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What really happened in the 2010 election

By E.J. Dionne

You can't blame a victorious political party for claiming an election victory as an endorsement of everything it believes in. Republicans want the 2010 vote to be interpreted as a mandate in which voters declared the GOP right about everything, and Obama and the Democrats wrong across-the-board. Anyone who fails to see things this way is said not to "get" it.

But outside analysts, particularly journalists, should be more careful in reading election returns. And as an antidote to blunt ideological takes on what happened last Tuesday, they should consult one of the best post-election analyses that has emerged, offered by Ruy Teixeira and John Halpin of the Center for American Progress.

Their paper, entitled "Election Results Fueled by Jobs Crisis and Voter Apathy Among Progressives," is written unabashedly from a progressive point of view. Yet the basis of their argument is a tough-minded reading of the exit poll numbers and the actual returns that is extremely hard to dispute. Anyone who proposes a sweeping ideological explanation for the vote should be required, as the price of credibility, to offer a detailed counter to the Teixeira-Halpin thesis based just as firmly in the numbers as their report is.

I offer here just a few highlights of their findings. They write that the most "parsimonious" explanation of the results rests on "a few fundamental factors." These include "the poor state of the economy; the abnormally conservative composition of the midterm electorate; and the large number of vulnerable seats in conservative-leaning areas. These trends cost the Democrats their House majority but were not strong enough to sweep them out in the Senate."

Where did the swing against the Democrats come from? They write:

Independent voters, white working-class voters, seniors, and men broke heavily against the Democrats due to the economy. Turnout levels were also unusually low among young and minority voters and unusually high among seniors, whites, and conservatives, thus contributing to a massively skewed midterm electorate. The Democrats therefore faced a predictable, and arguably unavoidable, convergence of forces. Incumbent Democrats suffered a genuine backlash of voter discontent due to a weak economy with considerable concerns about job creation, deep skepticism among independents, poor turnout among key base groups, and strong enthusiasm among energized conservatives.

Texeira and Halpin emphasize (as I did the day after the election) that the 2010 electorate was far older than the 2008 electorate, and also older than the 2006 electorate. Young voters, who supported the Democrats by a wide margin in all three elections, didn't show up in the numbers Democrats needed for a victory this time.

The 2010 electorate was noticeably light on young voters, who have recently been a very good group for Democrats. About 11 percent of 2010 voters were 18-29 years of age, sharply down from their 18 percent share in 2008 and also down from their 13 percent share in 2006. The last time the proportion of young voters dropped this much between a presidential and congressional election was between 1992 and 1994. On the other end of the age distribution, seniors' turnout was staggering. They were 23 percent of 2010 voters, up sharply from their 16 percent share in 2008 and their 19 percent share in 2006. In fact, going back to 1988 seniors have never been this high a percentage of the electorate.

They also found that white voters not only swung Republican, but also represented an unusually high proportion of this year's electorate.

Voters in 2010 were 78 percent white and 22 percent minority. The minority figure is a decline of 4 percentage points from the 2008 level of 26 percent. This is a sharp drop by recent standards. The years since 1992 have typically seen either been a slight increase or approximate stability in the minority percentage between a presidential and a congressional election. Even when there was a drop in the minority percentage between 2004 and 2006, it was only half as large as the drop between 2008 and 2010....

[White voters] supported congressional Republicans by 60 percent to 37 percent. This 23-point margin compares to an 8-point margin for congressional Republicans in 2008 and a 4-point margin in 2006. The 23-point margin among whites is also higher than it was in two other very good Republican congressional years: 19 points in 2002 and 16 points in 1994....

It is worth noting that while this 60 percent share of the white vote sufficed for a thumping victory in 2010, it will probably not be adequate for any kind of a victory in 2012, given trend assumptions about minority turnout and Democratic support. The GOP will probably need at least 61 percent of the white vote to eke out the narrowest of victories in that electoral universe.

All this says that 2010 cannot be read as a roadmap to a Republican victory in 2012. But the paper has sobering news for Democrats, notably a sharp decline in the Democrats' share of the white working class vote:

The most significant shift against the Democrats occurred among the white working class. Congressional Democrats lost this group by 10 points in both 2006 and 2008. Yet this deficit ballooned to 29 points in 2010--a deficit even larger than Democrats experienced in 1994 (22 points). That created an awfully big hole for Democrats to crawl out of, especially given relatively depressed turnout among Democratic-leaning constituencies.

Democrats cannot build a majority again without addressing the economic troubles of white voters with modest incomes. This is the challenge Obama needs to address. Empty talk about "repositioning" on somebody's ideological scale won't do the job. Delivering results will.

NOTE TO READERS: My column that normally runs on Monday was posted on Friday because it involved an interview with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who had just announced her intention to seek her colleagues' support to stay on as House minority leader. I discussed the column with Rachel Maddow on MSNBC on Friday night.

By E.J. Dionne  | November 8, 2010; 9:15 AM ET
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This election was not a referendum so much as it was an indictment. The charge is against progressives, blacks, young people and the sanity of the American people. All have taken a hit in this election and all are culpable for not showing up during the campaigning and more importantly on election day, failing to exist. This was the electoral equivalent of burning a cross on the White House lawn and the liberal media provided the gasoline. Time and again I was informed as to what this or that lunatic had to say with no discussion of the real issues by progressive candidates or even the straw horse Democrats who I guess were kind of sort of maybe thinking about running this year. What happened in this election will be a point of shame for this country if and when sanity and civility ever come back into fashion.

Posted by: buddecj | November 8, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

What really happened in the 2010 election? America said "NO" to the liberal, socialist, spendoholic antics shoved down our throats by Odumba and the leftist DemocRATs...

Posted by: NO-bama | November 8, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance.

Time to move past the first stage of grief. After two years of being excluded from representation, looks like the constituency responded. Continued denial will ensure Republican majorities in 2012.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | November 8, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Oh wow, I didn't know that the Republican Party was the party of old white men. Opps! Yea I did.

Besides stoking anger at Democrats and Obama, just what is the Republican Party offering? Tax breaks? We've been down this road before. Dividing people with emotional exploitation, screaming for tax breaks and ending of industry regulation is all the Republican Party is about and is absolutely funded by the companies that benefit directly from the tax breaks and deregulation.

What does the United States of America deserve for voting for Republicans? An oily, poisoned Gulf of Mexico.

Republicans still believe in the trickle down effect too. When are we going to get this lie out of the way?

The 2005 CBO data show that changes in law enacted since January 2001 increased the deficit by $539 billion in 2005. In the absence of such legislation, the nation would have a surplus that year. In 2010, when all the Bush tax cuts were finally phased in, a staggering 52.5 percent of the benefits went to the richest 5 percent of taxpayers. President Bush and his supporters argued that these high-income tax cuts would benefit everybody because they would unleash investment that would spark widespread economic prosperity.

There is no evidence of this.

From 2000 to 2007, the United States lost one in five (3.5 million) middle-class jobs. A majority of the new jobs created in the United States under Bush pay extremely low wages at less than $18,000 a year, usually without benefits. This is with corporate profits at an all time high since 1960.

Americans are kept ignorant that Republicans have no credibility on the issue of jobs creation.

The cursory American media continues to keep voters ignorant, because the media for the most part is rich white people.

Posted by: getcentered | November 8, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

You can fool young voters who still cling to their unrealistic ideals (you know a young man who is not a liberal...)most blacks continue to be racist in their blind allegiance to a "black" president, and the unions including Soros bought goons like you can only rent so many limos to transport uninformed entitlees to the polls. Add to this that the main (lame) stream media continues to advocate failed progressive ideology (see Western Europe, Soviet Union, Cuba...)and academia continues to be enraptured by failed idealistic expectations and you're lucky anyone votes for the redistributive nonsense that all of you lazy leftists vomit consistently.

Posted by: michaelhunt277 | November 8, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

What really happened? A totally predictable energizing of the opposition after they were roundly spanked in 2008. That, coupled with the poor economy, and still the Democrats held the Senate. We can thank the tea partiers for that bit of good news. All in all, the opposition is going to have a tough time implementing any of their radical ideas, and their base will be disillusioned, and the other side will win big in 2012, and so on. Meanwhile, from 2008-10 some very meaningful and positive legislation was passed. My congratulations to Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid for their excellent work, and to the Democrats in Congress for making the tough votes, putting the good of their country above reelection.

Posted by: bertram2 | November 8, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

The frothy-mouthed Tea Bagging crowd won. Get over it.

Posted by: HillRat | November 8, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

What happened was that a series of distortions, half-truths, and lies were spread far and wide by the far right, the misguided, and the ill-informed courtesy of power hungry politicians and demagogues posing as "reporters," "analysts," "pundits," etc. What I have seen and heard is downright scary. Rather than work together toward a solution, politicians prefer to polarize, lay blame, seek power and pursue agendas and ignore the plight of America. I have become so disgusted that a demagogue like Palin (who definitely is in it for the money and power) is given credence and treated as if she is the answer to America's problems. I am appalled that a pseudo-news network (faux news) is allowed to spread lies without being held accountable.
Diogenes could walk the length and breadth of America and would burn out all the oil in his lamp searching for an honest man or woman in politics or in the "news" media.

Posted by: abbydelabbey | November 8, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

What really happened in the 2010 election? Obamacare happened. When Obama, Pelosi and Reid decided to cram Obamacare down our throats the American people suddenly realized that we were being led by extremists that cared not about America, but about their own political agenda. This sparked the explosion of the Tea Parties, and eventually led to the demise of the Democrats. But it is not over. If Congress doesn't get busy and deal with the issues that America wants, instead of the issues that the extremists want, there will be more wholesale government changes.

Posted by: mike85 | November 8, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

"White voters with modest incomes" represents what? Close to 95% of the Tea Party? Factor in their Christian right "values," and we end up with the kooky Congress-elect we'll have for the next two years. (As a moderate Republican, this dismays me to no end.)

It's stunning to hear these white seniors rail against big, dangerous government while cashing-in on every taxpayer hand-out available.

I see these "white voters with modest incomes" as an entitlement class who have grown accustomed to a spoils system based purely on their race.

The election of an educated, African-American male to the US presidency turned their faux ruling class upside down.

That's their beef.

Posted by: MaggieCA | November 8, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

"Rather than work together toward a solution, politicians prefer to polarize, lay blame, seek power and pursue agendas and ignore the plight of America."

A perfect description of the last two years.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | November 8, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

“There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”

- Warren Buffet, the 2nd richest man in America

Posted by: getcentered | November 8, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Answering what the 2010 elections meant is not knowable with certainty today, but will be very plain in 2012.

Republicans in the Senate blocked from becoming law many bills the Dem House passed. Republicans achieved a major 2010 victory despite predictions they would be punished for being the party of NO.
Republicans proved that being the party of NO works, if you say NO to legislation the public opposes.
Republicans in the House will pass legislation in 2011 and 2012. There's no way fro Dems to stop that given the huge Republican Housse majority.

Senate Dems and Obama have the same opportunity or risk to be the party of NO. Will it work the same way with Dems being rewarded for blocking legislation the Republican House passes?

I doubt the results will be the same, but we'll see if Dem Senators and the President have enough faith in their own positions to put themselves to this test.

Posted by: jfv123 | November 8, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

All I can say is my own personal vote was to repudiate the Progressive agenda of redistributive and anti-capitalist big government.

Posted by: danamo | November 8, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

My analysis of the election is that all of us dumb white lower class voters quit clinging to our Bibles and guns and voted. It seems quite clear that we are rejecting the liberal progressive policies of Obama his liberal progressive followers.

Posted by: g30rg3544 | November 8, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

"Turnout levels were also unusually low among young and minority voters and unusually high among seniors, whites, and conservatives, thus contributing to a massively skewed midterm electorate."

Readers are invited to consider a midterm election in which young and minority voters turned out in higher than expected margins and, as a result was described by the Center for American Progress as "massively skewed". Ironically though, at least with respect to younger voters, such a description for this hypothetical event would be far more apt than what is insinuated here. The fact is that younger voters almost never vote with the enthusiasm that progressive organizations think they ought- the youth vote is kind of a fabled lost city of gold for liberals. Having immensely enjoyed a 2008 elections cycle in which younger (and generally very naive), voters bought into the whole hopychangy thing and actually showed up a the polls in numbers that were a little higher than normal, EJ and his friends at the CFAP are now reduced to wistfully remembering the good old days and lamenting a "skewed" election.

Posted by: jbrenner1 | November 8, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

At age 70 and pasty pale white most experts would assume that I voted for GOP candidates in the election just past. They would be wrong. I stayed home. I voted for Obama in 2008 and for the Democratic candidates on the ballot. However, I am very disappointed by the similarity between the foreign policy of Obama and the Democratic members of Congress. I oppose the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and Obama and the Democratic Congress does not. I am angry that the Pentagon runs US foreign policy and that the US has become so similar to the Germany of the late 1930's. I oppose the continued increase in our national debt and am amazed that we continue to waste trillions of dollars on our military. While our military may be the strongest in the world it has not won us friends around the world. To the contrary the US is viewed by most of the world as being a bully. Somewhere in the future the US will wish it had friends outside the US. It does not. Obama and the Democrats in Congress have failed to protect the American people. They deserve to be thrown out of office even if those who replace them are even worse.

Posted by: jimeglrd8 | November 8, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

I dont think the main problem for Democrats is to address the economic troubles because I feel they have already done the best they could do.

Financial regulation, healthcare reform, the stimulus package, etc. all helped the economy.

Instead, I think the main problem is one of communication. Obama could have done a much better job of communicating to the American people the successes of his administration and how his proposals have helped prevent another Great Depression.

I talk about this more in detail in my blog: www.ashwanitalk.com

Posted by: Ashwani_Talk | November 8, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

anaylis this: YOUR SIDE LOST.no BS explanations needed

Posted by: pofinpa | November 8, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Children and the beneficiaries of the welfare state are required to prop up the liberal agenda. That's just dandy.

Posted by: twann9852 | November 8, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I only have one thing to say about the republicans, the Tea Party, Boehner, McConnell, DeMint and the rest: I HOPE THEY FAIL!

Posted by: jaxas70 | November 8, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

It is no surprise to me that white working class citizens voted against the Democrates. Obama did nothing to help their employment prospects. Those most hurt by this administration are working class and minority voters. Their unemployment rate is far above the national level. If prospects for minorities are still bad in two years, are blacks going to give Obama the solid support he now enjoys from them?

Posted by: saelij | November 8, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

I'm a Democrat. With all due respect, low turnout among key groups is not a mitigating factor. If you can't get your vote out you lose. This isn't a blip or a bad break; it's the whole story. We lost as bad as the scoreboard suggests. Since 1980, Dems have been assuring us that their views represent the vast majority of Americans and in the next election, supporters are going to coming out of the woodwork.

Posted by: chgobluesguy | November 8, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

EJ is is even lamer today!! Why cant Dionne shut up for a day!

He is so confused! The Democrats lost more seats in one election and in 60+ years! Then they lost 19 State legislatures and 11 State Houses.

EJ That is a crushing defeat!!

It is start over time!! and the end for you EJ.


Posted by: jjcrocket14 | November 8, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

What happened in this election?

It was a mid-term election. The party in power always loses seats.

The GOP will be out in 2 years. Mark my words.

Posted by: dcp26851 | November 8, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

The success of the Republicans is simply because the moderate swing voters were disgruntled over Wasington (very simply put)Those of us who voted for President Obama, and were lured in by his talk of change, found him to be deeply imbedded into the status quo and his special interest masters like PHARMA and the Insurance Lobby.

The Reason that the Senate didn't lose big with the Democrats is simply because 40 Democratic Seats were not up for re-election in 2010. 2012 is another year and I would recommend that Harry Reid be permanantly put on the Senate Comittee for fetching coffee (preferably during important votes)

Few are happy with that 2500 page monstrosity called the health care bill. It takes a whole week and a half to read it and another week to start making sense of it. One thing is certain, It forces us, by law, to buy a product from insurance at an increased rate.

There is a viscious triangle between health care, insurance, and trial lawyers - each with the ability to drive up the rates of the other two. Greed has driven these rates up and up over the years so that a shrinking middle class will be ruined if they get sick.

