Wednesday, November 3, 2010

posted Nov 4, 2010, 4:37 PM by Jeremy Poehnert   [ updated Nov 4, 2010, 5:07 PM ]
Happy Wednesday!

The big news today is the election yesterday.  The Republicans won the House, but the Democrats held onto the Senate.

Not a surprise.  The general consensus going into the election was that the Republicans would win the house.  Whether or not they would win the Senate was up in the air.

The impact/importance of the Tea Party in the whole election depends on who was commenting.  Tea Party folks that won were excited and described it as "taking back America."  But other observers pointed out that some of the more, let's call them "fringe," Tea Party candidates lost in races that more conventional Republican candidates might have won.

According to those familiar with political trends it's fairly common for the party not in the White House to make headway in midterm elections, especially during times of general discontent, a trend even more likely to happen when one party, in this case the Democrats, has been in control of both houses of Congress and the White House.  The electorate, frustrated with whatever is ailing the country, wants to "send a message," and does so by withholding support from the party in power and/or supporting the opposing party.

So we'll see what happens next.  Some commentators mentioned that sometimes it's easier to get things done when the power is more evenly distributed between the party's.  Both sides know they have to compromise to get anything done.

That's the hope, anyway.  Otherwise it will just be gridlock.