Since this post is long overdue, I will be doing some retrospective analysis to bring the site up to date. Here, we begin with the facts.
November 2, 2010 Election Results…
Democratic House incumbents who have been defeated (49)
Rep. Bobby Bright (D-Ala.)
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.)
Rep. Harry Mitchell (D-Ariz.)
Rep. Betsy Markey (D-Colo.)
Rep. John Salazar (D-Colo.)
Rep. Allen Boyd (D-Fla.)
Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.)
Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (D-Fla.)
Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.)
Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Ga.)
Rep. Walt Minnick (D-Idaho)
Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.)
Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D-Ill.)
Rep. Phil Hare (D-Ill.)
Rep. Baron Hill (D-Ind.)
Rep. Frank Kratovil (D-Md.)
Rep. Mark Schauer (D-Mich.)
Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.)
Rep. Travis Childers (D-Miss.)
Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.)
Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.)
Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.)
Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.)
Rep. John Adler (D-N.J.)
Rep. Harry Teague (D-N.M.)
Rep. Michael Arcuri (D-N.Y.)
Rep. John Hall (D-N.Y.)
Rep. Michael McMahon (D-N.Y.)
Rep. Scott Murphy (D-N.Y.)
Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.)
Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D)
Rep. John Boccieri (D-Ohio)
Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-Ohio)
Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (D-Ohio)
Rep. Zack Space (D-Ohio)
Rep. Charlie Wilson (D-Ohio)
Rep. Chris Carney (D-Pa)
Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (D-Pa.)
Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-Pa.)
Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.)
Rep. John Spratt (D-S.C)
Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.)
Rep. Lincoln Davis (D-Tenn.)
Rep. Chet Edwards (D-Texas)
Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-Texas)
Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.)
Rep. Glenn Nye (D-Va.)
Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.)
Rep. Steve Kagen (D-Wisc.)
Republican House incumbents who have been defeated (2)
Rep. Charles Djou (R-Hawaii)
Rep. Joseph Cao (R-La.)
Democratic-held open seats that have switched parties (14)
Arkansas 1st (Rep. Marion Berry)
Arkansas 2nd (Rep. Vic Snyder)
Indiana 8th (Rep. Brad Ellsworth)
Kansas 3rd (Rep. Dennis Moore)
Louisiana 3rd (Rep. Charlie Melancon)
Michigan 1st (Rep. Bart Stupak)
New Hampshire 2nd (Rep. Paul Hodes)
New York 29th (vacant)
Pennsylvania 7th (Rep. Joseph Sestak)
Tennessee 6th (Rep. Bart Gordon)
Tennessee 8th (Rep. John Tanner)
Washington 3rd (Rep. Brian Baird)
West Virginia 1st (Rep. Alan Mollohan)
Wisconsin 7th (Rep. David Obey)
Republican-held open seats that have switched parties (1)
Delaware at large (Rep. Mike Castle)
Democratic Senate incumbents who have been defeated (2)
Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.)
Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.)
Republican Senate incumbents who have been defeated (0)
Read more: Politico 11-3-2010
The above results have had some modifications do to disputed and delayed results at the time of publications. But, the point has been made. Democrat party WIPE OUT. A few seats here or there… doesn’t alter the historic change that will have national implications for years to come.
Republicans took control of at least 19 Democratic-controlled state legislatures Tuesday and gained more than 650 seats, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The last time Republicans saw such victories was in 1994, when they captured control of 20 state legislatures.
Republicans haven’t controlled as many state legislatures since 1928.
Across the country, the map for state legislatures has turned noticeably red as Republicans now control 55 chambers, with Democrats at 38 and the remaining yet to be decided. At the beginning of this week, Democrats controlled 60 of the country’s state legislative chambers and Republicans 36.
Tuesday also was a historic day for many state legislatures. In Minnesota, Republicans won the Senate for the first time ever, while in Alabama, they took control for the first time since reconstruction.
The gains were truly of “historic proportions,” said Tim Storey, a senior fellow at the National Conference of State Legislatures, pointing out that the last time there was such a wave of state legislature switches was 1966.
Remember the end of November? The White House was in the middle of a post-election funk. President Obama had just returned from a 10-day trip to Asia where he failed to strike a trade deal with South Korea and a two-day trip to Portugal where he won acclaim, not echoed back home, for his plans in Afghanistan and on missile defense.
A pensive and introspective President Obama said Wednesday after the election was a “shellacking” and took responsibility for his party’s disastrous showing, saying that in the rush to get things done, they forgot to make good on their promise to change the way Washington works.
But Mr. Obama wouldn’t concede that the electoral blowout was a direct repudiation of his policies.
Instead, he blamed a slow economic recovery and the perception that some of the “emergency” measures taken to right the economy, such as the stimulus bill, may have been interpreted by voters as a permanent expansion of government, as opposed to a one-off response to the financial crisis.
I was raised to never make fun of the deaf, dumb or blind… but give me a break, President Obama has figured out a way to be all three. The Tea Party success, enraged Town hall meetings where the public expression was loud and clear, and now the results of the November election…
To not comprehend the impact of the American will, to ignore the voices shouted from the mountain tops, and to be oblivious to significance of the last election is abhorrent and destructive to the country.