Well, the Democrats can’t say we didn’t warn them. They ignored their constituents’ wishes and paid the price. And it’s not like the voters didn’t make their opinions known, either. Many of them took time off from work and away from their families to attend town hall meetings or Tea Party rallies to make sure their Senators and Congressmen and women got the message that they did not want the Democrats’ big spending, big deficit, and freedom limiting nanny-state agenda.
But the Democrats were unmoved. They placed the priorities of the ruling class above the priorities of the American people. The fed the greed of the corrupt union machine instead of listening to the people for whom they were elected to serve. They placed the needs of the various Democratic interest groups above the needs of the people who counted the most: their constituents. With the voters relegated to second class status, the Democrats shoved their policies right down their constituents’ throats.
Last night, the Democratic Party and Barack Obama paid the piper. The Democrats lost control of the House and had their majority in the Senate cut down to a slim margin. The Democrats’ loses were so bad Jake Tapper tweeted “Top Dem emails me: ‘bloodbath.'”
Here’s the rundown from Fox News:
Republicans thundered into the majority in the House of Representatives Tuesday night, making historic gains by a proportion not seen in more than 70 years.
The party so far has won more than 60 seats, with about 65 net gains projected by the time all ballots are counted — far more than the party needed to seize the majority. Democrats, with the help of a victory by Majority Leader Harry Reid, held the Senate by a narrow margin but suffered several big losses in an election that just about put Republicans on equal footing with the president’s party.
House Republican Leader John Boehner, speaking briefly to reporters Wednesday morning alongside his deputy, Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., claimed a “mandate” to cut the size of government and urged President Obama to respect the will of the voters and “change course.”
He said the American people want a climate that will promote job growth as well as a more accountable, smaller federal government. He also said his party needs to “lay the groundwork” for repealing the “monstrosity” health care law, with the eventual goal of replacing it — an unlikely prospect as long as Obama is in the White House.
“It’s pretty clear that the Obama-Pelosi agenda’s being rejected by the American people,” Boehner said. “I think it’s a mandate for Washington to reduce the size of government.”
The Republicans didn’t just win a big on the national level, either. Their wins reverberated deep down through the states, as well. Take my state of Michigan, for example. Jennifer Granholm’s eight years as governor combined with Obama’s two years as president did so much damage to the state’s economy and angered so many people that the voters gave the Republicans control of all branches of state government. Rick Snyder is our new governor-elect. Ruth Johnson is our new secretary of state. Bill Schuette is now attorney general. The House’s Democrat majority flipped overnight to a Republican majority to join the Senate’s existing Republican majority. Finally, Michigan’s State Supreme Court now is a 4-3 conservative majority. Even the Board of Regents races for the University of Michigan and Michigan State University and the Board of Governors race for Wayne State University all went to Republicans, too.
And many more states all over the country experienced similar sweeping Republican victories. Erick Erickson provides the details in his RedState Morning Briefing:
The real story is the underreported story of the night — the Republican pick ups at the state level.
There will be 18 states subject to reapportionment. The Republicans will control a majority of those — at least ten and maybe a dozen or more. More significantly, a minimum of seventeen state legislative houses have flipped to the Republican Party.
The North Carolina Legislature is Republican for the first time since 1870. Yes, that is Eighteen Seventy.
The Alabama Legislature is Republican for the first time since 1876.
For those saying this is nothing because it is the South, consider these:
The entire Wisconsin and New Hampshire legislatures have flipped to the GOP by wide margins.
The State Houses in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, Montana, and Colorado flipped to the GOP.
The Maine and Minnesota Senates flipped to the GOP.
The Texas and Tennessee Houses went from virtually tied to massive Republican gains. The gains in Texas were so big that the Republicans no longer need the Democrats to get state constitutional amendments out of the state legislature.
These gains go all the way down to the municipal level across the nation. That did not happen even in 1994.
This was a tsunami.
And thank God for that.