Saturday, November 06, 2010
I knew it was big, but I did not know it was this big:
Republicans now hold 3,735 state legislative seats to 3,119 state legislative seats held by Democrats, a stunning reversal of power from 2006 and 2008. Republicans have more seats in state legislatures than at any time since Reconstruction. These gains in state legislative seats led to a number of state legislative changes flipping from Democrat to Republican. In those 87 state legislative chambers contested on November 2, Republicans captured control from Democrats in at least nineteen chambers. In stark contrast, Democrats failed to gain a single state legislative chamber from Republicans.
Can you imagine how many Democratic politicians are out of their minds with irritation at Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid?
No, how many normal people are out of their minds at how many folks have allowed their reptilian brains (the part guided by fear, selfishness, eating and sex) to be pandered to, manipulated? In another couple of years, that state legislature number will moderate and move.
One reason--the kinds of Republicans who are being elected. They are either on the extreme re politics or are just corporate shills. Thus in their genesis, they sow the seeds of their own demise by the need to smash and overreach. Too bad they aren't the GOP heroes of yesteryear:
Yeah, CC. It couldn't POSSIBLE have been Obama's political agenda that caused this...it was just pure reptilian stupidiy....or perhaps poor communication by the White House....or perhaps we are now ALL racists.
As for myself, I am an equal opportunity voter. I think Obama's white half is equally as incompetent and clueless as his black half.
...and it seems I am not alone.
CC has the typical Dem talking points. Either the voters are really stupid or President Obama went from the most gifted rhetorical speaker to ever hold the office to someone who can not communicate. Give them a few more days to see which polls better on Kos and they will settle on one.
Obama's big mistake was not getting pro-QE2 people onto the Fed quicker. Bernanke's not terrible, but replacing him with someone who'd say "okay, shut up now" every time Thomas Hoenig talked would have been optimal for creating the kind of Fed that'll get us out of this.
You're really going to have to work to convince people (like me) that essentially printing hundreds of billions of dollars, again, during a period of persistent stagnation is good policy. Stagflation was despised for good reasons.
"Obama's big mistake was not getting pro-QE2 people onto the Fed quicker."
Right, cranking up the printing presses has always been the historically proven path to solvency. Is there no end to the fatuous delusions of the left?
Gary, in pointing out the startling economic illiteracy of Neal's comment, brings us to why TH might want to rethink his conclusion. Democrats should be irate with the leaders and policies that have brought the party so low, but they aren't. With few exceptions, Bayh being one, party leaders seem lamely to be repeating this foolishness about "messaging" being the only real problem facing the party. Those stupid voters!
The President himself the other day said publicly that better communication would have yielded a different result. As a Republican I am all for infinite repitition by Democrats of themes voters just rejected by greater margins than seen in my entire lifetime, but I worry about someone so inane actually running the government.
CC is right that the pendulum swings back eventually. As to his characterization of extremists on the Republican side, that depends on where you're starting from. My Romanian sons - and most Eastern Europeans here in America - considered the Democrats to be extremists from the moment they heard their policies. In seeking a diversity worthy of the name, those voices are worth attending to.