Sunday, November 7, 2010
APOCALYPSE 2012 AWAITS THE DEMOCRATS!!!
Posted 11/05/2010 07:01 PM ET
Power Politics: The Aztec calendar forecasts doom in two years. Looming on the election calendar is the possibility of a second wave that will end the Democrats' world as they know it for a long time.
Analysis of last Tuesday's results shows just how big the GOP wave was. Republicans took control of at least 19 legislative bodies, giving them control of both chambers in at least 26 states. After the 2010 census, the party will play a dominant role in redrawing some 314 congressional districts.
Republicans won 16 of 30 races for state attorney general, taking five away from the Democrats. And in a stunning rebuke to George Soros and his Secretary of State Project to control our election machinery, Republicans won 17 of 26 secretary of state races — a gain of six. They hold the majority of governors, including pivotal states such as Florida, Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
The GOP may even have the good fortune of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi remaining the poster child for dysfunctional government. ABC News reported Friday Pelosi was calling every Democratic House member who won on Tuesday, as well as many who lost, to gauge her support for remaining minority leader.
While we share the disappointment at the re-election of such legislative Smurfs as Harry Reid, Barbara Boxer and Patty Murray, the GOP's failure to take Senate control is a blessing in disguise.
Full control of Congress would have let Obama run against Republicans and blame them for obstructionism and failure of the economy to recover. As it is, we still have Harry Reid to kick around.
As The Hill reports, in 2012, for the first time in two decades, the Democrats will have more Senate seats to defend, 21 seats vs. only 10 for the GOP. Throw in independents Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Bernie Sanders of Vermont. and they 23 to protect.
Many Democratic seats up next cycle are in purple or red states, including those of Sens. Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Jon Tester (Mont.), Jim Webb (Va.), Kent Conrad (N.D.), Ben Nelson (Neb.) and Bill Nelson (Fla.). Two senators who won special elections Tuesday, Manchin and Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), will face voters again in two years.
The GOP-controlled House can now vote to repeal or defund ObamaCare and permanently extend all the Bush tax cuts, leaving President Obama fighting for re-election on a platform of raising taxes and completing the socialist transformation of health care in an economy likely to have remained stagnant, and putting pressure on the Senate.
They could also move to return unspent stimulus funds to the U.S. Treasury and the American taxpayer.
As happens when Republicans win big, there are calls for compromise at some kind of "Slurpee summit." But making only the cuts for those making $250,000 or less permanent with a two-year extension for job creators would leave them vulnerable in 2012 to the charge of seeking tax cuts for the rich.
Speculation of Obama moving to the center a la President Bill Clinton after 1994 isn't serious. Clinton was a pragmatist consumed with personal ambition who chaired the Democratic Leadership Council. He could work with a Newt Gingrich for his and the country's benefit, co-opting rather than resisting GOP ideas.
President Obama is an ideologue bent on the fundamental transformation of America who would rather adopt a scorched America policy than admit to the resounding rebuke of his policies by the American people.
While the Democrats continue to double-down on failure, the GOP is in position to run the table.
If the Republicans don't fold on a winning hand, we have some good news and bad news for the Democrats. The bad news is that the 2010 election results may have been the good news.
Posted by Eileen at 2:21 PM