Look to the governorships

posted at 1:21 pm on November 7, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Even aside from the presidency, Republicans lost a good handful of races down the ticket last night — which of course means that the makeup of our federal government is going to just keep on keepin’ on for awhile  yet. If there isn’t much cheerful news to be found on the federal level, however, let’s turn our attention to state government for a moment.

While the state-specific governor elections are over the place in terms of timing, there were a few up-for-grabs gubernatorial races yesterday, and Republicans are going strong on that front. The ballots are still being counted in Montana and Washington, which may be tougher sells, but the GOP definitely picked up at least one longtime-Democratic governorship in North Carolina, via the AP:

When all the ballots are counted, Republicans could have as many as 32 governorships — a number the party has not achieved since 1990s.

McCrory defeated Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton to become North Carolina’s first GOP chief executive since early 1993. McCrory narrowly lost his gubernatorial bid in 2008 to Democrat Beverly Perdue, who opted not to run this year.

Indiana voters went with Republican Mike Pence, a 12-year congressman who defeated Democrat John Gregg and Libertarian Rupert Boneham to succeed GOP Gov. Mitch Daniels, who is barred by state law from seeking a third term.

Democratic governors are leaving office in North Carolina, Montana, New Hampshire and Washington — a fact that stirred Republican hopes that at least some of those offices could be flipped to the GOP. But New Hampshire’s governor’s mansion remained in Democratic hands Tuesday, as did those in Missouri, Vermont, Delaware and West Virginia.

If I had to compose some “These Are a Few of My Favorite Things”-type lyrics of my own, I’m pretty sure federalism would easily make my list. Competition, including and especially among governments between which residents can freely move, always yields efficiency and innovation. I think it’s one of history’s most squandered political opportunities that we’ve moved so far away from the Founders’ original intention of letting federalism do most of the day-to-day heavy lifting while the federal government most basically services national security.

President Obama’s top-down agenda is only going to move us even further away from that scenario, but let’s not forget the powerful examples that state governments can set, and that a good governor can help to at least mitigate some effects of a big-government federal mindset. Our laboratories of democracy make for a great study in contrasts — there’s a reason that red states tend to be more business-friendly than blue states, for instance — and a strong Republican governor coalition is going to be one of the tools we’ll need to bear up against Obama 2.0.


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Hard to be optimistic this mourning…

OmahaConservative on November 7, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Can’t wait for California to disintegrate into nothing but debt and liberals. Elections have consequences, indeed.

Hannibal on November 7, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Uh, I’m looking at the Montana numbers. That state’s gone.

Washington is less so… but it’s Washington. Home of the King County thieves. Expect that one to be gone as well.

KingGold on November 7, 2012 at 1:26 PM

They could all do wonders for their states but the media will give all credit to Obama and if someone even thinks about attributing the Republican governor, the media will make sure and set you straight. i.e. Kasich/Ohio.

salem on November 7, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Can’t wait for California to disintegrate into nothing but debt and liberals. Elections have consequences, indeed.
Hannibal on November 7, 2012 at 1:24 PM

We will all be Californians soon

mrscullen on November 7, 2012 at 1:28 PM

The only plus side is that the stupid greedy people who voted for Obama love their contraception and abortions. I can think of no other group more deserving of society doing everything possible to keep them from reproducing.

Happy Nomad on November 7, 2012 at 1:28 PM

ot:

Reid moves to limit GOP filibusters

via drudge

here we go…

cmsinaz on November 7, 2012 at 1:28 PM

I’m kind of hoping Perry steps up the war the Feds have declared on Texas.

I hate the lawsuits but it’s one of our tools to stop this federal hydra, at least here.

And I hope he drops the ‘S’ word at least weekly.

CorporatePiggy on November 7, 2012 at 1:29 PM

I just looked at my governor and you know what I saw? A strange light dancing in the back of his eyes.

This is all well and good in one of those magical 32 states, but here in Minnesota we have a governor who is probably clinically insane and a brand new DFL legislature ready to do his bidding.

Bishop on November 7, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Without a 10th Amendment, governorships don’t mean crap.

Glenn Jericho on November 7, 2012 at 1:30 PM

http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/1953943276001/america-looking-for-bipartisan-leadership-in-second-term

Author Ed Klein says the idea that President Obama will push for more compromise in Congress is wishful thinking.

Look to the Governors? Seriously?

States are turning blue on a permanent basis.

