The pundits used all kinds of pithy words and phrases to describe the Republicans’ historic reclaiming of the U.S. House of Representatives in Tuesday’s election.
It wasn’t an election but a restraining order, said one.
Voters sided with the GOP’s arguments instead of the Democrats’ epithets, said another.
Far simpler – but far more elegant – another called the flipping of scores of seats to the party with a decidedly sweet tea flavor from the arrogant overreachers riding lower and lower in their donkey saddles the latter’s “comeuppance.”
We, however, still prefer the coinage of one Sarah Palin: It was a “refudiation.”
Come January, the “people’s house” will be controlled by Republicans. And if he has the votes he says he has, Ohio Congressman John Boehner will become speaker, replacing Nancy Pelosi.
Republicans have shown they can win. Now they must show they can lead.
Last week, Mr. Boehner said now “is not a time for compromise” and that the new GOP majority would “not compromise on our principles.”
An America that spoke loudly and clearly on Tuesday must hold the speaker-in-waiting to his word. For much principle restoration is needed.
But there can be no doubt that a new American Revolution has begun – one truly of, by and for the people.