In a word the mid-terms results mean the United States of America are very likely screwed. The good news is the conservatives and independents who voted to return the wrecking crew from the Bush era are screwed as well. Not the millionaires of course, but those median income Social Security and Medicare collecting conservatives who were out holding the signs at town halls in 2009. Not is not much solace to the rest of us, but some people are hard-headed and will not listen to common sense. You tell them not to touch the hot burner and they are just motivated all that much more to burn their hand. In the long term this election is good news for moderate left of center America. Republicans can spin things anyway they like, but Democrats lost the House because of one thing, unemployment. If Obama and Democrats had actually acted like Roosevelt and created public works jobs a modern WPA and whittled unemployment down to just 7% we’d be looking a the loss a handful of conservative victories. That answer is not complicated and does not require 500 words from a paid political analyst. Political analysts, left, right and center have to appear as though they have some keen insights in order to keep their jobs – so don’t hold their instincts for self-preservation against them. Even with a slight Democratic advantage in the Senate ( what with the filibuster) Republicans are now completely in charge of the federal budget. They will have to print more money or collapse the economy. They have to rise revenues or cut the federal budget by hundreds of billions. It is going to be a conflagration of historic proportions. I suggest progressives not get angry, relax and enjoy the show.
A built-in feature of conservatism is their uncanny consistency about being sore winners. After the Supreme Court appointed Bush 43 president in 2000, conservatives accomplished nothing, made government bigger then ever, racked up the biggest credit card bill in history, and made many Americans believe an unnecessary three trillion-dollar war was the best thing since cherry jello in individual plastic containers. All the while accusing anyone who disagreed them a traitor and blaming all their problems on Bill Clinton, George Soros and the vast left-wing conspiracy. They won elections on hate, fear and very thin margins and called their agenda a mandate. That feature of emotional insecurity has not gone anywhere. Right-wing welfare queen Victor David Hanson continues the sore winner tradition. Some unsolicited advice to budding intellectuals – the standards for being an intellectual on the Right are so abysmally low that to be a Hanson-like pundit requires minimal if any effort. Can you pull yourself up to a desk with a PC on it? In a Hanson-standards world you qualify as a “distinguished” intellectual. Obama Doesn’t Get It, November 3, 2010 4:40 P.M. By Victor Davis Hanson
President Obama came close, but he still just cannot admit that his radical policies and their effects on the economy are the cause of his devastating political rebuke. For most of his press conference, an oddly depressed Obama voted present, as he all but said that the problems are mostly ours, not his — or at least not his agenda but perhaps an occasional inadequate communication.
In clingers fashion, he once more is talking down to us, explaining that we confused his necessary solutions with a bogeyman increase in big government, and so typically, in fright and ignorance, lashed out at his party. He is claiming the outrage grew from the same frustration that elected him, rather than arising precisely because of him and his agenda. In short, we are angry because his EU-socialist agenda is progressing too slowly and hasn’t delivered as promised — as it will in time. Perhaps then we will thank him for his proper big-government, big-spending solution.
I don’t know but I suspect Hanson goes to bed every night with his straw man doll. Every president loses some seats in the mid-terms. The psychology is simple enough for even Victor to understand. Vote for change, whatever that may be. Look at the polling numbers. If Republican candidates had to rely completely on the Republican movement vote – tried and true registered conservative voters – Democrats would still be in the majority in the house. Republicans bought enough 24/7 media propaganda to eck out enough of the independent vote to slide by. Victor conveniently skips how Democrats held on to the Senate. Hanson also leaves out the elephant in the room, i.e. the groundwork was there for them to pick up some House seats, for the most part Republicans just bought themselves an election. Spare us the sordid and convoluted BS about the Obama agenda being rejected. Conservatives outspent liberals 2-1 in elections
Conservative groups outspent liberal groups by a more than 2-to-1 ratio heading into an Election Day that brought the biggest Republican sweep in the House of Representatives in decades and sliced into the Democratic majority in the Senate.