The failure to recognize this by congress either points to an inability to grasp the problems that break the system (incompetance) or the fact that members of congress recieve bribes (campaign contributions) from these special intrest groups. (corrupt)

Wheter incompetant or corrupt, the American voters don't much care for you and we will effect our own change. If you are a Washington insider or incumbant... It's hunting season on you. Be prepared to get your walking papers.

Posted by: iraqibrett | November 8, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Winning and losing. That's what this was all about for you pathetic weenies? Well, let;s discuss what was really won here.

First. The states are as I punch this message out, bracing for huge cuts in services. I am not talking about the "social safety net" or unemployment benefits or welfare here either. I am talking about the services involving fire and police protection, infrastructure projects involving major federal and interstate thoroughfares that the states cannot muster sufficient funds to continue and the government--now in the hands of penny pinching conservatives are going to be pressured to deny. National and state parks may actually have to consider closure until further notice. But the most notable cuts are going to be in health and education services. Food safety in our schools. Laws mandating businesses adhere to national clean air and water standards will be repealed.

This is limited government folks. This is what it means. The next outbreak of flu will find us short of vaccines because of cuts in funds to health service agencies. New buildings for our our growing demand for new schools will be postponed. Some kids will have to stay home. The health of our elderly and children will suffer as already cash strapped agency funds dry up. The basic services involving our underground structures for carrying clean fresh water and sewage will suffer as well and breakdowns will be likely to occur.

State and federal workers will be furloughed or laid off indefinitely. Construction projects will be completely shut down so look for chaos on our interstate highways, in our cities and towns and look for fundamental traffic gridlock. The economy will suffer as more and more jobs are killed through these "austerity" measure.

This is what you voted for folks. This is what "limited government" really means so, get ready for it because it is coming to a neighborhood near you.

Posted by: jaxas70 | November 8, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Ashwani, you say Obama should have communicated more. All he has done for 20 months is talk! He has been all over the world communicating with his teleprompter! We did not like what he said. We did not like what he did. When he called us his enemies after suing Arizona, he cooked his goose.

What Obama needs to do is LISTEN. The American people tried to tell him and the dems we were not in step with his dictating to us and his distributing the wealth while the economy sank and jobs continued to dry up. We were fed up with his lies.

The dems have had 4 years to help this country. They have failed miserably. The only states that sent dems back to congress are the states full of people who want the government to support them. Well, I hope the republicans will not give them a dime.

Posted by: annnort | November 8, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Consistency in the US culture is reassuring, and E.J. Dionne helps provide it. No matter what the political event, the song is always the same. But it would help his liberal political readership if he would change his tune now and then.

Posted by: JRhysBrown | November 8, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

It's the economy stupid, the republicans caused a major proportion of this devastation and the democrats paid for it. I still don't see the logic in turning to the GOP for economy relief for the average working citizen, but it's done. I always laugh at the amnesia by the right about the previous eight years, it never happen.

Posted by: shipfreakbo214 | November 8, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

either way dionne...
it's the obama administration...
it's also obama's economy...
and obama's unemployment...
it's all his...
and if he wants to get reelected...
he better get to work and give Americans a reason to vote for him like jobs...

Posted by: DwightCollins | November 8, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

It's personally satisfying to see that a Luso-American (Teixeira) like myself has got it right. Poor old President Obama has lost his base. It's all his fault. He went with Larry Summers on the economy, a gift to the investment bankers, and with Joe Leiberman on healthcare, a gift to the insurance companies. Now history will pass him by, and President Obama will sink into history like Jimmy Carter, when he could have risen into History like JFK. I hope he knows this, and retires early like LBJ, instead of letting his ego give us over to the Republicans in 2012. Don't count on it, he's a politcian, he's shown that, and not a good one because he's lost his base and won't be able to get it back.

Posted by: tdmdphd | November 8, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I want to be a lib so bad. I want to ignore reality, I want to experience that nirvanic bliss that is ignorance, I want to pay absolutely no mind to the man behind the curtain. How do I become one? Where do I sign up?

Posted by: kbarker302 | November 8, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

"It's the economy stupid, the republicans caused a major proportion of this devastation and the democrats paid for it. I still don't see the logic in turning to the GOP for economy relief for the average working citizen, but it's done. I always laugh at the amnesia by the right about the previous eight years, it never happen.

Posted by: shipfreakbo214 | November 8, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse "

your ignorance is amazing...
and as long as obama is president...
he and his party will pay for the bad economy...
man up or shut up...

Posted by: DwightCollins | November 8, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Now let me give you the winners in all of this. While middle class families and all of those white working class nitwits who voted for this Tea Party claptrap will be even worse off when these cuts hit home for the states, guess who will be fatter, dumber and happier? The wealthy and the fat CEOs from all of those big businesses who will reap not only tax cuts from this bunch but will be given a free hand to pollute, to cheat, to move their operations overseas, to exploit at will.

This is what you voted for folks and you haven't even begun to realize the pain it is going to cause you when the crap really hits the fan. Read the NYT front page article this morning on what is going to happen very shortly to the states out there that you people put the right wing extremist conservatives in charge of.

A year from now it will be music to my ears when a majority of the miserable people who voted for this start asking the question: Who the hell does the Tea Party think they are? Well, thanks to you, they're in charge now. You voters are about to get a snootful of just what "limited government" really means.

Posted by: jaxas70 | November 8, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

The reasons for the 2010 results mirror those of 2008. An incredibly energized out-of-power party base and a completely deflated base of the party in power. Nothing to see here. As much as you may like to think Obama's election was some sort of national upheaval, the fact is that millions upon millions didn't vote for him, and millions more didn't vote at all. This was not, of course, unique to Obama's election. One could argue Reagan and Nixon rode similar conditions.

Posted by: NNevada | November 8, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

EJ--You've used a lot of words to explain what really happened: Democrats lost, en masse.

The rest of your explanation of the explanations of others is a waste of ink.

Republicans will be smarter than you think. They will keep taxes at the Bush era level, reduce outlays by rolling back expenditures to a level and time where income equalled outgo.

The formula for sustainability is much simpler than you and other big spenders at the expense of those who earn would lead people to believe.

Message to those living off the government (meaning the taxpayer)--plan for a change. Maybe you'll have to cut back on cable TV, cell phone and texting plans, and spend money on necessities.

Posted by: jshaver001 | November 8, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

What Happened? Are you serious Dionne? What happened is that your spendthrift, hippy mentality got obliterated by the wisdom of the American people. All those articles you wrote praising Obama and praising Pelosi just got repudiated and rejected by millions of people... think about that next time you're talking to your elitist buds at the water cooler.

Posted by: egrib | November 8, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Only Dionne would consider the Center for American progress an impartial judge of the election result. They, like Dionne, will put a spin on anything negative re liberal Democrats and Progressives. The message is clear: voters repudiated Obama's socialist agenda of government controlled healthcare, a non-job-stimulating stimulus program that was nothing more than a reward to Big Labor for its support and a hugely expensive and job-killing cap and trade bill. Now with Republicans as the majority party in the House and chairing important committees, we can begin to turn back these programs by starving them of funding and the same arcane parliamentary procedures that Democrats were so fond of using to push their agenda without considering any input from us.

Posted by: 1republican | November 8, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

If you depend on American working class voters for your election, you are in trouble from the get go. Those jobs, and that class went so far South and West that they ended up in the Orient. Remember Bill Clinton telling us that how we were going to build a "Knowledge Based" economy where the jobs could not be exported. Guess what, Bill;- the internet works. "Knowledge" is fungible. Land, Natural Resources, and Capital rule, and every bit of it is For Sale to the highest bidder. "God Bless Us All" said Tiny Tim. "Amen" said Mr. Scrooge. "Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition" will be the anthem for generations to come. "Hang out your Service Flag mother" your son (and daughter) is in the R.O.I.C. and will definitely be called up upon graduation.

Posted by: waterl00 | November 8, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS- is all you need to read to disregard this entire article. Dionne is so far beyond a hack and idealogue that any day now, i expect him to pull a full on O'Donnell and admit that he too, is a socialist. Waaaaayyy over on the fringe and thanfkully so marginalized that we get to tune in for comedic enteratinment at what the next spin is. Tip to E.J from the old clue bat- Nearly the entire country is against socialism except for the 18% of progressives- the other 88% DETEST Gjorgy Soros and we are all clearly aware of all of his little pet projects like CFAP,TIDES,secretary of state progress,NPR,PBS- every one of them. If you want even a SLIVER of crediblity, quote sources other than straight out marxists- that is all.

Posted by: sayoung809132001 | November 8, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I believe the American people voted because of anger, frustration on the actions taken by democrats over the past 2 years. But I must add that we also know that the republicans are just as guilty of big spending, growing government and all that, that includes so don’t for one minute believe we voted the Republicans in power in the House and then we will forget all about it. NO!!! I am a Tea Party participant, and believe me we are watching very closely and we will campaign just a hard to remove a Republican from office just as fast as we would a democrat. The people of this great nation WILL BE HEARD, not NOT, START PACKING YOUR BAGS RIGHT NOW!!!!

Posted by: vatownsend | November 8, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

"Republicans want the 2010 vote to be interpreted as a mandate in which voters declared the GOP right about everything, and Obama and the Democrats wrong across-the-board."

Straw man argument much? Of course no one has said that, or expect that standard to be met. But it's clear people were not happy with the health insurance program as passed, and a lot of other things the Dems did the past 2 years.

Posted by: keepandbear | November 8, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

I only have one thing to say about the republicans, the Tea Party, Boehner, McConnell, DeMint and the rest: I HOPE THEY FAIL!

Posted by: jaxas70


Must sux being such a miserable, liberal PO S, eh?

Posted by: LibFreeUSA2010 | November 8, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

so dionne, to butress yr point on "what really happened" and to try to get the "real deal" and "truth", you quote a known leftist
group "Center for American Progress"who worships Obama and left wing ideology.

Why...yr as good as fox and Heritage teaming up. No problem with giving "your" view, but stop it with the usual "we know the truth"..high horse "we know better" leftist
shpeel. Man you lefties are soooo self righteous almost god like in your pronouncements. Did they tell you Obummer is a false messiah, women no longer faint at the sight.

Posted by: snapplecat07 | November 8, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

jimeglrd wrote: "I am very disappointed by the similarity between the foreign policy of Obama and the Democratic members of Congress. I oppose the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and Obama and the Democratic Congress does not. I am angry that the Pentagon runs US foreign policy ... waste trillions of dollars on our military... the US is viewed by most of the world as being a bully ..."

-- thanks for stating this. Few political analysts realized there are many conscientious people who used their vote (mostly non-vote) to protest Obama's ME wars and policies. It's not just the weak economy (most reasonable people know who's the real culprit) or even racist views against the president (many of the older, white voters who voted against their own interests).

Posted by: KT11 | November 8, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

This has always been my problem with voters. They are lazy and dislike having to think in the critical terms that are vital and necessary for a Constitutional Republic like ours to survive. Many of our Founding Fathers distrusted the "rabble" in the streets and thought our experiment would fail because more intelligent, sensible voters would be outnumbered by this rabble. Thus, it is a remarkable testament to the resiliency of the Constitution and our citizenry that it has lasted this long.

But, it really is in danger now because of that fear and distrust our Founders initially had may indeed now be coming true. The quality and caliber of the people who won office in this election and the cranky, extreme view they hold is evidence that their fear may not have been so misguided. We are about to find out in some very painful ways if this bunch of unintelligent zealots gets their way.

Posted by: jaxas70 | November 8, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Yes, No bama, we have all heard ad nauseum about how Republicans are going to restore fiscal sanity.

Send your boys Boehner and Cantor and email and tell them its time to publish the list of spending cuts the House Republicans propose to offset the revenue the country will lose by not allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire.

The days of Just Say No are over. Where's the list?

Posted by: exco | November 8, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I will not bother to read Dionne's latest effort on behalf of the Democrats and just presume he said something to the effect; after further study they have determined they, the Looney Left, won last Tuesday's elections not the Republicans and that is why Obama still thinks he knows what he is doing and Pelosi is so pleased with the results she want to continue the same strategy to win the same way in 2012...

Posted by: Illinois4 | November 8, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

It's hard to be a republican these days because I went to college, make a $100K and have brown skin. Oh yeah and I get laid.

Posted by: DCSNARK | November 8, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Oh please, Mr.Dionne!
Things are much simpler. The capitalist owners of this country has successfully bred several generations of egocentric ignorant idiots, which today comprise a majority of our electorate. All that's needed is some "National Enquirer" style manipulation to get their votes. Republicans excel at this and Democrats do not.
To paraphrase the 19th century Russian writer Griboyedov, Democrats suffer grief from being the intelligent ones.

Posted by: VMR1 | November 8, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I voted Dem like I always do, but it's my estimation that alot of Dem folks didn't show up because the Dem's policies as implemented are little but watered-down versions of republican policies.

Washington is owned by Rich, moneyed special interests. Both Parties are incalculably corrupt, and as we move forward the poisonous, divided politics of America will only get worse.

The Republicans aren't gonna be able to put a dent into the deficit or the debt, because they like always will be unwilling to actually vote the principles that they sell the public. The Lion's share, by far, of the government expenditures go to Defense, Medicare/Medicaid, and Social Security. So why not start there? No, They'll cut the funding for National Public radio and fool all of you anti-tax types into believing that they are fiscally more responsible than a Dem.

Until some political party will make the hard decision, in the face of knowing it will cost them at the polls, we are doomed to future of ballooning deficits.

Posted by: JoeMck | November 8, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

It's amazing how people have such short-term memory that they forget we had giant swings like this several times in the past 15 years. It's easy to say someone won big and not look at the detailed information of who voted and how, but that is very important information... unless Republicans want to fall into the same trap as they've done (and Democrats have done) before.

Let's face it, you could have had ANYBODY in the White House and the party that lost the White House would have been MORE ENERGIZED to vote than the party that had just won. That's why we always have seats lost by the party in control during mid-term elections.

But, hey feel free to ignore history - it's not like there's a pattern here.

Posted by: lightgrw | November 8, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

LibFreUSA2010, you obviously have no grasp of the comic parody I was intending to convey. Recall that Rush Hogbaugh's artless, frothy hope stated on his silly, dumbo radio show designed for a silly, dumbo audience of dittoheads and klan-like bigots throughout rural, white, old faht Amurrica, became the republican battle cry as crazy old faht Jim Demented picked it up in his asinine Waterloo comment.

But, none of this is relevant. What is relevant is reality, or who's version of it is the real reality. We are about to find out. We were told once before by Newt Getrich that the American people would not react negatively to shutting down the government. He soon found out that a negative reaction was the least of his problems as the public revolted against him and his newly minted Congress and re-elected Bill Clinton in 1996. Two years later, Getrich was gone baby gone as the democrats made huge gains in the House and took back the Senate as the republicans fahted away 4 years trying to impeach Clinton for having the audacity to win re-election.

Look. Nothing lasts. I suspect the Tea Party has its own comeuppins to face once the public gets a whiff of just what "limited government" really means in their lives.

Posted by: jaxas70 | November 8, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

getcentered writes:The 2005 CBO data show that changes in law enacted since January 2001 increased the deficit by $539 billion in 2005. In the absence of such legislation, the nation would have a surplus that year. In 2010, when all the Bush tax cuts were finally phased in, a staggering 52.5 percent of the benefits went to the richest 5 percent of taxpayers.

--the top 5 % pay 53% percent of the taxes
So your point ? you want more ?then start paying more. The top 50% of taxpayers pay 96% of all taxes. work your way up, then talk, stop spending someone elses money, I know its easy and fun but a bit "self-centered"

Posted by: snapplecat07 | November 8, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

"Republicans want the 2010 vote to be interpreted as a mandate in which voters declared the GOP right about everything, and Obama and the Democrats wrong across-the-board. Anyone who fails to see things this way is said not to "get" it."

And anyone who does NOT fail to see things this way is said to be a stupid, fearful, unwashed, gun-clinging Bible thumper.

