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Last night’s midterm elections marked a decisive repudiation of Barack Obama. Not only did the Republicans seize control of the Senate, increase their majority in the House, and win an overwhelming number of the governorships being contested, but most Democratic candidates wanted nothing to do with Obama, with the Kentucky candidate for the U.S. Senate refusing even to say whom she had voted for in 2012.
It is hard to say that this repudiation was undeserved. The economy, always the main issue for most voters, remains in dismal shape, and Obama has done nothing about one of the major causes of our economic malaise, the outsourcing of American jobs, even though it was his campaign’s deft portrayal of Mitt Romney as a champion of outsourcing par excellence that was largely responsible for Obama’s reelection. Indeed, Obama has never seemed terribly interested in helping Americans remain gainfully employed. His priority during his first two years in office, when the Democrats had a large Congressional majority, was not jobs but ramming through the misnamed Affordable Care Act, which is now making health insurance less affordable for most Americans. And it is now quite clear that Obama, far from being the inspiring figure the media made him out to be in 2008, has little leadership ability. As one post I saw on Facebook put it, “When voting, ask yourself am I more likely to be infected, beheaded, or audited than I was six years ago?”
Of course, the anti-Obama tide swept into office many weak and undeserving Republican candidates. And owing to the malign influence of the large contributors who bankroll the GOP, we are already hearing calls for Republicans to compromise with Obama on issues near and dear to the elite, especially immigration. That would be a fatal mistake for the GOP. CNN’s exit poll showed that the GOP won a crushing majority of the white Protestant vote, 71%-27%, and a substantial majority of the white Catholic vote, 58%-40%. The GOP lost every other racial and religious grouping, with non-white voters going 73%-25% for the Democrats. In other words, the major factor preventing the GOP from dominating American politics is the massive demographic change that has been caused by the Immigration Act of 1965 and the refusal of multiple Administrations to secure our southern border. The Republicans should use last night’s victory to kill Obama’s plan of granting an administrate amnesty to illegal immigrants, not to facilitate their party’s own long-term decline by cooperating with Obama on immigration.
I fear that the Republicans will end up compromising with Obama on immigration because many of the GOP's leadership care less for the well-being of Americans, or even the survival of their own party, than serving the interest of corporate elites by importing large numbers of cheap labor in order to depress wages.
The Republicans will now be lusting for the White House, which means far more to them than the American people. We can expect them, as always to opt for "moderation."
The Republican victory was accomplished without "moderating" party positions on immigration or social issues, particularly same sex marriage. I hope they remember who turned out for them down the road and don't throw us social conservatives (in my case neither protestant nor Catholic, though white) under the bus. They should understand that they can't win without us.
Failure to close the borders and deport all illegals is equivalent to amnesty. If the Republicans don't pass an outright amnesty, they will just continue to allow the illegals to flood in, for a larger, future amnesty. Thanks, RR.
The Republicans may have triumphed in Congress and turned out a couple of so-so Democrat governors (I'm thinking of Illinois's Pat Quinn), but what do the victories of ballot questions against the GOP's "conservative" takes on social issues--legal marijuana, medical marijuana, minimum wage, fetal personhood, insurance coverage for contraception, right to life, gambling--tell them and us? It tells them to ignore those issues. It tells us, to the extent we are wedded to those issues, that we won't have home in American party politics any time soon, if ever--just in case any of us fancied we might some day.
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