Angry voters (84% to 13% in favor of the GOP), the economy, and a reaction against the party in power all played a part in the disaster of 2010. But the most important lesson to be learned is that you cannot despise and snub huge segments of the American fabric such as the white working class and expect better results. Indeed, the New York Times recently noted that the losses would have been greater in 2010 save for tactical moves by Obama Dimocrats. That is no way to govern – with tactical schemes to claw together electoral margins of victory.
“According to the National Conference on State Legislatures, Republicans gained about 125 seats in state senates and 550 seats in state houses — 675 seats in total. That gives them more seats than they’ve won in any year since 1928.
Republicans snatched control of about 20 legislative houses from Democrats — and by margins that hardly any political insiders expected. Republicans needed five seats for a majority in the Pennsylvania House and won 15; they needed four seats in the Ohio House and got 13; they needed 13 in the Michigan House and got 20; they needed two in the Wisconsin Senate and four in the Wisconsin House, and gained four and 14; they needed five in the North Carolina Senate and nine in the North Carolina House and gained 11 and 15.
All those gains are hugely significant in redistricting. When the 2010 Census results are announced next month, the 435 House seats will be reapportioned to the states, and state officials will draw new district lines in each state. [snip]
Republicans look to have a bigger advantage in this redistricting cycle than they’ve ever had before. It appears that in the states that will have more than five districts (you can make only limited partisan difference in smaller states), Republicans will control redistricting in 13 states with a total of 165 House districts and Democrats will have control in only four states with a total of 40 districts. You can add Minnesota (seven or eight districts) to the first list if the final count gives Republicans the governorship and New York (27 or 28 districts) to the second list if the final count gives Democrats the state Senate.”
We discussed this Barone analysis before. It bears repeating because it is so significant to our coming discussions on what must be realized and what must be done to stave off endless defeats.How could a nation have been so blind and ditched Hillary, cold-shouldered her, to go with the unqualified Barack Obama? The unqualified and arrogant Barack. He's so vain. But that's good, that will help ensure that he only gets one term.
Ed O'Keefe and Robert Barnes (Washington Post) report:
The U.S. Supreme Court refused Friday to stop enforcement of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy while a lower court hears a challenge to the Pentagon's ban on gays and lesbians serving openly.
What kind of a world are we living in when Republicans (the Log Cabin Republicans) are the ones fighting against Don't Ask Don't Tell while the Democratically controlled White House is the one fighting to uphold it? What kind of a world?
The court's refusal to take up the issue means it will be a year or two at least before the constitutional challenge can be finally resolved. Congress could vote to repeal the "don't ask" law in the upcoming lame-duck session, but Senate Republicans have so far blocked the issue from coming to a vote.
If you missed it, the Democrats have already signaled that they've caved on Don't Ask Don't Tell. This despite the fact that approximately 70% of Americans want to see it repealed. So by refusing to let the court decision stand (Judge Victoria Phillips' decision stand), Barack's helped make it possible for Don't Ask Don't Tell to continue as law.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):