•In the 48 House contests in which outside groups spent a combined $1 million or more, Republicans won two-thirds, a USA TODAY analysis of election results and campaign reports shows. In one Upstate New York district, conservative groups such as American Crossroads, the Tea Party Express and the 60 Plus Association bought $2.8 million in negative ads attacking freshman Democratic Rep. Scott Murphy on health care, helping Republican Christopher Gibson win 55% of the vote.
•U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent $32 million on 67 House and Senate races. The USA TODAY analysis shows that 72% of chamber-backed candidates won so far. But, it spent nearly $5 million against Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., who won.
California was the exception for a couple of reasons. Republicans fielded very bad candidates who were arrogant and showed it. The public had the impression from the get go that two elitist businesswomen were buying themselves a new toy rather than actually caring about governance. The overall spending speaks for itself. If you run commercials day and night that say cow paddies smell like sweet perfume then you’ll convince enough people to have collective amnesia about the Republican era that crashed the economy to think just maybe conservatives learned their lesson. Hanson makes a perfect tea bagging conservative. He lacks the moral courage to admit the polices he and the tea baggers supported for eight years were responsible for the mess we’re in. Gee, Obama and Democrats don’t have big enough shovels to clear out the eight years of bull the Hansonites created in eight years. I would never expend the energy to hate Hanson and the tea baggers, but there is no reason to have any respect for those who have worked so diligently to bankrupt the country fiscally and morally.
It’s still the economy stupid – The voting public doesn’t necessarily believe what Mitch McConnell and Hanson says it believes.
Why we need better journalists and statisticians, Palin Emerges with Even More Clout – Large Majority of Candidates She Backed Won; Do Results Make Her More Likely to Seek GOP Presidential Nod in 2012?
As CBS News Correspondent Jeff Glor reports, .the former GOP vice presidential nominee backed 43 candidates for the House. Thirty of them won, with races involving nine others still undecided.
Her record in Senate races was closer: She endorsed 12 candidates. Seven won.
Does CBS know the difference between a casual correlation and cause and effect. I wish Palin had more influence, I really do, but this is like picking horses. If you become familiar with how to read a racing form you can pick a horse to show most of the time. That does not mean they won because you picked them. Even Josh Green at The Atlantic does not get it, The Tea Party Takes On Washington
Although a few Tea Party stars such as Christine O’Donnell and Sharron Angle lost, the movement itself proved broadly appealing: Exit polls showed that four in 10 voters considered themselves supporters of the Tea Party, and, according to NBC, 113 of the 129 candidates for the House of Representatives who associated themselves with it won.
The Tea Party is a fringe movement no more. But will it be a lasting one?
That’s not yet clear. Tea Party candidates lost winnable races in Delaware, Nevada, and Colorado that could have handed control of the Senate to Republicans. But the real test lies ahead. And when the winners get to Washington, Democrats won’t be the only challenge that awaits them. As Trent Lott, the former GOP Senate leader-turned-lobbyist said, “As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them.”
Republicans spent record amounts on this election. The tea baggers are no more than extreme right-wing Republicans. They almost make Bush 43 look liberal. In a mid-term when change meant voting for the party out of power that meant a default selection of wacky proto-fascists. When I say these conservatives are proto-fascist I’m not name calling, but placing them on the ideological spectrum according to work done by historian Robert Paxton.
They also tried to push Democrats into retirement, using what was described in the presentation as “guerilla tactics” like chasing Democratic members down with video cameras and pressing them to explain votes or positions. (One target, Representative Bob Etheridge of North Carolina, had to apologize for manhandling one of his inquisitors in a clip memorialized on YouTube. Only this week did Republican strategists acknowledge they were behind the episode.)
So Republicans have also made the mentality of James O’Keefe and Andrew Brietbart part of their propaganda tactics. Sadly, it does seem to work enough of the time to make some difference. Than again we’re not talking about a battle of ideas, of high minded political principles – you know like what would Tom Paine, Abe Linclon or Thomas Jefferson do.
This post is continued with some further research here.