See those blue specks on the map? Those are the so-called “majority of Americans” who have been dictating our lives for the last 2 years (actually, more like 8 years since the Dems took control of the House in 2006) I wonder, now they can see the actual numbers, if it’s taken a little wind out of their claim to be representing us. It also makes me laugh when I think about John Stewart looking at that map. Thanks for the tip, John, we’ve now restored sanity.
It was a good night for us last night. But, for me, it was expected. It’s a little harder for those of us in IL to get into party mode because around here, things look pretty much the same. We picked up a bunch of new conservatives in the general assembly, but not enough to unseat Mike Madigan as speaker. The guy has been the speaker here since 1860. It’s enough already. I am pretty dissappointed in my state. Mark Kirk is a Cocktail Party Republican and his win only serves to give us another “R” in the senate. He isn’t going to vote our way. But in his case, we didn’t have a viable alternative. Then we have the governors race that is down to the wire, just as the Democrats planned, and there are thousands of absentee ballots that haven’t been counted and are sitting (presumably unguarded) in the Cook County Clerk’s office and for unknown reasons won’t be counted until tomorrow at the earliest. Then we have the missing military ballots and everyone has forgotten about the ballots from the jail. I wonder where those went? (Straight for Quinn I’m sure). This state’s election process is so convoluted, so crooked, it ought to be burned to the ground. Quinn is trying very hard to steal this election from Brady. Someone explain to me how there are still, at 10:30 am, precincts that haven’t reported their numbers? Watch carefully people. This is how you steal an election, Chicago style. I’m expected to believe that IL voters voted in mass for Republican Kirk, and tons of Republicans all over the state…but are electing to keep the hated, Blagojevich-Quinn? No way. This is rigged. Stay tuned on that.
Today, the chorus will be that the Tea Party was stupid for nominating Christine O’Donnell. I’m listening to Bill O’Reilly right now railing against the stupidity of the idea of “purity of thought” in the Tea Party. I totally disagree. None of us believe everything the next person believes. But we all agree on smaller government and lower taxes. That’s what’s been driving this movement. Mike Castle was a big government guy. The voters said no to him. No one is surprised O’Donnell lost, disappointed sure, not surprised. DE is a blue state. That’s the only reason Castle did well there…he was a Democrat (wearing an R after his name). Conservatives made their voice heard in DE and it said, “We won’t compromise our principles to be a number in the Senate.” I like that. It means they’re going to work hard and come back. Conservatives need to draw a line of distinction between us and the Democrats. Mike Castle sat on that line too many times. No one on our side thought this would be a quick victory. Much like the War on Terror, this battle is going to last long into the future (forever, actually, because we’ve learned if you’re not actively fighting statists, you’ll lose your country!) We have to beat the statists back so far, it will take them 100 years to recover. That isn’t going to happen in one midterm election.
That brings me to Harry Reid. Ugh. Seriously, Nevada? You want Harry Reid? I do think that voter fraud played a part in that race. It’s too fishy that the machines were reported already checked for Reid, serviced by SEIU and presided over by Reid’s son. There is no such thing as a coincidence.
Barney Frank. Ugh. Seriously, Massachusetts? Oh, what am I saying? It’s Massachusetts. Tea Partiers, you have work to do there. How is it a guy with a prostitution ring in his apartment gets to stay in office? (Yes, trolls, it happened in the 80s. Doesn’t matter, it’s true. That he survived it shows me everything I need to know about Democrats.)
There were many great wins though. Rubio, Haley, Kinzinger, Noem…some terrific, rock-ribbed conservatives are now in position to take the rest of the Cocktail Party GOP solidly to the right. Marco Rubio said it best. This is not a Republican win. It’s a second chance for the Republican Party. And I would add, blow it at your peril. We held the Republican Party together this time, but we won’t be able to stop the third party next time.
The Democrat line today is “it could have been worse.” Well that’s true, but don’t worry Dems, it will get worse. There’s the White House you’re going to lose in 2012.
Here’s a good link for results if you’re interested. HERE
I want to leave you for now with the best speech of the night. Marco Rubio, the new Senator from FL and if you hear what I hear, a future president of the United States.