Following a tidal wave of Republican victories, Democrats were deeply immersed in a morning after of blame and denial. A host of pollsters, pundits and media know-it-alls had assured anyone who would listen that scientific research strongly indicated election results would send Republicans packing, or at the very least, confine them to quarters. Instead, Democrats were the ones sent packing.
In the morning-after Republican euphoria, the same pollsters, pundits and media know-it-alls concocted a witch’s brew of excuses and denials to explain why Democrats lost and how Republicans didn’t actually win. And, almost without exception, the witch’s brew was followed by an aphrodisiacal prediction that things will be different next election cycle.
Unquestionably, the nation will be far better off with a Senate controlled by Republicans. Political preferences aside, the Democrat-controlled Senate has blatantly failed to do its job, and in so doing, has failed the nation’s citizens. Under Democrat control, the Senate failed to pass a budget for four years, and has refused to consider over 300 bills passed by the House.
While many of the Senate’s recent machinations fall under the umbrella of “business as usual,” voters are clearly fed up with “business as usual.” They’re also fed up with the Obama Administration’s incompetence, corruption, and arrogance. Yet Democrats largely deny the obvious, preferring instead to cite lame excuses for the Republican surge at the polls.
Obama himself is leading the charge into the valley of denial. One claim is that Democrat candidates who lost did so because they distanced themselves from his administration. In counter-point, Democrat candidates are laying blame for their losses at Obama’s feet. According to a report in The Hill, “Democrats dismayed with the loss of the Senate are pointing the finger squarely at President Obama.In race after race across the country, vulnerable Democrats were unable to shed the shadow of a deeply unpopular White House.” And certainly, racial bias is another factor cited by liberals in their explanation of their failures at the polls. This in spite of the fact that Mia Love became the first black, female Republican elected to Congress.
Love’s comment during a post-election interview put the essence of this election in perspective. She stated, “I wasn’t elected because of the color of my skin. I wasn’t elected because of my gender. I was elected because of the solutions that I put at the table because I promised I would run a positive issues-oriented campaign and that’s what resonated.”
Democrats certainly don’t have the exclusive on prejudice, bigotry and ignorance, yet the racist theme that pervades their campaign rhetoric is essentially absent from the Republican message. As Love states, she wasn’t elected because of her race or gender and as the returns demonstrate, neither was she denied election because of her race or gender. Voters simply saw her for what she is- the best candidate.
Now it is up to all the Republican candidates who were elected, regardless of their race or gender, to bring positive change to Washington. That will be accomplished best, and most expeditiously, not by crowing about victory, not by feuding with the opposition, not by debating Obama’s follies, but by actively promoting and enacting legislation that rights wrongs and delivers the results the electorate demanded through its vote for Republican candidates.
If Republicans get it right, the stark contrast with the Democrat wrong of the past six years will keep the conservative agenda alive and strong for years to come. If they drop the ball by bickering, feuding and ignoring public sentiment, Obamacrats will return. With a vengeance.