Saturday, November 6, 2010

2010 Midterms: What California “Fools” Re-elected Barbara Boxer for U.S. Senate?

Observing the 2010 midterm elections unfold was truly exciting –– a historic “political earthquake” where, after winning over 60 seats, –– the largest number of House pickups since Democrats picked up 75 seats in 1948 –– the Republicans took control of the House, as well as adding six in the Senate and winning countless other Governor and State Legislature positions.

With the voice of the majority of the American people and a highly-charged Tea Party, the 2010 Midterms, rocked the Democratic Party, forcing President Obama to admit to “ A shellacking," yet in that same speech and subsequent talks with (and I'm sure others), Obama is demonstrating that he doesn't quite “get it!" I think they call that DENIAL. And if anyone thinks that President Obama will follow President Bill Clinton's swing to the center after the Democrats lost big-time in 1994, is dreaming –– because Obama is all about BIG GOVERNMENT and more.

Fortunately for us on the right, we can say good-bye to Nancy Pelosi as the Speaker of the House, yet as of late (and via twitter), Pelosi has announced that she is staying in the game and hopes to be the Dem's Minority Speaker. Oh my, I guess she is not done getting more Republicans hired to office. But we can say, "hello" to John Boehner, who gave and emotional, humble victory speech –– that I personally found refreshing.

Although I must admit that I viewed the 2010 midterm elections between three networks –– Fox News, CNN and the left-wing news network, MSNBC, with my favorite coming from CNN and it’s high-technology gadgets as wells as their mixed panel of both liberals and conservatives –– giving the commentary more balance. However, pundits on MSNBC (Lawrence O’Donnell, Chris Matthews, Keith Olberbmann, and Rachel Maddow) were embarrassing, acting like high and mighty gossip, "mean girls". One of the low points for the "MSNBC gang" was when Matthews asked his demeaning question to Congresswomen Michelle Bachmann, “Are you hypnotized," as the the MSNC gang laughed in the background. But as fate would have it, a sign appeared behind Bachmann –– “How’s the tingle, Chris?” and then Bachmann responded, “We (the people) are coming out of our trance…out of our nightmare. People are thrilled tonight…I imagine that thrill is probably maybe not quite so tingly on your leg anymore.”

This brings me to the title of my blog –– with all the RED showing up on the map of the United States, I was "thrilled!" Yet, the “fools” in California re-elected Barbara Boxer for U.S. Senate (51.9% to 42.6% defeating Carly Fiorina) –– Boxer, one of my least favorite women on the planet.

Since March of 2009 I began blogging about politics and for the first time I decided to get more involved. No I didn’t join, but I am a defender of the Tea Party. However, thanks to Felicia Tweedy (a Carly supporter and friend on Facbook), I did volunteer at my local California Republican Party (San Luis Obispo County Republican Party) headquarters a week before the elections to help get the vote out. I must say that I met so many terrific people, including Dolores Jackson [Dolores is in photo with Meg below for the Telegram Tribune] who is a leader of the Women's Republican Party here in San Luis Obispo (SLO) and Laura Mordaunt, a local Tea Party patriot who is a valuable source of information about politics and the issues.

I was pleasantly surprised by the dedication of the Republican youth who came out to help, including Alexis and Amber [Alexis photo R with me] who were both there every day, along with other college students –– all
eager to do their part. One of the highlights is when Amber [photo L] also gave me a copy of Karl Rove's new book.

Even Meg Whitman stopped by the SLO Republican hq, as did our Congressman Kevin McCarthy to help out. It was terrific and was my first photo with a "real" politician [see photo below]. Although, sadly we know that Jerry Brown defeated Whitman, and gladly Prop 19 was voted down, I think Brown may have had a few "puffs" before his victory speech. That was weird.

Considering I had a "somewhat invested interest" in the U.S. Senate outcome, I was not surprised at Boxer’s win, but I was disappointed. After analyzing the election map here in Californian, I can say that my county voted 51.3% for Carly Fiorina with only 42.8% for Boxer. Thank goodness the majority of my "neighbors" are RED. What is interesting about the election map, is that San Luis Obispo County is surrounded by BLUE. To our South, Santa Barbara, yet Ventura County went RED and of course, LA County (with all it's Hollywood Liberals) is always BLUE. But Orange County and San Diego is RED. However, to our North, Monterey, Santa Cruz and all the way up the coast through Marin, Mendocino, and Humboldt counties, you will find way to much BLUE! However, as you go inland, it is all RED except for Alpine County and Imperial County.

So, now we know the "fools" –– at least the counties –– who re-elected one of the most arrogant, condescending, and partisan career politicians –– “don’t call me ma’am, call me Senator" Barbara Boxer for her fourth term. Boxer is a die-hard liberal who strongly supports "free Viagra and abortions for all" as well as President Obama’s left-wing agenda. An agenda that includes a bigger and more expensive and intrusive government with its socialistic tendencies of “redistributing the wealth,” taking over private sector industries, and other radical concepts –– of which the majority of Americans clearly rejected when they went out and voted on November 2, 2010.

What does the 2010 midterm elections mean? Well, as both sides of the political isle continue to spin the results and President Obama stays in denial, "we the people" know better and I think the "rising political giant," Senator-elect of Florida, Marco Rubio, had a profound message on election night...
“We make a grave mistake if we believe that tonight these results are somehow an embrace of the Republican Party. What they are is a second chance. A second chance for the Republicans to be what they said they were going to be, not so long ago.”

Yes, it is also clear that the 2010 midterms was not a "solid endorsement" of the Republican Party either. They had eight years of big government, lack of transparency, an unwarranted war, and plenty of corruption. The Republican Party is in dire need of “rehabilitation” and they have a lot of work to do as outlined in an article by Michael D. Tanner (of the CATO Institute) –– Ten Takeaways from the Big Night –– of which I agree with 100%.
  1. It's the Economy, Stupid.
  2. Obamacare Must Be Stopped.
  3. Cut Spending, Not Just Taxes.
  4. Ban Earmarks.
  5. Level with the American People.
  6. Offer an Alternative.
  7. Investigate ... Carefully.
  8. Tackle Entitlements.
  9. Don't Fear a Shutdown.
  10. Remember, the Tea Party Is Still Out There.

I would add a few more. Bring home our troops and protect our boarders. And while Washington is at it, let's work on "responsible and reasonable" energy independence " and work together to green our planet and protect our animals and marine life.

Republicans, don't be afraid to say NO as I would if my teenage daughter, who doesn't have a driver's license, asked me for the keys so she could drive the car. When appropriate, do as Boehner did on ObamaCare –– full all of its deception and corruption –– just say "Hell NO!" Lastly, keep in mind that the Tea Party is not the only one watching –– "Concerned Citizens" are too, including this one.