In 2010 the Republican Party nationwide netted themselves some 700 legislative seats across the nation in a wave election propelled by the rise of the Tea Party.
Tonight/this morning the 2014 midterms look to be a redux of that historic election as the GOP has gained the net 6 seats it needed to take control of the US Senate and make Harry Reid the minority leader, with several seats to spare. Additionally Republicans are on their way to adding 10-12 seats to its majority in the House of Representatives. And the wave carried through into Governors races(and state legislative seats) with Republican businessman Bruce Rauner becoming the Governor elect of President Obama’s home state of Illinois.
It was a bad night to be a Democrat.
In fact it was so bad that the only good news from the election for Democrats is that they picked up the Governorship of Pennsylvania.
Aside from that it was a down-right bloodbath for President Obama and his party.
In the Senate races Republicans Tom Cotton(Arkansas), Thom Tillis(North Carolina), Cory Gardner(Colorado), Shelley Capito(West Virginia), Steve Daines(Montana), and Mike Rounds(South Dakota) all won their races easily giving the GOP the six seats it needed to take control of the upper chamber of Congress.
The Joni Ernst victory in Iowa is just icing on the cake.
And we still have undecided contest in Alaska(and expected GOP gain), and Virginia where Ed Gillespie is running neck and neck with Democrat Sen. Mark Warner(who saw that coming?). Louisiana’s Senate race, as expected, is heading into a run-off, which given the current political winds spells almost certain doom for Sen. Mary Landrieu.
Democrats had a slim chance of knocking off Republicans in Senate races in Kentucky, Georgia, and Kansas, those chances evaporated within two hours of the polls closing as Mitch McConnell and Pat Roberts won reelection and businessman David Perdue won outright the race in Georgia.
Over in the House of Representatives Republicans appear to be on their way to having at-or-near historic highs in terms of their numbers(post WWII) adding 10-12 seats to their majority. Here in Illinois two House seats flipped as former congressman Bob Dold won back his House seat in the 10th CD(Lake county, North suburbs) and former state Rep. Mike Bost won in far southern Illinois’ 12th CD. After a two year wait Mia Love of Utah will become the first African-American female Republican member of Congress in history. She will get to hang out with South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, who easily won his Senate race to become the first African-American of either party to be elected to both the House and Senate(Scott had previously been appointed Senator following the retirement of Jim DeMint).
As stoked as the GOP faithful should be about the wins in the House and Senate it is the Governors races that have me the most excited.
For the third time in four years Scott Walker has been elected Governor of Wisconsin. Greg Abbott also easily defeated his opponent, Abortion Barbie herself Wendy Davis, to take over the reigns from Gov. Rick Perry in Texas. Iowa Gov. Terry Bransted also won his reelection, as did Nikki Haley in South Carolina, and John Kasich in Ohio. Florida Gov. Rick Scott was able to hold off the chameleon and charlatan Charlie Christ.
But the big wins for Republican where Charlie Baker becoming the next Governor of Massachusetts, and Larry Hogan winning the Governors race in the deep blue state of Maryland.
Aside from the Walker and Ernst wins the biggest single election for me was for Illinois Governor. Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn has raised taxes, driven taxpayers and businesses to other midwestern states, and is marred in corruption scandals involving patronage hiring at the Department of Transportation and the misuse of funds from the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative which seem to have been used to help his 2010 campaign. If reelected Quinn had promised to make a massive “temporary” income tax hike permanent along with trying to increase the states minimum wage(which would further depress our states meager economy), while not doing much of anything about the states $100 billion pension debt or billions of dollars in overdue and unpaid bills(which was what the temporary tax increase was supposed to eliminate).
Simply put reelecting Pat Quinn would have been ruinous for Illinois.
Thankfully ruination will be avoiding us for the near term as the blue state of Illinois, the land that gave the nation Barack Obama(as a political figure), and keeps sending “Little” Dick Durbin to the Senate, did the unthinkable and made Republican businessman Bruce Rauner the Governor elect.
If you are a Republican, a Tea Partier, a conservative, a lover of liberty and freedom, someone who values fiscal responsibility, adherence to the Constitution, and limited government, rejoice these next few days because we have all accomplished quite a lot.
But come next week, our work starts again as we will have to force Mitch McConnell and John Boehner to not squander the advantages given to them, which means first and foremost making sure no budgeting deal is reached during the lame duck that funds the government for the rest of the fiscal year. We’ll have to fight to get a short term funding measure so that the new Republican Senators can be sworn in and have an impact on crafting a long term funding bill.
And of course before half of the races where even called the battle for the White House in 2016 has already started.