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Election Aftermath

Posted by on November 5, 2014
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Now that the midterms are finally over and Republicans have taken back control of both houses of Congress it’s time to get to work and figure out the best way to right this ship.  First, in order to do that we need to assess some of what we’ve learned from the outcome.  Here are a few highlights:

 

  • Hillary Clinton will NOT be our next President.  Even though the Clinton dynasty wasn’t officially on the ballot, it actually was.  For as much stumping as the Billary twins did over the last couple of weeks the results are unmistakable that not only did they not help their protégé’s, but most likely did more harm than good.  Not only did none of them win, but the polling margins slipped post stump for most of their favorites.  In a nut shell they were almost as toxic as the golfer-in-chief during this campaign.
  • Offense works better in politics than defense.  Finally the Republican contingency got it right by not allowing themselves to get suckered into a defensive posture.  Instead, they forced their Democratic opponents into a corner on explaining their own indefensible positions of the past (i.e. voting for Obamacare).  Alison Grimes was the perfect example of just how inept Liberals can be once they get exposed for being brainless morons who can’t explain their own votes.
  • Obamacare is still the key.  Exit polling proves there is no question that it is an albatross still hanging around the necks of anyone who had anything to do with its passage.
  • Unions lost big.  Not only did the sky not fall on producing right-to-work legislation in deep blue states, but the two key Governors leading the charge, Walker from Wisconsin and Snyder of Michigan both won re-election.  Now is the perfect time for Kasich to try it again in Ohio except this time he needs do so using much better legislation than the former SB-5.
  • This was NOT an anti-incumbent movement as the talking heads are trying to claim.  This was without a doubt an anti-liberal movement.  Otherwise, try explaining why almost all of the flipped seats came from the “D” column.
  • The idiotic “war on women” movement is done.  Not only did it prove to be a totally useless slogan against Republicans, but the 3 main Democratic characters at the forefront of the slogan were all soundly defeated as well.  Perhaps Democrats would be wise to take note of just how many Republican women won elections last night as well.
  • Probably one of the biggest surprises along with also being the one with the most long term affect is that the concept of minority block voting is starting to crumble.  After years of buying into the false promises of liberalism minorities appear to be waking up to the realization that opportunity offers a better life than dependency.  The Democratic strategy of relying heavily on minority votes in urban areas like Baltimore, Boston, and Chicago didn’t work as these groups started questioning why the promises of the Democrats haven’t led to any semblance of a utopian dream.  As a result several deep blue states turned closer to a shade of purple with Maryland, Massachusetts, and even Illinois electing new Republican governors.
  • Ultimately when it came down to priorities between party, politics, or policy, the public overwhelmingly proved that policy is by far the most important.  Not only did many of the Left’s mantras like “war on women” not work, but the myth of states being forever favoring one party over another was also shattered.

 

So where should Republicans go from here?  Here are a few pointers to consider:

 

  • First, and most importantly, DON’T buy into the media premise that this election was all about creating a new era of bipartisanship.  That’s total bunk.  This election had everything to do with a public outcry against liberalism.  After all, Congress was already evenly divided.  If being bipartisan was the answer than nothing would have changed.  Nor would the losers have all come from one party.  This election wasn’t about getting along.  It was about getting it right, PERIOD!  Therefore, Republicans should know what they believe in; understand it enough to explain it to the people instead of jamming it down their throats, and pass legislation accordingly.  There is no need to compromise with what the public has already rejected as bad policies.  Furthermore, when it comes to creating new policy Obama is bound to threaten a veto.  Great!  Go ahead and let him.  All the while continue to remind him that he was the one that declared “elections have consequences”.  That way if he does veto bills en masse it simply gives you the chance to prove who the real obstructionists have been all along. 
  • Second, the Republicans need to pass legislation to repeal Obamacare.  Yes, I know the boring outcry of it being an act of futility.  In reality it won’t be this time and the reason is simple.  By finally bringing such a bill up in the Senate democratic members will be forced to either vote to repeal it or keep it.  If you thought Obama was toxic the fact is Obamacare is even more so.  So either they will be committing political suicide by voting against such a repeal which will help in 2016, or they will become yet another repeal vote.  Now surely Obama would veto such a bill, right?  Yes, but all that does is give the Senate yet another chance at reaffirming the votes of those still in love with such a horribly unpopular piece of legislation by forcing a veto override vote as well.
  • Don’t get suckered into the immigration debate without passing stand alone legislation that secures our borders first.  Almost all of the election polling showed that it is actually a very minor priority when stacked up against some of the other current issues we need to be dealing with.  Anytime Obama does try to bring it up you should simply remind him that the crisis isn’t being created by our existing laws as much as it’s being created by the lack of enforcement of our existing laws.
  • DO NOT pass a single Obama nomination through the Senate unless Obama finally lets the Keystone Pipeline move forward.

 

Even though constitutionally one Obama still equals one Congress, that doesn’t mean we can’t start the ball rolling toward getting this nation back on track.  Regardless of what bills Republicans do manage to get enacted they’ve got 2 years to prove they are willing to do what’s right.  What we don’t need is another squandered opportunity like we had after ’94.  Therefore, the task of the Republican Party for the next two years is to re-establish their core beliefs and then both live and defend them.  

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