Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Republicans Take Control of the House of Representatives

 Tea Party's Marco Rubio wins in Florida

We, the people... 

What a night! Congratulations to all who won the race! But before the winners congratulate themselves on their victories, they should seriously reflect on the elections' results and why they were elected. Victory carries enormous responsibility. It is time to pull up the sleeves and start implementing what was promised during the electoral campaign. 

As predicted, the GOP will take the control of the House and John A. Boehner is most likely to become the next Speaker. Congratulations, John! 

Republicans gained sixty seats in the House of Representatives. That makes it the biggest upheaval in the House since 1948, exceeding even the Republican victory of 1994. 

Only few weeks earlier President Obama said: "We don't mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back." What an irony, Mr. President.

Although the Republican party gained some seats in the Senate, it failed to secure majority. At the moment there are still some senatorial races to be decided. In Washington State Dino Rossi (R) and Patty Murray (D) stand at 50 percent each after about 65 percent votes have been counted. It may take few more days to count all the votes there.

In Alaska Lisa Murkowski is most likely to keep her seat, now as the independent candidate. John McCain won re-election in Arizona. Tea Party candidates did quite well: Rand Paul took Kentucky, Marco Rubio took Florida, Mike Lee won in Utah. They will be joining Jim DeMint who secured his victory in South Carolina. Pat Toomey won in Pennsylvania, but unfortunately, Sharron Angle lost in Nevada and Ken Buck in Colorado. The victory of the Democrat Chris Coons in Delaware was more than certain. Sorry, Miss O'Donnell.

Republicans won at least ten gubernatorial races. The most significant victory is probably that of John Kasich, who took Ohio from the Democrat Ted Strickland and could give the Republicans a 2012 campaigning advantage in this perennial swing state.

Susan Martinez won in New Mexico and became the first Hispanic female governor of her state. Jan Brewer was re-elected in Arizona. Meg Whitman who financed her campaign with $140 million of her own money, lost in California. In New York Palladino lost to Andrew Cuomo.

The results of the elections reflect the overall political mood of the electorate. The American people have decided. It is time for change. It is time for a genuine bi-partisanship. It is time to shrink the government and reduce the spending. It is time to reduce deficit. It is time to restructure the economy and restore America's standing as the most amazing country under the sun.

The President has no choice, but to work with the Republicans. He blames the Republicans for the disastrous state of the American economy forgetting that his Republican predecessor had to work with the Democrats and that his own policies aggravated the situation. He now finds himself with the Republican majority in the House, just like Bill Clinton in 1994. Clinton's success depended on the Republican majority. His approval ratings went up after the Republicans won the mid-term elections. He was re-elected to a second term partly because his opponent was too feeble, partly because the Republicans finally made the things work.

"We hope President Obama will now respect the will of the people, change course and commit to making changes that they are demanding. To the extent he is willing to do that, we're ready to work with him." - John A. Boehner

President Obama could learn something from Bill Clinton. Maybe now he begins to understand that the Republicans are not his enemies. They are concerned Americans willing to work hard for their country and the people who voted for them.

By Dominique Allmon