Posted by: JamesMeager1 | November 8, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Simple. The nanny state socialists got face spanked by the real Americans and Obozo's ability to ruin this country has been ended. The remaining two years will be defined by his bitter spite and racist name calling. And every night he has to sleep with a giant silver back gorilla who hates him for being a illegal alien secret muslim.

Posted by: carlbatey | November 8, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I think that the new Obama Democrats made a big mistake by not retaining the talent of Howard Dean who masterfully helped engineer the rebound in 2006 and 2008 with his 50 state stategy and on the ground organizing. The Democrats this year relied too much on spending for political ads instead of reinvesting on a ground game. They were using what still remained of those structures to get out the vote they did produce. I think the Democratic National Committtee needs Dr. Dean to help cure its ills.

Posted by: willin46 | November 8, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Obama and the Pelosites virtually destroyed the independents this time around. I think those moderates/independents are really mildly conservative but do not like to admit to it. This time around, their true convictions came out to show. They all voted as conservatives.

I think it's time for the Democrats to admit that they are too far out in left field for mainstream America.

It's time to kick the left-wing wackos out and be America's party again.

To let the AXIS of EVIL, Obama-Pelosi-Reid lead the way again is just plain idiotic.

Do those bums like to lose??

Good question!

Posted by: battleground51 | November 8, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

It's presumptuous to even think that we recognize why some weren't reelected, considering the apparent little attention we pay. Might the party holding the most seats have lost them stricly to anti incumbent actions from citizens not even recognizing actions of those displaced?
How few of us recognize that important legislation, such as healthcare is always passed in dire need of radical change? Don't we continue to make subtle change, such as management change, and then await results that can only come from real change, which is achieved through addressing the problem that inspired us to make management change?

Posted by: reenie10 | November 8, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Nate Silver has pointed out that the turnout among core Democratic groups was actually not that bad for a midterm election (the statistics quoted in the report fall from 13 percent for young voters in the last midterm to 11 percent now -- not a big change). It is just that the turnout for Republican core groups was unusually large.

Posted by: jonawebb | November 8, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

It's presumptuous to even think that we recognize why some weren't reelected, considering the apparent little attention we pay. Might the party holding the most seats have lost them stricly to anti incumbent actions from citizens not even recognizing actions of those displaced?
How few of us recognize that important legislation, such as healthcare is always passed in dire need of radical change? Don't we continue to make subtle change, such as management change, and then await results that can only come from real change, which is achieved through addressing the problem that inspired us to make management change?

Posted by: reenie10 | November 8, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

What really happened? People woke up to the Obama lie that no one with an income under $250,000 would see their taxes increase. What Obama and his progressive (aka liberal) minions failed to mention was that the massive amount of deficit spending and government mandates would inhibit private sector hiring and would also do something else far more ominous. The federal government would have to print more money to pay for all of these 'wonderful' entitlement programs like Obamacare (i.e monetize the debt) By doing this, it spurs price increases in energy, food, housing and everything else that impacts the lower and middle classes worst. What Obama & Co have actually done is to add a massive hidden tax to every American, especially those earning UNDER $250,000 per year. If this TRUTH had been told to the American people, not only would the Democrats have lost the Senate, but hard left wingers like Pelosi and Franks would have been seeking new employment as well.

The ONLY solution is a massive cut in the federal budget starting with the repeal of Obamacare and the other new entitlement programs of the last three decades. Then we will look at everything else including the big ticket military expenditures that are politically motivated like Boeing contracts that help a certain Democratic senator that won her bid for reelection by the skin of her teeth.

Posted by: honorswar26 | November 8, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Your article and the Teixeira/Halpin article you reference are so far off the mark you should be arrested for JUI (journalism under the influence). You lable everything as "skewed" or "unusual". What a load of BS. The progressives and minorities didn't turn out 2010 in the numbers equal to what they did in in 2006 and 2008 because they are understanding what happened - they were lied to. I believe it is that simple. These people have become smarter and will no longer "buy" the BS of Obama and his cabal. It takes a COUNTRY/GlOBE of working people to bring an end to a recession. A BS artist alone can't do it. The progressives backed off because they had thought the Obama Cabal would be much more Stalin like than he has shown himself capable of being. The younger folks backed off simply because they don't like people that lie to them. The minorities backed off becasue they are the smartest group among the progressives, youth and minorities. Despite how the Progressives have tried to indoctrinate the minorites for decades the minorities understand that one needs to work at things and having done so feels good - contributes to self respect. They thought Obama would make it easier for their efforts to be rewarded. However, they discovered he is soooooooooooo involved in "pay-back" that it is hurtfull to them rather than helpful. Minorities understand that the Republicans/Conservatives are not perfect by any means, but both understand and deal better with reality. Obama's biggest problem now is that he has done a great deal of harm to EVERY American and EVERYONE understands that. He will not recover from it.

Posted by: AnAmerican5 | November 8, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

No one knows for sure if the Tea Party will succeed in moving the GOP to enact their crazy agenda which can be summed up in the silly adage: No government is good government.

But, let us imagine for a nanosecond that they do get their way. What will America look like by the next election? Well, for one thing the states will have to make draconian cuts in spending because the GOP governors have committed themselves to never, ever, raising taxes again in history, no matter what emergency situation arises. That means broad shutdowns of the common things we have come to take for granted in America. Freeways will close. Why? Because there will be no funds to keep them in a state of repair. Construction projects will be shut down, workers laid off. Schools will be drastically reduced in the number of hours they can stay open. Teachers will be furloughed or fired outright. Same for fire, police and prison personnel. Heal services will be drastically cut. Medicate will be in complete default.

Our infrastructure--already in a state of decay--will be beyond any hope of repair for decades to come. That means dams, bridges, underground structures and the cabling that makes up our national grid will decay and begin to fail. If you think the Tea Party is angry, just wait until fans cannot watch the Superbowl, or their fav reality show or they can't get into the internet! Heavens! They won't even be able to get all of this frustration and anger off their chest because they can't play around on the blogs!

Look. My point is that this is a big, complex country operating within a big, complex global economy. It is easy just sitting around talking about the failures of government in these comforting, generic ideology-inspired generalities but quite another when it comes to trying to implement these general ideas when they start affecting the lives of real people--yourselves included.

Posted by: jaxas70 | November 8, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

"Republicans want the 2010 vote to be interpreted as a mandate in which voters declared the GOP right about everything, and Obama and the Democrats wrong across-the-board. Anyone who fails to see things this way is said not to "get" it."

And anyone who does NOT fail to see things this way is said to be a stupid, fearful, unwashed, gun-clinging Bible thumper.

Posted by: JamesMeager1


Looks like your Prozac isn't working. Perhaps suicide should be in your immediate future, yes?

Posted by: LibFreeUSA2010 | November 8, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

It's hard to be a republican these days because I went to college, make a $100K and have brown skin. Oh yeah and I get laid.

Posted by: DCSNARK

I wouldn't brag about hooking up with Barney Frank.

Posted by: LibFreeUSA2010 | November 8, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

LibFreUSA2010, you obviously have no grasp of the comic parody I was intending to convey.
Posted by: jaxas70

-Trust me, we all wanted Obama to fail!

Posted by: LibFreeUSA2010 | November 8, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

There is truth to this argument. I personally don't see this as a referendum against progressivism and I am not delusional. The data is there for anyone to see.

Since they see this as a mandate for their platform, I expect the R and R(TP) leadership to go hog wild trying to enact their legislation. The new R leadership in most states are already promising to balance budgets on the backs of services and regulation with no tax hikes. Just as the aggressive actions by the D to pass their platform in the first year of the Obama administration energized the right, aggressive action by the R will energize the left. One does not need a crystal ball to see how this strategy will fail miserably.

Go for it R and R(TP)! If you fail to govern wisely (and I don't think you can), the pendulum will swing in the opposite direction in 2012.

Unfortunately, I doubt the D have learned a lesson and they will fail to govern wisely once they have power again. The pendulum will continue to rock back and forth every two years to the detriment of the nation.

Neither party gets "it". They are complicit in their failures to govern. Expect the same trajectory, folks. Power and wealth focused in the hands of the shrinking elite with more poverty and fewer middle class jobs.

Posted by: mraymond10 | November 8, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

For most of the posting I thought EJ continued to be in denial until the last paragraph where he seems to get it:

"Democrats cannot build a majority again without addressing the economic troubles of white voters with modest incomes. This is the challenge Obama needs to address. Empty talk about "repositioning" on somebody's ideological scale won't do the job. Delivering results will."

A bad economy is one thing but most voters thought Obama and the Democrats completely ignored it, concentrating on Obamacare and throwing "stimulus" pork to political cronies for shovel-ready jobs even the President admits never existed.

Now will Obama and the Democratic leadership figure this out? I have my doubts.

Posted by: bbface21 | November 8, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Maybe, just maybe, the results of this election will be that we will have a President of the United States instead of the President of the Democratic Party - which he has been for the last two years.

Posted by: JWMeritt | November 8, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

NO-bama, please grow up.

Posted by: fmamstyle | November 8, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

E.J....I see you are desparately clinging to your exhausted liberal beliefs....well, at least you are true to yourself.

The all time best quote of the election?: "This was a restraining order" And, how.

You can't mourn the way the electorate was defined for this vote...not voting is a much a constitutional right as voting. Your side did want to vote for Republicans,but they also did not want to vote for your people, so they stayed home.

Same thing happens in 2012. The Dems have to defend 23 Senate seats (wow-target rich environment)and after gerrymandering (opps, I mean redistricting), we pick up another 15 or 20 safe seats.

The Dems and liberals will be in the minority for a decade..

Posted by: dcmowbray1 | November 8, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

LibFreeUSA2010, please grow up. This is an adult conversation. Take your childish commentary to Rush Limbaugh.

Posted by: fmamstyle | November 8, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I want to be a lib so bad. I want to ignore reality, I want to experience that nirvanic bliss that is ignorance, I want to pay absolutely no mind to the man behind the curtain. How do I become one? Where do I sign up?

Posted by: kbarker302
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Hey, kbarker, I think you are confused. You start off saying you want to be a lib (and by this I assume you mean Liberal and not a resident of the Marshall Islands) then you list attributes most seen among tea bag cultists.

Make up your mind, man!

Surely you are not suggesting that the very same policies that brought us to the edge of a Great Depression (cut taxes, cut regulation, "let business handle it...") are what we need to get out of the hole they just dug for us???????

I did not think so because no one can possibly be that straight up stupid.

Well, no one except a tea bagger.

By the way, is the man behind the curtain David or Charles Koch?

Or is it Brother John Birch?

Posted by: TOMMYBASEBALL | November 8, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

kitchendragon50 writes:
[[Time to move past the first stage of grief. After two years of being excluded from representation, looks like the constituency responded. Continued denial will ensure Republican majorities in 2012.]]
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Anybody who thinks that Republicans will listen, empathize and address their constituents concerns will be in for a rude shock. If they do, it will the first time in amany an election cycle. The GOP is famous for using and athen abusing the electorate. Democrats need a better ground game. Harry Reid, presumably the most despised pol in Nevada, (outside rightwing groups told them this for over a year) managed to beat his opponent by 6%. Democrats have a message and a plan, they just don't sell it before backing down to rightwing rhetoric and threats. They were blind sided by the "grass roots" corporate, lobbiest formed Tea Party and they let far too many town halls get overtaken by organized rabble rousers before they found even an inch of spine. People will not vote for candidates or a party they conceive as not having the courage of their convictions. Voters have put in people in Congress who do not give a spit about them and it will be a painful two years for all of us. Kentuckians fell for the robotic Rand Paul who told them in disturbing monotone, "We've come to take our country back." I didn't hear him and other say that in 2007 & 8 when the nation was heading over a cliff due to Bush policies. What they mean to do is finish the job the Reagan and Bush administration started and give the country totally to big business.

Posted by: Sandydayl | November 8, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Drivel

Posted by: VastRightWingConspirator | November 8, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

LibFreeUSA2010, people call you a stupid, fearful, unwashed, gun clinging Bible thumper because so may of you seem so defiantly proud to be so. Just look ant your blog handle suggesting the complete end of liberalism by 2010. Do you really think a one ideology country is in our best interests? The Founding Fathers didn't. Else they would have simply structured the country to accommodate only the conservative, right wing viewpoint.

Look. This is a big broad country. We have two parties both of which have a variety of constituencies some of which compete one against the other. You crazy right wing types need to get over the fact that liberalism is not any more evil than conservatism. Both embody a set of principles, beliefs and ideas which have a long, honored tradition in our history. I am certain that there are liberals who have the same feelings about getting rid of conservatism. But the truth is that both will be around for a very long time. They may change in tone, substance and extent from time to time but neither one is in any real danger of becoming extinct.

Posted by: jaxas70 | November 8, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

The next two years are going to be really interesting. Republicans, the Party of No since January, 2009, are going to have to come up with concrete plans of action in the House. Can't just obstruct and demonize any more, folks. It's time to put up or shut up. Should be a hoot. Let's repeal the stimulus -- but wait, the stimulus paid for itself. Let's repeal health care reform -- sure, we WANT people with pre-existing conditions to keep on a-suffering. Let's privatize Social Security and deregulate Wall Street -- and then when Wall Street chokes on its own greed and crashes again, all those privatized SocSec accounts will be worthless. But that's ok -- that just makes our base richer and stronger, and we like that! 'Cause we vote!

Yes, that's right -- just keep on a-chortling. You think this midterm election was a mandate? An indictment? A turning point? A victory for the Tea Party? Wrong on all counts. The Republican party just made itself accountable for the 2012 elections. Given that they only ran on silly slogans and empty promises -- and not real, executable plans -- the next two years really will be interesting. Obama's margin of victory will be larger in 2012 than it was in 2008.

Posted by: mydog2 | November 8, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

If this was a repudiation of "The Liberals" and "The Socialists", then how did this happen:

Conservative Blue Dog Democrats: 54 seats before to 26 now (a 52% loss).

House Congressional Progressive Caucus: 79 seats before to 75 now (a 5% loss).

Funny that: the Strong Message that the American People sent to the people who supported Health Care Reform, Credit Card Reform, Financial Reform, the Stimulus and the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell the strongest was to rehire 95% of them.

Posted by: JamesK1 | November 8, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

LibFreeUSA2010, people call you a stupid, fearful, unwashed, gun clinging Bible thumper because so may of you seem so defiantly proud to be so. Just look ant your blog handle suggesting the complete end of liberalism by 2010. Do you really think a one ideology country is in our best interests? The Founding Fathers didn't. Else they would have simply structured the country to accommodate only the conservative, right wing viewpoint.

Look. This is a big broad country. We have two parties both of which have a variety of constituencies some of which compete one against the other. You crazy right wing types need to get over the fact that liberalism is not any more evil than conservatism. Both embody a set of principles, beliefs and ideas which have a long, honored tradition in our history. I am certain that there are liberals who have the same feelings about getting rid of conservatism. But the truth is that both will be around for a very long time. They may change in tone, substance and extent from time to time but neither one is in any real danger of becoming extinct.

Posted by: jaxas70

Hey dork, liberalism is like a cancer. Perhaps you should grow a pair and finally admit it!

Posted by: LibFreeUSA2010 | November 8, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

jaxas70 - a republican would sell their daughter into sexual slavery if they thought it would get them votes.

These are people who have one reason for being (campaigning for an election) and everything else, including actually governing, is secondary if of any importance at all.

You bet your bippy they are going to jump whole-heartedly into the John Birch barrel the tea party is dragging around. McConnell is already a Born-Again tea bag.

While a certifiable lunatic like Bachman is going to be denied a leadership position, I fully expect to hear the "E" word and I expect Boehner, if Canter doesn't push him out, to encourage it.

If Canter is speaker it will be worse. He has no principles.

For at least 2 years, we should not expect adult behavior from the House once again.

Posted by: TOMMYBASEBALL | November 8, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

LibFreeUSA2010, please grow up. This is an adult conversation. Take your childish commentary to Rush Limbaugh.

Posted by: fmamstyle

Rush, Hannity, Fox, Beck, Hannity blah blah blah. Try something new from the liberal playbook, yes? And grown ups don't follow a failed community organizer around chanting CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN!!