Colorado (now dopeheads are legally smoking weed).

New Mexico (home of the open borders).

Florida (Democrat for good).

Ohio (love them some one million Obamaphones).

Michigan/Wisconsin/Iowa

Look at the map people.

It’s NOT GETTING REDDER at the national level and Obama rules at the Federal level these states have no rights if they ever conflict with D.C. (ASK JAN BREWER and ARIZONA)

PappyD61 on November 7, 2012 at 1:30 PM

It won’t matter because we have Barack who will kill off this economy using the EPA and other departments.

BroncosRock on November 7, 2012 at 1:32 PM

They could all do wonders for their states but the media will give all credit to Obama and if someone even thinks about attributing the Republican governor, the media will make sure and set you straight. i.e. Kasich/Ohio.

salem on November 7, 2012 at 1:28 PM

That is the conundrum we face. Scott Walker in Wisconsin is another example. Then again, if the entire nation goes into default in Obama’s 2nd term, none of these governors will have the power to do much for their constituents anyway.

Doughboy on November 7, 2012 at 1:32 PM

I just looked at my governor and you know what I saw? A strange light dancing in the back of his eyes.
This is all well and good in one of those magical 32 states, but here in Minnesota we have a governor who is probably clinically insane and a brand new DFL legislature ready to do his bidding.
Bishop on November 7, 2012 at 1:30 PM

We probably should move. I’m embarrassed to be from this state.

mrscullen on November 7, 2012 at 1:32 PM

They could all do wonders for their states but the media will give all credit to Obama and if someone even thinks about attributing the Republican governor, the media will make sure and set you straight. i.e. Kasich/Ohio.

salem on November 7, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Sorry but Boehner and Kasich are just golf buddies of Obama and Biden (like Christ Christie and his hugs of Obama last week).

http://3chicspolitico.com/2011/06/18/president-obama-vice-president-biden-house-speaker-boehner-ohios-governor-kasich-attend-golf-summit/barack-obama-john-boehner-joe-biden-john-kasich/

PappyD61 on November 7, 2012 at 1:33 PM

here we go…

cmsinaz on November 7, 2012 at 1:28 PM

I’m sure the media will cheer him on. How else to get things going in DC than neuter the Republicans.

darwin on November 7, 2012 at 1:33 PM

And I hope he drops the ‘S’ word at least weekly.

CorporatePiggy on November 7, 2012 at 1:29 PM

no kidding, I want off this bus

DanMan on November 7, 2012 at 1:33 PM

ot:

Reid moves to limit GOP filibusters

via drudge

here we go…

cmsinaz on November 7, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Good, great even. Give them everything they want, everything, and I mean everything. Give them stuff they don’t even want. Let’s get it over with already.

bgibbs1000 on November 7, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Looking to the governors will only help if they’re 10th Amendment supporters and are willing to go toe to toe with Obama to take back their rightful ste powers. Otherwise pfffttt!

Federalism people, that’s the answer to Leviathan.

The 10th Amendment hasn’t been repealed. All we need is strong 10th Amendment conservatives at all levels of state governments. Officials willing to seize back state powers long ago usurped by the federal government.

When the states ratified the Constitution they didn’t agree to be subservient to the federal government.

If you really want to get rid of Obamacare and rein in the federal government then look to your state governments.

If we return decision making to the state level I think we’ll find out that there is much less rancor and partisanship in DC and that We the People will get along better. We can all agree, I hope, that due to the federalization of so much of what used to be state responsibilities that elections in one state have far too much impact on other states.

Why for example should I, here in AR, have to worry about Harry Reid as Senate majority leader? I shouldn’t but the usurpation of state powers has made it so.

Charlemagne on November 7, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Charlemagne on November 7, 2012 at 1:34 PM

It seems that Rob McKenna is not going to be Washington’s next governor. The majority in Washington (Seattle) will send a Democrat to Olympia for three decades now. :/

Jeddite on November 7, 2012 at 1:36 PM

That the governors and state legislatures went along with the 17th Amendment is unbelievable.

The strength and power of the states were decimated with that grab by the federal government.

Federalism took a mortal blow with that one move.

The continued “mission creep” by the federal government today invading all aspects of society must be an anathema to the very ideals the framers had in mind when they drafted the original documents creating this Republic.

It was all done with purpose, all with a plan, all so that one arm of government could not over rule any of the others.

