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Old 11-05-2014, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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But he got re-elected two years ago.

The president's party typically loses power in Congress during the midterms. These swings are regular occurrences but whenever they happen, in whatever direction, folks on the other side act surprised.

*shrugs*
Swing states?

It was a blowout.

The only states that didn't go red were California & New York, basically.

 
Old 11-05-2014, 10:29 AM
 
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His constant bragging is obnoxious and not representative of 99.9999 % of Texans
 
Old 11-05-2014, 10:32 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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His constant bragging is obnoxious and not representative of 99.9999 % of Texans
Yes those bad apples and their mindless jibber jabber are about as compelling as waiting for the bus. Everyone in America is either a bed wetting liberal or a Rush Limbaugh, nothing in between.
 
Old 11-05-2014, 10:48 AM
 
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Swing states?

It was a blowout.

The only states that didn't go red were California & New York, basically.
I said nothing about swing states.

You obviously have very little knowledge of how national elections work historically, at least for the past 15-20 years. This is pretty much par for the course every 2 years; the pendulum constantly swings back and forth. If you think this is something permanent, well, keep living.
 
Old 11-05-2014, 11:04 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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I have to agree with Metro Matt. This was a pretty embarrassing defeat for Democrats any way you cut it. The Senate, House and Governors are now all majority Republican.

It's probably as bad as any defeat gets in a non-Presidential election year. This is earth-shaking. Let's not be in denial here.
 
Old 11-05-2014, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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This thread is just one great, big lollerskates.
 
Old 11-05-2014, 11:14 AM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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The GOP has been dealt a good hand. I am interested to see if they use it or squander it. If they see it as validation of their past moves, I think it will be squandered. If they see it as capital to become better representatives of more Americans, it could be a sea change.
 
Old 11-05-2014, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
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GOP governors win blue states: Maryland, Massachusetts, Illinois...

It is clear that the whole country is tired of Dems power...but will it be better - to live under the Republicans?
Sooner or later people will realize all the promises of free money, free education and ending all wars by the liberals will be a complete farce and then they will want to elect somebody who will help them when it's time to get off their behinds and work a real job to actually become a productive member of society and not be taxed to death in the process to help other freeloaders.
 
Old 11-05-2014, 11:35 AM
 
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I have to agree with Metro Matt. This was a pretty embarrassing defeat for Democrats any way you cut it. The Senate, House and Governors are now all majority Republican.

It's probably as bad as any defeat gets in a non-Presidential election year. This is earth-shaking. Let's not be in denial here.
Look how the Dems got shellacked in '08. The GOP came roaring back in '10. In '12 Obama got reelected pretty handily, a couple of statewide liberal referendums passed, and the GOP made a couple gains. This was another big year for the GOP, and in '16 we'll have another swing.

Again, this is just the pattern. *shrugs*
 
Old 11-05-2014, 12:09 PM
 
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The low approval ratings and the cyclical blue/red swings point toward a populace that's deeply dissatisfied with both parties.

Republicans won this round because a) Obama, b) Congress is dysfunctional and Dems currently hold the senate, c) voting in mid-terms skews towards older/whiter voters. The outcome wasn't certain, but it was highly likely.

Some of the distaste for Obama is perfectly rational: he's politically tone deaf and lacks the charisma of Clinton or even GWB. But some of it is irrational - somehow ebola became a campaign issue even though at this stage it seems much more appropriately an issue for public health professionals to address, not a political football. But as this is America 2014, anything can become a political football.

As for 2016, the House will almost certainly stay red, the WH is a toss-up, and the Senate most likely reverts to blue with a few hotly contested races making all the difference.
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