I stood in the hallway of the Radnor Hotel as Joe Sestak prepared to take the stage for his concession speech. His wife was with him and their daughter stood holding her father’s hand, tears remaining on her young cheeks. Richard Sestak told me “we’ll get them next time.” I fully expect that to mean the Admiral and Pat Toomey will square off once more in 2016.
It was the narrowest of margins on a day when a red wave engulfed the nation as the reins of Congress changed hands. Five Congressional seats in our state flipped to the GOP along with control of the State House and the Governor’s Mansion. Dan Onorato never was able to connect with voters absent much of a personality. Todd Eachus, Democratic Majority Leader went down in flames in Luzerne County. I never had much love for him as he blocked a whole stream of progressive legislation in Harrisburg. John Perzel, former House Speaker also went down to defeat in one of the few House races which flipped to Dems.
As I said last night it was a bloodbath. It was also a good night for crooked Republicans. Jane Orie, under indictment, won re-election to the State Senate, Tom Marino palled around with a reputed mob figure as U.S. Attorney, lied about his involvement, got caught lying about it and was then elected to Congress. Rick Scott, he of the huge Medicare fraud conviction, is the next Governor of Florida.
The Congressional Republicans now have no excuse for obstructing everything. Unfortunately dreams of subpoenas were dancing in their heads all last night. Expect Congressional hearings on President Obama’s citizenship and all the other insane conspiracy theories Fox News has been promoting continuously.
Americans are morons. 95% of them got a tax cut. Jobs turned around from losing 750,000/month under Republicans to gaining 60,000/month under Obama. George W Bush and his Congressional allies in the GOP put us $6 trillion in debt in only 8 years but voters put them back in power to screw things up more. Bush’s tax cuts cost 8 million jobs and Republicans voted against EVERY jobs bill in the last Congress but Americans think they’re going to correct this? Insane.
I don’t blame Republicans however. Liberals and progressives stayed home in droves and allowed the GOP and their Tea Party allies to win. Now you get the government you deserve. The Democratic Party now gets to look in its mirror and see what it looks like without its left wing. You should be careful what you wish for.
Congressional Republicans obstructed every single bill. They filibustered everything in the Senate. What did get accomplished, which was much, was all watered down to get one or two Republican votes. What was needed was for Dems to respond and seize one or two more Senate seats and keep the House. Progressives decided Obama had screwed them, and he did, mightily and sent a message which, again, has been missed. Instead all the pundits are claiming the President needs to move to the center. news flash: that didn’t work the last two years so why do you think it will now? He tried working with the GOP for two years and they refused to respond. Why start now? No, what the President has to learn is to do what Bush did: shore up his base. Without his base he’s powerless and a one termer. Obama must begin being who he advertised himself to be in 2008. He must court his base once again or the next two years will be torture for the nation.
Liberals caused this mess by refusing to vote for two years and now they have caused a colossal mess. Don’t come complaining to me, if you didn’t vote you don’t have that right.