Those who make a living telling people like us why we did what we did on election day will say — over and over — that “the people have spoken.”
Spoken? Nah. Shouted perhaps, screamed maybe. Hollered would be more like it.
Voter anger washed over America like a tsunami Tuesday as pissed-off voters tossed out incumbents — mostly Democrats — and gave control of the House of Representatives back to the same Republican party that lost that control in 2006 when voter anger was directed at them.
Same thing happened in 1994 when angry voters tossed out the Democratic leadership of both the House and Senate and turned the key to the toy room over to the GOP.
Just a little old-fashion karma coming round.
The victory isn’t complete this time around. The party of the elephant failed to win control of the Senate and the seats the GOP gained there will only be enough to increase gridlock, not pass legislation.
That’s OK, says the Republican spin on Tuesday’s election results: We will complete the takeover in 2012.
Don’t count on it.
Voters are a fickle bunch. They can turn on you without warning and the tea-soaked Republican Party that they embraced Tuesday could just as easily become the target of voter anger in two years.
The danger signs are already there. Too many of the victors on Tuesday night called their wins a “mandate” from the voters.
Mandates? We don’t need no stinkin’ mandates.
The Republicans who won Tuesday benefited from anger towards Democrats. Republicans won because — in most cases — they were the only other choice on the ballot.
Tuesday’s results are not an endorsement of GOP or even Tea Party positions. They were rejection of the failed Democratic leadership of Congress and President Barack Obama — nothing less, nothing more. It was not an invitation to start larding up bills with fruit loop ideas from the right-wing extremists who dominate the Grand Old Party.
That’s why the Republicans lost control of Congress after the party’s sweep in 1994. The misread the message from the voters and mistakenly thought the election was an endorsement of their ideas.
Tuesday’s results were not an endorsement of constitutional amendments to ban abortion or to define marriage as a union only between a man and a woman.
Exit polls show most of the voters who sent the DemoCrats packing want action on jobs, the economy and the housing crisis. They don’t want sham tax bills that give the rich more loopholes, they don’t want the feds telling them what they can or can’t do in the bedroom and they sure as hell don’t embrace the other flaky ideas of the rabid right.
What voters want are jobs, money in their pocket and a home to go to at the end of the day.
If the new Congress gets gridlocked over abortion, gay rights, prayer in schools and other social issues the same voters who turned the key to one side of the Capitol over to Republicans can — and will — take it back two years from now.
- Jonathan Weiler: Why the Republicans Will Misread Tomorrow’s Elections Results (huffingtonpost.com)
- Where the Republican Midterm Rout Leaves Obama and the Dems (time.com)
- Midterms: Where the GOP’s Wins Leave Obama and the Dems (time.com)
- McCain: GOP must heed voter anger (politico.com)