And now, when we need them most, the fourth arm has forsaken their duty to the people and have joined with the federal government.

Borg, indeed.

Tenwheeler on November 7, 2012 at 1:37 PM

The last stand will be the 10th Amendment, and strong willed Governors…

Khun Joe on November 7, 2012 at 1:40 PM

this is meaningless. federalism is dead. who cares which party controls the states?

chasdal on November 7, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Can’t wait for California to disintegrate into nothing but debt and liberals. Elections have consequences, indeed.

Hannibal on November 7, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Not on Obumbler’s watch! He’ll reach into our pockets to bail them out because they are too big to fail. You don’t think he’ll let his union buddies down?

Tbone McGraw on November 7, 2012 at 1:41 PM

‘Toons of the Day; Evidently, To Win In America, You Have To Only Be Marginally Less Stupid Than Your Constituents

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/11/toons-of-day-evidently-to-win-in.html

Resist We Much on November 7, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Here’s one weapon with which to fight DC.

We don’t need to repeal the 17th Amendment to reestablish federalism, we just need state governors and legislators with guts and courage.

We here in the South don’t want to be dictated to by. Federal government elected by the NE and the Left coast.

Charlemagne on November 7, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Hannibal on November 7, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Kalifornia can go to hell. Hopefully a massive earthquake and catastrophic wildfires will finish them off.

Myron Falwell on November 7, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Reid moves to limit GOP filibusters

via drudge

here we go…

cmsinaz on November 7, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Cancer moves to strike him. Just look at him.

Schadenfreude on November 7, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Kalifornia can go to hell. Hopefully a massive earthquake and catastrophic wildfires will finish them off.

Myron Falwell on November 7, 2012 at 1:42 PM

They went there a long time ago. May the destruction continue apace.

Schadenfreude on November 7, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Can’t wait for California to disintegrate into nothing but debt and liberals. Elections have consequences, indeed.

Hannibal on November 7, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Great. Then, they’ll move to your/my state and continue their insanity.

avagreen on November 7, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Let sequestration happen and all the Bush tax cuts expire. May as well get this thing started off right.

a capella on November 7, 2012 at 1:45 PM

My stupid state Missouri went with Nixon again =( i’m still in mourning over the election yesterday..mourning over this country and it’s future

sadsushi on November 7, 2012 at 1:45 PM

They went there a long time ago. May the destruction continue apace.

Schadenfreude on November 7, 2012 at 1:42 PM

They are definitely looking at major social unrest or what normal people call full-scale riots.

Thank god most of the firearms are owned by professional criminals. (with apologies to y’all in Orange County, you seem kind of sane).

CorporatePiggy on November 7, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Good, great even. Give them everything they want, everything, and I mean everything. Give them stuff they don’t even want. Let’s get it over with already.

bgibbs1000 on November 7, 2012 at 1:34 PM

.
Most of it will be designed to be irreversible. Whats left will be political suicide to go after.

We have a one party system now. That House of representatives thingy is not needed or of any concern either. They will have a majority Commie SCOTUS soon to rubber stamp everything.

The full impact of last night has not been understood yet.
Its very bad on every level. Maobama will finish the job as promised.

Irreversible is your word of the day.

FlaMurph on November 7, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Darwin yup
Bgibbs *sigh*
Schadenfreude i despise him

cmsinaz on November 7, 2012 at 1:48 PM

To Win In America, You Have To Only Be Marginally Less Stupid Than Your Constituents

Perfect, RWM, as usual.

Schadenfreude on November 7, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Let sequestration happen and all the Bush tax cuts expire. May as well get this thing started off right.

a capella on November 7, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Yeah buddy.

This needs to start hurting severely and fast!

No more of this slow boat to Europe. I wanna see austerity and riots.

A fight in the streets is preferred.

Lanceman on November 7, 2012 at 1:49 PM

We probably should move. I’m embarrassed to be from this state.

mrscullen on November 7, 2012 at 1:32 PM

It’s such a beautiful place, I can’t stand the thought, but I see punishment in my future because the wife and I have made a successful life here.

Bishop on November 7, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Two things seem pretty certain to after last night.

Those who think the Dems will learn their lesson and change because things are going to get even worse are wrong. That didn’t matter this time and if things get worse they will get even more free stuff from the government at our expense.

Secondly, I think it may be possible that we will never see another white man elected to the presidency. It looks like we get Hillary in 2016 no matter how bad it is. She will undoubtedly pick an African American or latino as her running mate. Four to 8 years of her, followed by her running mate.

