To hijack President Obama’s favorite analogy: Obama’s policies drove the Democrats into a political ditch. He took America down a path they never expected him to go. Now the voters have turned the keys over to Speaker John Boehner!
The Republicans won an historic victory, capturing 60 House seats, a victory made all the sweeter after disappointing losses in 2006 and 2008. Clearly the American people, the taxpayers, and future taxpayers were winners.
There were many obvious individual winners on election night, too. John Boehner, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, Pat Toomey, Nikki Haley, and Rand Paul were rightly highlighted.
However, there were some overlooked players as well.
Two non-candidates who made a difference are David Bossie and Michael Boos. Bossie is the chairman of Citizens United (CU), and Boos is CU’s general counsel. When in 2008 the Federal Election Commission banned a film of theirs that was critical of Hillary Clinton, they challenged federal election laws and regulations. The Supreme Court eventually ruled in their favor in the famed Citizens United v. FEC case that overturned sections of the newly enacted McCain-Feingold law. By protecting our rights to participate in freer elections, Bossie and Boos gave the Republicans a more level playing field in 2010 elections.
The Democrats, labor union bosses, and the mainstream media previously enjoyed a huge advantage in deciding America’s elections. In the 2008 elections, for example, Obama exploited at least a 300 million-dollar advantage in campaign revenues over his Republican rival John McCain. In 2010, thanks to Citizens United, businesses and average Americans found new opportunities to participate. Obama defeated McCain for President in 2008 in large part because of the rules favoring the Left enacted in the McCain-Feingold bill. Ironically, in 2010, a previously uninvolved businessman, Ron Johnson, ousted Russ Feingold in one of the most unexpected upsets.
Republican donors and fundraisers were also winners. The efforts of Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie, Frank Donatelli, Bob Perry, the Koch brothers, Governor Haley Barbour, Robert Cummins, and countless individual donors ensured that many freedom-oriented candidates had a fighting chance on the national and the local levels. Without their and others’ sacrificial gifts, Pelosi would still be Speaker, and the liberals would control more State Houses.
FOX News was a winner too, but not is exactly in the way the Left would suggest. FOX covered and captured the Tea Party movement and grass roots interests during its reporting in the past two years. Other networks ignored or distorted these trends until their importance was obvious to all. FOX deserves to be the go-to source for political coverage.
John Boehner and his colleagues’ decision to oppose Obama’s radicalism when the Republicans were a minority in the House, rather than acquiesce to it, was a prerequisite to their ultimate victory. The voters wanted an opposition party, not an accommodationist party, especially after Obama’s radicalism was revealed.
One other underreported aspect of the 2010 elections is how dependent the President and the Left are on academia. Colleges and universities have for a long time replaced union halls as the safest havens for Democrat organizers. President Obama unsuccessfully tried to win the largely unemployed and disillusioned youth vote, but faculty and administrators aided him on an unprecedented scale.
Tea Party activists lifted the whole Republican effort. Tea Party forces will be well served to make more efforts recruiting candidates. Carl Paladino, Christine O’Donnell, Joe Miller, and Sharron Angle were not as adept as Ron Johnson, Marco Rubio, and Nikki Haley. Tea Party factions, like traditional Republicans, have to take care selecting their candidates. Neither group is inherently strong enough to win without an effectively run campaign.
Washington has appeared acutely aloof and indifferent to average Americans in the past two years. Government unnecessarily took over whole aspects of our lives and went on a spending binge yet failed to give us a clear tax bill or to pass a budget. Americans made clear that such arrogance shown toward the citizenry and such indifference cast toward economic reality are simply unacceptable.