Harry Reid’s comeback can be attributed to a strong campaign, feet on the ground, and Sharron Angle’s bizarre policy ideas, but more than anything else, he should be thanking Latino voters today. From America’s Voice Online:
Based on election eve polling of Latino voters by Latino Decisions, it is clear that Latino voters provided the margin of difference in a number of key races. Check out some of these interesting figures:
- In the Nevada Senate race, Harry Reid’s Latino margin over Sharron Angle was 90% – 8%. According to exit polls, Latino turnout was up from 12% of the electorate in the 2006 mid-terms to 15% in 2010.
- In the California Senate race, Barbara Boxer’s Latino margin over Carly Fiorina was 86% – 14%. Latino turnout was up from 19% of the electorate in 2006 to 22% of the electorate in 2010.
- In the Colorado Senate race, Michael Bennet’s Latino margin over Ken Buck was 81% – 19%. Latino turnout was up from 9% of the electorate in 2006 to 13% in 2010.
- In the California governor’s race, Jerry Brown’s Latino margin over Meg Whitman was 86% – 13%.
- In the Colorado governor’s race , John Hickenlooper’s Latino margin over Tom Tancredo and Dan Maes was 77% – 14% – 9%
Among all the calls for the President to be chastened and humble, this is probably a stronger message: Fight for Latinos, Democrats. Fight hard. Immigration reform, the DREAM Act, and jobs. Fight.
- Latino voters played key role in California races, other national contests, survey finds (latimesblogs.latimes.com)
- Did Hispanics Save Harry Reid? (newsweek.com)
- Gabe Gonzalez: Latino Voters Act as Firewall, Save Democrats from Disaster (huffingtonpost.com)
- Latino Voters Overwhelmingly Rejected Sharron Angle (littlegreenfootballs.com)
By the time John Boehner took the podium at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC, the stage was set for the Republican restoration. The major networks had called a GOP takeover of the House hours earlier—with even more freshmen than came to Capitol Hill during Newt Gingrich’s 1994 revolution. But amid the jubilant shouts from the crowd—”I love you!” “That’s my boy”! “USA! USA! USA!”—the future House majority leader attempted to send the message that his supporters needed to sober up for a moment.
“This is not a time for celebration…not when we have buried our children under a mountain of debt,” Boehner said as the crowd cheered and held up cell phone cameras. He repeated the “get serious” mantra moments later: “Let’s start right now by recognizing this is not a time for celebration. This is a time to roll up our sleeves and go to work.”
Even before Election Day, the National Republican Campaign Committee insisted that it wasn’t going to be popping campaign corks on Tuesday night. The Grand Hyatt event “is not a ‘party’—even if voters remove Democrats from power, you don’t celebrate at a time when one in 10 Americans are out of work,” a NRCC spokesman said last week.
Our President appears to have had a rude awakening on the day after…
We were in such a hurry to get things done, that we didn’t change how things were done.
President Barack Obama took the Democratic Party’s midterm election drubbing in stride during a press conference on Wednesday, insisting that the message sent was not dissatisfaction or contentment with either political party but frustration over the state of the economy.
“It feels bad,” he admitted, when asked about the GOP landslide.
The president took “direct responsibility” for the fact that “people across America aren’t feeling” economic progress. And he pledged to push forward with a legislative agenda that would alleviate their concerns.
But the defining feature of his remarks was his re-commitment to the notions of post-partisan dialogue, collaboration and what he called “civility.”
“No one party will be able to dictate where we go from here. We must find common ground in order to make progress on some uncommonly difficult challenges,” Obama said. “I do believe there is hope for civility. I do believe there is hope for progress and that’s because I believe in the resiliency of a nation that has bounced back from much worse than what it is going through right now.”
It was the type of rhetorical touch that defined Obama’s presidential campaign as well as his first two years in office. It’s also a posture that has been resoundingly rejected by the Republican Party, which ran successfully on straight opposition to the president’s agenda.
For those watching, the words seemed to ring a bit hollow. Even the president himself seemed skeptical about the practicality of his pledge. Continue reading…
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With the Republicans almost certain to take over the House of Representatives, some left-of-center opinion media outlets are gravely concerned about the future of their country. Case in point: MSNBC’s Ed Schultz, who used the occasion to ask the soon-to-be House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) if he would pledge to take impeachment of President Obama “off the table.” Of course, Mr. Boehner was not present for this comment, and Mr. Schultz was making news in his own inimitable way. But an interesting question was asked, nonetheless.