Ultimately, Latinos will be the majority in the country and they will run things.

Rockshine on November 7, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Thank god most of the firearms are owned by professional criminals. (with apologies to y’all in Orange County, you seem kind of sane).

CorporatePiggy on November 7, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Right. After voting D for a few years now. Orange County USED to be conservative, word USED should be key. Not as rabid liberal as say West Side LA, but not that far off these days.

riddick on November 7, 2012 at 1:51 PM

They could all do wonders for their states but the media will give all credit to Obama and if someone even thinks about attributing the Republican governor, the media will make sure and set you straight. i.e. Kasich/Ohio.

salem on November 7, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Yep…He did that this election.

workingclass artist on November 7, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Go gulching. The fools deserve no barricades.

They only deserve to be starved and laughed at.

Schadenfreude on November 7, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Ultimately, Latinos will be the majority in the country and they will run things.

Rockshine on November 7, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Then they will have the same type of corrupt government with just more landmass.

Lanceman on November 7, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Sorry Erika, but before we look to the governorships and get optimistic and all of that jazz, first it is time for blame and recrimination.

Chris Christie deserves to be called out for his treachery last week. The D.C. conservative punditocracy needs to really reflect on the fact that their golden boy absolutely screwed the Republican nominee for President in a razor-tight election in the final week of the race. I don’t care if you prefer RINO moderates, articulate conservatives, true conservatives, or bombthrowing-radicals; Chris Christie is first and foremost a self-serving backstabber, a traitor to the party, who boosted Obama during the final week of the campaign, and that should disqualify Christie from ever serving in a national leadership position in the GOP. Hopefully all of Christie’s NY-based donors, who were also heavy Romney donors, will tell Christie to take a hike when he starts soliciting them for re-election funds. Grassroots Republicans in NJ should vote for whoever the Democrat nominee is for governor in 2013 just to ensure Christie suffers a humiliating defeat.

Lawdawg86 on November 7, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Irreversible is your word of the day.

FlaMurph on November 7, 2012 at 1:47 PM

I seriously hope that Scalia finds it in himself to do the right thing and ride this out.

riddick on November 7, 2012 at 1:53 PM

It won’t matter because we have Barack who will kill off this economy using the EPA and other departments.

BroncosRock on November 7, 2012 at 1:32 PM

As it has been happening under Republican presidents.
None of these new Republican governors will have the stones to embrace the 10th.
That ideal was pi$$ed away a long time ago.
The Fed quit playing by the real rules a long time ago (you know, the Constitution?).
And the states, like the wh0re$ they are, sold their own citizens out & threw them under the bus, and for what? A few shiny trinkets & some cash.

Badger40 on November 7, 2012 at 1:53 PM

It’s such a beautiful place, I can’t stand the thought, but I see punishment in my future because the wife and I have made a successful life here.

Bishop on November 7, 2012 at 1:50 PM

The alternative is Venezuela or Greece.

Schadenfreude on November 7, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Good, great even. Give them everything they want, everything, and I mean everything. Give them stuff they don’t even want. Let’s get it over with already.

bgibbs1000 on November 7, 2012 at 1:34 PM

That would be some funny shiite there.

Imagine the Pubs adding language to every spending bill that ups the minimum wage to $30/hr, then hit the media circuit to tout their plan.

Imagine the high comedy of Reid having to shoot down the idea.

Bishop on November 7, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Right. After voting D for a few years now. Orange County USED to be conservative, word USED should be key. Not as rabid liberal as say West Side LA, but not that far off these days.

riddick on November 7, 2012 at 1:51 PM

My knowledge is out of date clearly.

I lived in West LA for a while and considered Orange County a strange bastion of sanity at the time. Now that’s gone I guess.

CorporatePiggy on November 7, 2012 at 1:54 PM

We probably should move. I’m embarrassed to be from this state.

mrscullen on November 7, 2012 at 1:32 PM

I came to that same conclusion and left Minnesota 10 years ago and haven’t looked back.

Hat Trick on November 7, 2012 at 1:54 PM

“Kimber” is the word of the day.

Actually it’s the word of every day, so just go with it and quit looking at me like that.

Bishop on November 7, 2012 at 1:55 PM

No more of this slow boat to Europe. I wanna see austerity and riots.

A fight in the streets is preferred.