Posted by: LibFreeUSA2010 | November 8, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

honorswar26: you clearly don't understand the health reform legislation. Reagan signed the bill that "entitles" everyone to go to an ER and get treated without regard to whether they can pay. Health reform simply reflects the fact that it's more efficient to subsidize part of the cost of insuring those who can't afford insurance than it is to pay the entire bill of those who get sick without any insurance at all. The math is simple, for any given population of uninsured folks, the cost to insure them is only slightly higher than the cost of the medical care they will need. Under the present system, they get care, don't pay, and the rest of us absorb the entire cost in higher premiums. Require them to buy insurance, and every dime they can affort toward that reduces the amount of the subsidy, by comparison. we come out way ahead.

Posted by: JoeT1 | November 8, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

"Their paper, entitled "Election Results Fueled by Jobs Crisis and Voter Apathy Among Progressives," is written unabashedly from a progressive point of view. "
Of course it is, you twit. This cabal of leftists is as dangerous for our nation as the incompetent clown in the White House.
He doesn't get it either.
You liberals will parobably be in denial until comrade Pelosi loses another sixty seats, next time around.
What a bunch of imbeciles.

Posted by: LarryG62 | November 8, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

When will you libs admit that the community organizer thing was not the brightest idea you dorks have had? lol

"LIBERALISM........THE GUTLESS CHOICE"

Posted by: LibFreeUSA2010 | November 8, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Yes, lets have this Leftist sap tell us what the election really meant or what happened.

LOL !!

Posted by: ChangeWhat | November 8, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

"...you know, you’re campaigning I think your liberated to say things without thinking about “okay how am I going to practically implement them”

Barry in his own lying words...simply amazing!!

Posted by: ChangeWhat | November 8, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

The Center for American Progress could just as easily say those groups didn't show up in the 2008 elections. And really, does any of this matter? You can interpret the election results any way you want, but that's not going to make people less angry with the government. The Democrats and the government are in denial, saying that voters 'misunderstood' their actions and intentions. Voters heard the government message loud and clear and rejected it. If Dionne and the Democrats have any doubt about that, they'll have a chance to be reminded of it again in 2012.

Posted by: ttj1 | November 8, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

LibFreeUSA2010 - JBlast? Is this you? How many times have you been banned from posting? At least nothing has changed about you. Same manure, different user name.

But how did you get on a PC??? Your mother must be sleeping it off again and doesn't know you are on-line....

Aren't you supposed to be in school, anyway? I thought 3rd grade started at 8 and went until 2pm??????

Posted by: TOMMYBASEBALL | November 8, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

LibFreeUSA2010, Grow a pair? Big talk. What if I told you that I could grab you by your scrawney, turkey pencil neck and easily twit you into a pretzel and swallow you whole? Look. Pissants like you always assume that someone who is a liberal or a democrat is weak, effet, probably gay or effeminate. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Check out the foulness in your own smelly little corner. You will find that there are just as many effete, effeminate, probably gay and certainly morally deficient members of your own ideological grabbag. When I say grabbag, does that get you all hot and wet?

Posted by: jaxas70 | November 8, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

What really happened? Democratic voters stayed home.

Obama lost this election for the Dems because he demoralized the base by abandoning traditional Democratic commitments on everything from public option to Social Security stability to Medicare, the environment, war, fair taxes, accountability for malefactors, accountability for the crimes of the previous administration and the very foundation of the country - civil liberties, the Bill of Rights.

If Obama moves even further to the right, he will only cause even greater losses in 2012.

Posted by: ophelia3 | November 8, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Until people realize who is the president of Fox "News" and that he has been a Republican political strategist since 1968, then these are the types of results you can bank on. People voted after being advised that President did the exact opposite of what he actually did do.

They rallied on April 15 when the middle class paid the lowest in Federal Taxes than they had paid in over 60 years.

They wildly exaggerated as well as outright-lied about the costs of every trip he made, in order to claim he's overspending.

They referred to healthcare reform as "Obamacare" when it is nearly identical to a plan developed by Mitt Romney, a Republican.

They cut speeches until they were completely out of context in order to assert that he was inconsiderate of the middle class at times, "left-leaning" at other times, or weak.

Just to name a few of the things Fox "News" did. They engaged in an unprecedented campaign not only in support of the Republican party but to destroy our President.

I really don't care how much money they have to throw around - Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch should both be brought before the FEC for illegally coordinating a campaign in the guise of a news channel, inciting violence, and committing slander against our President.

Their tactics are unethical and abusive. Do a search for the color of change turn off fox and sign the petition if you agree.

Posted by: jKO2010 | November 8, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

LibFreeUSA2010 - JBlast? Is this you? How many times have you been banned from posting? At least nothing has changed about you. Same manure, different user name.

But how did you get on a PC??? Your mother must be sleeping it off again and doesn't know you are on-line....

Aren't you supposed to be in school, anyway? I thought 3rd grade started at 8 and went until 2pm??????

Posted by: TOMMYBASEBALL


How about some government cheese to go with your WHINE? lol

PS-Last Tuesday really must have suxed, eh loser?

Posted by: LibFreeUSA2010 | November 8, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Working class whites have been voting against their economic interests for decades. They continue to buy into the lies being sold to them by Republican politicians who can not point to one piece of Republican sponsored legislation that is pro-family, pro-consumer or pro-employee. Republicans consistently support and protect the interests of multinational big business and the rich, and yet poor and working class white stiffs remain loyal followers. For instance, the 2006 Medicare prescription bill that placed seniors in a costly donut hole was removed by the new health care reform bill. In addition, seniors will receive more basic benefit (primary care) as a result of this legislation. Women will not be discriminated against as we have been in the past. Also, women can now sue their employers for past pay/sexual discrimination due to the federal legislation that Obama signed into law. Childrens Health Insurance Program was finally expanded by Obama and the Democrats, which allowed middle class families to provide health insurance for their children. The federal minimum wage was increased due to Obama and the Democrats. Republicans waged a war against all of the above. Even more recently, they voted against extending federal unemployment insurance and a jobs bill that would give millions to small businesses yet working class whites voted for Republicans. What a reward for a group of ganster politicians who can't wait to extend the Bush tax cuts for the rich.

Posted by: israelgetty | November 8, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I honestly believe that organizations like Dick Armey's Freedom Works, funded by big oil and other anti-American interests, whipped people's fears up until people who consider themselves conservatives went out en masse and voted for anyone who they feel will fight the bogeymen and propaganda that FOX and right wing talk radio told them about. These are people who lack critical thinking skills. These are people who react like cult members to churches and media who tell them what to think. They believe that God dictated the Bible in the English King James version and that no one can question it's factualness. They are a generation removed from the people who feared communism during the cold war. They still have irrational fears and the inability to seek rational solutions to real problems. They are still a little racist. These are the people who believe the US is the greatest nation on earth because the people they listen to tell them that. They don't pay attention to the data that shows how we are falling behind other nations in education expenditures, health care, income, modern infrastructure, research and development of 21st century technology, life expectancy, science, math and reading literacy.

Posted by: MNUSA | November 8, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

There is one saving grace for democrats here: A goodly share of the old fahts and old fahtettes who voted in this election will likely croak before the next election. And for everyone of them that croaks, they are likely to be replace in America's future demographic mix by six voters who are younger, darker, more liberal or democratic in their politics and less receptive by far to the old values voters arguments on the right.

This is the fatal flaw in the conservative future. Their base is dying. Someone called into CSPAN recently and made the point that this election, and indeed the rise of the Tea Party is in reality the last gasp of a dying order. The America of the future is going to be younger, darker, more tolerant, and far less receptive to the old religious and tradition based arguments on the right.

To survive in the future, Conservatism is going to have to remake itself. And let me tell you folks, the Tea Party ain't it.

Posted by: jaxas70 | November 8, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

EJ -- Rather than read all of your blather about what the election "really means," we all know that a large wave of people were fed up with left-wing policies designed to make life "fair" as progressives determine fairness.
The rest of us are content to wait until 2012 to see if, in the intervening two years, Obama listens or continues to dictate. Assuming he is "principled" as a leftist, I look forward to your interpretation of those equally disastrous election results.

Posted by: dknight12345 | November 8, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

LibFreeUSA2010, Grow a pair? Big talk. What if I told you that I could grab you by your scrawney, turkey pencil neck and easily twit you into a pretzel and swallow you whole? Look. Pissants like you always assume that someone who is a liberal or a democrat is weak, effet, probably gay or effeminate. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Check out the foulness in your own smelly little corner. You will find that there are just as many effete, effeminate, probably gay and certainly morally deficient members of your own ideological grabbag. When I say grabbag, does that get you all hot and wet?

Posted by: jaxas70

I just love it when a little wussy pretends he's big and bad. Liberalism is a weakness, just check out all those liberal cities like Detroit, LA, Chicago, New Orleans and DC and see how many of the democRAT base are dependent of government entitlements. Reality sux, eh wuss?

Posted by: LibFreeUSA2010 | November 8, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Wow! The first comment accuses anyone who didn't vote for a democrat of incivility and insanity. What a civil comment! The amazing thing is that the writer doesn't even see the irony of accusing people you disagree with of incivility and insanity and not recognizing the fact that your comment is extremely uncivil. I happened to vote democratic just because I happen to like our senator and congressman in my district. However, I was grossly turned off by the incivility of the health care debate. Talk about a writer not getting it. I don't know if I could have worked my way through college and paid for health care at the same time. I doubt it. The American people are fearful for their future and realize that spending without cost controls on health care is driving them into the ditch. Why is it so difficult for leftist dems to understand that independents chose who wins or loses?

Posted by: Fergie303 | November 8, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

The "most parsimonious explanation" for the election results is that a majority of Americans do not agree with Leftist-"progressive" politics.

They do not wish a "fundamental transformation of the United States of America" - and if ever they should wish such a thing, Barack Obama would be on the short list of the Last People in the World they would consult for the job.

There is something comical about the inability of Leftists and "progressives" to comprehend disagreement with their personal political beliefs. It just does not make sense to them that any sane, decent, rational, reasonably informed person could fail to agree with them about politics, economics, society, the law, culture, national and international relations, war and peace. . . etc. etc. etc.

So they are always digging and searching and parsing and calculating and trying to come up with REASONS that everybody does not agree with them. We are by now more than familiar with the "reasons" regularly adduced by dogmatic and intolerant Leftists and "progressives" for why people do not concur with their brand of politics. People who disagree with Leftists and "progressives" are:

1. Dumb, stupid, dense, retarded, backward, ignorant, uninformed, knuckle-draggers, dopes, throwbacks, idiots, jerks, Neanderthals, dupes, nitwits, etc. etc. etc.

2. Hateful, racist, selfish, dishonest, greedy, xeno-homo-Islamo-phobic, fascist, stooges, mouthpieces for exploiters and Big Business, gullible, naive, provincial, parochial, narrow-minded, jingoistic, war-lovers, biased, prejudiced, mean-spirited, evil, etc. etc. etc.

3. Scared, confused, frightened, overwhelmed, clueless, economically stressed, resist to change, afraid of change, living in a fantasied past, reactionary, etc. etc. etc.

4. Deceived, duped, misled, fooled, lied to, blinded and caused to think and act against their own true interests by scheming and nefarious capitalists, Big Business, Greedy People, demagogues, etc. etc. etc.

The degree to which Leftists and "progressives" are trapped and held captive by their own dogmatic and unexamined ideology is actually funny. They are so certain they are right and that all who disagree are wrong that all they can do is choose from columns 1, 2, 3, and 4 above, combine and recombine the epithets and insults, keep the abuse, slander, and character assassination coming, and console one another at their mutual misfortune of having to live and co-exist in a country that includes vast numbers of fools who do not know enough to agree with them about politics and, quite likely, just about everything else.

K.I.S.S. = keep it simple, stupid. What the election shows, Mr. Dionne, is that plenty of Americans do not agree with Leftist and "progressive" politics. It's not all that complex. And there is no solution, nothing whatever Leftists and "progressives" can do to change such attitudes and the results of elections yet to be held. They just need, and have been politely asked, to go away.

Posted by: Teleologicus | November 8, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

"You can't blame a victorious political party for claiming an election victory as an endorsement of everything it believes in. Republicans want the 2010 vote to be interpreted as a mandate in which voters declared the GOP right about everything..."

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I think Rubio said it best. This wasn't a mandate for the Republicans as much as a second chance.

People aren't happy with the economy, or with the Democrats plan to socialize health care costs, while not addressing the expense of health care.

The Democrats overreached their victory two years ago. The Republicans should be careful not to do the same thing.

Posted by: postfan1 | November 8, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

What really happened in the 2010 election? America said "NO" to the liberal, socialist, spendoholic antics shoved down our throats by Odumba and the leftist DemocRATs...
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Name-calling is one of the tools of propagandists (look it up). We should give it up in Kindegarten because name-calling is childish, intended to be hurtful and doesn't articulate any ideas worth pondering. I believe it says more about you and your inadequacies than the people you are calling names.

Posted by: MNUSA | November 8, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Dionne, last week it was a different story, wasn't it? It was all about not being liberal enough.

All these explanations and excuses are missing the biggest factor of all. When Obama, democrats in congress and the press tell people they are stupid, uninformed, misinformed, racist, defective, cannot fathom the brightness of our Dear Leader, that's when they turn. When something is being rammed down their throats, they don't take that sitting down.

You want a strategy for democrats to win? Start treating citizens the way you want to be treated; start expecting people to be responsible for their own lives the very way you expect you and your children to be responsible. We don't need you or Our Dear Leader to take care of us. Anything less doesn't sell.

And when you and your enlightened, elitist friends learn that lesson you might have another shot at it.

Posted by: jpfann | November 8, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Republicans always have the same platform, tax cuts and bigger profits for the wealthy an big biz, lower wages and less infrastructure for the working class, they just dress it up differently each election cycle, and somehow people buy it.

Posted by: twpw | November 8, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Americans are a can-do, results oriented people. They voted against Democrats because unemployment was stuck at 9.5% not because they spent $787 billion trying to bring it down. Republicans made the latter seem like the cause of the former, but the reality is that if Democrats passed a stimulus bill that Republicans called the product of the Soviet Politburo the public would have supported it if unemployment fell to 5.5%

The lesson for Democrats therefore is that if you think a policy will work you should push it to the limit. You gain no points for accomodating your opponents ideology if it ultimately undermines a policy's effectiveness or integrity.

You'll gain more points passing a $1.5 trillion stimulus bill that actually stimulates than a $700 billion loaded with tax cuts that doesn't. Being in the middle of the road is often THE most dangerous place to be.

This is not to say that compromise isn't important, but it's better not to build a bridge at all than one made out of balsa wood.

Posted by: TedFrier | November 8, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Republicans always have the same platform, tax cuts and bigger profits for the wealthy an big biz, lower wages and less infrastructure for the working class, they just dress it up differently each election cycle, and somehow people buy it.

Posted by: twpw


Cut-n-paste from the DailKook is so easy, even a liberal can do it.

Posted by: LibFreeUSA2010 | November 8, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

What Happened Must Have Happened, a Hurrikane swept under the rug Obama with Dems!

All that staff that the Obama supporters advance doesn't hold water. Young against old, enthusiasm harbage, Dems against Reps, independents swithiching parties, conservatives versus progressives, corporate versus union money, brothers Koch versus Soros -- exists in all mid-term elections.

Obama and Dems do not want to admit the truth they know better than anyone else. From the Day One of the Obama rule our President went sideways right to left, and left to right. Obama isn't socialist nor conservative, nor Democrat. He is Barack Hussein Obama.

Obama isn't intellectual, he is of very average abilities, he was warned that his policies are highly controversial from the Day One.

For the whole 2010 all polls showed the same: the Dems will be destroyed at the mid-term elections. Obama still didn't believe, only after crushing defeat that he promises to take into account our opinion.

Nw, the Dems come up with all kinds of excuses why they were crushed.

You amply deserved it with your "talented" leader.

