A few thoughts on the GOP’s big night in Georgia — and everywhere else

Republicans are going to have a chance to do some governing. A lot of it.

In Washington, the GOP wrested control of the Senate from Democrats after two straight disappointing cycles in that chamber, while adding to its majority in the House. The new majority party in the Senate will have between 53 and 55 seats, depending on the outcomes in Alaska and Virginia and a runoff next month in Louisiana. Their numbers will include two new faces from Georgia: David Perdue, who won our Senate race without the runoff many predicted, and Rick Allen, who finally caught the state GOP’s great white whale, five-term congressman John Barrow.

As many as 32 states stood to have Republican governors, as the party picked up four governors — including such blue states as Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts — and lost only one, Pennsylvania (pending final vote totals in some states). And in a sign of just how good a night it was for the GOP, the party gained seats in both chambers of Pennsylvania’s statehouse despite the defeat of Gov. Tom Corbett.

What kind of night was it for the GOP? Here in Georgia, one John F. Kennedy was elected to the state Senate … as a Republican. He will be part of a two-thirds majority in that body, while Republicans remain one seat shy of a two-thirds majority in the House. And, of course, Gov. Nathan Deal won re-election without a runoff and, pending late results, may have also done so with the same percentage of the vote as four years ago. Just like four years ago, the party appears to have swept the entire statewide slate by double-digits.

In the coming days, we’ll dissect just what went right for Republicans — and wrong for Democrats — in Georgia in particular. And what the GOP needs to do with this surprisingly strong show of support from the voters.

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Bubbe04
Bubbe04

The results of this election prove the dumbing down of America.  It proves that people do not do any research whatsoever on the issues; they believe everything that the politicians tell them.  That Georgians would re-elect a proven crook such as Gov. Deal and elect a made-from-teflon no-nothing like Purdue prove my point.  You are now going to have to live with what  you voted for!

straker
straker

Dusty2 - "quit fooling yourself"



The Tea Party will make you eat those words.

straker
straker

cc423 - "and this will blow up all over the GOP"


I agree.


I see a hard rain coming for the GOP and the rest of us due to irresponsible Tea Party loons.

Dusty2
Dusty2

@straker 


Poor baby!  Still fussing about the Tea Party.  It was Democratic mismanagement that drove voters to the polls to vote for Republicans.  Citizens know when they are getting  bad leadership  and the Democrats were giving them one.  Quit fooling yourself..

cc423
cc423

Tea Party Freaks like Cruz and that hog lady from Iowa will bleat and scream and throw tantrums if they do not get their way. Mitch and the old boys are not prepared to handle them and this will blow up all over the GOP..

Finn-McCool
Finn-McCool

Turtle McConnell could use a teleprompter

Dusty2
Dusty2

@Finn-McCool 


President Obama has already worn out  all the teleprompters.  

RantNRave
RantNRave

"Lets see how long the GOP honeymoon lasts"


HEADLEY...........


CORRECTION


THE HONEYMOON IS OVER WHEN THEIR IDEAL BECOMES AN ORDEAL.............


Finn-McCool
Finn-McCool

Democrats will no longer be able to stop the Republicans from spending like drunken sailors in port. Now they can act like they always do.

Finn-McCool
Finn-McCool

@Captain-Obvious @Finn-McCool Go check the charts to see how federal spending took off in 2000 once the Cons had both houses + the white house. We will see if the minority Dems can keep the con hands off the checkbooks.

straker
straker

I Whine - "another issue that needs to be sent to the ash heap"


So, that UN report, compiled by world class scientists, means nothing to you?


About what I'd expect.

Finn-McCool
Finn-McCool

Please don't confuse the win last night with Americans preferring conservative ideology. Not one republican candidate in the country won on conservative ideology. They ALL won by saying they were not Democrats.

Dusty2
Dusty2

You are probably right, Finn.  Nobody wanted to vote for a Democrat when Democrats had dropped this country to mediocre. 


To improve the country, ALL voted for Republicans.  That is a wise move.  

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

Lets see how long the GOP honeymoon lasts


My bet not long.

lvg
lvg

How quick is the NRA going to overturn all federal gun control laws and abolish the ATF.??? 

Look for federal laws allowing guns everywhere.

Dusty2
Dusty2

Ha!  Democrats crying like little lost babes,

Drowned in a sea of Republican waves!

