I promised you all an Election Day summary post this morning and, after spending a few hours recovering from a marathon day at my polling place yesterday, running a couple errands, and combing through way too many pieces that said the same old things in the same old ways, I think I have a few real gems for you.
I’m still a bit amazed at just how large the Republican victory was. Don’t let anyone fool you; what happened at the polls yesterday was a full-throated rebuttal of the Democrats’ aggressively totalitarian policies. It was also a 200-foot warning billboard written to the Republicans in the ruined careers of arrogant politicians who thought they could get away with ignoring America forever. If the current leadership of the GOP thinks it is immune from the sort of humiliation the Democrats received, then we’re going to have to do this all over again in a couple of years, and we’re going to be even more ticked-off about it.
- Everyone in the Republican leadership, and those who fancy themselves Tea Party “leaders” need to read Melissa Clouthier’s piece today. In fact, if you read no other election analysis, read this one.
- Even after getting a historic electoral beatdown, the President still won’t shut up long enough to listen to America. This is his Presidency in a nutshell; he can not restrain his desire to tell us what we believe, to lecture us about what we think.
- This wave election couldn’t have happened without self-described independent voters. Remember, folks, America has always had an independent streak and independents are, at their core, conservatives. Yesterday, that’s how they voted.
- A view from across the pond says we saved America, and perhaps even the world.
- If the “Tea Parties are Racist” meme wasn’t dead before, it is now. Anyone who tries to peddle that story today is simply a liar, and you can tell them I said so.
- Interested citizens could glean quite a lot from the President’s press conference today and John Boehner’s speech last night. Neither one impressed me, though only one should have.
- The economy is still the first priority of the new Congress. This isn’t a bad plan to emulate.
- The victory might be deeper than anyone reckoned. Republicans wrested control of 20 state legislatures and 10 Governors away from Democrats yesterday. Now, Republicans have the majority of both houses of state legislature in 26 states. Limited government and fiscal sanity starts with the states and we now have a much better chance of realizing both in the very near future.
- Lastly, it wasn’t “net neutrality” that killed the political careers of these 95 losing Democrats. It was publicly allying themselves with the execrable and quite possibly insane Kos.