Posted by: birs1987 | November 8, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

What really happened in the election was that voters purged blue dogs out of the Democratic Party. Those are politicians who call themselves Democrats while they vote with Republicans. In the last US Senate election in Mississippi it was hard to distinguish any difference between the two candidates. It was like being in a third world country, i.e., you can choose any puppet you want out of the box, but the same people pull the strings. Maybe now that the blue dogs are gone there might be some hope for a change, but maybe not.

Posted by: FredinVicksburg | November 8, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Nothing is "arguably unavoidable" if you deliver what the people want.
Obviously, poor thinking, poor legislation, ignoring the issues, and lying about yourself as the Obama Administration does, is NOT what the people want.

Posted by: wcmillionairre | November 8, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

What really happend in the 2010 Elections?

Dionnne Jr.,

What really happend was that the majority of Americans, are disgusted, and disillusioned with the liberal progressive socialist extremist President, House, and Senate. Moderate Democrats, Independents, Moderate Republicans, and Conservative Republicans, voted against the liberal progressive extremist policies that have been thrust on the Nation, against the will of the Majority. If Pelosi remains, Reid Remains, and of course Obama remains on his previous and current track, to promote liberal progressive extremism, then they will further cement losses for the Democrats in the coming elections of 2012.

The only thing that will turn the tides of Demcorat Losses will be for Moderate, Blue Dog, and fiscally conservative Democrats to take over the leadership of the Party from the George Soros funded lunatic leftits.

The recent purge will help moderate Democrats to poise to re-take the leadership of the Democrat Party. A death grasp by Pelosi and other liberal progressive socialist extremists to hold onto power will further hurt any Democrats chances in the next set of Elections.

Posted by: ignoranceisbliss | November 8, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama's policies have triggered an implosion of the Democrat party.
EJ Dionne's apologia just attempts to spread dirt over the debris.

Posted by: bowspray | November 8, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

How about some government cheese to go with your WHINE? lol

PS-Last Tuesday really must have suxed, eh loser?

Posted by: LibFreeUSA2010
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A touch, a touch! I fear I breathe my last!!

Oh, and so original, too!

Well, I guess you should expect small things from small minded people, but, this is the best you got?????

Lame just does not capture the spirit. Feeble? Yes, feeble is closer to an apt description of your intellect.

But, know what really "sux" Jbalst? Now you can't just run around and whine how unfair life is. Now you have to vote on issues and govern.

I don't think John Birch ever covered this in his handbook

Posted by: TOMMYBASEBALL | November 8, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

That's right EJ, everything is just fine for the Democrats and Obama...it was those dang voters that didn't show up! Richard Nixon tried this as he called them the "silent majority".....it was stupid then and its stupid now. Regardless of what you say EJ, the Dems got crushed, and will again unless they change dramatically.....but they won't. Already Pelosi is yelping to be the minority leader....I guess since she is the one that MADE them the monority, and Obama sticks to his socialist agenda. Let's hope that the rest of the Dems stay as clueless as EJ, Pelosi, & Obama and continue on as they have in the past....it will make another GOP tsunami in 2012 a sure thing!

Posted by: Realist201 | November 8, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

If Republicans know how to handle the economy, then I would really, really, like an explanation of why they crashed it in the first place.

Republicans have always claimed that politicians don't "create" jobs, that is, until they started using "jobs" as a way to lie to the electorate to try to get back in office.

Apparently a lot of folks fell for the GOP puke, except California, which is the smartest state in the Union.

Posted by: lindalovejones | November 8, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

ignoranceisbliss - I do not think your analysis of the election is correct.

Some facts:
The same % of people said they were voting in support of President Obama as self-identified as tea party members.

More people (49% to 40%) said they would prefer to, at worst, leave Health Care Reform as it is than to change it.

The largest single response of ALL voters was "Spend more money to create jobs" (39%).

A majority of Americans would prefer to let the tax cuts for the richest American's expire.

Even the Hispanic republican candidates lost the Hispanic vote.

Boehner has a lower favorable rating and a higher un-favorable rating then Pelosi.

People voted republicans in because they were the party out of power at a time of great unease and discontent.

If the republicans have a mandate it is 2 things - 1) create jobs IMMEDIATELY and 2) Don't screw it up.

If the republicans make the same mistake the Democrats did and focus on things not related to JOBS like tax cuts, Health Care and investigating the Obama Administration, they will guarantee themselves minority party status.

To our great relief, this looks exactly like their game plan.

Posted by: TOMMYBASEBALL | November 8, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Democrat. Obviously one of the few left according to this article.

The Democrats lost because voters have no idea what they stand for. Voters reacted to the mishmash of the current administration by voting for anyone, anything against Democrats. If it were the Papaya Party instead of Republicans they would have voted for them. Be very, very careful Republicans. One false step due to the inflated egos and you will be ground up for dog food.

This was not a Republican victory as they are disliked more than the Dems. It is an anger victory.

Posted by: Realitycheck6 | November 8, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

@israelgetty
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Republicans appeal to the bigot in whites.
They appeal to the selfish white.
They appeal to the hard-hearted or cruel white.
They appeal to the white that is a "conditional American", that is, they're only American on the condition they win. Otherwise it's time for secession.

The Republicans appeal to the white that does not want the gov't. to help anyone they don't like.
That's why they vote Republican.

It's actually interesting to watch as the good and evil sides of the white race of America fight for the soul of the race.

The Democratic whites represent what is good about whites, the selflessness, openmindedness, helpfulness and magnanimous advance of shared prosperity.

The Republican whites represent fear-mongering, hate-mongering, selfishness, proudly anti-social behavior, proudly racist, proudly bigot, proudly prejudice, traitorous behavior (Confederate flag anyone), and conditional nationalism(Again, they're American only when it suits them, otherwise, they're South Carolinan, Virginian, etc.). The embittered whites who can't stop re-enacting the Civil War and as we now know, re-enacts being Nazis are in this group.

So it's interesting to watch the Earth's prodigal child as it sorts out what type of adult it wishes to be-Nice or Nasty, Altruistic or Selfish. Inclusive or Discriminatory. Patient or Petulant.

Posted by: ArmchairGM | November 8, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Why did young voters not show up to the polls last week? Because they realized what a big mistake they had made when they voted for Obama two years ago.

Posted by: Ghak | November 8, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Democrat. Obviously one of the few left according to this article.

The Democrats lost because voters have no idea what they stand for. Voters reacted to the mishmash of the current administration by voting for anyone, anything against Democrats. If it were the Papaya Party instead of Republicans they would have voted for them. Be very, very careful Republicans. One false step due to the inflated egos and you will be ground up for dog food.

This was not a Republican victory as they are disliked more than the Dems. It is an anger victory.

Posted by: Realitycheck6 | November 8, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

EJ is still in complete denial. Liberals tried to take the country where it did not want to go and the voters responded. EJ and other liberals do not want to hear that liberal socialism is not going to happen.

Posted by: topgun97365 | November 8, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Democrat. Obviously one of the few left according to this article.

The Democrats lost because voters have no idea what they stand for. Voters reacted to the mishmash of the current administration by voting for anyone, anything against Democrats. If it were the Papaya Party instead of Republicans they would have voted for them. Be very, very careful Republicans. One false step due to the inflated egos and you will be ground up for dog food.

This was not a Republican victory as they are disliked more than the Dems. It is an anger victory.

Posted by: Realitycheck6 | November 8, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Democrat. Obviously one of the few left according to this article.

The Democrats lost because voters have no idea what they stand for. Voters reacted to the mishmash of the current administration by voting for anyone, anything against Democrats. If it were the Papaya Party instead of Republicans they would have voted for them. Be very, very careful Republicans. One false step due to the inflated egos and you will be ground up for dog food.

This was not a Republican victory as they are disliked more than the Dems. It is an anger victory.

Posted by: Realitycheck6 | November 8, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Democrat. Obviously one of the few left according to this article.

The Democrats lost because voters have no idea what they stand for. Voters reacted to the mishmash of the current administration by voting for anyone, anything against Democrats. If it were the Papaya Party instead of Republicans they would have voted for them. Be very, very careful Republicans. One false step due to the inflated egos and you will be ground up for dog food.

This was not a Republican victory as they are disliked more than the Dems. It is an anger victory.

Posted by: Realitycheck6 | November 8, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

As was said a post or 2 ago...the 5 stages of grief/death are kicking in..."Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance"

E.J.? More partisan spin. Guess you think MSNBC's election night coverage was - HARD NEWS? Like Maddow said....we differentiate ourselves from Fox News - we are a NEWS organization?

What would E.J, Capehart, Robinson and Maddow have said if Hannity and Beck anchored Fox News' Election night coverage?

mmmmmm?

OMG - partisanship is fine..but blind " race baiting " partisanship?

It's getting OLD!

p

Posted by: whypromote | November 8, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

fredinvicksburg wrote: "What really happened in the election was that voters purged blue dogs out of the Democratic Party. Those are politicians who call themselves Democrats while they vote with Republicans."

-- I completely agree. Bush's catastrophic rule made that odd phenomenon possible in 2008 (who wanted to run as a Republican at that time?). That's why the last two years had been so difficult for the Democrats to get anything done - they have too many traitors from within. Give Pelosi credit for her hard work. Now that the traitors are gone and the GOP clowns have real results to produce (which they couldn't possibly do), 1012 can hopefully produce a true Democratic congress.

Posted by: KT11 | November 8, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

It is no surprise to me that white working class citizens voted against the Democrates. Obama did nothing to help their employment prospects. Those most hurt by this administration are working class and minority voters. Their unemployment rate is far above the national level. If prospects for minorities are still bad in two years, are blacks going to give Obama the solid support he now enjoys from them?

Posted by: saelij | November 8, 2010 10:35 AM

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And my guess is you are for smaller government and at the same time forget that it was the GOP blocking over one hundred of bills that would have helped to create jobs.

Get an education, a real one and not the one you get from Fox News and Rush Limbaugh.

Posted by: mackiejw | November 8, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

My vote was caused by 1 reason: Obamacare. In the guise of fixing what ails our health care system (which needs fixing), the dems created their holy grail: getting the uninsured covered. A nobel cause I grant you, but that is not what our health care system needed in order to be fixed. This bill showed the Dems true character - creating more entitlements.

Posted by: ksilton | November 8, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I sometimes wonder what the deal is with the electorate in California and Nevada. Does the Sun get to them? Boxer, Reid and Pelosi all live to fight another day. Somewhere along ther way, voters MUST have voted for GOP Congressmen and Democrat Senators. Ah, the vagaries of the great electorate!

Posted by: jrwbrit1 | November 8, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Tax Cuts for the Rich, lower wages for labor - Republican Mantra

Posted by: twpw | November 8, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

What end of the telescope are you looking into? Are you completely blind? The people didn't endorse the republican agenda, there was no republican agenda, unless you accept the notion that their only agenda was stopping the leftist Obama agenda. In this they succeeded, in spades, and the only agenda they want to pursue is less and less government, period.

Apparently most of the media, and a lot of democrats can't seem to grasp that notion. Obama and the dems got skunked, 63-0, but you and they still want to stay with the same team that brought you a disaster.

Those unwilling to learn from History are doomed to repeat it. Now only 20% of the voters identify themselves as "liberals". Stick with Obama and his agenda and that percentage can only drop even further. While pounding their heads with a hammer, dems apparently think that they just need a bigger hammer.

Posted by: txoh | November 8, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

In other words, Dems lost because they got fewer votes.
How profound!

Posted by: mtpeaks | November 8, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

What happened? The change that people wanted was a fundamental difference in the way Washington conducts business.

Democrats viewed the results of the 2008 election as a mandate for the party platform. It wasn't.

People still want that change; hence, the election results.

Unfortunately, the Tea Baggers will only make things worse.

Posted by: dvovthokie | November 8, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

What really happened in the 2010 Elections:

Barack Hussein Obama, umm,umm,umm because he is smart, got more Republicans elected to House,Senate and score upon score upon score of State races, than Sarah Palin could because Sarah Palin is dumb and Barack Hussein Obama,umm,umm,umm is smart. Every "hick" in West Virginia even knows that. Yes We Can, Yes We Can, Yes We Can - You Betcha!!!

Posted by: bobcatbuzz | November 8, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I love all the libs on here telling all those that don't agree with them that they should get their information from somewhere other then Fox News -- yet, those same people must not realize that all of us are currently reading and responding to the Washington Post....

Posted by: ksilton | November 8, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Old white people gave this election to conservatives yet no massive above the fold headlines from the Examiner or any other media proclaiming "Whites Vote for Repubs"?!
only when blacks vote in bloc for someone is it noteworthy and admonishable?

Posted by: ryjufox3 | November 8, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

WOW. The loony left just realized that working, tax paying folks vote when they're pissed off. What will their excuse be in 2012?

Posted by: mgrantham2 | November 8, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I listened intently to Barack Obama's post-election interview on 60 Minutes with the fervent hope that he would demonstrate the maturity to give some deference to the expressed will of the American electorate. Not a prayer. One can summarize the interview in a single word - "pitiful". When prodded on multiple occasions by the interviewer, Steve Croft, to present specific solutions to the economic malaise that our Nation is currently confronting, other than his characteristic platitudes that he constantly retreats to, the only sustentative solution that Obama could offer was MORE stimulus in the form of infra-structure spending. The man clearly does not have a clue. With an economically crippling debt burden, Obama's only solution is to dig the hole still deeper. Assuming that you don't have the integrity to voluntarily step down from a position that you have proven far exceeds your demonstrated capabilities, please Barack have the common decency to allow some adult intervention into the formulation of a recovery agenda to resuscitate our economy. In the interest of the 10% unemployed in America, do not obstruct the recovery formulation that will emerge from the Republican controlled House-Of-Representatives. You and Michelle can continue with your extravagant vacation sojourns and White House galas; and, you can even read from your teleprompters on-occasion; but, when it comes to the actual task of governing simply allow the adults in our Governmental structure to implement recovery legislation structured on conservative principles that have produced the most prosperous Nation in the history of mankind. Greg Neubeck

Posted by: gneubeck | November 8, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

What happened was that a bunch of people on the government teat (anyone on SS, Medicare, pension and VA benis), were frightened by "deficit spending". They would never look in the mirror and see that they are by far, (along with the defense department), the primary charity cases of this deficit spending. Real conservatives want them to fend for themselves. There is no way in any accounting system you can justify that (as a group), any expenses they have incurred has come anywhere near their cost.

Posted by: whereareweandwhatarewedoinginthishandbasket | November 8, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Interesting revisionism:

We dodn't really lose because our supporters didn't vote for the other team, they just decided thay didn't care enough to go to the polls.

So... we really won, even thought we lost the vote counts. And that means we can hold our heads high and feel morally superior to the guys that THINK America wants them to run the country.

Not only that, we Liberals can be shamelessly obstrructionist because WE know America supports our policies, even if the don't care enough to go to the polls to defend them.

Pathetic.

Posted by: ZZim | November 8, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Poor EJ, he still can't see the light, maybe he needs stronger glasses-not only did the republicans win the national elections, something like 19 or 20 states switched from democrat to republican, poor guy, he needs to go back to smoking willy's, he can't handle what he's smoking now.

Posted by: phines1 | November 8, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

What I find most appalling about this article and all the comments that follow is the frequency of individuals posting comments explaining how much they want Republicans to fail or how much they hoped Democrats would fail over the past two years.

Maybe it's just me, but the reason I care about national politics is that I want us to elect officials who improve this country. I may not always agree with the choices we make at the polls, but I always hope that those individuals who do win office will be successful in government.

It seems childish to hope that your country does poorly just so your party can do well. Where are our priorities?

Posted by: mobrien83 | November 8, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

the federal deficit increased from $300 Billion to $1.4 Trillion, to $1.7 Trillion????

please tell me you media brainiacs can do math, we have a pelosi, obama, reid, washington that is spending Trillions of Dollars WE DO NOT HAVE!!!!

