Obama won Virginia by 6 points. Virginia hadn’t had a Republican governor for 12 years. Both Virginian Senators are Democrats.
Now there’s change. McDonnell wins by 18 points, in a 24 point turnaround since Obama’s win last November. And McDonnell had a 66-30 lead among independent voters.
Obama won New Jersey by 16 points. Blue state through and through. Governor Corzine spent $23.6 million of his own money on his campaign; by contrast, Republican challenger Chris Christie had a total of $8.8 million. President Obama made five trips to New Jersey, and the administration put more effort into this off-year election than any in history. But in spite of all the advantages, Christie benefited from a 60-30 advantage in independent voters showing up to vote for the Republican.
Now there’s change. Christie wins by 5 points, amounting to a 21 point turnaround from Obama’s win last year.
Four races called, four Republicans elected. Oops. Make that five. Republican New York Mayor Bloomberg is about to hold on to win reelection.
We can also add the Maine defeat of gay marriage. That’s a thirty for thirty smackdown of liberal activists trying to foist gay marriage onto states. Gay marriage is supported only by Democrat politicians, activist judges, and of course Beelzebub.
Some are calling this a referendum on Barack Obama. Others aren’t. I don’t particularly even CARE about that, given the fact that we can’t get Obama out of the White House for three more years.
But there’s little question that this IS a referendum on hard-core liberal agenda items such as health care and cap and trade.
Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid drink their Kool-aid by the barrel. But any moderate Democrat who votes for any kind of leftist health care package has to know that they will be dead meat when their next turn to face the voters comes up.
Democrats won the NY-23 seat. But that is like a drop of spit in a bucket compared with what happened in Virginia and New Jersey. The Democrat taking NY-23 would have been big if Jon Corzine had held on to New Jersey. But only a nut wouldn’t see that losing a district is little compared to losing a state.
Democrats and mainstream media “journalists” are portraying the Conservative Party candidate Hoffman losing NY-23 as evidence of a civil war within the Republican Party. And maybe it is. But as usual, Democrats are looking at the speck in the Republican Party’s eye, and ignoring the giant log in their own.
MoveOn.org is sending out emails today seeking more contributions for its campaign to defeat any Democratic senator who does not fully support Obamacare. Yesterday the left-wing activist group asked members to contribute “to a primary challenge against any Democratic senator who helps Republicans block an up-or-down vote on health care reform.” Today, MoveOn reports that it has received $2 million in pledges in less than 24 hours. “It’s a clear sign of how angry progressives would be at any Democrat who helps filibuster reform,” MoveOn executive director Justin Ruben writes in the new email.
I’d be worried about what’s going on inside the conservative movement, if it weren’t for what I see going on inside the liberal movement.
I hate to tell you, Democrats. But if you’re counting on the Republican Party to self-destruct, you’re a fool.
I’m very happy, and maybe that happiness gives me a little more of the sense of graciousness and humility that I would much prefer to have over any attitude of bitterness or vengeance.
There’s room for Democrats. There’s even room for a Democrat majority. Just be sane in how you govern. This is a center right country. If you can’t govern to the center-right, at least shoot for the center.
Our spending has been insane. The deficits this administration and this Congress are building is insane. The nearly 2,000 page health care boondoggle the Democrats are trying to impose on the nation is insane. And the cap-and-trade legislation that was being prepared this week for another legislative effort is insane.
Stop the madness. Please.
Republicans and Democrats can and should come together on a host of issues. Some of them might surprise a lot of people.
John F. Kennedy was a supply-side tax cutter who understood that the economy grew and improved when people were allowed to keep more of their own money. Rather than constantly “looking forward,” Democrats might look back and learn a few lessons from their greatest president in the last half-century.
We all want jobs, regardless of our party affiliation or lack thereof. We can and should agree that the only jobs that are truly sustainable must come from the private sector. Do the math: government sector jobs are funded by taxes. And taxes are paid by people who earn money from … that’s right, from the private sector.
Republicans were right about the stimulus. To the extent that the giant $787 billion (actually $3.27 trillion) “porkulus” created jobs or growth, it was the result of inflating the size and scope of government.
Republicans and Democrats alike ought to agree: we can and should do better. We should either refund that stimulus to our foreign lenders, or at least redirect it to non-partisan private sector job creation. I would much prefer the former, but doing the latter would at least take away some of the anger I’ve been carrying around for the last nine months.
Health care? There have been zero Republican solutions considered. And zero solutions that involved trying to actually lower the cost of health care. That needs to change. Dramatically.
We don’t need European-style socialized medicine in this country. In 1787, Thomas Jefferson wrote that “With all the defects in our Constitution, whether general or particular, the comparison of our government with those of Europe, is like a comparison of Heaven with Hell.” And his view is as true today as it was 222 years ago.
Government has never been America’s savior. And it shouldn’t try to become our savior now.
As for job-killing cap-and-trade, it is a simple fact that fewer and fewer Americans believe in man-caused global warming. Polar bears have increased their numbers fivefold while global warming alarmists have predicted their extinction. It’s time to stop the madness, and focus on creating more jobs rather than creating more carbon offset credits.
Republicans and Democrats alike should both want to see less waste and corruption in our government. Democrats promised to deliver both, but neither has come anywhere close to happening. We need to end the waste and fraud that comes from too much government, and not enough common sense. Not only did Democrats appoint a tax cheat to be the Secretary of the Treasury, but as we speak, the man in charge of writing our tax laws, Charles Rangel, is in all kinds of trouble over a whole host of felonious tax-related activity. Deal with him. Deal with all of them, regardless of their party or their position. Drain the swamp.
Stop marginalizing conservatives and listen to them. Quit calling tea party rallyers “tea baggers” and realize that their anger isn’t good for you. Or for anybody. Don’t try to ram a radical agenda down their throats and then demand that they either support it or be branded as “racist.”
Do you want a war, Democrats? Do you want an amped-up conservative majority (and conservatives ARE the majority) out to utterly destroy you? Fine. I think what happened tonight proves that you’ll lose that war.
Democrats are willing to negotiate with terrorists and the leaders of rogue regimes. If you’re going to do that, you should at least be consistent and be willing to genuinely negotiate with Republicans and leaders of conservative movements. If you don’t agree, you have been drinking out of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi’s Kool-aid.
As a conservative, traditional family, religious Republican, I understand that Democrats think differently about a bunch of things, and that as the party in current control of all three branches of government, this is their chance to have their shot at showing what their philosophy will accomplish.
But don’t be stupid about it. Because if you are, you are going to end up paying dearly.