The election returns aren’t totally in…but this will likely be the largest election swing in decades, certainly the largest in the post-World War II era.
The Senate looks like it is out of reach, as West Virginia went early to the Democrats, as did expected seats in Connecticut, California and Delaware. Although, I continue to believe that losing the Senate will actually make it easier to oust President Barack Obama in 2012. Only time will tell.
Governorships looks to be doing well as well, although Colorado was a little disappointing. But in my home state, John Kasich is the new Republican Governor of Ohio.
But still…this is a victorious night. Nancy Pelosi will no longer be Speaker of the House! That, in and of itself, is an enormous victory that moves America forward. It looks like Republicans will take approximately 60 seats tonight; larger than the 1994 Republican Revolution; larger than the last two Democrat election victories in 2006 and 2008. This is the smallest number of seats held by Democrats in the House since 1946. Big time Democrats, including many chairs of House committees and names such as Baron Hill, Paul Kanjorski, Ike Skelton, Chet Edwards and others, are heading into retirement.
And I am sure many liberals will make fun of John Boehner’s emotional acceptance speech. But that was honest and heartfelt…and Americans in the heart of this country understood the connection with that emotion. Boehner is a much simpler man than Pelosi or Gingrich…and that may be his biggest asset.
But remember all the insults. Remember them calling us racists, marxists, demagogues. The Tea Party was made of only white, ignorant people in the middle of the nation that were mad at the African American President.
But be proud. Tonight, we took the House of Representatives. We took many Governorships. We didn’t take the Senate, but that was always a stretch. We have elected several great minority candidates to the House of Representatives. We elected the first Indian American woman as Governor in South Carolina, and the first Latina governor in New Mexico. We elected numerous great Tea Party candidates that believe in small, constitutional government, decreased spending, and reigning in the power of the federal government.
Tomorrow, the real work begins. But tonight is time to enjoy the fruits of victory.