Posted by: simonsays1 | November 8, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Think everyone is kind of missing the point. From what I am seeing in the press about the GOP and the Dems is the same stuff. Same things in this blog. No matter what you want the government to do for you, there is no money. Programs have to be cut, period. We are going broke as a nation. So, you cut spending to the bone, you don't raise taxes, and you allow private industry to grow and create the jobs necessary to get everyone back to work. Once we are all working and the governments revenue is back up to speed, buy down the debt. Government jobs do not aid the economy. Private industry creates a nations wealth. Government jobs are an internal operating expense paid for by the taxes levied on private industry. Like it or not, getting private industry moving is aided by reducing the operating expenses placed upon it by the government.
Let me see, Private Industry is allowed to grow. That equates to jobs, jobs means people can pay for their houses (which should help the housing and foreclosure mess). Chances are people can start buy private health care plans. People can get off welfare, food stamps, and unemployment. They are also paying state and local taxes, so the states can fund their budgets. Schools get funded. What a concept, create private sector jobs and things can get done.

Posted by: skins50 | November 8, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

bush voters angry about having their toys taken away voted their fears and lack of common sense and rewarded a Republican party that obstructed and lied their rear ends off.

Posted by: cmsatown | November 8, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

What really happened is Progressive Socialists still don't get it.

They and their welfare ideology aren't America.

Posted by: bob59 | November 8, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

This guy figured it out, it's a variation on the now classic "the White House/Democratic Congress can't sell cocaine to Charlie Sheen" rant.

http://www.first-draft.com/

scroll down to the "peace s**ks" entry.

HOW do you try to level the playing field the way Dems did and still lose?

- Letting your opponents grab the story and the language.
- You don't fight enough.

I thought we voted Democrats in to get some things done and all I heard for 2 whole years is "60 votes" and "filibuster". Well, maybe next time, as if, now that Fox and The Koch Bros Run Things With Ad Dollars, maybe next time you'll LET republicans filibuster and take the chance they'll look like the fools they are.

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | November 8, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

What really happened was that a skittish naive electorate was deceived by The GOP/China.

Posted by: SmallBusiness | November 8, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

One MAJOR factor that should be acknowledged . . . The GOP ownership of Fox News, with never ending misleading propaganda from Hannity, Limbaugh, Palin, Rove, O'Reilly, Coulter, idiot (God Appointed) Beck and their ilk.

I'm old enough to remember that degree of CONTROL of a dominating media source in Italy, Japan, and Germany in the 1930s-40s..... AND the consequences!

We should be warned- - but with our weak economy - like the Germany's, Italy's and Japan's right after WWI ... it's Déjà vu.

Please, please wake up!

Posted by: lufrank1 | November 8, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

"old fahts and old fahtettes who voted in this election will likely croak before the next election. And for everyone of them that croaks, they are likely to be replace in America's future demographic mix by six voters who are younger, darker, more liberal "

Here is a full-throated Leftist spouting their vile RACISM AND BIGOTRY. Aren't all you multi-diversity loving LEFTISTS proud to have such racists and bigots sharing your real thoughts???? Hummm, wonder why Americas would not want such "compassionate" LEFTIST nuts in charge and doling out their healthcare?

And this is another reason why the vile Leftists got their clocked cleaned last Tuesday. But you muts keep going around calling 85% of voters racists, idiots and bigots, it is surely a winning formula.

As for EJ, why is this loon still given space to espouse his asinine theories. Retire him to drooling over his Obama-Messiah poster.

Posted by: LogicalSC | November 8, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

The Dems are looking for any excuse except to avoid facing the obvious:

Their agenda doesn't work and no one wants it.

Posted by: drjcarlucci | November 8, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

how do you explain seniors who voted for republicans who h?ave pledged to privatize social security?

Posted by: glenknowles | November 8, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

EJ
The American electorate is so uninformed and so ignorant, it's hard to determine any exact meaning of the election results. Case in point most people think Obama has raised taxes, and only 9% are aware he has reduced them. The minds of a large number of our citizens are like blank chalkboards ready for Fox network to write in them what they want the people to believe.

Posted by: wrw01011 | November 8, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

getcentered wrote: "Oh wow, I didn't know that the Republican Party was the party of old white men. Opps! Yea I did."

I guess Mr. Dionne's point is that the Republican Party is now also the party of "the white working class".

One might think that's a problem. But wait, israelgetty points out "The Republican whites represent fear-mongering, hate-mongering, selfishness, proudly anti-social behavior, proudly racist, proudly bigot, proudly prejudice, traitorous behavior (Confederate flag anyone), and conditional nationalism."

Ah, progressives, and the wonderful march of progress under the watchful, loving eye of paternalistic collectivism!

Divide, vilify, marginalize. Great strategy. Fascism is the great hope of the disillusioned socialist/collectivist.

Posted by: jesseflick1 | November 8, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

What happened was that we discovered the power of advertising, with Fox using every minute to spread disinformation, rile up the old folks and contribute to the Republican cause.

Until there is a progressive alternative -- 24 hours of nothing but propaganda -- there will never be a level playing field.

Posted by: ME90275 | November 8, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Democrats lost for one of two reasons.

One, they didn't believe this was an election that would have large consequences i.e. the electorate wasn't dissatisfied with the accomplishments that they Democrats made. I would say that this is what the President and his staff believed.

Two, they didn't think that conservatives had any power left to change the government i.e. the electorate was with them on what changes needed to be made. I believe Congress believed this---but either way, the two ideas converge as one.

The progressives in the electorate were not apathetic and were not ill-informed (the two ideas above). What they were was, not enough....young people showed at the polls at 1/2 the rate they did in 2008, not out of apathy or lack of knowledge but out of lack of options. Those running were not what they wanted. The hope for change was gone because it was all talk and no walk.

Don't blame the conservatives for getting out their vote; look to yourselves progressives...what did you or didn't you do to make your electorate think they wanted you to stay in office?

Posted by: mil1 | November 8, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

ME90275 misses one point and shows what has become the typical progressive arrogance on another. I submit that 1) the reason Fox News and other programs like this garner ratings that crush Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann is because the majority of American want to watch what’s on Fox rather than the drivel on MSNBC. You note wistfully “Until there is a progressive alternative -- 24 hours of nothing but propaganda -- there will never be a level playing field.”, but this overlooks the obvious fact that all the major networks and MSNBC are nothing but progressive propaganda funded by George Soros and others; 2) Your suggestion that the American people are lemmings lured to their fall of the cliff by some talking head on TV shows exactly why your mates lost the house last Tues night. The American people don’t want to be told what’s best for them, be it progressive or conservative, and when this happens they make changes. Too bad for you that that as The Chosen One demonstrated last Wed, progressives are still in denial and think the election was because those poor, ignorant, average American people, whom they claim to represent, just weren’t smart enough to understand the progressives altruistic message. In fact, it was an utter repudiation of what progressives stand for. Until this fact can be grasped, even Tip O'Neil couldn't sell it for you.

Posted by: Centrist4 | November 8, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

The "numbers" don't lie but don't tell the whole story.

When you break down the election, this was for the most part, the final re-alignment of the "Old South" that began with Lyndon Johnson and the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Well over 20 "Blue Dog" Democrats lost to Republicans in the "Old South" & the "exit polls" are correct that it was made up of conservative white voters. What the polls faild to pick-up was for white males race was the real reason for their vote.

They failed to pick-up race because the polls failed to measure for "code words"
and phrases such as "Obama is a Muslim"
or "Obama is not a Citizen" or "Obama is not a Christian".

These are "acceptale" phrases that can be expressed "in-public" but what underlies this "coat & tie" code is the fact that a Black Man is the President and they don't like it.

When the "Rebaggers" spit on John Lewis and called him a "Dirty N....." as he went into the House to vote on the Health Care Bill, that told you all you needed to know about the "conservative white voters" and this election should be no surprise.

The "good news" for Progressives is that the re-alignment is complete & the middle class outside of the "Old South" will be ready to hear their message in 2012.


Posted by: mikeconville | November 8, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Bottom line, the traditional Democratic voting blocs stayed home. Why? Might it be that many in these blocs are not energized by informed opinion but can only be motivated by the power of personality?

Both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were/are powerful personalities with compelling back stories but whose campaign rhetoric and platforms contained few specifics and fewer hints as to what kind of President they might be. Mid term elections tend to force focus more on issues and local problems; ergo the voting public is energized not by shallow appeals but by a deeper understanding of the importance of representative democracy to the individual and what matters to them, i.e. jobs, jobs, jobs.

Maybe what the Democratic Party should be asking itself is whether or not all that emphasis on "voter education" is really worth it; in the end all the young voters and minorities whom they depend upon for electoral margins slept in and could not be bothered to confirm the decision of 2008. Guess all that voter education did not include a chapter about the necesssity of repeating the process to insure the other side does not sneak up on you and grab the power back.

Posted by: bobfbell | November 8, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

"You have to pass the bill to know what's in it" - Nancy Pelosi re: the Obamacare bill.

Posted by: hokie92 | November 8, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are in the uneviable position of having to have to balance the budget and simultaneously create jobs. Cutting taxes will run up the budget deficit and cutting social programs, Social Security and Medicare, will cost them reelection in 2012. Defunding Obamacare will run up the national debt make them look like they only care for the wealthiest Americans. So look for the GOP to talk down expectations, which the Democrats will not let them do, and basically sell out the people who elected them. So far the Republicans have only one policy goal: deny Obama reelection 2012. Good luck with that.

Posted by: sr31 | November 8, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

No one is saying the GOP is right about everything, and no one is saying that Obama is wrong abouteverything.

E.J. Dionne, your faulty premise makes everything following worhtless.

Why don't you get a real job?

Posted by: etronsen | November 8, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

It seems inconceivable that Dionne doesn't even mention what everyone who manages to get out of bed each morning knows: that a substantial, perhaps even overwhelming, reason for the Democratic defeat is the right wing media outlets constantly screaming into the ears of the electorate via Fox News, Limbaugh, Coulter and the rest. With little regard for the truth, these folks have set out to destroy Obama and anything he touches, inventing "death panels," birther theories and all sorts of other nonsense. They know it's all lies but they also know they can get away with it - and incidentally make a lot of money doing it - because there are no left wing media organizations with comparable lung power. Josef Goebbels was sadly correct: "A lie repeated thousands of times becomes a truth."

Posted by: gillartsny | November 8, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

No one is saying the GOP is right about everything, and no one is saying that Obama is wrong abouteverything.

E.J. Dionne, your faulty premise makes everything following worhtless.

Why don't you get a real job?

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Read the posts: that's exactly what people are saying.

Posted by: sr31 | November 8, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Well, if only democrats applied the similar logic in 2006 and 2008, they would not be in this situation.

2006 and 2008 were also largely negative votes against Iraq war more than any thing else.

I wonder what was the opinion of the learned men from American Progress back then.

Posted by: AllSpinZone1 | November 8, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

It was all about the $1T+ deficits for me.

Posted by: LoudounClear | November 8, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

It is really appalling and sad to see how Dionne and his "progressive" friends of Millbank, Robinson and others continue to try to influence the minds of readers trhough the use of fabricated and false arguments. However, this will do nothing more than allienate, even further, the post as a partisan and descredited paper that continues to loose credibility

Posted by: rafaelh | November 8, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

What happened in this election? EVIL WON

Posted by: sabrina2 | November 8, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats lost this year because they, like President Obama, overestimated the American people. When the President was attacked as illegitimate, as a Kenyan, a Muslim, a Communist, and ultimately, as a man who was fraudulently in the White House, the Democrats believed that the American people would recognize these lies for what they were. As a result, they did nothing to dispel them.

In an era where people think it's clever and insightful to say Odumbo or Demorat, it's a major mistake to overestimate the American voter. In a time when a clearly fabricated and dull-witted lie that the President's India trip cost $200 million a day can take hold, it's obvious that the stupidity will triumph over brains if there is no fight.

I do believe that the Democrats won't make this mistake again.

Posted by: Keesvan | November 8, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

All of what you say is true, but there are other things: the electoral map changed. Florida and Ohio went Republican as did the entire Rust Belt. White men, a very difficult difficult demo for Obama went GOP, as did Catholics. Early warning signs went unheeded. Mass. NJ and VA all signaled that trouble was brewing, and nothing was done. Various governors have called the White House "tone deaf."
Maybe Obama et al. needed to be shellacked to wake up before it is too late. Fortunately, for all the misinformation out there, 1/2 of all Americans support the Healthcare bill. The WH needs to repair its "fireside chat" apparatus with the American people. And they can't let Fox News and the whole Right Wing Talk Network set the narrative for the next two years because the sad thing is Harvard can't compete with Rush. That is where the American people are right now. They are scared and anxious and will believe anything: Socialist America?

Posted by: ElinorMiller | November 8, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

You have to give the Republicans credit for skillful politics. They once again misled the working middle class, who will suffer from their policies, to vote for them. When will we learn - unless you are rich, the Republicans are not on your side! Now they and their corporate masters are laughing once again at how easy it was to make their victims feel like winners.

Posted by: gohogs | November 8, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse


All the numbers presented look pretty solid, quite a nice collection of ‘factoids’.

What will be interesting however in 2012 is whether the ‘la la land- hope and change’ mantra of the Wizard of Oz Obama will work again or whether it has been replaced by a graying politician who ‘talked the talk’ in 2008 but had GREAT PROBLEMS ‘walking the walk’ when in the big seat.

Young voters are almost by definition inexperienced when it comes to politicians and the promises a fresh unknown face can make.

Obama is now known, his weaknesses have been exposed and it will be surprising to see if he can get the band back together in 2012 to get a second term.

Posted by: bcarte1 | November 8, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

When the free will of the people is supplanted and suppressed by the rule of the bastardized state, don't be surprised by the ultimate outcome. Our country is now completely divided: politically, economically, and philosophically, so don't be surprised when it also splits geologically. The warning has been given. Let it be.

Posted by: Byrd3 | November 8, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Missed the mark again Sparky. The monolithic turnout of conservative voters is the effect, not the cause.

Exit polls are criminally flawed in nearly every aspect as they only catch the mood of those actually bothering to vote, not the mood of the nation that motivated them.

The overall public had only one thing on their mind, stopping the Pelosi, Reid, et al agenda. Obama was immaterial, and he will remain so.

Posted by: pub123 | November 8, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

It's too bad that the Republicans are still focused on screaming at the American people instead of creating jobs. Day 6 of their rule and the economy is still in the tank. I told you so, but you dimwitted American voters wouldn't listen.

Posted by: SmallBusiness | November 8, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse


Attention Dims and other nitwits:

GOP rule in the House will begin on January the 3rd, 2011 when the new Congress is seated.

For now the pathetic, useless lame duck Dims are still in charge.

Posted by: screwjob22 | November 8, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

You have to give the Republicans credit for skillful politics. They once again misled the working middle class, who will suffer from their policies, to vote for them. When will we learn - unless you are rich, the Republicans are not on your side! Now they and their corporate masters are laughing once again at how easy it was to make their victims feel like winners.
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Those silly proletarians and their infernal False Consciousness caused by their exploiters and oppressors! If only they would listen to "progressives" who know everything- including what is in the best interests of the proletarians!

Blame it on Fox News, of course. How else to account for the astonishing finding that everyone does not agree with Leftists and "progressives" about politics?

Actually, as the truly wise, incredibly brilliant, amazingly educated Mr. Obama knows perfectly well, everybody really DOES agree with him about politics. They just don't know yet that they agree, because he has been so busy helping them that he didn't take enough time to explain to them in terms they could understand how much good he has done them. Once they understand they will agree that they agree. Meanwhile, it is necessary to keep doing good unto them whether they want or agree with it at the moment or not. They will agree later, after it sinks in how right, er, Left people like Mr. Obama were all along.

Sometimes I think Leftists and "progressives" must be kidding us, pulling our legs, satirizing political dogmatism and closed mindedness by their seeming inability to comprehend even the possibility of valid and legitimate disagreement with them about politics. It is all a joke, they are trying to pull the wool over our eyes, and any minute they are going to break out laughing and snorting "Gotcha! Fooled you! You thought we were SERIOUS!"

But they aren't kidding. They are serious. They really think they know everything, that they are always right, and that there is no rational, honest, legitimate reason for anyone, anywhere, any time ever to disagree with their personal political beliefs.

Most of them are kids. Some are old enough to know better. The whole scene is risible and tragic. What a piece of work is Homo sapiens var. sinister et progressivus.

