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Despite what many of today’s headlines read, the results from Tuesday’s balloting don’t amount to a GOP defeat or a Democratic win. They’re simply barometer readings.

Still, America’s progressives can breathe a sigh of relief at the fact that the anti-Obama, far-right conservatism that seemed to be sweeping the nation since last year is either waning or was never as deep as many people thought it was. Across the country, for the most part, conservative initiatives were struck down from Ohio to Mississippi, from Maine to, well, Mississippi.

Most Democrats kept their jobs, too. The Democratic governor of Kentucky, Steve Beshear, won reelection in the state that elected the ultraconservative Rand Paul to the U.S. Senate in the Republican tsunami of 2010. Baltimore, Philadelphia and Phoenix kept their Democratic mayors, and Edwin M. Lee, the son of Chinese immigrants, is on the verge of become San Francisco’s first Chinese-American mayor. (Diversity is a win for progressives.)

Surprisingly enough – and even more refreshing news for the nation’s left – one politician who did not win reelection last night was the Republican state senator from Arizona, Russell Pearce, who was the lead author of the state’s controversial immigration law. Pearce, president of the state senate, is the first state senator to be recalled in Arizona history.

Last night, however, was not a victory for the Democrats. Most Republican officials kept their jobs too, and the GOP nearly gained control of the state senates in Virginia and Iowa, which would’ve given them complete control of the governments in those states. (Side note: It’s still not clear which party will control the Virginia State Senate, and a 20-20 tie would be a win for the GOP; the tiebreaker, Virginia’s lieutenant governor, is a Republican.)

For progressives and the Democratic Party, the events of last night represent a reassurance that all is not lost. Democratic values are still popular in America, and the party could even see a major resurgence next November – that is, if the party’s voters show up to the polls.

To President Obama and the Democrats, the people’s message seems clear: we’re growing tired of your do-nothingness, but we’re still willing to hear your plans for America’s future.

Let’s hope they have one.


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  •  Really good (3+ / 0-)

    up until the last sentence and then you blew it. Who's do nothingness?

    Republicans 2012 . . . Keeping millions out of work to put one man out of a job.

    by jsfox on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 09:48:15 AM PST

    •  Republicans are mostly to blame (2+ / 0-)
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      badger, HeyMikey

      but come on, now. Obama and the Dems have to do SOMETHING instead of just crying in the sandbox, saying, "They won't play with us!" Obama's got to lead; the Dems have to regroup and develop a clear agenda. Are they a party, or aren't they?

      •  You are kind of ignoring the fact (2+ / 0-)
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        mallyroyal, swansong50

        that the GOP has the ability to prevent the Democrats from doing much of anything. Anything that needs to go through Congress, anyway, which according to the Constitution is most things.

        What exactly do you suggest they do that they are not already doing?

        I support torturous regimes! Also, I kick puppies.

        by eataTREE on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 09:58:51 AM PST

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        •  Dems blew filibuster reform. (0+ / 0-)

          The main way the GOP (with assists from Blue Dogs) blocked Obama's agenda 2009-10 was by filibuster in the Senate.

          The Senate Dems could've changed the filibuster rule in January '11 by simple majority vote. But they didn't do it.

          Maybe they're just waiting till the far-off day when our grandchildren restore Dem control to both Houses of Congress.

          But I suspect they're just wussies.

          "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

          by HeyMikey on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 11:40:58 AM PST

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      •  So the executive orders (2+ / 0-)
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        mallyroyal, breathe67

        and work arounds to cut Congress out of the equation is doing nothing? Next I would say the jobs act was/is a concerted effort to do something.

        And getting the American people to wake-up and realize that the Republicans are trying to tank the economy just to throw one guy out of a job and to keep the wealthy firmly ensconced on the gravy train is a fine bit of leadership.

        No offense, but you had a good piece and then you threw in that last sentence which sort of screams - I have an opinion and damn the facts.

        Republicans 2012 . . . Keeping millions out of work to put one man out of a job.

        by jsfox on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 10:08:06 AM PST

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      •  X last sentence. Latest Republican talking point (0+ / 0-)

        That is the latest Republican talking point.  The Republicans I know that try to reach out to me, to change my mind, all gently say, " We have a real leadership problem."

        I truthfully reply, "You must be referring to Mr. Boehner, Mr. Cantor, and the Tea Party members of Congress.  Where are their the jobs  bills?"

  •  Americans still looking for easy way out. (0+ / 0-)

    The electorate rejected GOP radicalism yesterday.

    But the polls show Obama and the Dems remain unpopular. I hope that unpopularity could be cured by aggressive legislative action. But I suspect the public is not willing to embrace the aggressive changes needed to get the USA back on course. The public wants change to just magically happen, without the necessity of any serious boat-rocking.

    I see yesterday's results as a rejection of boat-rocking. If the Dems try to rock the boat, we'll be rejected, too.

    The public still has a long way to go to grow up.

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 11:45:33 AM PST

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