Faria: Conservative Tidal Wave -- 2010 Election Recap!

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Friday, September 10, 2010

With the 2010 mid-term election behind us, we can safely say that another political tsunami swept the nation. This time the GOP ascendancy exceeded that achieved in 1994, when the Republican Party, led by the then Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, picked up 54 seats in that legislative chamber.

In 2010, the Republicans needed to attain 218 seats in the House of Representatives to reach a majority. As I write this article seven days after the election (Nov. 9), the Republicans have won a majority with 240 seats and the Democrats are down to 188 seats. Seven seats are apparently still undecided. The House Democrats dropped from 255 to 188 seats. The GOP rose in strength from 178 to 240 seats.

It is worth remembering the triumphant scene on election night: House Republican leader John Boehner (R-OH) choking with emotion addressed a GOP crowd and said, "The American people are the big winners...Across the country right now we are witnessing a repudiation of Washington, a repudiation of big government, and a repudiation of politicians who refused to listen to the American people." That Tuesday night, November 2, 2010, Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), also described the GOP victories as a rejection of out-of-control spending and big government.

In the Senate, the Republicans gained 6 seats from the Democrats, but the count is not yet over, and there is still one contested race that remains undecided. Be that as it may, the Democrats lucked out in that chamber and will retain control of the Senate. The Democrats were saved by the U.S. Constitution, which provides that only 1/3 of the Senate will be up for reelection every 2 years. If the entire Senate had been up for reelection in the same fashion as the House of Representatives, it is very probable, almost certain, that the Democrats would have been deprived of as many as 18 seats and thus would have lost control of the Senate.

In the august body of the U.S. Senate, the Democrats went from 59 seats down to 53; the GOP from 41 up to 46 seats. In Alaska, the results are not in yet, and its Senate seat is the one that still remains undecided. Republican candidate Joe Miller, who was supported by Sarah Palin, has received 34 percent of the vote; Democrat Scott McAdams conceded with 24 percent; and 41 percent of ballots were for write-in candidates, most of them going, presumably, to former Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski. The moderate politician Murkowski had lost to Miller in the Republican Primary, but refused to quit the contest and ran as an Independent in the general election.

GOP Senate victories included U.S. Representative Mark Kirk, who won a hard fought race in Illinois winning both a solid contest as well as a symbolic victory, taking as a prize the U.S. Senate seat formerly occupied by President Barack Obama.

In Pennsylvania, conservative Representative Pat Toomey defeated his Democrat opponent, taking over the seat vacated by party-switcher, Senator Arlen Specter.

In Wisconsin, Tea Party candidate Ron Johnson defeated three-term Senator Ross Feingold, co-author of the ill-fated McCain-Feingold campaign finance legislation (aka the "anti-free speech, incumbency protection law").

In Arkansas, GOP Representative John Boozman drubbed Democrat incumbent, two-term Senator Blanche Lincoln, who had supported President Obama's stimulus package and health care overhaul legislation.

In Indiana, former Senator Dan Coats defeated his Democrat opponent scoring the first GOP pickup election night and regaining for the Republicans the seat of retiring Senator Evan Bayh.

Democrat Harry Reid retained his seat in Nevada, overcoming the strong challenge by Tea Party supported candidate, Sharron Angle, a feisty former educator, state legislator, and businesswoman. Likewise, in California, Senator Barbara Boxer, survived a challenge from Representative Carly Fiorina, a former Hewlett Packard executive. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) had very close reelection bids and only won by the skin of their teeth, despite their seniority, their leadership positions, and the alleged "weaknesses" of their opponents.

The Democrats also held onto three open seats that had long been held by Democrats in West Virginia, Delaware, and Connecticut. Democrat newcomers in those states defeated their Republican counterparts and held onto the seats once occupied by such Democrat heavyweights as Robert Byrd, Joe Biden, and Chris Dodd.

The open seats in Florida, Utah, Kansas, Missouri, New Hampshire, Kentucky, and Ohio, which were held by Republicans, remained in the GOP with strong Sarah Palin and Tea Party support. The big winner in those states were: Marco Rubio, Mike Lee (who gained the senate seat of ousted moderate Republican Bob Bennett, who had held the seat for 18 years), Jerry Moran, Roy Blunt, Kelly Ayotte, Rand Paul, and Rob Portman, respectively. No Senate seats held by the GOP were lost to the Democrats.

