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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Yes it Did! GOP Tsunami Sweeps Through Country

Many people I've talked to (all in solidly blue states, by the way) about this election have been either relieved or distressed, depending on their political leanings, that the dreaded conservative wave was not as large as they had feared or hoped. O'Connell was beaten by Coons in Delaware. Angle was beaten by Reid in Nevada. Democrats won in Massachusetts across the board. Cuomo won handily in New York. In California, Boxer retained her seat, and Brown defeated Whitman for the governor's seat. The Democrats retained control of the Senate.

Many have said that this is not the conservative tsunami that had been foretold.

Yes it was.

The media may be reluctant to admit it, and people in the bluest of blue states may not have felt it, but the GOP received major wins this election. As of right now, Republicans have gained a staggering 58 seats in the House and at least 6 seats in the Senate. There hasn't been such a dramatic congressional lurch to the right in recent history. Let us not forget that the Democrats set a precedent of eschewing the Senate to jam through Obamacare. Do you anything any payback is forthcoming?

And all of this does not count the significant wins of the GOP at the state level-- much of which has long-term political ramifications.

From Erick Erickson of redstate.com:

"But consider that as you wake up this morning the Republican Party has picked up more seats in the House of Representatives than at any time since 1948 — that is more than sixty seats. Ike Skelton, Class of 1976, is gone. Many, many other Democrats are gone.

"That, in and of itself, is significant. But that’s not the half of it. The real story is the underreported story of the night — the Republican pick ups at the state level.

"There will be 18 states subject to reapportionment. The Republicans will control a majority of those — at least ten and maybe a dozen or more. More significantly, a minimum of seventeen state legislative houses have flipped to the Republican Party.

"The North Carolina Legislature is Republican for the first time since 1870. Yes, that is Eighteen Seventy.

"The Alabama Legislature is Republican for the first time since 1876.

"For those saying this is nothing because it is the South, consider these:

"The entire Wisconsin and New Hampshire legislatures have flipped to the GOP by wide margins.

"The State Houses in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, Montana, and Colorado flipped to the GOP.

"The Maine and Minnesota Senates flipped to the GOP.

"The Texas and Tennessee Houses went from virtually tied to massive Republican gains. The gains in Texas were so big that the Republicans no longer need the Democrats to get state constitutional amendments out of the state legislature.

"These gains go all the way down to the municipal level across the nation. That did not happen even in 1994.

"This was a tsunami."

Also significant, and likely a sign of things to come, two strong black conservatives were sent to the U.S. House of Representatives. Both Tim Scott of South Carolina and Allen West of Florida won their Congressional races.

The Dems held onto the Senate by the skin of their teeth, and did it only by holding onto Senate seats in the bluest of blue states along the coasts. And even the bluest of the blue are feeling a little red heat. In Oregon, Republican gubernatorial candidate Dudley is about 20,300 votes ahead of Democrat contender Kitzhaber with 84% of the precincts reporting. Washington's Senate race is still too close to call.

Make no mistake, and do not let the media spin downplay this day. The US voters, in no uncertain terms, have stood up and said "no" to nanny state government, "no" to political payoff disguised as stimulus, said "no" the jamming through of the economically Fascist Obamacare, said "no" to the condescending, cockiness of the smirking political elites. We do not trust you with sort of power to which you aspired and blatantly reached to seize. Their grasping hands have been unabashedly slapped back.

P.J. O'Rourke wrote: "This is not an election on November 2. This is a restraining order. Power has been trapped, abused and exploited by Democrats. Go to the ballot box and put an end to this abusive relationship. And let’s not hear any nonsense about letting the Democrats off if they promise to get counseling."

That restraining order was delivered in no uncertain terms.


  1. Thanks for this clear-eyed, big picture analysis. I'm still a bit stung that not one of my votes yesterday led to even one win (not even on the tax increase questions). That's hard to take, but I should be used to it by now. And will absolutely get over it; it's AMERICA that matters, and I needed to read (and tweet) this.

  2. I understand the frustration Fuzzy. I lived in California most of my life, and watched my vote be lost in the shuffle, and watched myself vote for the losing side the vast majority of the times. It's not all that different now in Oregon.

    At the same time though, it would be a very boring world if we thought alike. And I don't like living around people that think too much like me. It keeps me sharp when I have to defend myself so much. There's something to be said for that.