The results are in and the people have spoken- America has said Yes to the Party of No.

In the words of the President, he took a shellacking last night, and rightfully so. The exit polls reflected significant anger by the people towards the Administration and the Congress. Obama approval/disapproval at the exit polls was 45/54. 37% of voters were sending a message in opposition to Obama and 52% think that his policies will hurt the nation in the long term. Congress’s complicity in the Obama Agenda was also reflected in the votes last night as 73% disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job.

This is having an impact on the perception the American people have on the direction of the country. 87% are worried about the direction of the country, 89% view the state of the national economy as poor and 41% say that they are worse off today than they were two years ago, versus 14% who claim their lot has improved. Most folks polled, 38%, expect the life of the next generation to be worse off than it is today.

This Congress, and especially this Administration, is not inspiring confidence in the voters, nor is it properly addressing the concerns and needs of the people. The question is, will the President change direction?

Having just listened to the President’s press conference following last night’s election results, I have to wonder if he will change. He sounded humble, he sounded contrite, but he didn’t sound like he got the message from the people. Pat Caddell reported from his own exit polling that 36% of Dems against Obamacare  voted for the GOP. 86% of Independents against Obamacare voted GOP. The agenda of this Administration is in direct conflict with the people, and it is paying a price. I don’t think Obama will change course in what he wants to accomplish. White House insiders have stated off the record that Clinton’s Triangulation following the 1994 GOP election win in not in the cards with this Administration. Obama will stay the course.

With that, let us look to the results.

Senate

Contrary to what most might think, I’m actually glad the GOP did not take the Senate last night. This isn’t because I agree with the way that Harry Reid and the Dems are running the Chamber but because I don’t want the Administration to triangulate against the new GOP controlled Congress. This is, admittedly, Machiavellian thinking, but my view has not been on 2010.

Incumbents continue to be heavily entrenched, and regardless of party, they are very difficult to remove. The bulk of the GOP gains in the Senate came from open seats, though a couple important incumbent losses include Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas. As of this writing, we’re still waiting to hear on Alaska, Washington and Colorado, of which Washington would be an incumbent change if the GOP takes it.

There are some interesting stories to the Senate races though. For instance, more media attention was paid to the Delaware Senate race than any other political race, and by far, most of the attention was biased against Christine O’Donnell. What’s more, this was the first time I’ve ever heard of a media “forgetting” to run a paid political ad, not once, but twice. I’d like to see this investigated, because if there ever was an instance of election fraud, this could be it. This isn’t to say that I think O’Donnell would have won, because I never did, but the “objective” journalistic media is quickly going down the slippery slope of propaganda. Regardless, I’m glad O’Donnell ran against Coons. Huh? Yeah, I’d rather purify the party than elect a Republican In Name Only (RINO).

Then we had Nevada, where the Dem Senate Majority leader escaped defeat. I was actually happy to see Reid survive his challenge and I hope to see him continue in his role as Dem Senate Majority leader. Yep, that’s what I said, but why? Well, for starters, the perception of everything that is wrong with this country right now is Obama-Reid-Pelosi. Well, Pelosi is going, going, gone as Speaker of the House, but since the Dems kept the Senate, the country kept Reid as a poster child for Senatorial corruption.

Another reason I was pleased to see Reid keep his seat is that, had he lost, we would have likely seen either Chuck Schumer or Dick Durbin replace him as leader. My money would have been on Schumer, who certainly qualifies as a liberal blowhard, who is at least a somewhat articulate liberal blowhard. I prefer Reid’s gift of gab as an example to all.

Overall, the Dems will continue to be responsible for what does- or doesn’t- happen in the Senate. This allows the GOP some room to maneuver House legislation through the Senate. Dem Senators, namely Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who will be up for re-election in 2012. Depending on how he votes, he could easily be another GOP pickup in two years, which also means he is malleable in a red-state, aqnti-Obama constituent environment.

House

The GOP made its money in the House. Approximately 65 seats- a couple are still pending final outcomes- were won by the Republicans. Of the 129 Tea Party Candidates that ran for a House seat, 113 won- that’s an 88% success rate.

The House is the most important of the Chambers for fiscal issues- all spending must originate in the House. This is the first step in stopping the Obamacare legislation as the House can simply starve the legislation of funding. Of the 20 Congressmen who voted for Obamacare, 15 were defeated Tuesday. The economy was the fuel to the popular discontent of the electorate, but Obamacare was the spark that ignited the entire populace into action. Obamacare fueled the Tea Party, daring it to act, challenging it show its face. Obamacare refined general frustration into a determined anger.

We also look forward to the investigation bound to begin that will once again hold the executive accountable.

The States

These races got very little attention, but they were just as important to the direction of the country as the Congressional races were. The GOP picked up 680 seats in the state legislatures- a new record. They gained majorities in at least 14 state house chambers and have unified control- both chambers- of 26 state legislatures. In 16 states, the GOP controls both chambers of the state legislature (Nebraska has a unicameral legislature) and the governorship. These include: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Utah, Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and Ohio, Nebraska and North Carolina.

This was probably the worst year that this could happen for Dems, since these legislatures will address redistricting. So in places like North Carolina, one of the most gerrymandered states in benefit of the Dems, will see significant changes to the districts. Florida, South Carolina, Utah, Georgia and Texas are likely to gain seats from the census, while Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan are projected to lose at least one seat.

Then there were the governor races. Ohio incumbent Dem Ted Strickland lost to John Kasich, Connecticut looks to have elected Republican Tom Foley, much to the chagrin of my friend Rutherford.  Pennsylvania, Florida, New Mexico, Nevada, Michigan- all important states that can and will have a large impact on the 2012 elections.

The Road Ahead

Conservatives have been forced, over the last two years, to play defense. Not anymore. Now, the offense begins, and that offense comes in the form of legislation. The GOP has been forced to react to the Dems in the face of an exceedingly hostile environment. Now it is time for the GOP to send legislation to the Senate, and eventually the President. The Senate Dems are shell shocked right now, and as long as the economy remains depressed and as long as the President stays to the far left, it will be much easier to pull Dems onboard Conservative legislation. That means it goes to the President and it makes him either sign it, or veto it. It is very difficult to triangulate off of a veto. Make the President veto spending cuts, tax cuts, limitations on government power- everything that the electorate is looking for right now.

Focus on Conservative values, and the rest will come in spades.

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