With the survival of President Obama and his Democrat Senate in the 2012 election, the Democrat media is filled with proclamations of a new progressive Democrat ascendance dooming the GOP to electoral irrelevance. In what country do these people live? For those celebrating (or in a funk over) another four years of Barack Obama, a reality check is in order – the GOP controls most other levels of American government.
From 2009 to 2012, the voters have fired well over 600 Democrats and gave the GOP state capitals across the country between the Democrat Northeast and Left Coast enclaves. GOP governors are running 30 states and the GOP controls 56 state houses and senates compared to 41 for the Democrats. This is the first time the GOP has controlled this many state governments since the 1920s, nearly a century ago.
Governors provide the stable for candidates for president and nearly all the successful governors are Republican – with the notable exception of the surprisingly conservative Democrat John Hickenlooper of my state of Colorado.
Even more importantly, state legislatures redistrict for the House of Representatives. Because the voters fortuitously fired Midwest Democrat governments just before the latest redistricting, the new GOP legislatures were able to scrap Democrat gerrymanders in place since the 1930s and replace them with Republican gerrymanders. The GOP is likely to hold the House for the foreseeable future unless they betray their constituents and govern from the left as the did under Bush 43.
Historically, 2013 will be a mirror image of 1981 when the GOP held the White House and narrowly held the Senate, while the Democrats ran most of everything else. While I want the White House and Senate back as well, I would much rather be in the GOP’s position now than that of the Democrats.