Think I'll bake up a little black bird pie here. I have been predicting since summer that the result of this election would be that Democrats lose some seats but not majorities in the House and Senate. This prediction proved incorrect.
Republicans have, in fact, gained more House seats by any party in an election since 1948. So yeah, I was wrong about that. Democrats have retained majority of the Senate, meaning possibly another two years of Harry Reid as speaker! Which brings up what was behind my prediction in the first place. I believed that the Tea Party was going to scare off moderate voters. David Gergen thinks otherwise.
"I don't think there's any question that if it were not for the Tea Party, the Republican margin in the House of Representatives would not be as high as it's going to be," CNN senior political analyst David Gergen said Tuesday night. "They gave a lot of enthusiasm and fuel to the Republican Party."Interestingly, there were quite a few more Tea Party candidates out there, like the one running against the unpopular Harry Reid and the one who was a witch once and the one in New York who wanted to punch people in the face all the time. CNN estimates that there were 21 tea-party affiliated candidates and "at least 10 of them won". Vagueness due to the tea party not being an actual party but merely an incohate rage. Still, half (almost) is a lot more than I was expecting. It will be interesting to see if they govern the way the campaigned - not speaking to reporters, refusing to admit to being in favor of anything except tax cuts and liberty. Sooner or later they'll have to cast some votes. Can't wait!
Tea Party-backed Republicans Rand Paul in Kentucky and Marco Rubio in Florida won their Senate races, according to the projections.
So what's up on the agenda? Gridlock of course. Boehner has pledged to not compromise with the Democrats; so if he does, he's risking being thrown out and replaced by a Tea Party candidate. Obama has veto power over the expected repeal of Health Care, so that won't happen; and beyond that Republicans have literally no agenda beyond opposing the other agenda. Voila! A government that costs plenty and acheives nothing! And isn't that what we all want?
Well, as long as they don't blame other branches of government for their inability to get stuff done, I'm willing to give Republicans benefit of the doubt.