Lanceman on November 7, 2012 at 1:49 PM

We certainly agree.

Badger40 on November 7, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Chris Christie deserves to be called out for his treachery last week. The D.C. conservative punditocracy needs to really reflect on the fact that their golden boy absolutely screwed the Republican nominee for President in a razor-tight election in the final week of the race. I don’t care if you prefer RINO moderates, articulate conservatives, true conservatives, or bombthrowing-radicals; Chris Christie is first and foremost a self-serving backstabber, a traitor to the party, who boosted Obama during the final week of the campaign, and that should disqualify Christie from ever serving in a national leadership position in the GOP. Hopefully all of Christie’s NY-based donors, who were also heavy Romney donors, will tell Christie to take a hike when he starts soliciting them for re-election funds. Grassroots Republicans in NJ should vote for whoever the Democrat nominee is for governor in 2013 just to ensure Christie suffers a humiliating defeat.

Lawdawg86 on November 7, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Agreed. Hope he loses next year.

changer1701 on November 7, 2012 at 1:56 PM

We probably should move. I’m embarrassed to be from this state.

mrscullen on November 7, 2012 at 1:32 PM

perspective…voters in Houston passed $2.7 billion in bonds. We were going to install a pool over the winter but I’m thinking moving out is prolly the better option. The taxes will be off the charts in less than 5 years here between this and the $6 billion pension bubble we have.

DanMan on November 7, 2012 at 1:57 PM

If we return decision making to the state level I think we’ll find out that there is much less rancor and partisanship in DC and that We the People will get along better. We can all agree, I hope, that due to the federalization of so much of what used to be state responsibilities that elections in one state have far too much impact on other states.

Charlemagne on November 7, 2012 at 1:34 PM

THIS!!!! is the message that resonates. Candidates, who effectively explain that lowest level of authority means a citizen can make a real impact in their area by physically meeting with their representative, will win.

AeroSpear on November 7, 2012 at 1:57 PM

I came to that same conclusion and left Minnesota 10 years ago and haven’t looked back.

Hat Trick on November 7, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Where did you go and how has it been, serious inquiry here.

I can’t believe it when I look at my wife’s earning statements to see just how badly this state hates her.

Bishop on November 7, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Agreed. Hope he loses next year.

changer1701 on November 7, 2012 at 1:56 PM

But Coulter and Rove love the guy. He’s a conservative they say. Where IS Coulter today?

riddick on November 7, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Federalism is dead.

Spend some time on this site, and pay close attention to the Great Red States.

All Washington has to do is tug on the leash if a state gets a bit too independent.

tbrosz on November 7, 2012 at 1:58 PM

OT but I just checked CNN and looked at the results for Florida.

With 97% reporting there is only a margin of 47,493.

Scratches head, looks at monitor, ?????

I know, I know, move on it’s over…….

D-fusit on November 7, 2012 at 2:02 PM

A fight in the streets is preferred.

Lanceman on November 7, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Then I suggest you ammo up, because that is very likely what you will get. Never mind looking ahead to the 2014 midterm or the 2016 general elections: this nation will be engulfed in civil war before then.

Per my promise made in other threads, I am leaving Hotair – most likely for good. It was nice to see old friends again, however, briefly. Take care.

Apres moi…le deluge
.

ManlyRash on November 7, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Good, great even. Give them everything they want, everything, and I mean everything. Give them stuff they don’t even want. Let’s get it over with already.

bgibbs1000 on November 7, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Fully agree. If it’s God’s will for USA to go down all the way (seems to be) so we can finally understand what we lost so we can rise again, let’s do that as fast as possible.

American Dream 246 on November 7, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Look to the governors? To do what, exactly? And with what? The states don’t have standing armies. The states can’t refuse to pay federal taxes. The states are stuck with the jackasses in Washington jamming one mandate after another down their throats. Add to that a judiciary packed with Obama appointees and the states won’t even be able to challenge the blatantly unconstitutional crap that the feds keep throwing at us. Even Texas, which at least had the good sense to soundly thrash Obama, won’t look the same after Obama declares amnesty for all the illegals here.

natasha333 on November 7, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Is it manic to alternate between extreme bitter anger and incredible sadness, or does some joy have to be in there for it to count? Cuz there’s no joy in Mudville over here and I was trying to correctly name my mood.

txmomof6 on November 7, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Then I suggest you ammo up, because that is very likely what you will get.

