to discuss races, results, and repercussions.  Needless to say, it was far more fun to be a Republican than a Democrat on Tuesday.

Save for the early heartburn over early returns in the Governor’s race (a case of Democrat strongholds reporting before the Republican ones did), it was a night to watch and wonder as one race after another, at home and across the country, broke the GOP way.  While the Senate may not quite have worked out as Republicans liked, the 65 (or thereabouts) seats in the House of Representatives that turned blue to red were part of historical wave.  Additionally, Republicans now hold about 30 governorships and majorities in more state legislatures than they have since the 1920s.  The effect on redistricting will be staggering.

But let’s look a little further.  In South Carolina, the Republicans now hold all the Constitutional offices; no longer will the State Superintendent of Education be at political and philosophical loggerheads with the Governor.  The State House GOP Caucus’ “Drive for 75” seats was successful, if my count was correct.  John Spratt, the allegedly conservative Democrat representing the 5th District, had to answer for his votes for Obamacare and the various bailouts, thereby lifting the Republican margin in the Congressional delegation to 5-1.  The GOP had a well-publicized breakthrough with minority candidates – Governor-elect Haley and Tim Scott – that echoed throughout the country with blacks, Asians, and Hispanics.  Marco Rubio and Allen West in Florida, Bryan Sandoval (crushing Harry Reid’s son Rory for Nevada Governor) and Susana Martinez, the governor-elect in New Mexico are rising stars in the party.

Anyone who looks at the smoking wreckage that was left of the Democrat party, locally and nationally, would be left with only one conclusion – that the results could only be characterized as a stinging rebuke for the Democrats, a repudiation of Obama policies and the Democrat House and Senate leadership.

But the astonishing result is the utter tone-deafness of most of the Democrats.  Nancy Pelosi will not slink back to San Francisco in shame – rather, to the delight of Republicans, she will run for House Minority Leader.  Parenthetically, she will probably win, too, since about all that is left of House Democrats are of her political stripe.  President Obama reportedly has told 60 Minutes that there is nothing wrong with his policies, only his “communication” of them.  Leaving aside the canard that he is a “Great Communicator,” the plain fact of the matter was that he almost certainly overexposed himself – he appeared with such mind-numbing regularity, regurgitating the same tired talking points (“car in the ditch,” “Slurpees,” and the like), that ultimately he became white noise.  No, it wasn’t the lack of an educated electorate, as the ever-tactful John Kerry asserted – the voters knew very well what was being forced down their throats and they didn’t like it.  The Democrats attitude is “the people have spoken – the bastards.”

Obama is giving no indication that he will pull a Clinton and moderate.  He is going to have the big, fat target on his back, with an energized Republican Party ready to send him back to Illinois.  There, he can golf to his heart’s content.

Not only that, but the Democrat gains in the two previous elections are coming back to haunt them.  The Democrats have lost all of their House pickups from the past two elections, and then some.  And in 2012, not only will they have a seriously wounded (and apparently unrepentant) Obama as their standard-bearer, they will be defending about 20 vulnerable Senate seats.  Ben Nelson (NE), Bill Nelsen (FL), John Tester (MT), Claire McCaskill (MO), Kent Conrad (ND), Sherrod Brown (OH),  and Jim Webb (VA) all represent states that either trend Republican or went heavily for the GOP on Tuesday.  Dan Akaka (HI) will be 88 when 2012 rolls around and outgoing governor Linda Lingle has expressed an interest in running.  And Herb Kohl in Wisconsin will be 77 and is contemplating retirement.  Conservative stalwart Paul Ryan is waiting in the wings.  Republicans, conversely, have only about 5 vulnerable seats.  But only Scott Brown’s race in Massachusetts looks like a potential flip, and that only because of the intrinsic makeup of that state.

All in all, dear reader, conservatives may not have gotten all we wanted on Tuesday – but there’s no sense being greedy.  It’ll come.

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