The Wave Election

Juan WilliamsIt was somewhat amusing, if not astounding, as I watched Fox News coverage of the election results Tuesday evening, to hear liberal commentator Juan Williams do his best to say this was not a “wave” election.

Williams kept saying this was an “anti-incumbent” election—that voters were so upset they were taking it out on those already in office. The only thing off-base in his analysis, of course, was that all the incumbents being tossed had a “D” after their names. The other analysts on the air with him found it difficult to stifle their astonishment at his pronouncement. To his credit, he did grudgingly admit later that this was, indeed, a wave in favor of Republicans.

The results showed, in one respect, that President Obama was correct: his policies were on the ballot. They didn’t fare well:

Fake

First, the Senate.

As of last count, the “official” number of gains for Republicans stands at seven, thereby giving them control of the Senate for the next two years with a 52-45 advantage at the moment. But we’re not done. There are three races still looming.

In Alaska, where incumbent Democrat Mark Begich has not yet conceded, Republican Dan Sullivan is four points ahead. All that remains is the tabulation of about 20,000 absentee ballots next week. For Begich to reverse the numbers, he would have to win roughly 70% of those, which is not just highly unlikely but a slim-to-zero probability. That will make it 53-45.

Then there’s Louisiana, where the state rules make it a requirement for the winner to break 50% to claim victory. On Tuesday, there were two Republicans running; their combined total was 55%. This now goes to a runoff in December where all Republican voters can back the single candidate, Bill Cassidy. The odds of incumbent Mary Landrieu pulling this off are about as good as Begich’s chances in Alaska. Make it 54-45.

Finally, there’s the startling surprise in Virginia. In a race where all the experts expected Democrat incumbent Mark Warner to run away with it, Republican Ed Gillespie ran so strongly that he led most of the night, only to fall short by less than a 1% margin. That means he has the right to call for a recount. I haven’t yet heard whether he will do so. This is a longshot, but if he were to be successful after that recount, it would be 55-45. However, the probability is that Warner will barely hang on and we’ll end up 54-46.

How devastating was this for Democrats? They lost incumbents in North Carolina, Arkansas, and Iowa. Republicans held every seat they already had, including Kentucky, where some thought Mitch McConnell would have a close call. It wasn’t close at all. Pat Roberts in Kansas, won handily when many thought he would lose his seat.

In fact, most of these Republican victories were far greater than the polls indicated. For instance, in Arkansas, Tom Cotton threw out incumbent Mark Pryor by a margin of 57-39%. That’s hardly what one could call a razor-thin victory; it was a trouncing.

Speaking of Arkansas, for the first time now, that state has no Democrats in Congress, neither in the House nor Senate, and its governor also is a Republican. Why is this so significant? Think of a former president who hails from Arkansas. Yes, the Clintons no longer have their home state as a base as Hillary moves toward the Democrat nomination for president in 2016. The transformation is now complete–Arkansas is a solid Republican state.

What of the House of Representatives? Some races are still being tabulated, but it appears that Republicans will up their numbers to close to 250 in the 435-seat chamber. That would be a post-WWII high. Some are saying it would be a record for Republicans going back eighty years. I’m not sure of the accuracy of that, but it is sufficient to say this is historic, and will put a lot of pressure on Obama.

In Box

Then there were the gubernatorial races. Again, they were catastrophic for Democrats. The Republicans upped their number of governors to more than thirty; they now control executive mansions in approximately 2/3 of the states.

Some of those gubernatorial victories were truly significant. Scott Walker’s reelection is Wisconsin, despite all the rancor directed against him, firmly establishes him as a potential presidential candidate should he decide to run for that office. Sam Brownback, in Kansas, was deemed a loser for reelection for sure by many prognosticators. They were wrong.

Most embarrassing of all for Democrats is that they lost the governorships of three deep-blue states: Massachusetts, Maryland, and Illinois. No one even had the Maryland race on their radar, but Republican Larry Hogan shocked everyone by beating the Democrat lieutenant governor 52-47%. And Illinois? Why is that so embarrassing? It’s Barack Obama’s home state.

I have to add this one. In my current home state of Florida, Governor Rick Scott was reelected in a very close race with former governor Charlie Crist. This was particularly satisfying for me and a couple million other Florida Republicans. Crist could be in the running for the title of the oiliest, most unprincipled politician in the nation. He has now lost, though, as a Republican, an independent, and a Democrat. What’s left? Is he going to head the Libertarian ticket next time? Some pundits are joking he may have to move to another state to try again. I’m hoping we have seen the last of him in the political arena.

One more indicator that few have mentioned is this: state legislatures, of which there are 99 (state houses and senates in 49 states and a unicameral legislature in Nebraska), now have Republican majorities in 66 of them–2/3 of the total. Couple that with 2/3 of the states now with Republican governors, and you have a recipe for positive change at the state level.

So what does all this mean for President Obama?

Quacked Up

Is he now a true lame duck? Will he perhaps change his approach and work with Republicans? If yesterday’s news conference means anything, he hasn’t even considered rethinking either his ideology or his tactics.