In Colorado, Representative Ken Buck fought a hard battle against Democrat incumbent Michael Bennett, but lost in his strong challenge. In Washington, likewise, Dino Rossi locked horns with Democrat incumbent Patty Murray, but when the final tally came in he had also lost his bid.

A word about the U.S. Governor races is in order: Before the election there were 26 Democrat and 23 Republican governors, and one Independent. As I write this, two governor races are still undecided, but at least 8 states have switched to the Republicans. It now appears that there will be 18 Democrat and 29 Republicans governors standing, and one Independent. The only Democrat gains were in California, Ohio, and Vermont. What this means is that Republican governors will have a great influence in the redistricting of their respective states based on data of the 2010 census. This will improve the chances of augmenting GOP congressional delegations.

Of the so-called 54 Blue Dog Democrats, 24 won and 29 lost, including one seat in my own State of Georgia where Democrat Representative, Jim Marshall, lost to Republican Austin Scott. I was surprised when Sanford Bishop (narrowly) retained his seat, and John Barrow (with moderate opposition from an unknown Republican candidate) almost lost his.

The 112th House of Representatives, according to many media pundits, will be more partisan because of the loss of these moderate Blue Dog Democrats and the ascendancy of more conservative Tea Party Republicans. This will mean more of what the liberal media will call "gridlock," but also more importantly, less "across the aisle" consensus, which in so many instances has led us down the road of socialism in recent years.

In the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi will no longer be the Speaker come January 2011, but she will still represent her district in California. In her stead, it is very likely John Boehner of Ohio will be the new Speaker. In the Senate, Harry Reid will still be Majority Leader, and Vice President Joe Biden will be there to continue to cast a tie-breaking vote whenever the President needs it on the Senate floor. And in 2012, President Barack Obama will still have a good chance of reelection, particularly if the conservative Republican Congress does not do its job well---i.e., the U.S. House failing to exert the power of its majority, and the Senate failing to use its power of filibuster whenever the occasion demands it. And rest assured the Obama Democrat voters of 2008 will be out in full force come the 2012 presidential election!

The fire of enthusiasm lit by Sarah Palin and the Tea Party must remain ablaze so that the American middle class will not fall back to resume the slumber of former times. As Florida Senator-elect Marco Rubio, who won handily in a three-way race, summed up the Republican political future, "We make a great mistake if we believe that tonight these results are somehow an embrace of the Republican Party. What they are is a second chance." I agree. If the Republican Congress does not perform, they will suffer in 2012! The Republican leaders must not make the same mistakes that were made in 1994 when the Republican revolution fizzled.

The socialistic Obama legislation (e.g., ObamaCare, stimulus spending packages, government waste and abuse, fiscal irresponsibility, etc.) must cease; taxes must be reduced, enough so that the economy is jump-started bringing back jobs and prosperity! Barack Obama is no Bill Clinton, the great "triangulator," who balanced the budget and signed welfare reform with the triumphant Republican Congress of the mid-1990s. Obama is not so inclined, and if he and the Democrat-controlled Senate do not cooperate with conservative common sense and fiscal responsibility, they should be held accountable. The House of Representatives must use its constitutional power of the purse and refuse to fund unconstitutional boondoggles, thus step-by-step reducing government to its constitutional limits.

And we do have tried and true conservative leaders in Senators Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and in the House with Congressman John Boehner (R-OH). Now we will have a new infusion of new leaders in Senators-elect Rand Paul (R-KY) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), and so many others in both the Senate and the House! But mark my words, if the Republicans again become complacent, compromising with socialism, increasing the national debt, and engaging the Democrats in mutual orgiastic government spending during the next two years; and then in 2012, if the Republicans again choose to be led by the likes of moderates (such as it was with G.H.W. Bush in 1992, Bob Dole in 1996, or John McCain in 2008)---they will be trounced in 2012!


Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D. is Clinical Professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery, ret.) and Adjunct Professor of Medical History (ret.) Mercer University School of Medicine, Former member Editorial Board of Surgical Neurology (2004-2010), Recipient of the Americanism Medal from the Nathaniel Macon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) 1998, Ex member of the Injury Research Grant Review Committee (now the Initial Review Group (IRG)) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2002-05, Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Sentinel (1996-2002), Editor Emeritus, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) Author, Vandals at the Gates of Medicine (1995); Medical Warrior: Fighting Corporate Socialized Medicine (1997); and Cuba in Revolution: Escape From a Lost Paradise (2002).

