Election 2014: Heed the message
In what turned out to be an old-fashioned midterm Election Day thumping, the national Democratic Party of “Yes we can!” — despite the disaster of ObamaCare, putrid economics and badly fumbled foreign policies — ran headfirst into a thoroughly disgusted electorate that signaled clearly and conclusively, “No you can’t!”
The numbers couldn’t be more convincing: The GOP will claim at least 246 House seats, its largest majority since World War II, according to a CNN projection. And Republicans have won their Senate prize, taking at least 52 seats. Collectively, it could be the most dominant Republican Congress since 1929, The Washington Post projects.
“For too long, this administration has tried to tell the American people what is good for them and then blame somebody else when their policies didn’t work out,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who won a sixth term and is expected to become the Senate’s next majority leader.
Clearly Americans have demanded a course correction from the unrelenting string of federal disasters, from the half-baked rollout of the health care exchanges, to the bungled Ebola response and (closer to home) the profound failures of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
For weeks to come, analysis from politicos and armchair pundits will fill the airwaves and op-ed pages. But come 2015, the work begins for the new GOP majorities in the House and Senate. The course they set must instill public confidence instead of today’s contempt for all things Washington.