Posted by: Entelechicus | November 8, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans won a majority of a minority of eligible voters (about 40% of eligible voters turned out), but somehow that is a mandate.

E.J. one topic that I would love you to cover is the posting of comments on Newspaper articles. Every "liberal" (i.e. centerist) reporter that I have read over the past few months has been bombarded by "right-wing" outrage in their comments section. Given that most people will not go out of their way to read opinions that do not conform to theirs, and the fact that we all know which camp the opinion writers belong to, it is odd to see such a high proportion of right-wing lies in the posts that follow these writers articles.

Have the right-wing organized campaigns against certain journalists? Worse, are there funded ghosts writers that post under a variety of names? Or are they just nutcases?

Posted by: Selims | November 8, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans won a majority of a minority of eligible voters (about 40% of eligible voters turned out), but somehow that is a mandate?!?

E.J., one topic that I would love you to cover is: the posting of comments on Newspaper articles. Every "liberal" (i.e. centerist) reporter that I have read over the past few months has been bombarded by "right-wing" outrage in their comments section. Given that most people will not go out of their way to read opinions that do not conform to theirs, and the fact that we all know which camp the opinion writers belong to, it is odd to see such a high proportion of right-wing lies in the posts that follow these writers articles.

Have the right-wing organized campaigns against certain journalists? Worse, are there funded ghosts writers that post under a variety of names? Or are they just nutcases?

Posted by: Selims | November 8, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

You know you are in for a liberal ride when the topic begins with a suggestion for you to read a liberal piece of trash from the George Soros funded Center for American Politics.

Yes the economy is a driving factor. But why is that so? How did this economy get this way? The answer is the progressive cures applied by Obama, Pelosi, and Reid ran up mountains of debt and did not halt the slide. Obama, Pelosi, and Reid were there adding new entitlements like Obamacare over the strenous objection of the American people, and ramming it through along party lines with loads and loads of pork. They completely ignored the obvious signs like Scott Brown taking Kennedy's seat on the single issue of NO to Obamacare.

All Obamacare as done is run up debt and increase the cost of insurance. This is the progressive notion of "reform". Contrast this with the Republican plan, a much smaller grouping of distinct measures to do simple things like promote insurance competition across state lines, eliminate restrictions on previous conditions, impose malpractice tort reform, etc. No, the Dems came in with a 2000+ page bill and rammed it home with little debate.

This disdain for the American public coupled with complete failure of their progressive ideas to solve the problem lead to the notion of "take our country back" which motivated huge turnout from fiscal conservatives. Take our country back means take it back from progressives who don't know what they are doing and are in real danger of bankrupting our nation on their Unicorn and Kumbaya dreams, and embrace smaller government and capitalism.

Democrats completely denied any role in the mortgage problem (hang your head in Shame, Barney "there is no problem with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac" Frank), including the progressive bill of rights notion that all Americans should be entitled to a home. Making banks who wished to do business with the FM's take on loans from people who obviously did not qualify for them in order to up-stat the poverty home ownership numbers was what created the horrible sub prime loans that were then leveraged and bundled into fiscal collapse.

The American people naturally wanted more financial oversight, but what we got was Government takeover of companies like GM, with them appointing the auto union as leaders of the new company. All this does is saddle the American taxpayer with the cost of sustaining business on something that should go through bankruptcy and clear out all of the unsustainable union negoitated contracts.

The Democrats overstepped in a big way, and lurched far to the left, and obviously so towards socialism. The American people are done with it. No amount of re-hashing election returns will change these fundamental facts.

Posted by: Wiggan | November 8, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

This is what really happened based on the results of the election. The people rejected Obama's socialist agenda. With a socialist government, you can kiss jobs and the economy goodbye. The people said they didn't like the direction this country was headed. The socialist direction. Yet Obama pushed on as if the people never spoke at all. The people said we don't want government health care. Did Obama care. Not one little bit. The people said Obama was tone deaf to their wishes. Did Obama care one little bit. Not at all. In fact Obama became more tone deaf because he wasn't going to let anyone force him to do something he didn't want to do. Especially the Republicans and the American people. Obama thought by finding everything wrong with American, the people were ripe to abandon their American values and principles. Obama was wrong. Those Americans who never attended any rallies rose up and attended the Tea Party rallies because they sensed Obama was tearing this country apart piece by piece with his claims everything is broken. The only thing Obama couldn't change with his regulations and laws was public opinion and that belonged to the people. Obama and the Democrats thought if they attacked the American people and called them racist, bigots, insane, and loonies, that out of embarrassment they would vote for the Democrats. The election of Obama was supposed to be the final nail in the coffin for America. Instead the people never forgot what this country was like before Obama was elected and ended up putting the final nail in the Democrats coffin. This is what really happened in the 2010 election.

Posted by: houstonian | November 8, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

To the 1% of Liberals that have the courage to let the GOP bask in the afterglow of their victory for a few minutes, well done.

To the other 99%, the whining whinging majority of Liberals, get over it. You had it all - and you blew it. You made the GOP look like a gold Willy Wonka ticket because of your arrogant Speaker; your cheap-shot majority leader; and the hubris of the WH.

Consolidate, reorganize, and give it another shot in the next election. Cheap shots at the GOP won't get it done - focus on fixing yourselves and quit being so pathetic.

Posted by: pararanger22 | November 8, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

EJ: "Republicans want the 2010 vote to be interpreted as a mandate in which voters declared the GOP right about everything..."
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Oh, you mean like YOU, EJ, said Obama's win was to be interpreted as a mandate in which voters declared Obama and the Dems right about everything?

What a hypocrit. What a liberal. But I repeat myself.

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | November 8, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Take heart, all of you folks who have trouble dealing with denial and dismay over the results of a legitimate election which repudiated policies that do not grow the wealth of our nation and it's economy or it's citizens, but merely redistribute the wealth (... from each according to his ability to each according to his needs.. - Marx - but ot Groucho or Harpo)

Fights and VISAs can be had... to take you away from the USA to a workers paradise in Venezuela where progressive values abound. Cuba may soon become a practical option for you as well.

As for me, I love America pretty much the way it was established and has remained for 200+ years. I will continue to labor and do my part to keep the dreams of our Nation's founders alive and well. Join me... all are encouraged to work together to continue to make great things happen for all of us from sea to shining sea.

BTW - The inane complaint that exit polls are criminally flawed in that they only measure the sentiment of folks who cared enough to bother to vote... a core responsibility of citizenship IMHO... weeds out those who's point of view is not important enough to them to act on it by casting a vote. In a democracy, you can't overwhelm or change a vote merely by whining about the results... That wont even work with American Idol. Determining "Voter Intent" from hanging chad is one thing... letting others determine how you would have or should have voted if you left the house and went to the poll is not the democracy we live in. But I digress....

Posted by: dbsinOakRidge | November 8, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

"We would have won, if our people would have shown up at the polls and voted."

- Dazed confused Dim

Posted by: screwjob22 | November 8, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

DEAR MAJORITY HOUSE REPUBLICANS:

WHERE ARE THE JOBS?????
WHERE ARE THE JOBS?????
WHERE ARE THE JOBS?????
WHERE ARE THE JOBS?????
WHERE ARE THE JOBS?????
WHERE ARE THE JOBS?????
WHERE ARE THE JOBS?????
WHERE ARE THE JOBS?????
WHERE ARE THE JOBS?????

Posted by: SmallBusiness | November 8, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

What happened in the 2010 Election? EVIL WON!

Posted by: sabrina2 | November 8, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

I voted for the GOP because I thought they'd quickly create jobs. This is day 6 and SO FAR ZERO JOBS CREATED BY REPUBLICANS.

Can I have my vote back? Nov. 2012 can't get here soon enough!

Posted by: SmallBusiness | November 8, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I was motivated but the numbers certainly don't lie. I had read that roughly 18 million people who voted for Obama just didn't show up. Most of these elections in the House were pretty close and only 42% of Americans eligible to vote did so that is the difference right there.

Seems to me there ought to be serious discussion behind his doors regarding silly moves like suing AZ, suing to extend DADT and rolling over in the spirit of compromise consistently with a bunch of right wing loons who have zero intention of even talking with him or the Democrats.

Obama's "base" tends to be strongly middle class, urban/suburban and well educated. When we see stuff like we did for the last 2 years it's easy to become apathetic. The same foxes in the financial hen house, Warren not being formally appointed, and of course not being strong about HCR.

Luckily I had loons like McMahon and Foley running in my state to keep me sharply aware of the consequences of staying home and we got out the vote strongly enough in CT to avoid succumbing to the "Red Death, Red Plague, tsunami whatever disaster you want to equate voting in GOP stormtroopers with."

Posted by: theobserver4 | November 8, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans won a majority of a minority of eligible voters (about 40% of eligible voters turned out), but somehow that is a mandate?!?

E.J., one topic that I would love you to cover is: the posting of comments on Newspaper articles. Every "liberal" (i.e. centerist) reporter that I have read over the past few months has been bombarded by "right-wing" outrage in their comments section. Given that most people will not go out of their way to read opinions that do not conform to theirs, and the fact that we all know which camp the opinion writers belong to, it is odd to see such a high proportion of right-wing lies in the posts that follow these writers articles.

Have the right-wing organized campaigns against certain journalists? Worse, are there funded ghosts writers that post under a variety of names? Or are they just nutcases?

Posted by: Selims | November 8, 2010 4:45 PM
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Conservatives are compassionate and feel your pain. It is hard, very hard, is it not, to understand how and why everybody does not agree with your personal political beliefs.

This is the cross that Leftists and "progressives" must bear, that they must live in a nation, indeed a world inhabited by people who have different political opinions than themselves.

It makes no sense - none at all. How can such a thing be? What is the explanation for such an anomaly as that everybody does not agree with one's political beliefs? That some people, more than a mere handful, actually SEEM to disagree vehemently?

Are sinister forces at work? Perhaps. The powers of darkness have been known to resort to devious measures to work their evil ways upon the unsuspecting.

But take heart. Look at it like this, the way Mr. Obama looks at it: people really DO agree with your private political beliefs, only they don't KNOW that they agree!

If they understood, if they were bright enough, educated enough, sensible enough to comprehend that your beliefs, like those of Mr. Obama, are the only possible true and valid ones, they would unquestionably agree.

Their seeming disagreement is merely temporary, the result of a misunderstanding on their part, a failure to communicate. They agree without knowing they agree - and their agreement is all that counts, whether they know they agree or not.

That's the "progressive" way of looking at it!

Posted by: Entelechicus | November 8, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I wish Republicans would shut their filthy rat little mouths until they've created the jobs they promised. I don't want to hear a single word out of their slimy vile pie-holes until they've fulfilled their end of the bargain. I'm already considering voting Dem again in 2012.

Posted by: SmallBusiness | November 8, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

"But outside analysts, particularly journalists, should be more careful in reading election returns."

Really?!!! EJ Really? Do you mean the journalists that swooned over Mr. Teleprompter? Or do you mean the journalists that had lower limb tremors at the mere sound of his voice? Which pack of rose-colored glasses wearing journalists did you have in mind?

Here's what happened...in two sentences. President Obama was elected because he wasn't George Bush. His policies and the actions by the Democratic majority, especially in the House, are at odds with the desires of the vast majority of Americans and we let him know it.

That's it...it's that simple. Gee I could be a journalist.

Posted by: PanhandleWilly | November 8, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Dionne, you can tap dance all you want. You Dumbs got your clocks cleaned.

America has spoken. Move to the back benches and let the adults handle things!!!

Posted by: wapocensorsbite | November 8, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

@PanhandleWilly

WHERE ARE THE JOBS????
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Posted by: SmallBusiness | November 8, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

@wapocensorsbite

WHERE ARE THE JOBS????
WHERE ARE THE JOBS????
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Posted by: SmallBusiness | November 8, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

After reading these comments it is clear that polarization is real and intense. The 2010 midterms as well as the 2008 and 2006 cycles were also called mandates and the result of voter disgust with one failed policy after another.

The first target was George H.W. Bush, who despite being popular after the end of the Gulf War, lost due to the fact he was deemed out of touch with Americans and was to blame for much of the social strife of the early 90s. Anyone remember Rodney King, the riots, the drug problems, crime and poor economy that brought Clinton to office?

Then Clinton was the target of one investigation after another. He couldn't satisfy Democrats either, who often argued that his agenda could have been so much better if he just had bigger goals. Democrats tired of his compromises and Republicans just loathed his ethical lapses.

Things really split with the 2000 election, the Florida recount, and the presidency of George W. Bush. Republicans wanted him to be Reagan, Democrats wanted him to be smart, and by 2008, everybody wanted him gone.

So why was 2010 such a romp? The pendulum of politics used to swing slower and more gradually, along a more natural course so to speak. Now the pendulum is being pushed by so many outside forces they are almost impossible to list. PACs, lobbyists, interest groups, the media, campaign donors, and on and on. These forces are dividing the electorate and the wider swing of the pendulum his now reaching the party extremes on both sides. The extremes have always been there, but now they have funding and their own cable news channels and the internet.

Just by reading these comments, there are false statements throughout on both sides. Everyone is wrong to some degree or has their facts tailored to fit their opinion.

Obama took office in a no-win situation. He couldn't pick the Speaker of the House or the Senate majority leader. He couldn't possibly fix all the problems that all the different agendas have on their plates. Perhaps his greatest failure is his insistence on trying to govern from the middle (which he has TRIED even though those on the right adamantly disagree). He has disappointed the far left and is hated by the far right. Does anyone see a trend here? The extremes, just as this comment section illustrates, have the podium.

The result is a pendulum swing funded by the far right took control of the House. Those on the left (and is doesn't matter if they are young, old, rich, poor, black, white, or green) stayed home.

At some point, and it may or may not be 2012, it will swing back.

What bothers me the most is the common theme you guys seem to all be pointing toward: You want government to solve your problems. You don't believe the gov't can create jobs but you want it to fix the economy. You don't like health care because it's making you pay for insurance. You want someone else to be president but you have no idea who.

Everyone take a step back and accept some responsibility.

Posted by: ecojs | November 8, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Why is it so difficult for you, the president and all progressives to understand the vast majority do not agree with progressive ideals? The country was founded on the opposite principles and in the end, this is what Americans hold true to their heart. But as you and the President love to point out, we just ain't smart'nough to understand how brilliant Obama and the progressives are and how stupid the rest of us (majority of the country) are.

Posted by: akdonner2 | November 8, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

"You can't blame a victorious political party for claiming an election victory as an endorsement of everything it believes in. Republicans want the 2010 vote to be interpreted as a mandate in which voters declared the GOP right about everything, and Obama and the Democrats wrong across-the-board. Anyone who fails to see things this way is said not to "get" it."

So the shoe could be said to be on the other foot if this is also true --

"You can't blame a victorious political party for claiming an election victory as an endorsement of everything it believes in. Democrats want the 2008 vote to be interpreted as a mandate in which voters declared the Democrats right about everything, and Bush and the Republicans wrong across-the-board. Anyone who fails to see things this way is said not to "get" it."

Dionne shows just how clueless he is, and yet telegraphs just how his commentary will be for the next two years.

Posted by: thelaw1 | November 8, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

smallbusiness wrote:

I voted for the GOP because I thought they'd quickly create jobs. This is day 6 and SO FAR ZERO JOBS CREATED BY REPUBLICANS.

Can I have my vote back? Nov. 2012 can't get here soon enough!

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While I like your liberal enthusiasm, I doubt you voted GOP, otherwise you would realize that your rant, until Jan. 2011, is still directed at Pelosi and Obama. You can have at Boehner starting in January. Unfortunately, you cannot have your vote back, but thanks for voting against the Obama agenda.

Posted by: thelaw1 | November 8, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Further good news for Democrats that you forgot to mention.

The Republicans failed to win the journalists' prediction of 103 seats in the House last week, winning only 60. This is a major victory we all must celebrate.

In 2012, journalists say Republicans could win all House and Senate races. Let's see if we can hold them to winning only 80 percent of those so, again, we can declare Victory.

Posted by: llrllr | November 8, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Mr. or Mrs. thelaw1,

Thank you.

