Just six years ago, the voters elected Democrats to supermajority control over the federal government and majority control over the states. The Democrat media declared the Republican Party dead and a glorious new era of blue governance was upon us.
Yesterday, the second wave election in four years washed across America, sweeping away Democrat government from coast to coast. The Democratic party is now in its weakest position since 1928 before the New Deal!
How did this remarkable political sea change occur?
Even Democrats cannot fool all the people all the time.
In 2008, Barack Obama won the presidential election based on a cult of personality and lies about nearly every one of his policy positions. The Democrats took Congress campaigning to the right of a profligate and corrupt GOP Congress.
After campaigning from the center, Obama and the Democrats governed as socialists and progressives, imposing an array of policies from rampant borrowing and spending to Obamacare which pluralities to majorities of the American people opposed.
The Democrat misgovernance emphatically put the lie to their fraudulent “conservative Democrat” campaign brand.
In response, the 2010-2011 voters fired over 600 Democrats in the state and federal governments in the largest wave election since 1946. The voters elected a GOP House and a GOP majority of state governments.
Instead of bowing to the will of the voters and governing conservatively as Bill Clinton did after the smaller 1994 wave election, Obama doubled down and started governing as a de facto dictator, imposing tens of thousands of pages of law by decree through the bureaucracy and ignoring laws of Congress (including his own) which got in his way.
2012 was an ahistoric election, not a Democratic trend. Obama survived by turning out his urban base (he lost in most of the country) and by suppressing the white working class vote by successfully demonizing Romney as a plutocrat. In contrast, the weakened Democratic Party position did not improve at all in 2012. The Obama coalition of African Americans, Hispanics, Millennials and women were a product of his own cult of personality and have not carried over to other Democrats since 2008.
In 2014, a second voter wave hit the Democrat coast, firing the Democrat Senate and expanding the GOP House and state governments to their best position since 1928 before the New Deal. The Democrat media polls all underestimated voter anger at Obama and the Democrats.
I strongly urge Republicans not to misinterpret these two wave elections.
These elections are a voter rejection of the Democrats’ progressive and socialist policy – arguably one of the largest rejections of a political party in American history. These elections were not a vote of confidence in the Republican Party.
The voters have made it very clear that they want a limited government which does not kill their jobs and try to run their lives.
The GOP has not offered such a government since Newt Gingrich back in the 1990s. Indeed, the voters fired the GOP Congress in 2006 in large measure because they were corrupt spendthrifts.
The GOP has a chance now to regain voters’ trust as a genuine libertarian conservative alternative to the Democrats.
Will they take this opportunity?
UPDATE: The voters just fired another 350-375 Democrats from state legislatures.