With a fluidity to their punches, the voters knocked Big Government, Big Spending and the Democrats on their ass Tuesday.
Looks as if socialism in our land is bleeding a whiter shade of pale. Trotsky won’t be on anybody’s ballot anytime soon.
In the biggest slaughter on American soil since the Sioux trampled Custer, the Republicans, as of this writing, have captured a whopping 58 seats in the House and six in the Senate.
In a virtuoso performance by the Tea Party, it was a toss-the-bums-out, shred-and-shed referendum. Leaving President Obama and the Dems groping and floundering.
Granted, the Democrats did manage to hang onto to the Senate, with Harry Reid surviving in Nevada. And amidst all the carnage they found some balm for their jagged wounds with Joe Manchin winning the Senate race in West Virginia and Barbara Boxer and Jerry Brown prevailing in California.
But that was small consolation because they lost the debate over the size and scope of government and they lost their monopoly on the levers of power.
Still, it was a curious election. While it was a bright night for Tea Party thoroughbreds Marco Rubio in Florida and Rand Paul in Kentucky, it was a dim night for Tea Party nags Sharron Angle in Nevada and Christine O’Donnell in Delaware.
And in a big ouch for Sarah Palin in her Alaskan backyard, with 80 percent of the votes counted as of this posting, Lisa Murkowski’s write-in campaign appears to have earned 40 percent of the vote — six points ahead of Palin-endorsed Tea Partier Joe Miller’s 34 percent. The last write-in candidate to win any Senate seat was Strom Thurman in 1954.
Even stranger, this election smacked of a loss for the old bulls of the GOP even though they took control of the house and painted the country red. According to exit polls, 41 percent of voters have a favorable view of the Republican Party, four points less than Obama. Even Tea Party members said the GOP was on “probation.”
And if you recall, the big spending of George W. Bush in his waning presidential years had as much to do with the burgeoning distrust of big government as did Obama.
The trick now, is for John Boehner, the tanned and suave golf pro who will double as Speaker of the House, and Obama to decide if they are going to work together for the common good or spend the next two years doing long division that doesn’t add up for anybody.