Have you seen that electoral map? That is one scary sea of red. In actuality, not many House seats changed hands and the ones that are still in dispute this morning are mostly leaning D. This is what unlimited money will buy you – a lot of red.
And yet, this is a promising sign. Demographically, the Republicans have seen their high water mark and are now looking at an ebb tide. With all the money they threw at this election, this is the best they could do. Even the most carefully crafted legislative districts and poorly educated electorate probably won’t help them next time.
The bright spots last night happened in the Senate with the election of Elizabeth Warren and Tammy Baldwin. It looks like North Dakota will send Heidi Heitkamp to the Senate, bring the total number of women in the senate to 19%. It’s a shame we couldn’t hit 20% but I’ll take what I can get. Massachusetts has never had a female senator so this is a step in the right direction. I wonder if the Democrats couldn’t have won other races if they had run more female candidates.
As for the top spot, well, we were going to get Pete or RePete. It’s hard to tell which is which. I didn’t have a dog in that fight. But it looks like Obama lost a lot of popular support this year, about 10 million people’s worth of popular vote.
The Democrats will incorrectly assume that Americans want more Republican policies. I don’t think that’s what they want. I think they want more forceful Democrats who can cut through all the messaging money can buy. That’s going to be important going forward because the Republican base is going to start to die off in increasing numbers. Democrats and new parties must be ready to go on the attack. Why not start now? There is absolutely no reason for Democrats in the House or Senate to yield a nanometer on any kind of “reform” of the social safety net. The Republicans are stuck. This House can ram through any stupid thing it wants. It doesn’t have to go anywhere.
Now would be a good time for the left to get the band back together for 2014.