Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Can You Hear Us Now?

A political earthquake has occurred: from Virginia, to New Jersey, to Maine, to California, to Nassau County, New York, a new political landscape has emerged and it sends a huge warning to the Obama administration and to the Democrat majority in Congress: slow down and reverse course.  The voters have spoken and don't like what they have seen after 10 months of Obama: soaring debt, government take-overs, continual bail-outs, and a failure to listen.  Well, can you hear us now?

"Independents who swept Barack Obama to a historic 2008 victory broke big for Republicans on Tuesday as the GOP wrested political control from Democrats in Virginia and New Jersey, a troubling sign for the president and his party heading into an important midterm election year.

Conservative Republican Bob McDonnell's victory in the Virginia governor's race over Democrat R. Creigh Deeds and moderate Republican Chris Christie's ouster of unpopular New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine was a double-barreled triumph for a party looking to rebuild after being booted from power in national elections in 2006 and 2008.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Maine voters rejected a state law that would allow same-sex couples to wed. If supporters had prevailed, it would have marked the first time that the electorate in any state endorsed gay marriage."

Read it all here.

And I sure didn't see this one in my own backyard (Nassau County, NY), where the popular (?) two-term Democrat incumbent is right now ahead by just a couple of hundred votes and the Democrats have lost control of the legislature for the first time in 10 years. Read about that here.

Even one of California's bluest of blue districts provided an interesting night for the GOP.

More here.

Of course, the Democrats can claim a huge victory in the NY 23rd CD where Conservative Party standard bearer Doug Hoffman ultimately did not prevail - at least that's how the ever reliable AP spins it for the Democrats.  But if that's all they've got, it ain't much; I'll take it.

And finally, the ever terrific Instapundit weighs in here and analyzes the Obama effect and the fact that yesterday's election spells the end of his brand of political "magic":

"In fact, the elections underscored Obama’s political weakness just one year after his triumphant victory over Republican moderate John McCain.

The Obama invincibility that was so much in evidence then seems to have lost its power. People can argue the reasons why these elections, all in places Obama carried handily, were so close. But if he were the political marvel he was thought to be, these races wouldn’t have been contests, but walkovers. So one consequence of this Election Day is the end of his special political magic."

In all, a very good night for those of us who believe in liberty and truth.

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