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Obama Stalled! GOP Takes 65 Seats in House, Filibuster Minority in Senate

In Can You Hear Me Now? on 03/11/2010 at 17:17

In perhaps the most symbolic of the midterm Senate races Barack Obama’s old seat fell to the Republicans in Illinois last night. At lights out, the GOP had won 233 seats in the House of Representatives and five in the Senate, with several more still in play.

But the importance of the 2010 midterm election cannot be diminished by the narrow margin by which the Democrats retained control; the nation has spoken and spoken clearly. Now all that remains to be seen is whether President Obama will listen.

With near depression-level unemployment and no relief in sight, will Obama move center and try to regain his stock with the electorate? Doubtful. In the days approaching last night’s election the President showed no contrition, still blaming his problems on his predecessor.

The biggest winner tonight wasn’t even on the ballot. Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, whose endorsements arguably laid the groundwork for the wave election, announced on Fox News: “The train is leaving the station and [Obama’s] colleagues and his supporters can jump on that train, but it’s headed in another direction. And that direction is going to be one of a more conservative bent.” 

Still, the evening was not without a few bright spots for Democrats. In West Virginia, Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin beat John Raese despite an aggressive campaign by the Republican. In Delaware, Chris Coons whopped Tea Party-backed Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell, and in Connecticut, popular Attorney General Dick Blumenthal beat professional wrestling mogul Linda McMahon.

The most disappointing defeat of the night was Sharon Angle’s loss to Senate leader Harry Reid. But even Reid’s wings have been clipped.

And California’s fate as a state destined for the poorhouse was sealed by the double Democrat wins of Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer. With all the dope these guys must be smoking, how did they pull that off and still lose their pot initiative?

The most predictable loss for the GOP was Christine O’Donnell in Delaware, who was handily defeated by ultra-progressive, Chris Coons. O’Donnell was by far the most covered by the liberal media. Which is a kind of victory in itself. That the media had to so desperately trash O’Donnell is a feather in her cap. We have not seen the last of her.

John Boehner made a teary-eyed speech tonight, reflecting on his struggle from the bottom to become (somebody hand me a tissue) the next speaker, and showing us all that he still doesn’t get it. Someone pah-leese get this guy off himself!

Seriously, what the Republican leadership in both the House and Senate do now is vitally important. Clearly not a lot of legislation should be passed. Working with the Administration, which the Republicans have seemed annoyingly wont to do in the past, will only help Obama piecemeal his agenda. No. The strategy of this Republican Congress will take communication skills all but nonexistent in previous years.

As Rush Limbaugh so eloquently noted at the beginning of Obama’s term, the President is bent on absorbing as much of the private sector into the federal government as possible. It is now the Republican’s job to stall his agenda dead in its tracks and explain to the American people why they must do it, every inch of the way.


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