Already did two years ago. You didn’t really think it was for shooting zombies, did you?

Per my promise made in other threads, I am leaving Hotair – most likely for good.

ManlyRash on November 7, 2012 at 2:03 PM

NO!

*eats*

Lanceman on November 7, 2012 at 2:07 PM

We could have gone R in Montana, but Rick Hill got tagged with wanting to enact a state sales tax and he never got rid of that tag. The folks here are dead set against it. We voted for Romney but reelected Tester over Rehberg. Romney must not had have any coat tails at all.

Kissmygrits on November 7, 2012 at 2:08 PM

bgibbs1000 on November 7, 2012 at 1:34 PM

American Dream 246 on November 7, 2012 at 2:03 PM

we ain’t gettin’ any younger. Tough to be a retiree living on interest income right now and it doesn’t look good in the near to mid term at all. May need to play for the long term while there is one.

DanMan on November 7, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Can you name any other country in the history of the world that has risen from the ashes that will be all that’s left of the now accelerated burn to destruction that we ignited last night? You don’t get it – there is no coming back from that. We have rejected the unique and beautiful values of liberty upon which we were founded. We have spit on the Constitution. We have enthroned permanent dependency on the nanny state. We have ceded our freedom to make decisions about our own lives to the government in return for a worthless promise that the “state” will take care of us. We have re-elected the most divisive, incompetent, American-hating president in history who now has four more years (if not more than that) to fundamentally and irrevocably change America. And he will do so with no one to stop him.

natasha333 on November 7, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Can’t wait for California to disintegrate into nothing but debt and liberals. Elections have consequences, indeed.

Hannibal on November 7, 2012 at 1:24 PM

elections DO have consequences … Obama will bail em out … to big to fail dontcha know ….

conservative tarheel on November 7, 2012 at 2:12 PM

natasha333 on November 7, 2012 at 2:11 PM

yep … it has been a good run America ….

conservative tarheel on November 7, 2012 at 2:14 PM

elections DO have consequences … Obama will bail em out … to big to fail dontcha know ….

conservative tarheel on November 7, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives. The executive branch simply doesn’t have the ability to unilaterally redirect the amount of cash that California is going to need. And what motivation do House Republicans have to bail out California or Illinois? We don’t have any seats there to lose, so **** ‘em.

Lawdawg86 on November 7, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Well… there is always American exceptionalism.

Can you name any other country in the history of the world that has risen from the ashes

EnglishRogue on November 7, 2012 at 2:20 PM

One thing I would be interested in knowing – the percentage of people identifying as Democrats who vote a straight ticket versus those who identify as Republicans.

Anyone have any idea?

bw222 on November 7, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Can you name any other country in the history of the world that has risen from the ashes

Germany and Japan immediately come to mind.

bw222 on November 7, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Germany and Japan immediately come to mind.

bw222 on November 7, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Both anti gun rights countries.

Wonderful.

Lanceman on November 7, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Lawdawg86 on November 7, 2012 at 2:20 PM

It was the House that allowed the so called stimulus monies to remain in the budget and become part of the new baseline. Explain again how they will really make a difference.

chemman on November 7, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Lord you guys are acting like a bunch of hysterical babies. If your gonna give up life, go galt, go AWOL, close your businesses, or move out of the country, please hurry up and go do it instead and whining about it on HotAir so the rest of us can have big boy conversations.

Oh wait you didn’t do all that in 08 like you said either.

Grow up.

Magnus on November 7, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Let sequestration happen and all the Bush tax cuts expire. May as well get this thing started off right.

a capella on November 7, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Totally agree. Let them own it.

matthew8787 on November 7, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Oh wait you didn’t do all that in 08 like you said either.

Grow up.

Magnus on November 7, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Give people a day or two to bitch and grieve, OK?

I’m happy that you’ve worked through this disaster more quickly than most. Others, myself included, need a chance to catch up.

matthew8787 on November 7, 2012 at 2:36 PM

It’s such a beautiful place, I can’t stand the thought, but I see punishment in my future because the wife and I have made a successful life here.

Bishop on November 7, 2012 at 1:50 PM

If you want to stay in the high plains area, Nebraska isn’t a bad place for business and individualism. Can’t compare with MN for lakes, fishing, scenery, etc, but there are some pretty areas up along the Niobrara and in the Sandhills. A lot more open space. Those Sandhills ranchers are pretty salty. I suspect, after Ben Nelson, it’ll be a long time before a Democrat is elected to any meaningful office here.

a capella on November 7, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Between our Governors and larger majority in the House, other than minor things with Executive Orders, Obama can do nothing for the next 4 years.

mitchellvii on November 7, 2012 at 2:37 PM

The House majority has shrunk, not increased.