They said "Now let the best man win."

And that is exactly what happened, my liberal friend

But you still have Obama to finish his sad years.

While the  country wants release from incompetence and fears.


Indie Thinker
Indie Thinker

@Dusty2 This isn't some reality show! This is our country, and we're in need of mature adults to lead it.

MarkVV
MarkVV

@Dusty2 

Where have you seen those "crying like babies" Democrats?

Dusty2
Dusty2

@Indie Thinker @Dusty2 


I know we need mature adults to lead the country.  That is why the majority voted for Republicans.   

Jhunt163
Jhunt163

 I have heard so much about exit polls, but I have been voting for 30 years and never seen one? I guess they don't get out to the rural area's and only hit the urban centers? How can they be a proper reflection of anything? I mean most of the exit polls got the election count wrong.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

Many of the key races were held in red states this year. That won’t be true in 2016, and we’ll undoubtedly see some pollsters and polling aggregators draw the wrong lessons from 2014. The polls may be biased again in 2016; we just won’t know much about the direction of it until votes have been cast and counted.


http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-polls-were-skewed-toward-democrats/


So again for those that think people are being "played" and that the polls leaning towards the Democrats is a one way street


You are dead wrong.



RantNRave
RantNRave

"Republicans are going to have a chance to do some governing. A lot of it."


THE CONS HAVE 300 BILLS THAT THEY CLAIM ARE ON HARRY REID'S DESK


TO DO SOMETHING WITH.


WHAT WILL BE THEIR EXCUSE NOW FOR DOING NOTHING?????


THE BALL IS IN THEIR COURT........


LET'S SEE HOW THEY PLAY THIS ONE.


SueEllenEwing
SueEllenEwing

Ok. Let's go you repunots. Let us see what ya'll gon do. From the looks of gawja, the same thing. Absolutely NOTHING!!!

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

@Jazzpman Please nationalize this issue. Please. Repeat it over and over and over again. Tlk about how the Republicans are after their uteruses. Please. Thank You!

Indie Thinker
Indie Thinker

Truth is this election wasn't about returning the Republicans to power or defeating the president's policies as much as it was a cry from a frustrated country. That same frustration was behind Obama's election in 2008 and 2012, yet most people feel no better off than when he was elected. The terror threat escalates every day, healthcare reform has taken a price out of middle income families to pay for it and our borders still leak like a sieve. The news reports our country is better, but in our homes, at our dinner tables, we the people don't FEEL it. Groceries and utilities inch upward while pay checks are stagnate. 

We've lost hope in the state capital and in Washington, and feel like the elected, be they Democrat or Republican are out of touch with the reality of our lives. It doesn't help matters when the populace treats the governing of our country like an episode of Survivor. 

Republicans cater to the wealthy, Democrats pander to the welfare poor, leaving the middle class, the backbone of this nation, to fend for themselves. When will someone champion those of us who work and slave, who scrimp and save for a retirement that may never come, who struggle to make ends meet? That's one candidate I could get behind.

So, celebrate the victories and nurse your wounds but know this--it wasn't your party or policies that got you elected. You were just the lesser of the two evils. 

dcdcdc
dcdcdc

@Indie Thinker As a conservative, I am afraid you are close to the truth.  Personally, I'm hoping for a shift in (R) strategy - to become "The party of opportunity, not of Govt dependency".  


Will be interesting to see how the next two years play out.  But the (R)'s def have to come up with a positive message.  The good news is they now have the bully pulpit to do it.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Indie Thinker  " The news reports our country is better "


What channel are you watching ?


I would argue the opposite...Everyone thinks America is going to hell in a handbasket ( it isn't ) and a lot of that is driven by 24 hr news channels selling their customers fear.


Fox specializes in this. 

Jazzpman
Jazzpman

@Indie Thinker I honestly think it is the reality after Obama care.

The facts are Obama care has give the insurance companies the license to rip off all American's.  There couldn't be one American who can now say their insurance went down or stayed the same since it has come to pass.

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

@Indie Thinker  We did not lose hope, we restored hope. Hope requires context, which you cannot monopolize. Republicans cater to the wealthy? Who cares? They do a better job of catering to Georgians than the Democrats.

CreamofBuckwheat
CreamofBuckwheat

@Indie Thinker Republicans cater to the wealthy, Democrats pander to the welfare poor, leaving the middle class, the backbone of this nation, to fend for themselves.


