No one should be surprised by the Republican victory last night, after seven years of plunging hope and wrong change in Washington D.C.
WASHINGTON, DC – Americans have given Republicans a midterm mandate to end with Obamacare, the Police State, increasing taxes, and above all, the continuous violation of Constitutional and Civil Rights.
The Republican victory in the midterm elections is different not because the party in red now has control of both Congressional chambers, but because they have also swept in the governor races, which is perhaps the only place where Americans may have a slight bit of hope for change.
The so-called Conservative flood swept Democrats Tuesday in elections for governor, a territory that had some hope of easing one fateful night. Not so. After midnight, the party of Obama had given up four States from defending 14, Arkansas, Illinois, Massachusetts and Maryland. In Colorado, after the scrutiny concluded, the advantage was for the Conservative candidate, which would worsen the democrat outcome.
The Republicans, who defended 24 seats, only gave away Pennsylvania, a traditional Democrat ground. Meanwhile, in Alaska an independent conservative governor was defying its counterpart. The destruction suffered by the Democrats and the success of their rivals offer many readings for the race which is now open in the United States: the presidency in 2016.
In thirteen states in which the battle was uncertain -Florida, Georgia, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Rhode Island, Maryland, Colorado, Wisconsin and Alaska- Republicans were ahead in at least nine places. Only Rhode Island and Connecticut resisted the red tidal wave and seemed to remain in blue.
A total of 19 Republican governors aspired to re-election -the other three were new candidates. The Red Party got 17. On the Democratic side, nine aspired to something similar. They only won five. A relevant detail is the strong position for women who ran for governorships: four seeking reelection succeeded, including Susana Martinez, a Republican of New Mexico.
The main factor for the Republican victory has been a worn out Obama image which no doubt also influenced State Governments. Additionally, the economy and the feeling that the recovery is just not coming into the pockets of Americans, according to exit polls from Edison Research on the main concerns of voters.
Each state offers a different reading of what last night’s results imply for the presidential race in 2016.
Among the contenders are victorious Republican Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin, who was running for a second term. He is a favorite of the most conservative presidential candidate and also for the Tea Party for his ideas on abortion, his confrontations with government workers and restrictive measures to exercise the voting areas.
Walker faced a difficult match against Democrat Mary Burke. His popularity had fallen and polls were predicting a dead heat. However, Walker won in the end by eight points.
A humbled Obama invited the leaders of both parties in Congress to appear at the White House on Friday, as announced, even before knowing the outcome. In a speech after winning the election seat in Kentucky, Mitch McConnell reached out to Obama and said both must find common ground to work together.
“Just because we have a system with two parties does not mean we live in a perpetual conflict,” he said.
The questions that is now in the air is precisely related to the point made by McConnell. How will the US Congress go about doing its homework after the election? Paralysis may be accentuated after the Republican victory.
The stakes are higher now with more power on the part of the Republicans to prevent senior appointments, initiate investigations on cases of mismanagement or corruption and dismantle laws like health care reform, but the US President still holds the power to veto laws approved by Congress, which is something Obama will want to do as he is pretty much isolated at this point.
Another hypothesis, from now on, is that the GOP -led by the influence of the populist movement of the Tea Party, leaves the NO stand to become the party of government.
Republicans can no longer hide behind the fact that the Senate is Democrat. All legislative power is theirs. That is why Republicans who voted to change and for change expect their representatives in Washington to begin acting immediately.
The elections renewed the 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 36 Senate seats. The Republican victory reflects the rejection of conservatives towards Obama and even the rejection a some Obama voters of their own president after disappointment took over traditional Democrat bases such as Latinos and African Americans.
The vote last night was in part a referendum on Obama and his policies, the same policies that existed under George W. Bush and that he said he would repeal. It is also a rejection of Obama’s preference for corporate America instead of regular America.
It was a clear rejection of high unemployment rates, a rejection of the fact that tens of millions are on welfare and food stamps as supposed to being in the labor force and with millions who have lost their health insurance due to Obamacare.
Whatever achievements Obama and the Democrats may have had meant little to a middle class that in the last decade has lost purchasing power and sees no benefit coming their way from the policies that were maintained and implemented during the last seven years.
Just as Obama gained a mandate in 2008 to bring Hope and Change, Republicans have now a mandate to begin repealing the Obama brand, to investigate, prosecute and jail the crooks -from both parties- that ran weapons into Mexico, that used the IRS to spy on political opponents, who took the country to undeclared covert and publicly ran wars, who were threatening to end the second and first amendments, who promote a generalized Police State in the name of ‘national security’, who approved unconstitutional spying, who supported the persecution and murder of American citizens without even charging them with a crime….
The question is, will Republicans even begin to try to overturn all the insanity that has run rampant mainly in the last 15 years? If not, what will Americans do in 2016? Will it be the time for an Independent candidate and Party to reclaim the government?
All we know right now is that with the Republican victory last night, the United States is back on the Red. This Red that in the past meant government of the Neo-cons, of the warmongers, of the corporate elite of the globalists, of the unconditional supporters of the terrorist state of Israel, of the conquerors of the Middle East.
Will this time be different?