Don Feder – BarbWire guest contributor
Control of the Senate was still in doubt on election night when Democrats and their media minions went into whirling-dervish mode.
They had five talking points to try to explain away a massive defeat for the Party of Plunder (and an utter repudiation of the president from Imperial Rome) and a recommendation for future cooperation between parties whose worldviews are diametrically opposed.
It showed Republicans have to veer left — or stay in the middle — to win. In a number of Senate races, Karl Rove and his moneybag friends in the Republican establishment intervened to nominate the more moderate candidate. Too bad, because conservatives would have won these races just as handily. Besides, Joni Ernst and Tom Cotton aren’t exactly RINOs.
Liberal pundits are contrasting 2014 with 2012, when they say the GOP, under the malevolent influence of the Tea Parties, nominated candidates who couldn’t win. The real lesson of the 2012 for Republicans is don’t nominate candidates who discuss their past life as a witch and talk about legitimate rape.
This election was a vote against gridlock. Voters don’t care what the federal government does, as long as it works. If voters wanted to get rid of gridlock, why didn’t they give the Senate and the House to the Democrats? Then they would have controlled Congress and the White House, Voila, no more gridlock – except it didn’t work that way from 2009 to 2011.
Voters don’t want government to work when it works against them, as it has for the past six years. When the president is a lefty nutcase, gridlock is good. Gridlock is our friend.
The goal now should be bipartisanship. These were the first words out of the mouth of every Democratic incumbent who survived the 2014 tsunami.
Obama is the most partisan president in like forever. During the 2010 campaign, he said Republicans can “come along for the ride, but they gottta sit in back.” Now he’s saying he’ll work with the new Congress – if it rolls over and plays dead.
Unlike Bill Clinton, when has Obama (God or Allah’s anointed) ever compromised on anything? Obamacare passed with 100% partisan support. They didn’t event try to sell it to Republicans, because they didn’t have to.
Appeals to bipartisanship are a loser’s lament and a trap. The choice for the new Republican Congress is bi-partisanship or adherence to the conservative agenda that got them elected. Tough decision.
I’m surprised Democrats didn’t complain about their tennis elbows, or attribute the shellacking they took to sunspots or massive public consumption of Twinkies.
Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer and syndicated columnist.
First published at American Thinker.
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