And now we have no shot at the Senate in 2014, which is going to brutalize fundraising for our challengers. Very ugly.

The Dems and the MSM will come after our House candidates and pick off enough to regain the House for the final two years of Obama.

matthew8787 on November 7, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Totally agree. Let them own it.

matthew8787 on November 7, 2012 at 2:34 PM

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Why would they NOT want to own it? Perspective required.

A failed Capitalistic society will require loads of government fixes-and require many more govt workers with pensions who will continue this cycle of voting in Government control.

The Kardashian voting masses have spoken. They prefer FOOD STAMPS to JOBS, and a President who can guarantee the welfare state.

They want this. Its Booshes fault as well….according to exit polling and they will not waste this opportunity to put a few more nails in the coffin of America.

FlaMurph on November 7, 2012 at 2:46 PM

ot:

Reid moves to limit GOP filibusters

via drudge

here we go…

cmsinaz on November 7, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Good, great even. Give them everything they want, everything, and I mean everything. Give them stuff they don’t even want. Let’s get it over with already.

bgibbs1000 on November 7, 2012 at 1:34 PM

I swear I don’t know how the Republican senators will be able to wake up every day and walk into the senate chamber. Agree…give them everything they want. And when Hussein gets to nominate one or probably two new Supreme Court justices, I would decline even asking them any questions. Just say “you know what, it doesn’t matter what I ask or say, you are going to be confirmed. Good day.”

Brat on November 7, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Nullification

Dante on November 7, 2012 at 2:59 PM

32 governorships, but we can’t get our dude in the White House? How is that possible?
How could we lose with 8% unemployment, 5 trillion in new debt, Obamacare, Catholics dissed, Sandy response and Benghazi.
Simple, Romney did not energize the non-core voters. Just like John McCain in 2008.
Perhaps next time, we will have a deep field, versus Hillary.

LincolntheHun on November 7, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Well now folks,…let’s not get so down,…I mean,…look on the bright side, …..uh,uh……uh,uh,….uh,uh……

……wait…what was the bright side again???

W.KY-hillbilly on November 7, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Michigan/Wisconsin/Iowa

Look at the map people.

It’s NOT GETTING REDDER at the national level and Obama rules at the Federal level these states have no rights if they ever conflict with D.C. (ASK JAN BREWER and ARIZONA)

PappyD61 on November 7, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Excuse me, but Michigan is quite red at the state level. All state wide offices are red, the state House has 60 GOP and 50 Dems, for a 55%/45% split.

The State Senate is elected enmasse on the off year elections but in 2010, 68% of the 38 senators are GOP, virtually veto proof and filibuster proof.

Last night we elected 9 GOP Congressional House members to 5 Dem House members. Most of them are from the SW area of the state.

We are still stuck with our 2 Dem Senators, the liberal lying piece of debris Stabenow got about 54% of the vote. Not sure what she got last time. She had MILLIONS to outspend her opponent. And she LIED about medicare in all of her ads. She made it sound like the existing seniors would lose their medicare if Hoekstra won his election.

So Michigan is trying to get red. We just need to vote smarter or have better Senatorial candidates.

karenhasfreedom on November 7, 2012 at 3:08 PM

t:
Reid moves to limit GOP filibusters
via drudge

here we go…

cmsinaz on November 7, 2012 at 1:28 PM

If Reid limits or eliminates the filibuster then the Republican controlled house should permanently stall every bit of legislation he submits . There’s more than one way to cut that bum off at the pass.

rplat on November 7, 2012 at 3:13 PM

What I find unbelievable is that we don’t have voter ID laws in every state. How the opponents of state voter ID laws can be winning this argument is beyond any comprehension???

W.KY-hillbilly on November 7, 2012 at 3:27 PM

If they have the fortitude, the House can hold the line on increasing the Debt Limit. I can think of no other leverage we have. The way I imagine it working would be incremental increases in debt ceiling for (1) reductions in spending,(2) restricting the Senate’s ability to modify Senate rules, (3) Adequately funding defense, (4) Entitlement reform, etc. Each increase would cover the deficit spending for a few months.
The house Republicans would have to hold the line and be willing to risk a shut-down and the heat it would produce.

hannibal2012 on November 7, 2012 at 3:36 PM

And I hope he drops the ‘S’ word at least weekly.