As we reported earlier last month, the most recent issue of The New Republic features an article by Senior Editor Jonathan Chait that suggested a Republican controlled House will most certainly try to impeach President Obama, regardless if the future offense merits such action or not.
Mr. Schultz must have had that article in mind when he made the following impassioned plea:
Four years ago, in the midst of an avalanche of criticism of the Bush administration, Nancy Pelosi took impeachment off the table. I want to ask Mr. Boehner tonight, are you going to take impeachment off the table? Or are we going to go down this road of divide, are we going to go down this road of investigations?
Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks rants about the election results. He is quite passionate about what just happened to the Democratic Party.
MSNBC Election Coverage w/ CHRIS MATTHEWS – Nov. 2, 2010: Matthews asks Bachmann about her previous comments about investigating Democratic members of Congress by media for “un-American attitudes.” She refuses to answer the question multiple times and Matthews says: “Are you hypnotized tonight? Has someone hypnotized you? Because no matter what I ask you, you give the same answer. Are you hypnotized? Has someone put you under a trance tonight, that you give me the same answer no matter what question I put to you.”
Eugene Robinson cannot keep from cracking up.
The good news in a sea of bad news is that Sharron Angle (Nevada) and Christine McDonnell (Delaware) were defeated. Barney Frank (Mass) held on by a thread. Unfortunately, two true fighters for the Dems did not survive the GOP wave, Russ Feingold (Wisconsin) and Alan Grayson (Florida).
Key races in the 50 states:
ALABAMA – Republican Sen. Richard Shelby cruised to a fifth term in heavily Republican state. Republican Robert Bentley elected in gubernatorial race
ALASKA – Sen. Lisa Murkowski in unpredictable write-in campaign after losing GOP primary in tea party revolt. Republican Sean Parnell wins for governor.
ARIZONA – Sen. John McCain coasted to fifth term after tough GOP primary. Gov. Jan Brewer won re-election. At least two House Democrats turned out of office.
ARKANSAS – Two-term Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln lost to Rep. John Boozman. GOP picked up two seats.
CALIFORNIA – Former Gov. Jerry Brown defeated Republican Meg Whitman. Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer defeated Carly Fiorina.
COLORADO – Sen. Michael Bennet and tea party-backed Republican Ken Buck in close race. Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, elected governor. GOP picked up at least one House seat.
CONNECTICUT – Competitive governor’s race between Democrat Dan Malloy and Republican Tom Foley. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal defeated GOP candidate Linda McMahon for Senate.
DELAWARE – GOP candidate Christine O’Donnell never got traction in Senate race, and lost to Democrat Chris Coons. Democrats capitalized on rare pickup opportunity in House with John Carney’s victory.
FLORIDA – Marco Rubio coasted to Senate win for GOP. Democrat Alex Sink and Republican Rick Scott in fierce governor’s race. GOP picked up four House seats.
GEORGIA – Republicans won governor’s race (former Rep. Nathan Deal) and Senate race (Johnny Isakson), and knocked off at least one House Democrat.
HAWAII – Neil Abercrombie regained the governorship for Democrats. Eight-term Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye won another won another term.
IDAHO – Republican C.L. “Butch” Otter re-elected governor. Republican Sen. Mike Crapo cruised to re-election in Senate.
ILLINOIS – Republicans won Senate seat and picked up three House seats in Obama’s home state, while making play for governor. Real race is 2011 Chicago mayoral election.
INDIANA – Former GOP Sen. Dan Coats won election. Republicans pick up two seats from Democrats.
IOWA – Former Gov. Terry Branstad defeated Democratic Gov. Chet Culver. Republican Sen. Charles Grassley coasted to new term.
KANSAS – Republican Sen. Sam Brownback won governor’s race. GOP Rep. Jerry Moran won Senate seat. Republicans also won an all four House seats, including open seat held by a retiring Democrat.
KENTUCKY – Tea party favorite Rand Paul won Senate race.
LOUISIANA – GOP David Vitter won re-election, after saying wife, family, God and voters forgive him in sex scandal. GOP Rep. Joseph Cao lost re-election bid, but Republicans won open Democratic House seat.
MAINE – Tea party favorite Paul LePage was in a competitive governor’s race.
