All in all, it was an outstanding night. Specifically, pending several outcomes, the GOP has gained 60-plus House members, six U.S. Senators, seven governors, and by Michelle Malkin’s count, 16 state legislative chambers.
Could it have been better? Of course. But the sensible conservative, Tea Party-driven side made historic gains in taking control of the House, took a half-dozen or more seats in the Senate, wiped out large blotches of blue in governors’ races, and took control of a number of statehouses.
With some annoying exceptions, a center-right country that is alarmed about its direction during the past two years is now being governed by people who at least on paper (many have yet to prove themselves) reflect their views. The most notable exceptions, of course, are our Punk President and the United States Senate. Barack Obama’s apparatchiks can spin until they fall down from dizziness, but they can’t change the fact that this election is a rejection of Obamanomics, a rejection of his statism, and a major move towards liberty and away from tyranny.
In some instances, results exceeded expectations:
- In Ohio, Congresspersons Mary Jo Kilroy, John Boccieri, and Zack Space didn’t just lose; in getting only 40%-41% of the vote, they got trounced. Congrats to Steve Stivers, Jim Renacci, and Bob Gibbs, respectively — oh, and to Steve Chabot and Bill Johnson for their House race wins.
- Pennsylvania, which had sadly been trending blue for a decade, reversed course dramatically. The GOP gained five House seats and put a genuine conservative into the U.S. Senate for the first time since faux pro-lifer Bob Casey beat Rick Santorum in 2006.
- Sensible Michiganders generally asserted themselves in a big way.
- Thanks partially to the Crist-Meek-Clinton implosion, Florida’s results were outstanding, and Marco Rubio is a new national star.
Although not a surprise, it’s satisfying to know that in Illinois, a Republican (not my fave, but that’s okay in this instance), took the Senate seat formerly held by Barack Obama.
It was also satisfying to see John Kasich beat Ted Strickland. I wanted the margin to be much higher, but Kasich has a Republican House that by my bleary-eyed count went to 59-40 GOP from 51-48 Dem, and a GOP-controlled Senate. Though he can’t claim a strong voter mandate, he should be able to get what he wants.
Kasich’s relatively slim victory margin has moonbat Dems crying foul that Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher’s give-up-the-ghost Senate campaign cost Ted Strickland his job. Guys and gals, if you’re going to go there, you’re going to have to remind yourselves who selected Lee Fisher, one of the worst political campaigners ever, as his Lieutenant Governor and jobs czar in 2006. Yeah, it was Ted Strickland, who, if you accept the argument that it’s Fisher’s fault (which I don’t), sowed the seeds of his own reelection defeat four years ago.
Downers (there are others; this is just off the top):
- California. The state moved toward utter ungovernability in a bad way last night — and I’ll bet all of us will end up paying for it (even more than we already are).
- John Dingell survived in Michigan. Those like him who want “to control the people” are surely relieved.
- I was watching Iowa, and I thought the GOP would pick up at least one House seat. Nope.
The key to success in the coming two years will be for Tea Party-driven winners to stay true to their values, for their sensible conservative constituency to stay vigilant, and for all to keep educating (the last point was a big, big failure of the 1994 Gingrich-led takeover). I think the wave is still building. When the fiscal chickens come home to roost and more of the American people understand exactly what Nancy Pelosi’s Congress, Harry Reid’s Senate, and Barack Obama have done to us, I believe it will grow even further.
Update: Following up on what became a final week special project here at BizzyBlog, congratulations to Archie Wilson on his convincing defeat of incumbent TIF-addicted Clermont County (OH) commissioner Scott Croswell. Kudos to all who helped make that happen.