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GOP 2014- Victory!

Another tidal wave has taken place reminiscent of the 2010 mid-term election, except this one is bigger and even more momentous. The GOP victory last night exceeded, not only that of 2010 but even the victory achieved in 1994, when the Republican Party, led by Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, picked up 54 seats. This time the GOP increased the majority in the House but more importantly regained the U.S. Senate and scored gubernatorial victories in liberal Democrat strongholds, such as Maryland and even Obama's home state of Illinois!

Indeed the most astounding victories were scored in the U.S. Senate. The GOP won the Senate with a net of at least 7 seats, taking the reins of power from the Democrats. The Senate now stands as Democrats 45; Republicans 52; 2 independents; 2 seats undecided. As Fox News reported, there are still three states where the final tally is not in yet:

"Louisiana is heading to a run-off, but polls have shown Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in trouble in a head-to-head race against Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy. In Virginia, Democratic Sen. Mark Warner was clinging to a narrow, 1 percentage point lead over Republican Ed Gillespie with most precincts reporting. Ballots are still being counted in Alaska, but Republican Dan Sullivan is holding a few point lead over Democratic Sen. Mark Begich."2014 Election Results

And as the AP Reports:

"WASHINGTON (AP) — Riding a powerful wave of voter discontent, resurgent Republicans captured control of the Senate and tightened their grip on the House Tuesday night in elections certain to complicate President Barack Obama's final two years in office...

"Two-term incumbent Mark Pryor of Arkansas was the first Democrat to fall, defeated by freshman Rep. Tom Cotton. Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado was next, defeated by Rep. Cory Gardner. Sen. Kay Hagan also lost, in North Carolina, to Thom Tillis, the speaker of the state House.

"Republicans also picked up seats in Iowa, West Virginia, South Dakota and Montana, all states where Democrats retired. They had needed a net gain of six seats to end a Democratic majority in place since 2006.

"Several Senate races were close, a list that — surprisingly — included Virginia. There, Democratic Sen. Mark Warner held a narrow lead over former Republican Party chairman and Bush administration official Ed Gillespie in a race too close to call.

"There was a little good news for Democrats in New Hampshire, where Sen. Jeanne Shaheen was re-elected after a difficult race against former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown. But in Georgia, Michelle Nunn lost to businessman David Perdue, depriving the Democrats of their last chances to take away a Republican seat. In Kansas, 78-year-old Sen. Pat Roberts fended off a challenge from independent Greg Orman, shutting off another avenue for the Democrats.

"Among the newly elected Republican senators was Rep. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, the first member of her party to win a seat there in more than a half century. State Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa also won, after a campaign that took off when she aired an ad saying she had learned how to castrate hogs as a girl growing up on a ranch."

Highlights in Gubernatorial Races: In Georgia, Nathan Deal won re-election over his Democratic challenger, Jason Carter, grandson of ex-President Jimmy Carter. And as the AP reported:

"There were 36 gubernatorial elections on the ballot, and several incumbents struggled against challengers. Tom Wolf captured the Pennsylvania statehouse for the Democrats, defeating Republican Gov. Tom Corbett. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn lost in Illinois, Obama's home state. Republican Larry Hogan scored one of the night's biggest upsets, in Maryland.

"Republican Charlie Baker was elected governor of Massachusetts. Maine's blunt-speaking Republican governor, Paul LePage, won a second term after a three-way race that focused on whether he was a divisive presence in state government.

"Former Republican Rep. Asa Hutchinson was elected governor of Arkansas more than a decade after playing a prominent role in President Bill Clinton's impeachment and trial, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott won a tough race for a new term. Also winning new terms were Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican and potential presidential candidates in 2016. Another possible White House hopeful, Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, also won." Republicans have now 31 Governors' mansions (gained 3); Democrats 17.

As I write this article the day after the election (Nov. 5), the Republicans have extended their majority in the House by at least 11 seats and lost only one. As it stands this morning, Democrats hold 180 seats; GOP 243; the rests are still undecided. The GOP picked up a net of 13 (and may pick up even more) seats, gaining more seats in the House than at any time since 1946.

