This past election cycle, the American people marched to the polls with a clear-cut message for their officials in Washington -- stop. Stop the rise of massive government. Stop developing policy behind closed doors, through backroom deals. And stop this anti-American agenda. The results were a "shellacking" for the party in power.
Despite the clarity of voice with which the people spoke on November 2nd, the Democrats' response indicates that they did not get the message.…
Earlier today I reported Renee Ellmers' victory in North Carolina's 2nd District, defeating Democrat Rep. Bob Etheridge, who says he was a victim of "dirty politics."
The win for Ellmers makes the GOP's net gain in this year's election 61 House seats, and Republican challengers currently lead in three of the five remaining undecided races, including New York's 25th district. Absentee ballots were counted there today and GOP challenger Ann Marie Buerkle maintained a lead of 411 votes by last count. Blogger Sam Foster says this almost certainly means Democrat incumbent Dan Maffei has been defeated.
Rep. Bob Etheridge, the North Carolina Democrat who made headlines earlier this year by manhandling a student who approached him with a video camera, has called a 3 p.m. ET press conference where he is expected to concede to Republican Renee Ellmers.
Backed by Tea Party activists, Ellmers was the only GOP challenger in the nation to run a campaign ad about the Ground Zero Mosque controversy.
According to WXII-TV in Raleigh, a recount confirmed that Ellmers defeated Etheridge by about 1,500 votes. The victory by Ellmers means that the GOP has scored a net gain of 61 seats in the mid-term election, and Republicans lead in three of the five seats where a winner has not yet been decided.
Dominic Montanaro of MSNBC has a roundup of nine House races that are still unresolved. To date, Republicans have won a net gain of 60 seats, and are leading in five districts that are still too close to call: Andy Vidak +648 votes in CA-20, Joe Walsh +365 votes in IL-8, Randy Altschuler +400 votes in NY-1, Ann Marie Buerkle +684 votes in NY-25, and Blake Farenhold +799 votes in TX-27.
Is there any aspect of the Democrats' actions that didn't take them down on Tuesday? Obamacare took down the Democrats, spending took down the Democrats, the economy took down the Democrats...and now Politico adds the climate agenda:
Democrats who voted for the controversial House climate bill were slaughtered at the ballot box, including Rep. Rick Boucher, the 14-term Virginian who helped broker some of the key deals instrumental to its June 2009 passage. In the Senate, several reliable green advocates also went down to opponents who derided tough new environmental policies.
Come January, Obama will be working with a Congress that will have little appetite for the types of sweeping energy reform he sought over the last two years. With the House in Republican hands, some of the climate issue's most vocal advocates have been dislodged from their powerful perches, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman.
Via the Examiner's J.P. Freire, it appears the National Republican Congressional Committee (a.k.a., "The Establishment") is perfectly happy with the 60+ House seats they've gained and don't feel the need to assure that Tea Party candidate Renee Ellmers keeps her victory over incumbent Rep. Bob "Who Are You?" Etheridge in North Carolina's 2nd District. She reported yesterday on her blog:
Election night, after the ten counties in my district had reported their votes, I led Bob Etheridge by 2,100 votes. (That number is crucial because under North Carolina law Congressman Etheridge is not entitled to an ‘automatic recount' if he trails by more than 1% - or 1,888 votes.)
The Heritage Foundation's Hans A. von Spakovsky, writing in the Washington Examiner, explains how the cooperation to turn out employees of Harrah's casinos to vote for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is illegal:
As National Review reported earlier this week, the Reid campaign sent a desperate e-mail to the senior vice president for government relations at Harrah's Casinos asking the company to pressure its employees to get out and vote for Reid. The campaign even offered to have Reid call Harrah's executives to help give "the backing" needed to get the company working on this.
The Reid staffer involved told Harrah's it needed to "put a headlock" on its supervisors "to get them to follow through...."
Harrah's did just that, getting headcounts and insisting that supervisors explain why their employees had not yet voted. They also coordinated with employee unions to get buses and shuttles to take the employees to the polls....
In Minnesota the Democrat gubernatorial candidate, former Sen. Mark "lock the doors" Dayton, led most of the night. So I was surprised that Republican Tom Emmer (who was "Targeted" by the homosexual lobby) came within a whisker of catching him -- enough to probably require an automatic recount. Are we in for another Al Franken-Norm Coleman-type prolonged drama? The Star-Tribune reports:
With all but two of the state's 4,136 precincts reporting, Democrat Mark Dayton led Republican Tom Emmer by 8,914 votes, well within the margin of one-half on 1 percentage points that automatically triggers a recount under state law....
The GOP immediately signaled that the party will be far more aggressive in the recount battle than it was last time around.