Thursday, November 04, 2010

Reflections on the 2010 Midterms

Thought I'd just jot down some points about Tuesday's GOP smack down.
  • I did not expect the Republicans to win over 60 seats. I didn't begin thinking they'd win the House until September. Talk of taking the Senate seemed a might wishful.
  • Speaking of taking the Senate, the Tea Party cost the GOP control of the Senate. It would seem the Tea Party was more effective for House candidates, where regionalism reigns.
  • Christine O'Donnell, a Tea Partier, blames Republican 'cannibalism' for her defeat. She forgets the fact that she's Christine O'Donnell. Or that she's in Delaware. But she's right: Republican cannibalism was at work, as Mike Castle will tell you.
  • Lincoln Chafee is back in politics. Not following elections across the country like I did in my college days, I was surprised to see that he was running for Governor of Rhode Island. He won, too, as an Independent over a Republican (by a small margin) and a Democrat (wide margin).
  • For a while on Tuesday night, it looked like John Dingell (or his campaign) was going to have to pull an all-nighter. As time wore on, he began to separate from his opponent, Rob Steele. Still it would've been good to see him win in the low 50s. Even after half a century, it's still a good thing for democracy when even he needs to earn his seat.
  • Rick Snyder carried the Republicans all the way to Lansing. The MI GOP now controls all levers of government in the state. The GOP wrestled back control of the House after four years out of power. They now have a 2/3 majority in the Senate which means legislation can take effect immediately. The State Supreme Court now has a Republican majority again, thanks to the electorate voting out 'incumbent' Justice Tom Davis, a Granholm appointee.
  • This election was more than a rejection of Obama; in Michigan, it was a wholesale rejection of Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Virgil Bernero is the Democrats' McCain in this state. Only Bernero was more obnoxious, pompous, disingenuous, and flat out wrong on so many things, unlike McCain.
  • 2011 will be a pivotal year for Obama. If the economy doesn't improve next year, he's done. I can't give you a benchmark; but if I had to, I'd say at least 3 million jobs alone next year and about that much in 2012.
  • I'd prefer Obama to Romney. Or Huckabee. Or Palin. But I'll take Chuck Hagel over Obama. Any day.
  • I still would've voted for McCain.
  • I feel no guilt about not voting. This might become permanent.

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