In Georgia, longtime Democrat Congressman John Barrow was ousted. The highlight in Virginia so far, "one of the year's biggest political surprises, college professor Dave Brat was elected to the House from Virginia, several months after he defeated Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Republican primary."

We are witnessing a repudiation of Washington, a boiling discontent and repudiation of Obama and the Democrats' penchant for big government and mismanagement. Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), not only won re-election handily but now becomes Majority Leader. The polls were all way off the mark, predicting close races, which turned out to be sizable victories for most of the GOP incumbents or contenders in the so-called "highly contested" races. This victory was gained by conservatives in a GOP that media pundits pontificated was headed toward extinction for trying to hold on to old & outdated values at the time of Obama's re-election! Go figure!

Note: Figures were revised Nov. 7 as races were decided.

U.S. Senate Races 2014

Fox News has an excellent discussion on Townhall on the U.S. Senate races in Georgia and elsewhere with Karl Rove as pundit worth watching. There is some reason for sustaining the hope the Republicans will still take the Senate from the socialist Democrats in two weeks, even if there is a highly contested Senate race in Georgia that will end up in a runoff in January!

Georgia U.S. Senate race: Nunn vs Perdue

Phases of the Moon

(or Hard knocks politics — a Telegraph rhyme on the Michelle Nunn vs David Perdue Georgia Senate Race)

by Ben Damron, Warner Robins —Macon Telegraph, Oct.28, 2014

Michelle Nunn, Points of Light Executive, purportedly non-profit,
with her compensation package sneaks away past the full moon,
leaving laid-off workers with bags full of air in the afternoon; fit,
she runs to the bank for dollar investments before the half moon!

Using the name of her father, Sam Nunn, she hopes to run away
with the election of November in the afternoon, before the new moon!
She claims Bush 41 as mentor (he's not pleased!) and then walks away;
also her father, Senator Nunn, both in name and as hawk — lets move on!

Enters David Perdue bringing real executive experience, his just due,
coming from business and commerce, from the school of hard knocks.
True, they both have real wealth, Michelle Num and David Perdue;
but Perdue earned his the hard way; Michelle, like her name, inherited both.

A Vote for Michelle Nunn preserves inept policies and darkness at noon!
whereas a vote for Purdue: let the rays of the sun illuminate before the new moon!

Replies in the MT (Oct. 28, 2014)

Spyros Alvonellos: Wow, Ben Damron, Great letter!!! Job well done!

BF: Ben Damron, Hmmm, the moon, eh? Sounds pretty Pagan.

Emory Lane: One tends to believe you are fully capable of presenting a cogent, relevant and factual response. But, then again one could be mistaken.

Mike Ganas: Emory Lane as usual he avoids the topic at hand in favor of his non sequiturs.

Georgia Farmer: Great letter Ben. Although it seems they may have edited it a little.

Jefferson Thomas: Hmmm. we knew Perdue had wealth. how could we not, but class envy is all pretty relative. Median income in the US is approximately $51,000. One would never know Ms. Nunn has wealth in the millions, and with connections in the right places likely to increase that wealth. What makes Ms. Nunn, who is in the 1% so special that she is excluded from class envy? Ben: Good letter!

Bosque Flores: Spot on Ben Damron. Michelle's supporters have no clue that she is really a white woman of privilege living squarely in the top 1%. Her current income of $190,000/year (which they say is really her husbands) comes from investment income. What do you want to bet much of that is invested in companies that, gasp, outsource?

Michael Albert Harrell; Excellent contribution Ben Damron. No truer words have ever been spoken. I am sure there will be those who will try to cloud the waters, but make no mistake, they will not attack the facts.

Carter-Deal Georgia Governor's race, 2014

Reply Poem on the Carter Jason race

The Jason Carter and Nathan Deal governor's race in one succinct Georgia scoop, please Telegraph this time publish in rare poetical rhyme.

Jason Carter says he is for education, but opposes free Choice, Amendment Two, parental control, and Charter schools.

He says lets buy more education and welfare goodies, but not how to fund them or pay for the generous government goodies!

Jason Carter, liberal, novice & inept Democrat, has been in the Senate for close to four years with no leadershisp and no bills, only taxes!

Jason Carter has not fallen too far from his grandfather's tree, supports Obamacare, Obama policies in Georgia and all that entails!