John AdamsWill there be substantive change coming out of this election cycle? I’m reminded of an example in American history. On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress passed a resolution for independence. Delegate John Adams was elated, much as Republicans are today. But he understood the challenges ahead. Here is what he wrote to his wife, Abigail, about the passage of the independence resolution:

You will think me transported with enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth more than all the means.

In the same way, Republicans are enthusiastic about these results, but they know what lies ahead. It’s one thing to win those offices, but another entirely to accomplish what needs to be done. Will they have the backbone and proper strategy to do what they’ve been elected to do? I’m sure that will be the subject of many a future post.

Election-Day Thoughts

Election day 2014. Many of us have anticipated this day since . . . oh, since election day 2012. I’ll be up late tonight watching returns, not because I’m some kind of political junkie, but because I sense the fate of our nation rests on what happens.

Democrats have done their best to stoke the fears of the lesser-informed voters. They’ve raised the false alarms of racism and sexism continually. They’ve told people to be afraid of what Republicans will do if they regain control of the Senate, meanwhile conveniently ignoring the real threats that await us regardless of who is in control:

Wave

The Democrat party has an amazing propensity for being scared of phantoms while ignoring real dangers:

Calm Down

Around election time, we always get commentators moaning about the low percentage of the electorate that shows up at the polls. Yet one of the most disturbing features of our day is the plethora of man-on-the-street interviews that showcase just how ignorant a large part of our citizens are of the basics of government and political reality. I’m not adding my voice to those who want more people to vote just for the sake of voting. If you aren’t informed, please stay home. You will be serving your country admirably by doing so.

NoDoz

In this election, President Obama has been a virtual no-show; he’s practically toxic, with some candidates refusing to say that they voted for him (even though it’s obvious to everyone that they did) and others politely or pointedly declining his presence at campaign stops. They also seem to have developed a strange sort of amnesia about their previous support for Obamacare and other assorted Obama policies. This time it’s Republicans who want voters to make the connection with our president:

Vote Obama

The results from today may force Obama to view himself differently:

Dressed for Halloween

Then again, he may instead double-down on his disastrous ideology—which is what I expect will happen. This self-appointed emperor has no clothes; he just doesn’t know it.

Real Change Coming?

Tomorrow is D-Day for the next two years in Congress. Are voters going to finally oust the reprehensible Harry Reid from leadership of the Senate, or are they going to put up with this kind of obstructionism for another two years? Most prognosticators—myself included—are hopeful for a change in leadership. Democrat candidates themselves provide that hope by their rather ludicrous attempts to position themselves far from Obama:

Cannot Confirm

Even if Republicans win the Senate, the president has been planning more unconstitutional executive actions, and we’ll see him attempt to make them reality before January, when the new Congress comes into session:

Flexibility

Neither should Republicans rest on their laurels if they win the Senate. There’s another election coming in 2016, and if they don’t put forward a positive agenda and challenge Obama to veto their measures, citizens will have to wonder if the Republican party has anything to offer.

Barring an unforeseen circumstance, the Democrat nominee in 2016 will be Hillary Clinton—for some reason. She has been a gaffe-machine for quite some time. Her latest was to say that businesses don’t create jobs. If the media would replay her silly comments as often as they do when a Republican misspeaks, she would have no chance at all. Fortunately, cartoonists have an excellent memory, and they don’t mind jogging ours:

Fiction

Reset

What Difference

Get ready for another round of media-love for the Democrat candidate, where they will ignore and/or whitewash anything she does that is foolish, inane, or downright stupid. Our job is to be alert and disseminate the truth as far and wide as possible.

The Angry President? Really?

I’ve never witnessed any president so angry about all the things that have gone awry under his administration. Have you seen the montage going around of all the times he has said he is “madder” than anyone about some scandal or glitch, and promises to get to the bottom of it and hold people accountable?

Madder

Then, after he makes his “madder than thou” statement, he does absolutely nothing. More than that, he does his best to ignore the problem, ridicule his critics, and/or brush the “false” scandal under the rug. Nothing to see here. Everything is under control. It’s those evil Republicans who are misleading you.

Everything Under Control

If he fears some kind of negative poll numbers from any problem, his first response is to try to take charge of the political perception by appointing someone “new” to ease the public’s fears. That hasn’t exactly worked with his new Ebola czar; the political nature of the appointment is much too blatant. Yet any solution he comes up with will always involve more government control:

Unnecessary Czar Appointments

It’s what he does best.

Yet, no matter how he attempts to spin his failures into achievements, polls indicate most Americans hold a different view:

Wrong Way

And, as I’ve noted quite often recently, Democrats up for election this cycle are almost in panic mode:

Tattoo Removal

Once this election is past, our president has another surprise for us:

Amnesty

Wait and see. It’s coming to a country you live in shortly after the election.

