For some, Election Night 2010 wasn’t the tsunami that conservatives were hoping for. But it was certainly not a good night for the Obama administration and their agenda. Let’s discuss some of the highs and lows of this historic election.
The Sunshine State Goes Deep Red
It’s difficult for anyone to discount the meteoric rise of Marco Rubio. Early on, it seemed he would lose in the primary to then-popular governor Charlie Crist. But before the primary election, Rubio surged in the polls from a double-digit deficit to a double-digit lead, forcing Crist to run as an Independent to salvage his political career. But on November 2nd, Rubio won handily, close to the 50% mark, defeating both Crist and Democrat Kendrick Meek.
In Florida’s 8th U.S. Congressional district, Daniel Webster was able to annihilate the despicable Alan Grayson by 18 points. Grayson had received bipartisan criticism for a television ad that mischaracterized Webster and referred to him as “Taliban Dan.” Lt. Col. Allen West, an African American Republican, won an 8 point victory over his Democratic opponent in District 22. Republican Rick Scott also prevailed over Alex Sink. All of these results indicate that an Obama victory in Florida will be much more difficult than in 2008.
The Spectre of Specter has vanished
In Pennsylvania, Republican Pat Toomey narrowly defeated Democrat Joe Sestak. Arlen Specter, who switched parties from Republican to Democrat just last year in order to avoid an inevitable defeat in the GOP primary, lost his own primary challenge in the Democratic primary. So instead of a liberal Republican or an Obama-favored Democrat, Pennsylvanians will now have a fiscally conservative Republican in Specter’s seat.
Sharron Angle’s TEA party support was not enough to prevail over Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. In spite of holding a razor-thin lead in most polling, Angle managed to lose by 5 points. In my opinion, Angle was not as strong a candidate as Sue Lowden or Danny Tarkanian would have been. As successful as the TEA party was on Election night, Angle’s loss indicates a weakness in their nationwide support.
Red in the Bluegrass
Rand Paul’s victory in Kentucky shows that personal attack ads, like the one waged by Jack Conway, do not pay off. Paul, the son of U.S. Congressman Ron Paul, won a major victory for the TEA party in the Senate. This, combined with Marco Rubio’s victory, shows that the TEA party is still a powerful force in the country.
Mountain State is still Blue
Republicans couldn’t flip former klansman Robert Byrd’s Senate seat into their column. However, West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin had to literally shoot the cap-and-trade bill and polish his conservative credentials in order to capture the seat. Not even Sarah Palin and Ted Nugent could lift Republican John Raese to victory.
All Dems and No Pot in California
Carly Fiorina gave a significant challenge to Barbara Boxer in California, but was still unsuccessful. Some diehard conservatives were disenchanted with Fiorina, still favoring Chuck DeVore. Sarah Palin was even criticized for her endorsement of Fiorina over DeVore. However, it would be difficult for any Republican to match Boxer’s strength in the Golden State. And, to the disappointment of many cannabis fans, a measure to legalize the sale of marijuana failed.
Obama’s seat no more
Republican Mark Kirk prevailed in Illinois, gaining Obama’s coveted Senate seat, the one that Rod Blagojevich tried to sell. This is particularly embarrassing to the Obama administration for a few reasons. For one, Illinois is a traditionally blue state and the possibility of a Republican winning would normally be rather doubtful. But also, the symbolic victory of taking away the seat that Obama held during his ascension to the presidency is a deep wound to the Democratic party.
Bearded Marxist over Supposed Witch
The fears of Karl Rove were realized in Delaware, where Chris Coons cruised to victory over the TEA party favorite Christine O’Donnell. It appears that now Harry Reid’s pet will join Reid in the Senate. O’Donnell’s campaign was well-funded, but she faced too many distractions to gain enough ground over Coons.
While it wasn’t the perfect night that conservatives hoped for, it was still a very special night for America. Good, principled people are going to represent the values of the people who have been so long ignored. In my own district, Martha Roby won her challenge against blue dog Democrat Bobby Bright. In my state of Alabama, we now have a Republican state legislature for the first time in 136 years. Every major statewide race here was captured by the GOP which, believe it or not, is quite rare for us.
But as for the rest of the country, I am delighted to see people like Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Allen West, Martha Roby, Kristi Noem, Pat Toomey, Daniel Webster, Mark Kirk and many other great conservative Americans who will champion the causes of the Constitution, individual freedom, and fiscal responsibility. The Obama agenda is now running on empty. I just hope that those who have been elected will live up to their potential and will stand up for the principles they were elected to uphold. If they do not, they are no better than those they have replaced.Powered by Sidelines