Monday, November 8, 2010

Fall Elections 2010 - #2376 - Peggy Noonan: Americans Vote for Maturity - Wall Street Journal (2) Michael Barone - GOP Poised to Reap Redistricting Rewards-Townhall

'The people have spoken. That would be how Democrats in the White House and on Capitol Hill are feeling. The last two years of their leadership have been rebuffed. The question for the Democratic Party: Was it worth it? Was it worth following the president and the speaker in their mad pursuit of liberal legislation that the country would not, could not, like? And what will you do now? Which path will you take? The Republicans saw their own establishment firmly, sharply put down. The question for them: What will you do to show yourselves worthy of the bounty?
The Republicans won big, but both parties return to Washington chastened. Good. Two small points on the election's atmospherics that carry implications for the future. The first is that negative ads became boring, unpersuasive. Forty years ago they were new, exciting in a sort of prurient way. Now voters take for granted that politicians are no good, and such ads are just more polluted water going over the waterfall. The biggest long-term loser: liberalism. If all pols are sleazoid crooks, then why would people want to give them more governmental power to order our lives? The implicit message of two generations of negative ads: Vote conservative, limit the reach of the thieves. Read more......

Michael Barone: GOP Poised to Reap Redistricting Rewards - Townhall - Let's try to put some metrics on last Tuesday's historic election. Two years ago, the popular vote for House of Representatives was 54 percent Democratic and 43 percent Republican. That may sound close, but in historic perspective it's a landslide. Democrats didn't win the House popular vote in the South, as they did from the 1870s up through 1992. But they won a larger percentage in the 36 non-Southern states than -- well, as far as I can tell, than ever before. This year, we don't yet know the House popular vote down to the last digit, partly because California takes five weeks these days to count all its votes (Brazil, which voted last Sunday, counted its votes in less than five hours). But the exit poll had it at 52 percent Republican and 46 percent Democratic, which is probably within a point or so of the final number. That's similar to 1994, and you have to go back to 1946 and 1928 to find years when Republicans did better. And the numbers those years aren't commensurate, since the then-segregated and Democratic South cast few popular votes. So you could argue that this is the best Republican showing ever. Read more...... 

 The House wanted to nationalize the 2010 election, but the Senate refused. Mitch McConnell was a major factor behind wanting to sit on a "pat hand". This cost the Republicans at least two to four senate seats, control of the Senate, and a minimum of 6 to 12 house seats that were lost by small margins. We far exceeded everyones' expectations by winning 675 state legislative seats, the most since 1928. The good news is the far reaching negative impact redistricting will have on the Democratic Party for the next 10 plus years. In 2012, again Obama AND his agenda will both be on the ballot. Imagine how well we can do if the Republicans handle things properly, look how well we did in 2010 when Obama said,"My name may not be on the ballot, but our agenda for moving forward is, so I need everybody to turn out." In addition, we may be blessed with "AstroTurf" Pelosi as the Minority Leader! The Democrats will have to defend 21 Senate seats and the Republicans only 10 seats. Besides having to defend seats in red state areas like, Virginia(Webb), West Virginia, and Montana, there are over a 1/2 dozen in the Midwest (where they lost big in 2010). THE DEM'S ARE SEEING RED COVER THE POLITICAL LANDSCAPE AND MORE IS COMING IN 2012-They refuse to accept what the voters told them in the 2010 election, so another "shellacking" is coming on Judgement Day 2012.  Article and commentary contributed by Steve Peters.

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