Vote for Republican Governor Nathan Deal, true public servant and ethically sound, despite all the false rumors the Democrats started!

Yes, vote for the Governor good, old Nathan Deal, caring and conservative; he has put Georgia on the map and given us a good deal!

Political punditry on target!

Ben, I agree with your political forecast. I believe Romney needs either a conservative Southerner to balance his being from the North and a Mormon, not to mention his questionable conservatism, or a Midwesterner that can win Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Sarah Palin seeing Russia from Alaska

Mr. Tom Scholl, a local writer, published an article entitled, "I like a good distortion" in the Macon Telegraph (4/18/12) in which he attempted to use satire to poke fun at a number of Republicans, including GOP contender Mitt Romney and that great woman from Alaska, Sarah Palin. He wrote:

"Hyperbole is the art of exaggeration and I never use it. It’s technically a distortion of facts and I’m about to talk about it. I’m seriously concerned. If I tell you what this column is really about you will throw the paper down, light it on fire and stomp it out. The issue of my rant is ringing in the ears of those living in the most remote cabins in Alaska (keeping an eye on the Russians from their front porches.) Did Sarah Palin really mean she could see Russia? I wonder...

"Hyperbole is an acceptable and entertaining device to make a point people will remember. Jesus used it. However, today American politics has fondled this smiling art, reshaped it into a cloaked shadow and finally into a frowning, ugly creature bearing no resemblance to its origins. I have dubbed it politicalperbole.

"If you hear Palin’s words about her proximity to Russia, that’s hyperbole. If you argue she really did intend to deceive everyone about the view off her front porch, that’s politicalperbole...."

You get my drift...I say. He was corrected a couple of days later by a more thoughtful "letter to the editor" by Mr. James Huber, who replied:

"The quote is from Tina Fey’s Saturday Night Live spoof: “I can see Russia from my house.” What Palin actually said: “They’re our next door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.” I think Scholl should clarify this or he loses credibility for the newspaper."

And I could not help adding some facts and a little satire of my own to the dialogue (4/20/12):

Mr Huber, my reaction to the Scholl article was identical to yours, sir. Patton and I commented on it, and Mr Scholl gave her only a flippant, unctuous, and smarmy response about being "half right," or something to that effect.

Mr Scholl, incidentally, is the same pastor who wrote a 3-part article on the wisdom of Islam and virtually recommending Sharia law in this country– incredible, only in America! Apparently, "separation of church and state" for liberal pundits does not apply when referring to alien creeds, go figure.

According to Wikipedia, in 1990, Secretary of State James Baker signed an executive agreement with Eduard Shevardnadze, the U.S.S.R. foreign minister, signing the island over to the Russians. According to State Department Watch, neither the public nor Congress were informed of this executive agreement during the period leading up to the ratification vote. The Senate ratified the U.S.-U.S.S.R. Maritime Boundary Treaty in 1991, which was then signed by President George H.W. Bush.

Sir, as late as 1992, the US had an installation on Wrangel Island and the island had been claimed by the USA. The island had been explored by Canadians, Americans, and Russians, and we thought it had been part of the Alaska purchase deal in 1867 from Czar Alexander II.

Sarah Palin could have seen Russia with her binoculars from her own porch, and if she was a bit more adventuresome (which in fact she is as an avid hunter and fisherman), she could have paddled her canoe, visited this island and taken an even closer look at Russia from the Arctic Circle.
We are not dealing with mendacity in the case of Mrs Palin, sir, but stupidity  and lack of historic and geographic knowledge on the part of her many liberal critics.

Your whole piece, Mr Scholl,  is an example of an extended distortion, not to mention liberal nonsense, starting with your opening sentence, "Hyperbole is the art of exaggeration and I never use it. It’s technically a distortion of facts." Pure humbug, sir, you are in your own article the worse abuser!

So here is a new word for you, more apropos and descriptive of your ludicrous article– psycho(political)babble! MAF

BenCat–Savvy political analyst!

Ben, You never fail to amaze me, with your wit and savvy political, not to mention Country music knowledge! Thanks a bunch for resuming your instructions. We also appreciate perusing our website! You are certainly one of our biggest fans and posters, particularly now that our friend Koba seems to be lost in Australia! I agree with your post. Welcome back! MAF