Thursday, November 04, 2010

Where It Counts ! Part II

A few important additions to oue "elections have consequences" screed.

(1) The Republicans now control more than half the state legislatures (both houses) that will do the redistricting of congressional seats. They have governors in most of those states. Even in New York, Republicans take control of the state senate.

(2) Lamar Smith, a Tevas Congressman, will chair the House Judiciary Committee, and has already warned the Obama executive departments to cease and desist shredding any documents.

(3) Darrell Issa, the California bulldog congressman who has Attorney General Eric Holder in his crosshairs, will not now be so easily rebuffed, and he and Smith may be able to get their Special Prosecutor whether anyone else likes it or not.

But the 61 House seats and six senators "tsunami" pales in importance and impact on the future when measured against the tumult that wuill result from the takeover of statehouses by the G.O.P.

For a lengthy, detailed appraisal, we are indebted to The Fix at WaPo. Here is the web address to copy-and-paste:

No one can predict what will be the short term effect on our lives and our nation of the blowout revolution by awakened patriots all over the USA. But the grand design of the collectivist "progressives" riding a ghostlike Flim-Flam Huckster to a dilution of free speech, free assembly, free political expression and freedom of personal Spiritual values---has been halted in its tracks.

All of America---or almost all--- has joined the late William F.(Bill) Buckley in standing spraddle-legged athwart the face-path of "history" and announcing "STOP" in our time.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Where it Counts !

This corner will have two very brief comments on the political upheaval of Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2010:

(1) The changes, as all good ones are in a Free Republic, are People-Driven, local and not sleazily procured.

(2) While predicted here in this unpretentious corner of the Blogosphere, the tumult was greater and will be more far reaching than we can now see.

John F. Kennedy's maternal grandfather, "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald famously (and ungramatically) said: "All politics is local !"

No election season ever placed a surer seal on that averral than this past one.

If you note, in many places where well entrenched Democrat machines and habitual shenannigans at the site of the ballot are legend, congressional districts went Republican, because the concentration of the "people's will" was stronger and more focused and undiluted as it tends to be in a statewide election.

Only in the election of John Kasich to the governor's chair in Ohio was the outpouring fierce enough to shake the three large Democrat cities' stranglehold.

And, yes, in Illinois, Obama;'s seat went to a repubicanl Paul Kirk. But that was due to the uprising of the midstate and downstate Illinois conservatives who made a massive turnout for this midterm election. They usually do not.

Four black Tea Party candidates took congressional seats as Republicans. John Dingell, the oldest; longest- serving congressmanlost his Michigan seat to a young Tea Party upstart.

Finally, translating the groundswell of frustration with the Democrat admnistration's contemptuous disregard for mail, telephone, fax, wire and email pleas, voters in at least two states took it out on everybody on the ballot.

There is a very treasured confidante I have in Maine who told me: "We do not have a shot at Olympia Snowe or Susan Collins this year, but we are sending Paul LePage to clean out the statehouse. You watch and see""

And, sure enough, little-heralded, Governor-elect LePage of Maine was the last race called. And, the whole atate went Replublican.

Finally, there is Wisconsin, that basiopn of Politial Correctness and frivolity spewing from the sewer of Madison's univerity trappings.

Russ Feingold was defeated as senator, and the governorship, the statehouse assemly and offices ALL were captured by Republicans.

Which probably flows from the healthy way the population of the state is scattered in a lot of amall cities the size of LaCrosse, Racine, Green Bay, Superior, Black River Falls and like that. Milwaukee (with amall town character) and uppity elitist Madison have no real political pretensions.

No...The bigtime manipulators who pull in union thugs to crash the voting machines, and "lose" ballots conveniently (as in Minneapolis & St. Paul Minnesota), and the intimidating gangs cannot rule Wisconsin's people.

Or many other places in America when people refuse to sit down and shut up like a weary blue-haird spinster.