Republicans Capture House in Historic Wave; Democrats Cling to Senate

After the presidential election of 2008, the press wanted us to believe, with Obama capturing 52% of the popular vote, that the country had given him a mandate. Of course, four years earlier, they called George W. Bush’s 51% a “divided country”, but to people with an agenda, 1% can spell the difference between division and a mandate. But I digress…
Yesterday the people spoke again. This time, they spoke clearly. They used to vote to tell Obama and the Democrats quite clearly: we don’t like your policies, we don’t like your agenda, we don’t like the direction you are taking our country, we don’t like your socialism, we don’t like your spending our money like you do, we don’t like your taxation, we don’t like your duplicity and we don’t really like you as people.
So now we have a Republican controlled congress and a stronger Republican presence in the Senate.
Republicans have a chore on their hands. They must try to undo all the damage Obama and the Democrats have done.
Talk about mandates, now there’s a mandate. It’s going to be tough. We will see if they are up to the task.

President Obama plans to face the nation Wednesday after Republicans made historic gains in Congress, signaling to what degree he plans to work with the new majority party in the House of Representatives.

The president is expected to speak to reporters Wednesday afternoon. The address comes after Republicans cruised to power in the House and vowed to take the country in a new direction, urging Obama to “change course” and join them in reining in the size and budget of the federal government.

Fox News projects that Republicans will see a net gain of about 65 seats in the House. In races from Florida to Virginia to Indiana to Texas, voters were sending a rebuke to the party in power by electing Republicans over Democratic incumbents. Seniority did not seem to matter. Longtime representatives were falling just as hard as freshmen, succumbing to campaigns — many of them backed by the Tea Party movement — that tied them to unpopular federal policies and proposals.

The GOP will not seize power in the Senate, with wins by Democratic Leader Harry Reid and a handful of others relegating Republicans to minority status for at least another two years. But they came close enough that neither party can be steamrolled by the other in the next Congress.

House Republican Leader John Boehner, now poised to succeed Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House, choked up as he addressed a jubilant crowd Tuesday night — he attributed his party’s success to a popular rejection of big government, big spending and big bailouts.

“It’s clear tonight who the winners really are, and that’s the American people,” Boehner said. “Across the country right now, we are witnessing a repudiation of Washington, a repudiation of big government and a repudiation of politicians who refuse to listen to the American people.”

Boehner vowed to fulfill his party’s “pledge” to cut spending and reduce the size of government, saying he’s willing to work with President Obama if he “respects the will of the people” and changes course. Obama called Boehner at midnight to congratulate him.

The GOP gains would exceed those made during the Republican wave of 1994 when the party picked up 54 House seats. Not since 1938 has the party made such monumental inroads. With 218 seats needed for a majority, Republicans so far have officially won 233, while Democrats have won 174.

Though unable to reach a majority in the Senate, Republicans have so far picked up six seats from Democrats and are holding down a number of others — giving little ground as they shoot for a stronger foothold in the upper chamber. In a symbolic victory, GOP Rep. Mark Kirk beat Alexi Giannoulias for Obama’s old Senate seat in Illinois after a hard-fought race. Conservative Pat Toomey narrowly defeated Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak, taking over for party-switching Sen. Arlen Specter. And three-term Sen. Russ Feingold was the latest incumbent Democrat to go down, losing his race for reelection in Wisconsin to Tea Party-backed businessman Ron Johnson.

“What we’re sensing tonight is a huge case of buyer’s remorse all across America,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell told supporters Tuesday night, describing the GOP gains as a rejection of the spending and “Washington takeovers” coming out of the federal government.

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