The Republicans decided on these leaders; they have been measured and found wanting. The Dems do offer something this election cycle: a chance to get rid of the Republican leadership. Sometimes, even the ones you love need a swift kick in the a55. The Republic will survive 24 months of Dem power in Congress.Well, here we are four years later. I was mostly right.
I know what I will get with the Democrats: high taxes, victim-mongering politics, gun grabs, goofy leftist ideas, PC nightmares, open borders, and huge pork laden spending.
So, let slip the Moonbats of Mayhem. I know what I will get with a Dem House and Senate. They will open hearings against everyone but the Bush Twins. The tax cuts that helped us recover from the 2000-2003 downturn will not be made permanent. New gun laws will be put forward (that GWB will veto). PC Diktat will be at the front. Immigration policy will be towards amnesty or nothing (GWB will not veto). Judges and other appointments will be blocked (unless one of them dies, has a stroke, or goes into a coma – no more SCUS judges will step down in the next two years – so don’t worry about that). Republicans will be humbled and shamed. The next two years will be full of divisive acrimony and the economy, already looking to cool a bit, will stagger through ’07 and mellow through ’08.So, there I was in '06 calling for a defeat for the Republicans ... and I am glad for it. Now it is time for a purging of the Democrats. Purge them hard - they had a chance to send the Republicans into the wilderness for decades and blew it. They were worse than even I thought, the power hungry twits.
A warning for the Republicans though - they still have too many of the people who were a problem four years ago in power. There must be a change in leadership at the top. If after these elections Republicans think it will be back to "DC normal" with them in the Majority - they are wrong.
If they are taking any type of advice from Trent Lott's lobbing firm or any of the old Republican establishment- then they will be destroyed in 2012 as the American public does not like Republicans - they are just hoping they will be better. If they follow through, then maybe they will be liked. The American public will need proof though; as does the Republican base. I am very suspicious that old DC will try to strangle anything new. We'll see. We'll see.
So, what are my predictions? Two weeks ago I was thinking 47 Republican gains in the House and 7 in the Senate as I didn't believe the hype. Today though? I just don't know. This is a very different election ... extremely different with a lot of jello moving on the plate.
If the wave is what people think, then tomorrow will be very interesting to say the least. If the hype is what it is, then we are looking at 64 in the House and 8 in the Senate. Yes, that is a move of only 1 in the Senate than my baseline - but when you consider the huge up-hill climb structurally the Republicans came into 2010 with in the Senate - an 8 seat gain is almost unreal. If my inner Eeyore is totally out of synch - then it could be north of that in the House. I'm using Patrick Ishmael's cheat sheet to track the wave's magnitude.
There we go - that is my swag. The Republicans are on probation - they need to put up or shut up. It will be good to see if they do, and I don't think the conventional wisdom that a Republican House and/or Senate will be good for Obama as he will have someone to blame and point fingers at .... I don't think that will wash. That is all he has done the last two years, people are tuning it out.
One last note of warning - if you think you will get a rest from politics now that the election is over, you are sadly wrong. No ... 2012 will start right away and it will be nasty as can be as can be, as all the Democrats will have is what they have been pulling for the last year - the race card on anyone that opposes President Obama. With Reid and Pelosi off the front burner (Buddah Willing) - there will be one Democrat to fuss at - Obama. As you know, all opposition to his policies at its core is racist ... so .... stand by.