The Republican Wave Isn’t Quite Finished Yet

posted at 8:35 pm on November 23, 2010 by Jimmie Bise, Jr

Of all the stories of the great Republican wave election of 2010, one of the stories that didn’t get wide play is just how dominant the GOP was in state elections. Republicans claimed a record 680 state legislative seats around the country, 52 more than the old record, set by Democrats in 1974 and 208 more than they picked up in the 1994 Gingrich Revolution. The right now controls both chambers of 26 state legislatures.

And the hits just keep coming. In the past couple of weeks, at least 11 Democratic state legislators have switched sides — one in South Dakota, one in Maine, , one in Louisiana, two in Georgia, and four in Alabama. In Louisiana, the switch gives Republicans control of one house of the government for the first time since Reconstruction; in Alabama, the Republicans control both houses for the first time since 1874.

The obvious reason these wins are important is that 44 states will start redrawing their Congressional districts next year. Many of the states in the South now controlled by Republicans will pick up House seats and few of them will be inclined to treat Democratic incumbents well. The lines drawn next year could help cement Republican control of the house not only in 2012 but perhaps for the next decade or more.

The less obvious reason this is a big deal is that the national GOP now has a number of allies in the states to help it bring down the various massive programs Democrats have foisted on us over the past two years. There are a lot of ways that the states can wrest power away from Washington and bring it back to the states where it belongs. The ongoing Obamacare lawsuit is just one example. States can get more aggressive about how its highways are built and maintained, push back against Federal drug laws, demand money siphoned away from them by high income and gasoline taxes, and counter the thousands of new economy-stifling regulations pressed upon their businesses since the Democrats took control of the nation.

If you think one Chris Christie is good, imagine if we had ten Chris Christies or 50 in each of the states Republicans control. That’s a distinct possibility, which makes the GOP dominance of state elections a win that could pay off for America for generations.

(Map via The Virtuous Republic)


Jimmie runs The Sundries Shack and has his own very entertaining podcast called “The Delivery”. He is also an amateur musician, an aspiring composer, an unrepentant geek and an avid fan of Twitter.


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Isn’t gerrymandering unethical?

DeathtotheSwiss on November 23, 2010 at 8:38 PM

err…I meant “first”.

DeathtotheSwiss on November 23, 2010 at 8:39 PM

Isn’t gerrymandering unethical?

All’s fair in love and war.

18-1 on November 23, 2010 at 8:40 PM

SHOW me that the GOP has the cajones about this ever growing Federal Government and I’ll be excited about a Republican “WAVE”.

So far the Progressives control both parties, who can be excited about that?

And now an even BRASSIER Homeland Security Department is going to deploy the NAKED Scanners in Subways, trains and other transportation areas. Where is the GOP “WAVE” stopping this?

Folks we could be just days away from the end of Freedom in this country (Net Neutrality—WHERE IS THE GOP “WAVE” STOPPING THIS? and the Dream Act—WHERE IS THE GOP “WAVE” STOPPING THIS? passage to name just a couple of “transformative” things about to happen).

GOD HELP US ALL.

PappyD61 on November 23, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Isn’t gerrymandering unethical?
DeathtotheSwiss on November 23, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Consider this “Rolling Back” democrat gerrymandering

cntrlfrk on November 23, 2010 at 8:43 PM

Isn’t gerrymandering unethical?

DeathtotheSwiss on November 23, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Only if you have an R attached to your name! -Nancy Pelosi

bluemarlin on November 23, 2010 at 8:44 PM

If you think one Chris Christie is good, imagine if we had ten Chris Christies or 50 in each of the states Republicans control.

My imagination runneth over

Kini on November 23, 2010 at 8:46 PM

Isn’t gerrymandering unethical?

DeathtotheSwiss on November 23, 2010 at 8:38 PM

What about un-gerrymandering the already gerrymandered?

MikeknaJ on November 23, 2010 at 8:47 PM

These 680 seats are the REAL Tea Party validation.

Not two or three Senate seats in blue states.

HondaV65 on November 23, 2010 at 8:47 PM

Isn’t gerrymandering unethical?

DeathtotheSwiss on November 23, 2010 at 8:38 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA….

snort… snort… gag… snicker…snort…

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Oh man, that’s a good one… gerrymandering unethical…

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Stop it!! You’re killing me!

JohnGalt23 on November 23, 2010 at 8:47 PM

So if we wall-off California, New York and select areas of the east coast things will be even better. Oh, and Wisconsin too, just for the hell of it.

Bishop on November 23, 2010 at 8:48 PM

Quite a change for Alabama, where in 1958 as a newcomer from New York it took me awhile to understand why the democratic primary for governor was referred to as the election of the governor.

GaltBlvnAtty on November 23, 2010 at 8:48 PM

Isn’t gerrymandering unethical?

