Faria: Conservative Tidal Wave -- 2010 Election Recap!

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Friday, September 10, 2010
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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!

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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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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.

The Parties Over - Willie Nelson

Well it looks like my old bud Newt is calling it quits on Wednesday and I wish him well. As smart as he is I doubt he'll ever go hungry. Would love though to have seen him debate Obama, that would have been a "dandy" for sure and no doubt in anyone's mind I hope around here, Newt would have eaten his lunch.

It has become more and more apparent, when you get Obama away from his teleprompters he rapidly becomes and ordinary speaker "at best!" And we all have seen some of his great escapdes in all 57 states! Saw an article a couple days ago that Karl Rove stated if the election was today Obama would win and it wouldn't be that close but he also showed some scenarios that it could flip very easily. We just have some work to do especially in Fla and Pennsylvania. I for some reason do not have a lot of faith in folks from Ohio as the Union is thick up there and I'm not even sure if Mitt picks Portman, their Senator for his VP, if that would be enough to pull Ohio our way. I personally would rather see perhaps Rubio or even Jeb Bush (not too long ago the Fla governor you know) but in my opinion if we don't win Fla it may not be a long night. Some of the states like Iowa and Missouri are supposedly toss ups but I'll take my chances in those states. Then you got Virginia and North Carolina that both went for Obama last time but the question is, will they do that again. If we get one of those two, we'll be lucky IMO and the one we'll get will be NC. What was funny to me was Rove's map had Ky, Tenn and Ga as Romney leans and I thought that was rather funny because I would bet a lotta money that Tenn and Ga will go for Mitt. Ky is a funny state (and my home state as you know) but sometimes they vote "funny" LOL. Ironically though over 90% of the time in history how Ky goes is how the Presidential race goes. Obama has a lot of "bros" in the big metro areas in Ky and that certainly helps his cause.

Another interesting note, West Virginia has voted for a Democratic President for about 80 straight years, now that Obama has closed down most of the mines and put them on welfare, I wonder how they are going to vote LOL. West Virginia is a lot like the area of Ky (Eastern Appalachia mountains area) that I was raised and there are not a lot of blacks in the mountains! Funny, I just read an article recently that stated 40% of blacks have moved back South in the last 10 years! From talking to a lot of my black friends I know they don't particularly like cold weather!

Another anomaly I noticed on Rove's projection map was Texas was a Romney lean, so that makes me start to thinking that perhaps Rove's projections are based on the worst case scenario as again, I can't see Texas going anything but for the GOP. What amazes me is Arizona is strong GOP but right next to it New Mexico is slated for Obama. Something about that doesn't make any sense to me as Arizona is on one side and Texas is on the other side of New Mexico. Of course the entire West Coast is projected for Obama all the way up the coast. Most of the upper and Midwest should go GOP as well as the South. It's amazing as big as our Country is this election will come down to how about 8-9 states vote and to me that's a shame our country has gotten to this state.

People prefer liberalism over being somebody, freedom, capitalism, working, making something of yourself, being proud, and earning your keep and supporting our Country. Yet we got these liberals that want something for nothing, want everything given to them and are a bunch of weaklings in my opinion at best. I am sad to see so many people that have that mentality and it makes we sick to my stomach at best. Folks that want to take the easy way out, not be responsible and not wanting to work because they know the government will take care of them is going to ruin this Country and this election will probably tell the tale!

I just cannot understand how our country could have changed so much since my birth as I was born during WW II (May 44) and when I was born my Dad was in Corrigidor in the Phillipines and it was a brutal battle based on what he told me. He could tell some war stories that I will never forget LOL. The coal miner apparently wasn't a dummy as he told me he noticed all the guys that shot great on target practice went to the front lines and he never saw them again, so he started missing on purpose and they made him a supply man. Every time I think of him telling me that, I just cannot help laughing. He said he did get into a few skirmishes when they went to the front lines taking ammunition, etc. and he said they always shot their way out of it and escaped and got back to friendly territory.

I guess all we can do is hope and pray for the respectable, hard working citizens of this Country to show up to vote otherwise we'll end up with Obama. A big turnout will favor the GOP I assure you because you know a great percentage of the low lifes are going to show up.

A couple of supposedly intelligent folks have predicted that Mitt will win in a landslide, BenCats1 would be happy if we win in a squeaker. The future of our country is at stake!