CorporatePiggy on November 7, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Yes, indeed. I do expect to see a bevy of “Secede now” decals on the highways here in East Texas. Nobody and I mean nobody was happy this morning at work.

jazzuscounty on November 7, 2012 at 3:38 PM

I saw the red/blue map. It bothers me, because the country is mostly red. But in the highly concentrated areas of the country – west coast, northeast and few other big cities, it is as blue as can be.

We are still in a war. And the beauty is, we do know how this ends – we are watching it in Greece where they are throwing torches in the parliment building.

If you haven’t deleveraged do so – one advantage of Obama world is that if you are a decent credit risk, banks will give you money at incredibly low intereste rates. Remember the poor and not so well off are the ones who will be getting screwed on this – just like they did under Obama’s first term. So let’s worry about getting our own house in order. You probably need to learn how to use a gun and and keep a few handy, especially if you live close or in one of those big blue centers. We have already seen they don’t like it when they get their freebies taken away – and they will get them taken away – we are broke.

The dems say they like the poor, which is why they work to keep them that way. Use your smarts, take advantage of being a good risk and business partner and you will do better than all the folks who voted for him – just like the last four years.

Zomcon JEM on November 7, 2012 at 3:42 PM

The most promising strategy left is Radical Decentralization. It’s time to fight the federal leviathan on several fronts – all the states. Capture the red states, and nullify all Unconstitutional laws. Make it a crime for state employees to assist the Feds in enforcing these statutes.

On the local level, nullify everything possible from land use regulations to environmental edicts.

Of course the communists will shut it down. But the strategy is a decentralized one – as many states, localities, counties etc that can pass a resolution nullifying some federal regulation, should do so. This will desacralize the leviathan in the citizens’ eyes – even blue state citizens’ eyes. And this leviathan doesn’t have much energy to simultaneously deal with 20 or even 10 states acting independently.

Remember folks, this ain’t 1861, it’s 2012. There’s no moral force left behind the Federal Leviathan. It’s time to nullify, nullify, nullify

flawedskull on November 7, 2012 at 3:49 PM

glad you wrote about my state’s new governor =) i’m so happy mcrory won. (though he was expected to win, no surprise) NC went red for romney too, and after dems held their convention there! lol

the NC lieutenant governor race however is still to close to call. ugh. come on dan forest…

Sachiko on November 7, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Step 1: Start to take control of the public narrative by buying NBC, CBS, and/or ABC then hiring like-minded people to provide the news. That’s what the liberals did.

Chronologically, Fox is the 4th network. We need to have a reasoned voice and editorially control of at least one of the “Big Three” by turning them from the inside.

Mr. Trump . . . where are you?

EdmundBurke247 on November 7, 2012 at 3:51 PM

CorporatePiggy on November 7, 2012 at 1:29 PM

I typed the full s word, and I see my comment didn’t make the filter. Goodness, but what I originally said was that I expect to see a bevy of those types of decals on the highway here in the future.

jazzuscounty on November 7, 2012 at 3:54 PM

All this election did was hasten the economic melt-down we are going to get. In a sense there is a silver lining. Without the senate Romney would have been hamstrung. No way was he going to get anything of signifcance passed. Now, obama has to deal with the mess and there is no way he is going to get much done either. First, we all know 95% of the fiscal problem is entitlements. Raising taxes on a small subset of the population won’t bring enough additional money to run the country for 2 weeks. Now, does anyone think obama is going to propose the massive entitlement restructuring we need-Hell no. He is stuck. The debt will be over 20 Trillion by 2016 and continue to be a huge drag on the country. When all those libs can’t get jobs-screw em. The unemployment rate for blacks will go to 20%-the dummies. Talk about voting against your interest! good luck with that.

Ta111 on November 7, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Irreversible is your word of the day.

FlaMurph on November 7, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Brought to you by the letter “O” and the number 25 trillion.

michaelthomas on November 7, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Bishop on November 7, 2012 at 1:55 PM

I am going with .308 as the WOTD.

MarshFox on November 7, 2012 at 4:45 PM

MarshFox on November 7, 2012 at 4:45 PM

2 words of the day that’s good for every day!

The Nerve on November 7, 2012 at 4:54 PM

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