DeathtotheSwiss on November 23, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Three words: Jack Murtha

Kini on November 23, 2010 at 8:50 PM

While California is still blue, there is some small hope in that redestricting for both Congressional seats and for the state legislature has been taken out of the legislature’s hands.

malclave on November 23, 2010 at 8:52 PM

So if we wall-off California, New York and select areas of the east coast things will be even better. Oh, and Wisconsin too, just for the hell of it.

Bishop on November 23, 2010 at 8:48 PM

John Carpenter’s Escape from New York, LA, and that Big Cheese place

Kini on November 23, 2010 at 8:52 PM

Isn’t gerrymandering unethical?

DeathtotheSwiss on November 23, 2010 at 8:38 PM

It is, but you don’t necessarily need to draw figure 8 shaped districts to get an advantage in redistricting. Usually gerrymandering is done just to keep a certain incumbent in power as the demographics of his district change around him.

Daemonocracy on November 23, 2010 at 8:52 PM

Three words: Jack Murtha

Kini on November 23, 2010 at 8:50 PM

Joe, you finally found the number to the website, good for you! Lol

bluemarlin on November 23, 2010 at 8:53 PM

That officially non-partisan purple state in the middle of the country is a deep, deep red.

NebCon on November 23, 2010 at 8:55 PM

While California is still blue, there is some small hope in that redestricting for both Congressional seats and for the state legislature has been taken out of the legislature’s hands.

malclave on November 23, 2010 at 8:52 PM

Do you really think the people in charge of the commission will do better? I am being serious, I don’t know how it is set up but I am having a hard time seeing how it will be set up fairly.

bluemarlin on November 23, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Gerrymandering is only illegal when Republicans do it. When Democrats do it it’s for the children, duh. . .

Rode Werk on November 23, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Does that map show all the areas that Kute Katie Couric calls ‘the great unwashed’?

GarandFan on November 23, 2010 at 8:58 PM

And now an even BRASSIER Homeland Security Department is going to deploy the NAKED Scanners in Subways, trains and other transportation areas. Where is the GOP “WAVE” stopping this?

Pappy, you do realize that the vast majority of these people have yet to be sworn in, right? Until they are, there’s not much they can do.

thekingtut on November 23, 2010 at 8:59 PM

DeathtotheSwiss on November 23, 2010 at 8:38 PM

gerrymandering is only unethical if it negatively impacts lefties.

From wikipedia:

The constitutionality of using racial considerations to create districts remains difficult to assess, despite past injustices. In Hunt v. Cromartie (1999), the Supreme Court approved a racially focused gerrymandering of a congressional district on the grounds that the definition was not pure racial gerrymandering but instead partisan gerrymandering, which is constitutionally permissible. With the increasing racial polarisation of parties in the South in the U.S. as conservative whites move from the Democratic to the Republican Party, gerrymandering may become partisan and also achieve goals for ethnic representation.

In a few circumstances the use of goal-driven district boundaries may be used for positive social goals. When the state legislature considered representation for Arizona’s Native American reservations, they thought each needed their own House member, because of historic conflicts between the Hopi and Navajo nations. Since the Hopi reservation is completely surrounded by the Navajo reservation, the legislature created an unusual district configuration which features a fine filament along a river course several hundred miles in length to attach two Navajo regions, Arizona’s 2nd congressional district.

The California state legislature created a congressional district that extends over a narrow coastal strip for several miles. It ensures that a common community of interest will be represented, rather than the coastal areas being dominated by inland concerns.

r keller on November 23, 2010 at 8:59 PM

imagine if we had ten Chris Christies or 50

10 would pretty much save the Republic.

AshleyTKing on November 23, 2010 at 9:01 PM

oh, I forgot to add…that yes, we will have many “serious journos” “reporting” on the “outrageous” gerrymandering by the racist republicans so as to make their grip on America final.

expect many poli sci people to be on the tube advocating for “cleaner” boundaries.

All of which is fine if they talk about 2020

r keller on November 23, 2010 at 9:04 PM

Isn’t gerrymandering unethical?
DeathtotheSwiss on November 23, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Fair point. Un-gerrymandering is still gerrymandering. States need to be unwound from the jagged lightning shaped districts which straddle highways. In case anyone missed it, from Pajamas Media this is a great study of the most insanely gerrymandered districts, most of which are the handiwork of Dhimmicrats. Essential reading for anyone who needs to brush up the issue.

Western_Civ on November 23, 2010 at 9:09 PM

Same point made by a few people: Gerrymandering to repair gerrymandering isn’t gerrymandering.

Point taken.

DeathtotheSwiss on November 23, 2010 at 9:12 PM

Gotta love politics.

DeathtotheSwiss on November 23, 2010 at 9:13 PM

All I know is the democrats were decimated here in South Carolina.

