There can be no doubt that President Obama has been working overtime to move America to the Far Left in rapid order and this election is America's way of sending him a message. Stop spending, stop over-regulating and listen to the people, not just special interests. Will the President respond to this by pulling a Bill Clinton? Will he adjust his approach and find a way to move toward the center? Unfortunately, I doubt it as his arrogance and ideological leanings seem to be locked in concrete.
There are also concerns about the new Senate leadership as well as the continuing management of the House since both Mitch McConnell and John Boehner seem to have a strong penchant for the Chamber of Commerce as opposed to the party base which provided this victory. I will write an open letter to McConnell tomorrow which I hope most of you will read. I will leave my concerns for that since today is a day to relax a bit, analyze things in more detail and, frankly, enjoy the result.
There are a few really exciting things that happened above and beyond capturing the Senate. Several of the fresh new faces in the Senate offer potential for greatness with a conservative direction. There were also some great and welcome surprises in Governor's races as well.
In the Senate, three newcomers elected to serve in Washington for the first time really have my attention. Two of them, Tom Cotton or Arkansas and Joni Ernst of Iowa, are former military and offer a welcome support to our besieged service members. They also offer a solid, but calm, voice to Conservatism from a common sense perspective. The third, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, brings great experience in education turnaround which offers a skillset needed in Washington. I think these three in particular will be a great addition to the Conservative wing of the party which continues to grow despite Establishment interference.
And then there are the surprise gubernatorial upsets with Republicans winning in three Deep Blue states. New governors include Republicans in Illinois (Bruce Rauner), Larry Hogan (Maryland) and Charlie Baker (Massachusetts). This gives Republicans a net pick up of three and an increase of all important gubernatorial slots in the country.
So I think it was a good night but I also think that it will now be critically important for the base as well as concerned citizens of all stripes to vow to pay attention and let their representatives know what they expect and vow to hold them to their word. What an amazing concept; expecting people to do what they say they will do. Honesty and integrity will go a long way to curing what ails us. If the President wants to meet in the middle, talk with him; if he instead wants to talk big and continue his bullying ways, use the power of the purse and the constitutional provisions that are in place to stop him. But whatever you do, follow the Reagan principle of "trust but verify". Never trust Obama to be true to his word; he has violated that way to many times. And get ready for we have big issues that won't go away and they will be front and center again as early as today.
We'll "talk" some more tomorrow. God bless America.