Posted by: JohnnyGee | November 8, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

An arrogant president contemptuous of "ordinary" Americans and assisted by leftist ideolgues like Pelosi and Emanuel simply misread the mandate Obama got when he was elected. Liberalism had not had the same opportunity since 1964 when LBJ ran wild with his War on Poverty which gave the US urban riots and peace riots. What liberalism needs is to have a stake driven through its heart- or it will rise again.

Posted by: mhr614 | November 8, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Surely you jest Mr. Dionne. That's quite a different tune you are singing from the one you were singing on Nov. 5 2008 (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/04/AR2008110404476.html):

"Barack Obama's sweeping electoral victory cannot be dismissed merely as a popular reaction to an economic crisis or as a verdict on an unpopular president, though the judgment rendered on President Bush is important."

Maybe you should take your own advice about reading too much into elections before hypocritically offering it to others. The fact that it WAS NOT a full embrace of the GOP proper makes it all the more astonishing. The election results were a full repudiation of the Obama agenda. The no-show on the part of the uninformed youth is expected when the rock star status has completely vanished. The apathy among the "progressive" left was expected when their guy is doing such a terrible job. Don't you remember that lady at the town hall who said she was tired of defending the President? That the mantle of change that she voted for turned out to be an illusion? That business as usual was alive and well in Washington? Did you not see it then Mr. Dionne? Well, keep your head in the sand Sir. Evan Bayh said that if Scott Brown's election didn't wake Democrats up, nothing would. Boy was he right. A historic 60 seat pickup by the GOP and you leftist hacks continue to spin the results. 2012 should be another interesting election.

Posted by: conservativemaverick | November 8, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Is EJ on crack again/

Posted by: Phil5 | November 8, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

The majority of the electorate did not show up again. There was no message. A headless poisonous snake writhing and roiling about in its dirt and dust is a perfect image of those people who swarmed to victory on Nov. 2. Swarm "intelligence" manifests no leader, just as a headless snake has nothing to give direction and reason to its contortions. Pure id is what activates swarms and headless snakes and baggers, bigots, fascists, homophobes, creepy religionists, goppers, conservatives and other low information people. Enjoy the mindlessness as the foregoing mishmash of people thrash about trying to declare what they stand for specifically, what they hope to accomplish (that'll be a hoot) and who their leaders are. The usual pen of gopper presidential candidates (whose snorts attract the attention of the swarms and headless vipers) plus several no account luminaries among the mishmash make a bouquet of smelly body parts that they would offer the citizens come 2012. Phew! what won't the mishmash offer the U.S.? More of the utterly failed capitalism of Reagan, BushBush! Hold your noses folks, but enjoy the pandemonium the midterm disaster has brought you.

Posted by: tuonela | November 8, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

EJ goes to a Progressive Think Tank and finds dumbells with a similar pea-sized-brain and holds their findings up as some sort of trophy. These people are so stupid is nauseating.

You got thumped, Dems. More comin'. Your President is a joke. You Speaker of the House is a witch of the first order. And you jammed some of the worst legislation in the history of the Republic down our unwilling throats. You need any more analysis?

Posted by: PS7900 | November 8, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

I can think of one thing for the lame-duck Congress to do. Make the rich pay their taxes again. First thing it will do is help reduce the deficit. The huge majority of Americans support this, as all polls show. Let's see the Republicans vote agaist it.

Posted by: dudh | November 8, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Funny how old people voted for the people that are opposed to Medicare and Social Security. Buffoons....

Posted by: phorse | November 8, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Panhandlewilly said:
Here's what happened...in two sentences. President Obama was elected because he wasn't George Bush.
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Um, Obama didn't run against Bush....

Posted by: phorse | November 8, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Phorse...uh...you missed the point...back to nap time with you.

Posted by: PanhandleWilly | November 8, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

I am so happy that those who were energized to vote preserved my freedom. Freedom to sit in an overtaxed ER waiting 10 hours for a bed (I had pneumonia) while people without health insurance (which I have) were seen to by ER personnel instead of family physicians that they can't pay. Freedom to watch my own property values sink because some neighbors (who should have known better but didn't) were fore-closed even though I was willing to help them out TO PROTECT MYSELF as much as anything else. Freedom to cheerfully pay my taxes at a higher effective rate than someone with 10 times my income knowing that much of my payments go to contractors who overcharge and produce Cold War weapons that no one will ever use. Freedom also to pay for a war in Iraq that was based on at best real incompetence or at worst outright lying. Free to pay for gasoline while rejoicing in my freedom to subsidize governments and organizations in the Middle East that would just as soon blow me to smithereens (I passed by the corner of 44th and Broadway less than 24 hours before the SUV began to smoke, and my son was on his way to his work on 9/11, which happened to be across the street from the WTC and which had he caught an earlier train from NJ would have put him in the subway station when the plane hit.)

FYI...I am a 71-year-old white male retiree, and I usually vote Democratic. I am an atheist but I think that Jesus said some very wise things, especially "by their fruits shall ye know them" i. e. watch what they do and not what they say, and I think that Darwin was right but do not like Darwinism in human society (which is what the unregulated "free market" is, like gangster-ridden Russia). The motto of the Tea party foamers seems to be "I've got mine and f*** you."

I think that it's likely that this "tide" or "mandate" or whatever BS it is will reverse soon enough, and if anyone can read in 100 years they will lump today's GOP with Herbert Hoover, who thought for too long that the only thing to combat the Depression was to balance the budget.
But I strongly that the damage wrought in the next 2 years may just put us over the point of no return on our accelerating progress to becoming a 3rd world country. Thanx again, freedom-lovers.

“When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” attributed to Sinclair Lewis

Posted by: jprfrog | November 8, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

OH, NO! You mean the Democrats need WHITE PEOPLE??? Horrors! The HORROR! What is we uh-gonna do?
OMG, what idiots these liberals be.
Why would the working class whites vote for Demon-crats when there are no jobs for them? For the metrosexuals reading this, NOBODY watches MSNBC, ok? Not too many more watch FOX. Got it? It isn't about social issues, never was. Its about the banks and the rich elites taking an evil OLIGARCH for themselves. Socialism for the super-rich. No more nation states, no sir. A world economic structure leading to a world government. Boy, thats just crazy, right? I guess you've gotta be edumacated to be that stupid. Supporting either party's elites is a vote for your own enslavement into a life of high taxes, little health care, and we'll get nothing and like it. Wake up from your partisan dreams and see the world for what it is. This government is slowly losing its grip on reality. Do you know what those type of governments do? They ALWAYS crack down hard on their own people, so as not to lose power. All you have to know about what is coming is follow what happened to Zimbabwe in the last five (plus) years. We'll have hyper-inflation (see gold price, priced in ever more worthless U.S. dollars), followed by a deflation, a U.S. default on its debt, martial law, complete tearing of social fabric in the U.S., and finally, when its all over, Americans banding together to fight off their oppressors, both inside and outside the U.S..............Come on, come all. The tigers cannot defeat the ants.

Posted by: shred11 | November 8, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

What Dionne fails to mention here is that the old people of today are not the same cohort as the old people 10 years ago. Back in the 1990s the older voters lived through the Great Depression and World War II. This Greatest Generation knew how horrible laissez-faire economics could be and supported FDR-style welfare capitalism through and through.

Today's old voter is a Silent Generation hypocrite who loves authoritarianism, thinks all welfare state policies are socialism...and yet DEMANDS that his entitled corporate pensions and government Social Security and Medicare benefits be delivered.

I see these jerks moving down here to Tennessee all the time because we have no income tax. They want all the money spent on local hospitals and emergency care but they vote against public school funding all the time. To today's selfish old farts I say it's time for some Soylent Green.

Posted by: ElrodinTennessee | November 8, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

The worst day of being a democrat STILL beats the best day of being a republican!

Yea, nobody likes dems but they like you even less!

And another thing, jobs is at the top of the gripes list.

IF the first 8 years of btc supposedly created 1 million jobs a year.IF there are 20 million unemployed Americans, by extending the btc how many years will it be before the last person is working?

My math says 20 years based on past performance, republicans say there was no recession during gwb, so that was 1 million jobs during an economic boom, I doubt that 500k could be created with a thoroughly divided congress in the next year.

IF the jobs outlook keeps posting 100k+ a month gains like the past 3 months 2012 will look more promising for dems.

then 12/21/12 comes knocking and hopefully tears this planet a new a hole, that's the type of change we need! No worry! Mother Nature treats every body exactly the same!

Posted by: victorlove1 | November 8, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

EJ:

As John McEnroe would have said in his tennis playing days "You cannot be serious!"

The lengths libs will go to and the knots they will tie themselves into to deny the obvious are truly astounding.

What happened was simple: the american people said to BO(ZO) "We completely reject your polices!"

Posted by: Moderate62 | November 8, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Those who talked about the fear factor on the part of 2010 voters were correct. That's the motivation for older voters in this 1929 deja vu economy. The country has two years to steer away from takeover by foreign nationals. Leaders better focus on that, get it right, and skip the jockeying for who gets the next turn at power. If the debt problems don't get solved, all power goes to the creditors. No current leader will ever again have any.

Posted by: valcol1 | November 8, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Dionne is spot on here in citing this paper. But then, when did our insipid media ever let data or objective facts get in the way of an arbitrary, groupthink-generated, vapor-thought-based narrative?

It was all about a "rejection of Socialism"! Um, never mind that twice as many people wanted Health Care Reform to go FURTHER than want the government to stay out of it.

It was a rebuke to Obama! Um, never mind that Obama's approval rating is twice that of *Republicans* in Congress.

It's become a center-right country! Um, no, those are just the people who were motivated to come out and vote. The party in power ALWAYS gets hit in the midterms, because the opposition is more energized. Sorry if that makes a boring story - historical fact is often boring. Nothing much new here really.

Obama is out of touch with people's pain! Um, I don't know how to measure this assertion, and no one knows how to defend it, either. Some reporters at a press conference just decided it was true, and by golly, whatever they came up with that day must be the gospel truth.! The horrible, callous Obama. Why doesn't he love my kids? Can he be reformed? Can the Wizard of Oz give him a heart?

What a useless media.

Posted by: B2O2 | November 8, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

... This was the electoral equivalent of burning a cross on the White House lawn and the liberal media provided the gasoline. ... What happened in this election will be a point of shame for this country if and when sanity and civility ever come back into fashion.

Posted by: buddecj | November 8, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse
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This is the racism that caused the Demcrats the election.

Posted by: bal503 | November 8, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't the meaning of the recent election that the Repubs had, with the help of Fox News and Hate Radio, convinced a lot of people with short memories that Bush and the Repubs had nothing to do with the TARP bailout bill and that the Health care bill was worse for the country than the Iraq war was in 2006. Seeing how no one has been killed by the Health care bill which is projected to cost 1 trillion dollars in 10 years and hundreds of thousands were killed and maimed in the useless Iraq War which will cost 2 to 3 trillion dollars, it is hard to understand the logic. Maybe its more of that "faith based reality"? AKA cult speak?

Posted by: rkerg | November 8, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't the meaning of the recent election that the Repubs had, with the help of Fox News and Hate Radio, convinced a lot of people with short memories that Bush and the Repubs had nothing to do with the TARP bailout bill and that the Health care bill was worse for the country than the Iraq war was in 2006. Seeing how no one has been killed by the Health care bill which is projected to cost 1 trillion dollars in 10 years and hundreds of thousands were killed and maimed in the useless Iraq War which will cost 2 to 3 trillion dollars, it is hard to understand the logic. Maybe its more of that "faith based reality"? AKA cult speak?

Posted by: rkerg | November 8, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Prediction: The Left's almost limitless capacity for self delusion will cost it the Senate and the White House in 2012. It doesn't have to be that way, but Dionne and others of his ilk have their heads buried in the sand like ostriches or like a four year old with his hands over his ears refusing to listen but talking endlessly about the need to better communicate his ideas.

Long run demographic trends look very good for the democrats, but in the short run without some reexamination, they're toast.

Posted by: publius29 | November 8, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

This election was a clear and uncut mandate for more breaks for the rich, health insurance for the healthy and rich, better paying jobs for CEOs, more employment overseas, and a general victory path towards another run up on credit card government with a disregard to tax revenues. Trickle down economics was an honorable mention in this election.

Posted by: cirrus_nine | November 8, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully what happened is that our politicians understand you cannot spend billions and create massive government programs on a purely partisan basis. The country has been damaged by this reckless show of power from the Dems.

Posted by: doug7772 | November 8, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

CAMPAIGNING 101

Look I agree a lot with what Dionne has to say, but the fundamental fact boil down to basic political campaigning or "sound bites" 101.

Now for campaigning, a sound bite must be defined as more than a catchy sentence that packs a punch. In politics it must be used over and over until voters not only know it by heart, but have to fight to get it out of their heads.

A chief example is the way Republicans framed the Democratic position on Bush's War in Iraq. . . . . . "Cut and run," remember it -- who couldn't.

Well, Kerry got so fustrated with the use of that in an interview on CNN that he retorted, "Well, what's the Republican position? . . 'Lie and die.'"

Bingo! . . The Democrats had a sound bite . . . but they never used it. In fact, Democrats never use sound bites, at least not enought for them to pass as political sound bites.

Take this one: . . "Republicans left us like an orphan on the doorstep of a Great Depression, and Democrats stepped in and stopped it." . . . . . . . . Yes, some of your may have heard this one ( it's the only one that came even close to a sound bite, that and "The Republicans drove us into a ditch . . . ." ) But the problem with both of these is the Democrats never hammered them home -- and that makes all the difference.

In fact it is so unbelievable that Democrats don't follow the basics of Campaigning 101, that I've become convinced that they have been told to lose by the powers behind the throne.

Posted by: Here2day | November 8, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

"This election was a clear and uncut mandate for more breaks for the rich, health insurance for the healthy and rich, better paying jobs for CEOs, more employment overseas, and a general victory path towards another run up on credit card government with a disregard to tax revenues. Trickle down economics was an honorable mention in this election.

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As long as you agree it was clear and uncut...something EJ doesn't get yet.

Posted by: PanhandleWilly | November 9, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Mr Dionne; all,

the TRUTH is that the DIMocRATS are FINISHED, KAPUT & DONE as a major party because:
1. the "leadership" passed "obamacare" after 70+% of Americans said, "NO, NO, NO"!
2. the DIMocRAT "leadership" let all of us "stupid, stupid, hicks from flyover country" (Princess Pelosi said that.) know how they really feel about the people in the areas outside of the Capitol Beltway & the left/right coasts.
3. the New Deal Coalition is splintered beyond repair into dozens of "special interest group", many of which HATE each other.
4. there are NO conservative Democrats any more like Harry Truman, Sam Rayburn, Sam Nunn, Wright Patman & John F. Kennedy, for "ordinary people" to rally around.
(today JFK wouldn't be welcome IN the DIMocRATS party, much less be their nominee for POTUS!)
5. the "rank & file union members" (like numerous members of my extended family, who were C&JU, OCAWU, TSTA & Teamsters members) have LEFT the DIMocRATS to become TEA PARTY members.
(we will NOT return to the DIMocRATS party, ever.)
and
6. the DIMocRATS have NOTHING to offer "moderate voters" in their party, as we "regular people" know that only extremist LIBERAL LOONS are welcome/listened to.

so, DIMocRATS, your time is over & you did it to yourselves. - but PLEASE, PLEASE keep "running your mouths" about how stupid & "out of touch" that we "regular folks" are, as you are sending, every day, more former Democrats into the ranks of THE TEA PARTY, where they are WARMLY WELCOMED & "put to work" to end the BHO/DIMocRATS/LEFTISTS misrule in 2012 & in all the elections to follow.

to all: IF you are disgusted with what BHO, Princess Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barney Frank, Chuckie Schumer & others of that extremist, ARROGANT, vile, LOUD-mouthed, hate-FILLED sort have done to our republic, PLEASE join your county's TEA PARTY group & help us take our country back to being the CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC that America once was.

just my opinions. = i DO NOT & CANNOT officially speak for our county's TEA PARTY group, absent a vote of our membership on each issue.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | November 9, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

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