MARYLAND – Gov. Martin O’Malley won re-election after stiff challenge from ex-Gov. Bob Ehrlich. Sen. Barbara Mikulski won fifth term. Democratic Rep. Frank Kratovil lost re-election bid.
MASSACHUSETTS – Gov. Deval Patrick won re-election in Democratic-leaning state. Rep. Barney Frank won re-election in tougher-than-expected campaign, and Democrats kept an open Democratic House seat.
MICHIGAN – Rick Snyder won governor’s race, returning office to GOP hands. Republicans win three open seats.
MINNESOTA – Former Democratic Sen. Mark Dayton making bid for governor.
MISSISSIPPI – Republicans defeated Democratic Reps. Travis Childers and Gene Taylor in GOP-leaning state.
MISSOURI – GOP Rep. Roy Blunt coasted to Senate victory. Veteran Democratic Rep. Ike Skelton lost bid for new term.
MONTANA – GOP Rep. Dennis Rehberg coasted to new term in possible tune-up for 2012 Senate race.
NEBRASKA – GOP Gov. Dave Heineman won new term in heavily Republican state.
NEVADA – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid won hotly contested re-election race in state with 14.4 percent joblessness.
NEW HAMPSHIRE – Democratic Gov. John Lynch won fourth term. Republican Kelly Ayotte won Senate race in first run for office. Democrats lost two House seats.
NEW JERSEY – GOP knocked off Rep. John Adler in state where Democrats lost governor’s office a year ago in early sign of voter anger.
NEW MEXICO_ GOP prosecutor Susana Martinez won governor’s race against Diane Denish. GOP picked up one Democratic House seat.
NEW YORK – Democrat Andrew Cuomo won governor’s race. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand won re-election to Senate from Democratic state. GOP claimed vacant House seat, and picked up four other seats from incumbent Democrats.
NORTH CAROLINA – GOP Sen. Richard Burr cruised to re-election. Republicans picked up Democratic seat.
NORTH DAKOTA – GOP Gov. John Hoeven won Senate seat now held by retiring Democrat. Veteran Democratic Rep. Earl Pomeroy lost re-election.
OHIO – Former GOP Rep. John Kasich defeated Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland; Rob Portman won Senate seat for GOP. Five Democratic U.S. House members were ousted by Republican challengers.
OKLAHOMA – GOP Rep. Mary Fallin won governor’s race while Tom Coburn coasted to re-election to Senate.
OREGON – Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden won re-election. Ex-Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber and ex-pro basketballer Chris Dudley in close gubernatorial race.
PENNSYLVANIA – GOP wins races for Senate and governor in classic swing state. Republicans take control of congressional delegation for first time since 2006.
RHODE ISLAND – Republican-turned-independent Lincoln Chafee won governorship his father once held.
SOUTH CAROLINA – Tea party favorite Nikki Haley won gubernatorial race. GOP Sen. Jim DeMint coasted to victory. Veteran Democratic Rep. John Spratt lost re-election.
SOUTH DAKOTA – GOP Sen. John Thune won re-election. Prelude to presidential race? Democratic Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin lost re-election bid.
TENNESSEE – Republican Bill Haslam picks up governor’s seat for Republicans. GOP takes three Democratic seats.
TEXAS – GOP Gov. Rick Perry defeated Bill White for new term. Democratic Rep. Chet Edwards lost re-election bid.
UTAH – Republican Mike Lee won Senate race after tea party jettisoned GOP Sen. Bob Bennett last spring. GOP Gov. Gary Herbert won new term.
VERMONT – Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy won six more years in seat he first won in 1974. Tight governor’s race.
VIRGINIA – Republicans knocked off three Democratic House members, including Tom Perriello, whom Obama campaigned for late in the race.
WASHINGTON – Three-term Democratic Sen. Patty Murray leading in Democratic-leaning state against Republican Dino Rossi. GOP won open House Democratic seat.
WEST VIRGINIA – Gov. Joe Manchin defeated Republican John Raese to fill out the term of the late Sen. Robert Byrd.
WISCONSIN – Three-term Democratic Sen. Russell Feingold lost race to Republican challenger Ron Johnson. GOP won governor’s race. Republicans defeated Democratic Rep. Steve Kagen, and GOP won an open Democratic seat, giving Republicans a majority of delegation for first time in 14 years.
WYOMING – Governor’s office returned to Republican control with two-term Democrat retiring.