This author and blogger was literally stunned by the political earthquake that hit American politics yesterday!
The sixth year of a President is not a good year in history, as has been proven many times.
On the average, the President’s party loses 26 seats in the House and 6 in the Senate in the second term midterm.
This time, the Democrats lost at least 14 seats in the House and at least 7 in the Senate.
The Republicans gained what looks like the biggest majority in the House since 1928, when Herbert Hoover was elected President, and the next year, the Great Depression hit America!
The Republicans won control of the Senate, with at least 52 seats, and possibly two more, in Alaska and Louisiana.
The Democrats lost Senate seats in the “red” states, and also lost Governorships in “blue” states, including Maryland, Massachusetts, and Illinois.
The issue is whether the Republicans are willing to move forward on legislation that Barack Obama can sign into law.
If they are willing to stop their obstructionism, some progress can be made, but the President should NOT give up all his principles, as that would make his Presidency become one of caving in to right wing demands.
We are going to have a tough two years, but the Democrats, and their progressive and liberal allies, cannot act as if they are Republicans, and must, instead, fight for their principles, and see yesterday’s defeat as more of a midterm normal development, that is extremely likely to be reversed in the Senate in two years, and with the Democrats still favored to win the Electoral College in 2016, and therefore, win the White House!