03 November 2010

The Vote that 'Saved a Superpower'... and Not a Bad Hand for the GOP in 2012

It wasn't 100 seats,  and we didn't get the Senate. But outside of dream scenarios it's pretty hard for conservatives to be too disappointed in the outcome of this historic midterm election. And hey, that goofy anti-American cretin Alan Grayson is gone... how cool is that?

Last night's House gains not only outstripped 1994's Gingrich-led revolution,  but actually deliver the largest Republican House majority in 60 years- nothing short of a watershed that Krauthammer is calling the "death of the Obama agenda".  

The likely new Speaker -Rep John Boehner- has already  claimed a mandate in the decisive victory to roll-back ObamaCare, which he described as "a monstrosity".

At this point we're looking at a minimum gain of +10 GOP state governorships,  at least +60 Republicans in the US House of Representatives,  as well as 7-8 GOP pickups in the Senate. 

With moderate Democrats now frightened for their prospects in 2012, you can count on a few votes pivoting the GOP's way in the Senate on tax cuts and perhaps even defunding ObamaCare. And they surely won't be following the President off any more cliffs.  Corrupt fossil Harry Reid remains... but in power only nominally: it's the Republicans in the driver's seat on Capitol Hill now.

Hey SanFranNan: please turn in your gavel... and don't forget bring the keys to that big freaking leather-lined jet (hands off the booze, crazy lady- it's over).

The Left will naturally be trying to make the most of failed TEA Party candidates like O'Donnell and Angle- but for a new, loosely organized movement it's power has been something to behold... and here to stay for the foreseeable future. Take all ensuing liberal spin/deflection in the wake of this defeat with the same fistful of salt you do their relentless smears of Sarah Palin- while noting just who and what they're most afraid of.

Of course we reactionary impediments-to-progress in the Party of No "only want to see Obama fail"- I know I do.Although libs usually are wrong in the motivations they attempt to assign to it, they now have been proven utterly correct in thinking that we're "just out to stop" Dear Leader... we are, we can- and we did. 

I sincerely believe what is bad for Obama's schemes is good for America- yesterday's vote confirms millions feel the same.  But Nile Gardiner at the Telegraph (UK) takes it a step further... we "saved a superpower":

The overwhelming repudiation of the Obama administration’s failing policies sends a clear message to the world that the American people will not accept the decline of the world’s most powerful nation. 

Now the hard part begins, and a very top priority for the new Congress must be reigning in the ballooning national debt, which the Congressional Budget Office predicts could rise to 87 percent of GDP by 2020, 109 percent by 2025, and 185 percent of GDP by 2035. 

While the Conservative-led government in Great Britain has already embarked upon a $130 billion austerity cuts package, shedding nearly 500,000 public sector jobs, the US administration has defiantly remained with its head in the sand, while still talking in terms of further stimulus spending. 

That position is unsustainable. Dramatic spending cuts (with the exception of national defence) must also be coupled with a pro-growth agenda of lower taxes, private sector job creation, free trade and economic freedom. 

After the immense damage of the last two years, the midterms have offered the United States an opportunity to reverse course and get back on its feet. The world needs a powerful, successful, dynamic and prosperous America, where individual liberty and freedom are the driving forces, rather than the overbearing deadweight of federal government. 

The American people have spoken, and the White House must be held to account.

Consider the political implications down the line: Republicans gained 7-8 Senate seats -2x typical midterm gain- but do not command a majority, which Barack Obama surely would have found useful as a foil in 2012: when he's not spreading-the-wealth-around it's usually blame -or something else.

Stopping Obama's radical judgeships was a top reason for needing control of the Senate ASAP, but we didn't pull it off. However a strategic argument could be made that yesterday's outcome is an almost optimum result (esp. considering all the governorships and statehouses we flipped... just in time for redistricting):

Obama now cannot pull a Slick Willy '96 and run against the GOP Congress. The Senate will be nominally ruled (with no real power) not by evil -yet clever- Schumer... but the senile and despised Harry Reid, who's worth nearly as many GOP votes in 2012 as Pelosi was this time-round.  Just look at the Senate seats up in two years... we'll likely be taking many of them along with the White House.

And speaking of Harry Reid's dirty little machine, it's surely time to boycott Harrahs. They pushed their employees hard to vote for Dingy Harry- and thus I will never stay at their hotels or frequent their casinos. Reid never did explain how he got so darn rich, did he?

The overwhelming attacks on Angle were also unprecedented... they just destroyed this woman, making her look like she belongs in an insane asylum: my cousin reports receiving at least 5 pieces in the mail every week in her Nevada mail box  telling her how "extreme" and "dangerous" Angle was. Not to mention all the TV ads... like nothing we've ever seen.

Sharron Angle had her flaws as a candidate, but what Reid did to paint her as a lunatic was a crime against democracy... his machine of money and union muscle exposed him as the ruthless, unprincipled power addict that he is- no surprise to most of us.

Worst news of the night? Besides seeing Reid's boys toss Angle in the wood chipper, I also have to say that the "Ha ha, California is crazy" cliche' is getting very, very tired. Now that they have seen fit to elect a completely whacked-out freak like Jerry Brown to lead their state over the abyss, let's try this new approach:  

SCREW THEM, they deserve whatever happens now... NO federal bailout of this irresponsible fiscal black-hole.  The US flag would look perfectly handsome with just 49 stars, we'll just hand you right over to Mexico and be done with it- lol

Other updates:

Despite the media trying to pull the curtain early, Carly Fiorina is still not yet conceding... and it's close. Senate races in Washington state and Colorado remain too tight to call, and a dozen House races are still unresolved at this hour. However, the GOP majority in the House is mathematically secured.

Up in Alaska TEA Party favorite Joe Miller is trailing RINO-chameleon hybrid Lisa Murkowski by 10,000 votes... or is he?  In reality, the actual leader is "write in"... and weeks of legal wrangling likely lays ahead as they iron-out just what happened up there.

Detailed summaries/updates at RealClearPolitics