Yeah this is an outdated and utter false statement, the Dems have figured out how to enrich themselves via cronie "capitalism" on the tax payers dime no less and the dems ruling class spend an inordinate amount of time shaking down the "rich" be they Wall Street or Hollywood types. But you are correct about the middle class which has taken it in the shorts for the past 8 or so years.

Indie Thinker
Indie Thinker

@DawgDadII @Indie Thinker Are you in the one percent? Most of us aren't- most of us are hitting the roads at 6am and getting home 12 hours later after another grueling day trying to put food on the table and a roof over our heads. All I'm saying is it seems a viable candidate who truly cares about the middle class would be a refreshing alternative to the election process.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

And look at the final numbers versus the polls. Either the polling firms are using the wrong models, asking the wrong people or flat out fabricating their results. Which one do they want to own up to?


People are getting played and it ain't Republicans doing the playing.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@IReportYouWhineTheGreat Harder to predict in mid terms with such low turnout


Silver has gotten 99 out of 100 states correct the last two Presidential Elections so if he was off this time around Id give him a pass

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

Polls took a terrible beating last night, even ole Nate Silver.  VA polls weren't even close, neither were Georgia, Iowa, Arkansas, NC.   Even the exit polls were flawed, 49/48, haha, in Georgia's Senate race.  This is one industry that should do a lot of self examining and restructuring.  They have a worse record of predicting outcomes than Joe Biden. 


Obama appeared for only 2 or 3 candidates, one was the Dem candidate for Gov in MD.  The guy dropped 9 points in the next poll after Obama's appearance.  He lost big.  Obama pulled defeat out of the jaws of victory. 

dcdcdc
dcdcdc

@RafeHollister Simple reason for this.  The pollsters had factored in the amazing number of Dem votes that are "found" late into the night, in urban areas.  In the meantime, the states have started to toughen up ID reqts to make sure only valid voters are voting.


Going to be a lot tougher for (D)'s to come up with those last minute votes in the future.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@dcdcdc @RafeHollister  The pollsters had factored in the amazing number of Dem votes that are "found" late into the night, in urban areas.


Any shred of proof of that every happening ? Thought not.

MarkVV
MarkVV

Let’s be clear about what happened in Georgia in the two main races. Jason Carter was not “ready for prime time” as a candidate for governor, the Democrats did not find a better candidate, and the virtual two-party system combined with obscene campaign finance conditions made it almost impossible for anybody else to have a chance. In the Senate race the Georgia voters are sending to Washington a man with no credentials for the job at all, whose career experience was to make millions for himself by outsourcing jobs overseas, who has not presented a single intelligent idea about the issues facing the country (saying “lower the taxes” and “cut regulations” are- slogans, not intelligent ideas), and whose campaign performance was notable for inability to debate and lying (“Nunn’s organization have supported terrorists,” “I have not outsourced jobs”).


Good job, Georgia voters!

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@MarkVV But, Perdue "outsourced" one more job last night, I think to MD or wherever Nunn calls home. 


You argument about Perdue's credentials is bogus, he was very qualified.  He ran a poor campaign I'll agree, but he was saved by the fact that the opposition candidate had no qualifications other than being Daddy's girl and Obama's future pawn.

zekeI
zekeI

@MarkVV 

Sounds very familiar!

Millions of moron brain dead voters sent an inexperienced, no idea, never held a job, never hired or fired workers, never met a payroll or a budget, despise the Constitution despised the country's founding, but, oodles of community organizing experience buffoon to DC as President! If we survive the next two years, it will truly be a miracle!

dcdcdc
dcdcdc

@MarkVV ahh, blame the voters.  That'll work.  Please, keep up that strategy.  MIght want to call them racist homophobes while you are at it.  Loudly.  


What a bunch of losers.  "My product sucks, so blame the clients".  Reminds me of Yugo.

MarkVV
MarkVV

@dcdcdc @MarkVV  And who to blame, other than the voters? Somebody else is sending Perdue to Washington?

MarkVV
MarkVV

@zekeI @MarkVV 


“inexperienced”- a lie


“no idea” - a lie


“never held a job” – why would that be a qualification for President?


“despise the Constitution despised the country's founding” – a lie


“oodles of community organizing experience “ – what is wrong with that?


“buffoon” – an insult reflecting the quality of the author.