The Road Back to Spiritual Sanity

Islamic terrorism comes to Canada. On Monday, a jihadist used his car as a weapon and killed a Canadian soldier. Yesterday, a more concerted attack occurred at the Canadian Parliament. Another soldier is dead and others are injured. The Islamic convert, fortunately, lost his life before he could kill others.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper called it what it was: Islamic terrorism. Our president and his administration are still “getting the facts” and “studying” what happened. Wouldn’t want to rush to judgment, you know.

It’s the same mentality that called the Ft. Hood massacre “workplace violence” and the same ideological blindness that declared an Islamic state wasn’t really Islamic.

I’ve lost count of the many times in this blog I’ve put forward my view that Barack Obama lives in a different realm. He has created his own fantasy world where everything is just the way he perceives it to be, regardless of the consequences the rest of us have to live with due to his intransigence.

I won’t jump on the bandwagon that deems him a Muslim. There’s no way he’s a practicing Muslim. He just has sympathy for them because he sees them as trampled by the real evil in the world—Western civilization, and the United States, in particular.

If you ever wanted to know what it would be like to have a president who pretty much despises the heritage of the nation he leads, you now have a prime example.

Then there’s the other side of Obama, the side that is so narcissistic that his own enjoyment comes before the duties of the office he holds. Golf and fundraisers—the things he really enjoys doing—have priority over all else. Under this president, our color-coded threat grid looks something like this:

Warning System

I have little hope he will awaken from his dream world. Some of my fellow Christians will say there is always hope that someone will turn from error and embrace the Truth. I agree. Yet I don’t hold that out as a probability, only a remote possibility. God has given each of us free will. When that freedom has been used exclusively for one’s own personal pleasure and has been wedded to a false ideology for fifty-plus years, the road back to spiritual sanity is hard to find.

One must want to find that road, and that desire is what seems to be lacking.

Meanwhile, we continue to live with the consequences. We probably don’t deserve God’s mercy, but we can still pray for it, since mercy, properly defined, is unmerited favor in the first place.

Ebola & Public Confidence

The Ebola scare seems to be subsiding at the moment. We need to keep in mind, though, that there is an incubation period for the virus. Our health officials seem to be of two minds, however, as to the length of that period. Is it 21 days or 42? Whom do we trust to tell us? The information from the CDC has been wildly contradictory on all fronts.

Audit the Nurse

That’s right. We wouldn’t want the public to lose confidence in the omnicompetence of our government. Yet when any government agency, like the CDC, seems to defy logic, refusing to back a ban on travel into the U.S. from Ebola-infested countries, how are we supposed to trust?

CDC Security

It’s not just the CDC. Does anyone remember the DOJ’s brilliant idea of tracking guns sold to Mexican drug cartels? How did that work out?

But don’t worry, we now have an Ebola czar. Never mind that there already is one somewhere in the underground caverns of the Department of Health and Human Services. No, we have to add another layer of bureaucracy. And who do we get for this new “czar”? A political hack by the name of Ron Klain, whose chief claim to fame was his connection to the failed Solyndra company that received tons of tax funding. He also was a counselor to Al Gore and Chief of Staff for Joe Biden.

So what is there about Klain’s background that’s supposed to inspire confidence in the public? Cartoonists have a common theme in their depictions of Klain. It’s not hard to discern:

Play Doctor

Not a Doctor

Ebola Czar

There’s already speculation that this is merely a steppingstone for Klain, as he has been promised a higher-profile position if he accepted this one. He didn’t exactly jump into the job, missing the first congressional hearing on the issue.

What this really says to me is that this administration is not serious about the threat. As with any crisis in this White House, the first response is how to handle it politically.

Why would we think the Obama administration is vitally concerned about the health of American citizens? Ah, Obamacare, of course. How is that working out for us?

Clearing Out the Cartoon Inventory

Cartoonpalooza today. Regular readers know I like to include political cartoons to help illustrate my commentary. Sometimes, the backlog of cartoons I’d like to share gets too large to parcel out in small doses. Occasionally, I need to clear out the inventory; today is one of those days.

Fortunately, all the cartoons have a theme. I’m sure you’ll pick up on it. Let’s begin with the overall feeling Americans are getting as the Obama regime stumbles forward in its attempt to remake America in its image:

America Airlines

Many are dumbfounded by the choices being made by this administration:

Priorities

We were told at the beginning of Obama’s reign that we would be amazed at the transparency he would bring to the operation of government. Yes, we’re amazed:

Nothing to See

Increasingly, the presumed leader of the free world seems out of touch with reality. That’s because he’s created his own:

Global Warming

Democrats in this year’s congressional elections are feeling a bit dragged down by their chief:

Ball & Chain

They have only themselves to blame, of course. They signed on to his overinflated ego from the start, thinking it would help them. Now they’re hiding their connection and trying to convince voters they’re not really on board with him or his policies:

Obama Virus

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Campaign

Not all his supporters have disappeared, though. He still has a fanatical contingent who aren’t disturbed by facts or reality. They share his delusions. Many of them live in a fantasyworld of their own called Hollywood:

Paltrow

Meditate on these things today. Then vote responsibly.