SouthernGent on November 23, 2010 at 9:13 PM

Democrats are switching parties. Big deal. It’s just a ploy on their part to make sure that they’ll have a seat at the table as the Districts get redrawn. They don’t want to be drawn out of their districts.

But they haven’t changed their spots. The net effect will be to keep their seats, and to make the Republican party in those States look liberal. Bush redux. No thanks.

ss396 on November 23, 2010 at 9:14 PM

Do you really think the people in charge of the commission will do better? I am being serious, I don’t know how it is set up but I am having a hard time seeing how it will be set up fairly.

bluemarlin on November 23, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Agreed. I don’t know how they’ll rig the commission; I just know that they will.

LASue on November 23, 2010 at 9:15 PM

On the other hand, California is losing seats. That redistricting effort could be a lot of fun!

ss396 on November 23, 2010 at 9:16 PM

gerrymandering for Federal districts is a touch overated as any new district can be challenged in court and you better be prepared to defend it. What makes the new state house victories so essential in regards to CD’s will be the erasing of old incumbent seats which were indefensible when drawn but people put with out of fear and respect for the old dogs (murtha types) who ran those districts like personal fiefdom’s.

rob verdi on November 23, 2010 at 9:25 PM

All I know is the democrats were decimated here in South Carolina.

SouthernGent on November 23, 2010 at 9:13 PM

Well that is good news for the Palmetto state residents!

bluemarlin on November 23, 2010 at 9:30 PM

These 680 seats are the REAL Tea Party validation.

Not two or three Senate seats in blue states.

HondaV65 on November 23, 2010 at 8:47 PM

This

Now more than ever it’s easy to see which states are worth retiring to.

roy_batty on November 23, 2010 at 9:34 PM

If you think one Chris Christie is good, imagine if we had ten Chris Christies or 50 in each of the states Republicans control. That’s a distinct possibility, which makes the GOP dominance of state elections a win that could pay off for America for generations.

We need 10 of them in every state, not just the ones controlled by Republicans. We need the people to understand what is at stake – we need PR for our cause. Too many people don’t understand how this will end if something drastic isn’t done soon.

Not PR like Obama, where you tell people and tell people the same thing. We need to explain what is happening with the debt. We need to explain about all of the little evil tidbits tucked into these massive 2000+ page bills.

Too many people in this country believe themselves to be free, but are in fact prisoners of technology and sexual distraction. Meanwhile George Soros is helping traitors overthrow our country from within.

disa on November 23, 2010 at 9:41 PM

These 680 seats are the REAL Tea Party validation.

Not two or three Senate seats in blue states.

HondaV65 on November 23, 2010 at 8:47 PM

That’s what the Tea Partiers got busy with last year, taking it back from the roots.

disa on November 23, 2010 at 9:42 PM

If states’ senates required their US Senators to present US Senate bills for review and then vote according to the majority of their state’s senate, the Republicans have an 18 vote majority — 48 to 40, with Nebraska voting independently as that state has a non-partisan legislature.

There are eight states with both Republican majority legislatures and governors. If they passed a law for their US Senators to vote the will of their state senates, 10 Democratic party senators would have to vote Republican. Two states are completely democratic party owned, yielding only 2 Republican Senators forced to vote with the Democrats.

Rosey on November 23, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Yeah, but here in Texas, despite the fact we gained 22 GOP State Reps to bring it to 99-51, we are in a HUGE fight to get rid of the Democrat’s choice for Speaker. Joe Straus was originally put into power by all the Democrats and 11 moderate Republicans and his committee chairman managed to have things like Voter ID not come to a vote. A seated Speaker has great power to reward and punish and Straus is pulling out all stops to stay in power. We just had an amazing piece of Kabuki Theater in terms of backroom political knifefights being exposed to the public today, with arrogance and tone-deafness on display that would match anything in Washington.

michaelo on November 23, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Too many people in this country believe themselves to be free, but are in fact prisoners of technology and sexual distraction.
disa on November 23, 2010 at 9:41 PM

That plot would make a great movie.

angryed on November 23, 2010 at 10:09 PM

And now an even BRASSIER Homeland Security Department is going to deploy the NAKED Scanners in Subways, trains and other transportation areas. Where is the GOP “WAVE” stopping this?

I would just like to see them try that in the NYC subway. They would be trampled.

YehuditTX on November 23, 2010 at 10:44 PM

“Isn’t gerrymandering unethical?”

Elbridge Gerry was our 5th Vice President and the idea of making a strangely shaped district to help the incumbent is attributed to him when he was in the NY legislature. That was in 1812.

At this point it is a tradition almost as old as the whole country! Would it be nice to have a better system of apportionment? Yes. Is it somehow a novelty? Hardly.

If its unethical it is the oldest unethical action that occurs in our system. That makes it all very hard to change it.

