Nov. 4, 2010
Gains in Election
By Mike McManus
President Obama was asked at his press conference if
the election meant that with regard to terminating “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
that he needed
“to tell your liberal base you are not able to get it done?"
replied, “I have been a strong believer that if someone is willing to serve
(in the military) they should not be prevented from doing so. Overwhelming
majorities feel the same way.” And Congress has “time to act in the lame
has learned nothing from what he acknowledges was a “shellacking.”
90 new Republicans have been elected to Congress, but will not be seated
until January. The new Congress would never vote to allow openly gay men to
serve, a step opposed by the heads of every branch of the military (though
it is supported by the Secretary of Defense).
President plans to push for a vote on gays in the military in the two-week
lame duck session dominated by Democrats, 61 of whom who have been voted
out of office!
Obama notice that the Democrats in the Maine Legislature which voted for
same-sex marriage, were voted out of office this week? That is explicit
evidence the President is wrong in asserting “overwhelming majorities” favor
same-sex marriage. The public opposes it. Forty-two states have passed
Defense of Marriage Act laws that limit marriage to a man and a woman.
Thirty put it in their state constitutions.
Obama hear that all three Iowa Supreme Court judges who voted for gay
marriage lost their retention elections, for the first time in state
680 new Republican state legislators were elected, enough for 20 state
legislative chambers, like Maine’s, to flip from Democrats to Republicans.
This is a seismic political shift.
sheer magnitude of the Republican victory was the big surprise,” said Tim
Storey, an elections analyst at the National Conference of State
Carolina has its first Republican House and Senate since 1870. So does
Alabama have its first GOP control of both houses since Reconstruction. I
grew up in Alabama where Republicans were hated. Why? As any Alabama 4th
grader could tell you, Lincoln was Republican.
animosity finally melted after 140 years! Republicans now hold 18 of 28
legislative chambers in the South. “In 1990 they didn’t hold one,” said
sweep of Republicans also roared across the Midwest. For the first time in
history, Minnesota’s House and Senate are Republican. The
Democratic-Farm-Labor Party has dominated that state since the days Hubert
Humphrey put the Coalition together in the 1940s.
Similarly, both chambers in Wisconsin’s Legislature flipped to GOP control,
as did at least the House in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa,
Montana, Colorado and New Hampshire. Five chambers are undecided as I write
n in Colorado, New York, Oregon, Washington. The GOP has won 53 percent of
all state legislative seats, its peak since 1928.
Republicans picked up 61 U.S. House seats so far, its largest gain since
most of the national reporting and commentary on this tsunami election have
focused upon economic reasons for this historic shift, social issues such as
same-sex marriage and abortion were also important.
advocates will no longer control the U.S. House of Representatives. Not only
did pro-abortion Speaker Pelosi lose power, but so did Steny Hoyer, House
Majority Leader. New House leaders are uniformly pro-life.
Women won 23 key Senate and House races and gubernatorial contests. Kelly
Ayotte of New Hampshire will be the lone pro-life woman in the Senate,
taking on such pro-abortion stalwarts as Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein
of California. New Pro-life Governors include Jan Brewer of Arizona, Nikki
Haley in South Carolina, Mary Falin of Oklahoma and Susana Martinez in New
voters gave walking papers to some Members of Congress who have served for
decades, such as Jim Oberstar.
“Yesterday was a difficult day,” said Planned Parenthood President Cecile
Richards. “There’s no getting around it: the results of yesterday’s
election are truly alarming.”
you are pro-life! In fact, one place the new Congress might make some
budget cuts is the federal funding for Planned Parenthood, the largest
abortion provider in America.
Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America and the American Family
Association deserve credit for mobilizing conservative voters with such
FRC’s President Tony Perkins says, “This is all positive news, but it is not
the finish line, but the starting line.”