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The Future of the New Republicans

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So the Republicans just won a landslide in the midterm election. Can’t say it was very unexpected, but it’s important to note that it’s apparently the biggest chunk taken into Congress since 1948. But what will the future bring these newly elected Republicans in the House and Senate?

First of all, they need to understand that the people means no bullshit. Many new candidates got elected only because of all the individuals across America who wanted to see changes in the ways of government, by strongly cutting government spending and by making notable tax cuts for all Americans.  Second of all, they will have to make a lot of effort in repealing Obamacare as quick as possible. If not completely, at least remove the most important negative portions of the bill that will hurt low and middle income Americans the most. The mandate instantly comes to mind.

But what if this new generation of Republicans won’t stand true to their word? What if they get sucked into the political establishment machine? Then things will not look good in 2012. It’s difficult to understand how voter frustration can possibly show itself in the face of being disappointed and screwed over by both parties at the same time, but it surely is the setup for a certain win for Obama. He will be able to point to the Republicans for failing to stand up and do what they were told to do by the country, and since Republicans are sure to mess up any attempts from Obama, he will also blame them for being too partisan and for failing to take part in leading the country. He will try to divide and conquer Republicans if there is any weakness among them.

What do I think? The new generation of Republican Tea Party candidates need to stick together and prove to their voters that they are going to Washington to do what they promised. In my view they should begin already now to form ties, to plan on cooperation and form a faction within the Republican Party that will stay strong on their issues in an effort to change the hearts and minds of the party as a whole, so that they can prove to America that they mean business. If old Republicans will tremble in fear over the new Republican take-over of their establishment stability and if old Republicans will move towards moderation and cooperation with Democrats, then voters will know for sure who to kick out in 2012, and that’s when the small government movement has the best chance of rising to power. Along with a true small government candidate for Presidency that has always stayed true to his ideals since the day he came into politics, and you will have the recipe for the biggest spending cuts the world has ever since.

And to end on an untraditional low note, there were some sad news from the elections: Barney Frank, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi will still be with us for another term. I guess not everyone in Massachusetts’ 4th district, Nevada and California’s 8th district came to their senses.

Written by Morten Rolland

November 4, 2010 at 12:53 am

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  1. I’m actually less concerned about the federal seats won by the GOP (really lost by the Dems) than by the 500+ state level seats the GOP picked up yesterday. We have multiple state houses that haven’t been red since the 19th century now in the hands of the GOP.

    America woke up and kicked our domestic enemies to the curb, but what happens now?

    Politicians aren’t fire-and-forget weapons. They have to be continually guided and I’m not sure the People are truly willing to spend the time, effort, and frustration to do so.


    November 4, 2010 at 2:44 am

    • I concern myself mostly about the federal level, for an ironic reason, because I want it to be of less significance. The federal government will spend the country into oblivion, and all the states will suffer for it. Way too much power is placed in Washington, and it was never the intentions of the founders that it would get this way.

      But yes, the GOP did well on all levels. They got some crucial governorships as well, and it’s nice to see that Democrat areas are trying out something new. My fear is that many of these elected Republicans were riding the wave of a call for smaller government, yet aren’t the true small government Republicans that we need. We do not need just another big spending neo-con.

      Politicians shouldn’t be fire and forget weapons, no, but any economic turmoil will create uproar among the public, and even if we get spending cuts and tax cuts across the country it won’t get better over the night. If the newly elected politicians won’t keep up the work they were elected to do they’ll be booted by a public that demands persistence among its electorate. You can at least expect that it won’t calm down until 2012. I’m quite looking forward to it, but I’ll admit I’m a little afraid that the people actually will forget, as they so often do.

      Btw, on the matter of governorships – which I should’ve mentioned it in the blog post: I’ve been somewhat pleasantly surprised by the choice by Democrats in California. You’d think the Democrats in California would send the regular big spending liberal to Sacramento, but it seems like we have a leaning libertarian on our hands. Socially liberal, fiscally conservative. Although he’s a little bit too green for my taste I’ll still be keeping my eyes on him in the years to come.

      Morten Rolland

      November 4, 2010 at 3:54 am

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