Warner Todd Huston on November 23, 2010 at 11:04 PM

“Of all the stories of the great Republican wave election of 2010, one of the stories that didn’t get wide play is just how dominant the GOP was in state elections.”

Mr Bise, not to seemingly slam an otherwise fine article, but that’s almost all we heard about from Rove, Hannity, and others on the FNC.

It was, is, and will be occasion for me to engage in serial gloating as so wonderfully done by Glenn Beck and his sidekicks on 3 NOvember.

The War Planner on November 24, 2010 at 1:38 AM

So if we wall-off California, New York and select areas of the east coast things will be even better. Oh, and Wisconsin too, just for the hell of it.

Bishop on November 23, 2010 at 8:48 PM

..just send Snake Plisskin in once in a while to rescue us. I got an extra board; he can surf the turd tide in the L.A. River with me if he wants.

The War Planner on November 24, 2010 at 1:42 AM

Nice.

Can we also bring up all of the lefty pundits and website, that predicted the Democrats would do fairly well in the 2010 elections?

Because that would be fun.

NoDonkey on November 24, 2010 at 2:16 AM

Red control of statehouses is most important in calling an article V convention.

paulsur on November 24, 2010 at 4:57 AM

Isn’t gerrymandering unethical?

DeathtotheSwiss on November 23, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Not when the Democrats do it…

BREAK: Proper redistricting will make the Dems chance of taking back the House over the next 10 years LESS THAN ZERO…

“Revenge is a dish best served cold.”

Khun Joe on November 24, 2010 at 7:38 AM

Let the Democrats and their life-partners in the media scream. The louder the better. Just remind them that what goes around comes around. Karma’s a b*tch and all that. Redistrict them to death, stand over their bodies and watch them bleed. Go ahead, it’s good for the soul.

Extrafishy on November 24, 2010 at 9:16 AM

If you think one Chris Christie is good, imagine if we had ten Chris Christies or 50 in each of the states Republicans control.

Good story and post, but the slobbering over Chris Christie has to stop. Listen everyone, I live in NJ, met the man and voted for him and would do it again. But if you all think that Chris Christie is a REAGAN CONSERVATIVE you are all in for a big let down. He is anti-gun, pro cap and trade and very weak on immigration. With that said, he is OBVIOUSLY great on some economic issues and on Union issues. But really, we have get a hold of ourselves. Many people are in for a surprise when they find out more.

Dan Pet on November 24, 2010 at 9:37 AM

NH is now about 99% GOP again(one of the things I have to be thankful for this Thanksgiving), but our governor(a decent man but not my choice for many reasons)is Dem, which may leave us out of GOP Governor instituted and carried out improvements. Damn!

jeanie on November 24, 2010 at 10:27 AM

PappyD61 on November 23, 2010 at 8:42 PM

You must have not paid attention during civics class when you were growing up, Either that or you are a brainless troll.

You do know that those elected this past November election will not be seated until January, right? Until then, it is business as usual for the Demo-Craps. Thats why they call it a lame duck session. Now, if you want to revisit this topic in March or April (and give them some time to get to doing the work they were elected to do) then that would be fine,but to go off on it now, well just makes you seem like an ignorant troll stuck on conspiracy.

Wolftech on November 24, 2010 at 11:29 AM

Roll back ObamaCare? Try reading Raich.

http://powerandcontrol.blogspot.com/2010/11/mopping-up-operation.html

You gave up your rights to the drug war a long time ago. Airports are just the mopping up operation.

MSimon on November 24, 2010 at 11:56 AM

imagine if we had ten Chris Christies

Christing another F’ing rhino and the sooner you stop promoting him as something he isn’t, the better. Do you homework or shut up.

woodNfish on November 24, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Too many people in this country believe themselves to be free, but are in fact prisoners of technology and sexual distraction.
disa on November 23, 2010 at 9:41 PM

That plot would make a great movie.

angryed on November 23, 2010 at 10:09 PM

The Matrix?

In all seriousness, I agree with disa.

samuelrylander on November 24, 2010 at 12:45 PM

While California is still blue, there is some small hope in that redestricting for both Congressional seats and for the state legislature has been taken out of the legislature’s hands.

malclave on November 23, 2010 at 8:52 PM

I hate the 2002 CA gerrymander, but dam*, it was a good one for its purpose. Two, no three, wave elections, and only ONE seat flipped. ONE. It was through gerrymander that Mc Nerney and Costa are still around. If it were fair districts, CA would’ve picked probably 3-5 seats this year BUT, that’s because they would’ve lost that much in 2008. I think on the whole, the GOP will be better off next time around due to the commission. The Democrats really created some cracked-out maps that aren’t as forgiving with their far left congresspeople.

Apologetic California on November 24, 2010 at 8:26 PM

*CA GOP would’ve picked up 3-5 seats.

Apologetic California on November 24, 2010 at 8:27 PM