Voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected President Obama’s uber-government. Republicans romped. They won (so far) seven Senate seats and 13 House districts while yielding zero Senate spots and only two House races. Expected squeakers became GOP blowouts.
Georgia’s David Perdue beat Michelle Nunn 53 percent to 45. Kansas’ Pat Roberts whipped Greg Orman 53 to 42.5. Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell trounced Alison Lundergan grimes 56 to 41.
Pennsylvania’s Republican chief executive Tom Corbett’s loss accompanied a major surprise: Maryland and Massachusetts picked GOP governors. Obama’s own Illinois also will enjoy Republican management.
Next door, Wisconsin’s highly effective governor, Scott Walker, endured his third baptism by fire in four years. He withstood ferocious, free-spending unions and ethically challenged, leak-happy prosecutors. Walker survived these flames by five points. He richly deserves the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
On October 2, Obama said his policies were on the ballot — “Every single one of them.” Voters then repudiated Obama’s in-your-face, deeply invasive, grossly inept, high-cost brand of government. The body politic regurgitated Obama’s poisoned meal. This was the first, convulsive step toward restored health.
Among 3,894 respondents in Fox News’ exit poll, 20 percent said they trusted Washington “to do what is right . . . Just about always or most of the time,” 79 percent believe this occurs “only some of the time or never.”
Americans spurned Obama’s handiwork: a government that resembles a hyperactive, morbidly obese repairman who — uninvited — stumbles through your house, starts to fix everything, breaks whatever he touches, barks insults at you, finishes nothing, and then sticks you with an unpayable bill for poor to zero services rendered.
This may explain why only 34 percent of Americans likely would support Hillary Clinton in 2016; 40 percent would back “the Republican candidate.”
Democrats’ evil, corrosive race-baiting failed to save vulnerable Democrats. South Carolina’s Sen. Tim Scott — who prevailed 61 to 37 — Texas’ Rep-elect Will Hurd, Utah’s Rep.-elect Mia Love are black Republicans who will frustrate Democrats’ relentless, reprehensible efforts to yank open and grind Drano into America’s ancient, tender ethnic wounds.
Democrats’ “War on Women” bandwagon also is wheezing badly. Colorado Sen. Mark Udall monomaniacally parroted Democrats’ paranoid fantasy about Republicans banning birth control. He was re-christened “Mark Uterus.” His “equal pay!” mantra became a punchline when voters learned that Udall pays female staffers 86 percent of males’ wages.
Republicans could immobilize Democrats even further by adopting GOP Senator-elect Cory Gardner’s idea that stymied Udall: Let adults buy birth-control pills over the counter. If Obama signs such a measure, the Democrats’ War on Women lie will go pffffffffffffft. If he vetoes it, females will know that the War on Women is just a Democrat campaign tool.
Strong, freshly elected Republican women further refute this hoax. Iowa’s Joni Ernst and West Virginia’s Shelley Moore Capito are Senate bound. New York’s Elise Stefanik, 30, will be the youngest congresswoman — ever. And she’s a Republican.
With their “Racism!” and “Sexism!” battle cries now laryngitic, Democrats should try developing actual solutions to America’s problems, beyond raising the minimum wage — their panacea for everything but Ebola.
“We don’t have any jobs,” one black Chicagoan pleaded in a campaign ad. “A minimum-wage raise for what?”
Come 2015, Republicans should liberate the 347 House-passed bills now locked in Harry Reid’s desk. They should send Obama two or three significant measures each week.
These would repeal Obamacare, let Americans who like their plans keep them, free consumers to buy coverage across state lines, reform medical malpractice, kill the medical-device tax, provide an on-time budget, commence the Penny Plan (a real, 1 percent overall budget cut every year for five years), approve the Keystone Pipeline, fully fund Washington, D.C.’s school vouchers, and more.
As Republicans construct this exit from the wrong track — on which 65 percent of Americans feel stuck — Mr. Change can use his world-famous pen either to help build that brighter path or trap the U.S. in two more years of Obama-imposed paralysis.
Deroy Murdock is a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. Read more reports from Deroy Murdock — Click Here Now.
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