Well Statists/Democrats, I hope you enjoyed scenes like this while they lasted!!
When the Republicans took control of both houses of Congress in November, 1994, they did it by gaining 54 seats in the House of Representatives, and 8 seats in the Senate.
Tonight was just as impressive in its own way. Results are still coming in, but at this point we can say with certainty that the Republicans have taken back control of the House of Representatives, with a gain of a projected 65 seats. Again, that's 65 seats!
Meanwhile, in the Senate, while the Democrats maintain their control of that house of Congress, the Republicans made huge gains by picking up at least 6 seats. That puts to rest any possibility of the Democrats being able to defeat a filibuster. So even though they do not control the leadership of the Senate, the Republicans can still flex their muscle to keep the Democrats in check... that is, if the Republicans have the stones to flex their muscles. That remains to be seen.
Here are some observations of the night so far, even though some races - such as the Senate contests in Washington, Colorado, and Alaska - have yet to be decided:
Highlights of the Night
- The Republicans took the House! Speaker Pelosi? Not any more! Now hand over that gavel!
- Rand Paul won his Kentucky Senate race against a most sleazy Democrat candidate by the name of Jack Conway.
- Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Allen West won a House seat in Florida. This man is a man's man, a true American, and a stand-up guy who risked his military career to keep his men safe. He is also a black candidate who was backed by those mean, evil, racist Tea Partiers.
- Another black Tea Party-backed candidate, Tim Scott, was elected to the House of Representatives in South Carolina. Scott had defeated the son of Strom Thurmond to win the Republican primary.
- Pat Toomey defeated extreme Leftist Joe Sestak in a hard-fought Senate race in Pennsylvania. Toomey deserved this win. In 2004, the Republican party had abandoned Toomey in the primary in order to support Arlen Specter. Gee, that worked out real well, didn't it Republicans?
- Frank Guinta kicked out incumbent New Hampshire Representative Carol Shea-Porter. See, Shea-Porter started out as an anti-war activist who hounded former Representative Jeb Bradley about his vote in favor of the Iraq War. She would disrupt his meetings and events with her shrill shouting. She eventually challenged Bradley for his seat, and defeated him in the 2006 midterms. During the summer of 2009, when people took their congresscritters to task about the looming ObamaCare bill, Shea-Porter did not react too kindly when the very same tactics she used on Bradley were used on her. She is a detestable woman who deserved to be removed from office. I thank you, voters of New Hampshire.
- Mark Kirk of Illinois is a moderate Republican at best, but I find it rather sweet justice that this Republican won the Senate seat that was vacated by none other than the Anointed One himself, Barack Obama. This is as sweet as moderate Republican Scott Brown taking the Senate seat vacated by Ted Kennedy.
- Democrat Russ Feingold of Wisconsin is half of the team that gave us the 1st Amendment-stomping atrocity known as the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform law. I am happy to report that Feingold no longer is a Senator. He will be replaced by Tea Party-backed Republican Ron Johnson.
- Marco Rubio won a well-deserved victory over that "Republican" turncoat Charlie Christ. The aspect of that race I find most amazing is that 30% of Florida voters were stupid enough to actually vote for Christ. What are you morons thinking? Luckily, 49% of the voters correctly voted for Rubio. This man has a very bright future.
- Alan Grayson is out of the House of Representatives! Republican challenger Dan Webster has ensured that we never have to endure that smug, mentally unstable, reptilian creature known as Alan Grayson. Bye, bye Grayson. You are a detestable human being.
- Democrat Phil Hare of Illinois was removed by voters in favor of Republican Bobby Schilling. Earlier this year, during a talk at the end of a town hall meeting, Hare was asked by a blogger with a video camera about the constitutionality of the ObamaCare bill, for which Hare had voted. Hare said, "I don't care about the Constitution." Bye, Phil.
- Democrat Representative Mary Jo Kilroy of Ohio was defeated by Republican Steve Stivers. Kilroy was a proud member of the House Progressive Caucus, which is affiliated with the Democratic Socialists of America. This alone makes me glad that Kilroy is out of there.
- Tea Party-backed Republican Vicky Hartzler beat out 30-year Democrat incumbent Ike Skelton in Missouri. Not all Tea Party candidates won this night (when does any side win it all?) but they definitely made their mark!
- Not long ago, I posted a video of two supporters of Virginia representative Tom Pierrello cussing up a storm, using racial epithets, and tearing up the signs of some peaceful conservative demonstrators. Sorry potty mouths, your guy lost!
- Finally, we come to Bob Etheridge; Democrat representative from North Carolina. Earlier this year, he assaulted a college student on camera when he was asked by the student about his vote in favor of ObamaCare. As he manhandled the student, Etheridge kept asking, "Who are you? Who are you?" I know who you are, Mr. Etheridge: You are no longer a member of Congress. Good riddance you arrogant pig.
Not everything went the way I wish it could.
LOWLIGHTS OF THE NIGHT
- Harry Reid defeated Sharron Angle in the Nevada Senate race. That sucks, but the good news is that Reid's agenda can be totally gummed up by the resurgent Republican Senate minority, should they choose to grow a pair.
- Christine O'Donnell was always a longshot to win that Delaware Senate seat. I swear though, I am almost happier to see the race go to an out and out Leftist Democrat like Chris Coons, who we can actively oppose, rather than a RINO like Mike Castle who would often vote the same way as Coons, but just fly under the radar while doing it.
- Democrat Joe Manchin defeated Republican John Raese in the race to fill the West Virginia Senate seat left vacant by the death of former KKK member (and Democrat) Robert Byrd. And how did Manchin pull off this win? By posing as a damn Republican, complete with campaign TV ads showing him shooting a rifle and piercing a copy of the Cap and Trade bill with a well-aimed bullet. What a phony.
- I hoped that Tom Tancredo could pull off an unlikely win in Colorado, and take that state's governorship. Perhaps if the hopeless loser of a Republican, Dan Maes, had been a man and stepped down when his support got down to around 10%, it might have been a more competitive race.
- My home state of California is screwed. Barbara "Don't call me Ma'am" Boxer was reelected to another 6-year term as Senator, defeating squishy Republican Carly Fiorina. Meanwhile, Jerry Brown was brought out of deep freeze to once again become our governor after leaving office after two terms in 1983. God save the Heathen: Jerry Brown is going to be our governor yet again. He ran this state into the ground the first time around, and I don't see any change in his ways that would reassure me that he won't run it into the ground some more this time around. Brown's challenger, Republican Meg Whitman, will probably thank her lucky stars that she lost. California is headed for an inevitable fall; how appropriate would it be that the fall will happen with none other than Jerry Brown at the helm when it happens.
- California Proposition 23 failed. Prop 23 aimed to stop implementation of AB32 until our state's unemployment dropped below 5.5%. AB32 is California's "global warming" law that mandates this state to cut its carbon emissions to below 1990 levels. The law is a job killer in an already economically depressed state. Now, nothing will stop AB32 from becoming reality, and Jerry Brown, who is a member in good standing of the Church of Global Warming, will be only too happy to enforce AB32's mandates.
- California Proposition 25 passed. Gone is the two-thirds majority vote that is needed to pass a budget. Now, a simple majority vote will suffice. While it sucked that our state's budget was late every year, at least this two-thirds requirement kept the statist beast at bay. Now, there is nothing to stop the excesses of California's heavily Democrat-dominated state legislature from ramming through budgets that our loon of a governor, Moonbeam Jerry Brown, will be only too happy to sign.
Bottom line on this night: It was a good night for the country, but California is royally screwed.
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson