Galloping Towards The Center
The Democrats have won control of the House, and as of right now, it looks like the Senate as well. On the other hand, they won several of their races with Republican-lite candidates such as James Webb (if Webb does indeed pull it out), and as Glenn Reynolds writes, "Huh. Pro-war Lieberman -- targeted by antiwar types on that issue -- wins. Chafee -- who was much more anti-war -- loses". So you can't quite call it back to September 10th. And in individual states, some very conservative bills have passed as well.
Always the optimist, Hugh Hewitt looks at the good news for Republicans in today's results:
Hillary's path back to the White House is much more difficult with her party in the majority in the House, and much much more difficult if the Senate falls to Harry Reid's command as well. Clarity as to her party's fecklessness will be back within the first six months, and the GOP frontrunners --Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney-- do not have to serve in the almost certain to be paralyzed Senate.Just as long as they don't adopt their tone.
Last year at this time, Jonah Goldberg preciently wrote:
Behold: We have entered the Age When Dinos and Rinos Rule the Earth. See them battle each other for absolute dominion!If you go by the bills that won, and the candidates that won, that sounds correct--several individual conservative Republican candidates didn't win--but most far left anti-war types like Ned Lamont didn't clean-up, either. As Jonah mentioned in his recent TCS podcast with me, Democrats win when they move towards the center (just ask Bill Clinton), and right now, the center is where the action is. That doesn't sound like an environment that will be smooth sailing for a quintessential San Francisco Democrat like Speaker Pelosi over the next two years, but we'll see.
Update: "The GOP lost. Conservatism prevailed".
More: Kevin McCullough writes:
Make no mistake... America IS a center-right nation and election night 2006 confirms this!More centrism here; this is downright conservative--though not very libertarian.
Meanwhile, Second Amendment stalwart Dave Kopel writes:
I do not disagree that the Democratic gains in Congress will, on the whole, be harmful for the economy, and extremely dangerous for the war against Islamofascism.Update: "Radio Equalizer" Brian Maloney writes, "Rather than being won by Democrats, this election was lost by Republicans". Tom Delay agrees.
More: "Even Charlie Rangel admitted that people didn't vote for Dems because they're liked, but as a protest against the current situation."
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