Here's Willie and "the Parties Over" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71n3PtdQWF4\"

For some reason I never got into Willie to much, somehow I think he was a liberal LMAO!

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

I Can't Help Falling In Love- Elvis Presley

The last song performed on stage by the great Elvis Presley on 26 Jun 1977, Elvis passed away in Aug 1977. He was without a doubt one of the greatest if not the greatest singer of all time. Plz see here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tk7TrGqh-ec&feature=related)
Have been under the weather somewhat for a few days and then when I started feeling better I have been working in the garden trying to get some tomatoes to grow for my darling three grand daughters who love tomatoes and eat them as fast as I can grow them LOL.
Have taken the opportunity to review the recent posts and I wholeheartedly agree with Ms Isabella, "why would ladies need to be treated any differently on healthcare than anyone else?" She I think has the right attitude but liberals will use every opportunity to try and gain an advantage ala Ms Fluke, which as we all know now was a plant by the liberals in a Democratic political hearing. It was not even a regular hearing before the entire Congress. I will never cease to be amazed at the effort put forth by our liberal friends constandly to try and distort the truth and gain every advantage they can regardless of how utterly silly or ridiculous it may be in the long term.
Thoroughly enjoyed the comments from Dr Ausman from SDI, sounds like my kind of guy. We, the people have IMO lost respect or faith in our government (and I mean both parties when I say that realizing that one is more pathetic and destructive than the other) but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what one party is up to starting at the very top. Their ultimate goal is to socialize this Country little by little in every way possible but primarily by taking over energy, healthcare and banrupting this Country. There is no doubt in my mind if Barack Obama is re-elected he will take it out of first gear and go pedal to the metal with no holds barred to try to completely destroy this Country as we know it today. He already has us on our knees if you've been payhing attention. During or at the conclusion of his term if he's elected again it will probably take an all out revolution by the citizens to stop this insanity that he's pulling on this Country and I hate to say that but I see no other way.
I have reviewed the article by Ms Susan Brown and she is right on in everything she stated. Why they even questioned Congressman West is astonishing to me. All you have to do is google DSA or Communists in Congress and it will even give you not only how many but a complete list of them. It just goes to show how utterly hypocritical they are and how they try to beat around the bush like those folks on Macon.com viewpoints a few months ago that said Socialism died in this Country in 1984 (or something to that effect) when in fact we all know it's probably more alive today than it was then, just in different forms and shapes and called something else.
I get so enthused or pumped up when I see Doc Faria put on his "boxing gloves" and go after some of these folks that espew all this crazziness concerning religion like Dr Scholl and his Islamic inanity. I love it when he flexes his muscles and and shows some "real intelligence" and brings out the big words that cause me to get my dictionary (and probably some of the folks that he's using them on have to as well) and I'm just so thankful I'n on his side of the political spectrum! I would hate to know I'd have to go against someone that has so much knowledge that doesn't always show it but certainly can when he needs to. That's the kind of guy I'd like to have on my team regardless of the odds we may face and regardless of the cirucmstance! I have long given up on shaking my head trying to figure out how a pneurological surgeon had the time to acqure all the historical, religious, and political knowledge he reflects from time to time and am more concerned and thankful that he has it and we're on the same team and he like myself is concerned about this Country and I know we would both fight to the end to defend freedom in this Country!
On another note, I see Mitt won all five of the primaries yesterday and rumors are floating on the internet that Newt is gonna hang it up and just about has to as his campaign is already over 4 million dollars in debt. Now we will see how long the country Doc from Texas is going to hang around and hope he doesn't try to run on a third party ticket, which would hurt our chances big time IMO.
The Texas primary is coming up soon and if Mitt wins Paul's home state I would think the writings on the wall that he should end his foolishness (for lack of a better word). We need to get down to some serious business and that is attack Obama's record because you just know that's the last thing he wants to talk about or be in the News! I hope the RNC goes back and puts all his statements and campaign promises on one tape and show just exactly how many things he has lied and not accomplished that he said he was going to do to include "fundamentally transforming this Country"! I do believe we can beat Obama as I spend a lotta time on internet forums on several sites and the people of this Country I think have awoken! All we got to do is get them to the voting booth on Nov 6th! It is going to be a very close election or Mitt will beat him badly. Under no circumstance do I see Obama winning handily!

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



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