This time the pollsters and pundits essentially had it right – namely, that the Democrats would get trounced at the polls, which they did. The No. 1 issue among voters is the economy. To a great extent, it is about President Obama not living up to his campaign promises and getting so caught up in trying to solve these unexpected financial crises all at once that he lost his focus.
What is uncertain at this early stage is how much of an influence that the tea party had in the outcome and whether Sarah Palin is a political “kingmaker” or not. After all, Christine O’Donnell lost in Delaware, Sharon Angle lost Nevada, Carly Fiorina lost in California, Carl Paladino lost in New York, and Joe Miller is behind in Alaska. To be sure, several candidates backed by the tea partiers won, but in roughly half of those contests, these were formerly or presently red states or districts anyway.
It is going to be interesting to see how John Boehner, as the upcoming House majority leader, will work with his own Republican Party, the tea party, President Obama and angry Democrats to pass any significant legislation, since he doesn’t believe in compromise.
As the old saying goes, what goes around comes around. It just might be that in another couple of years, it will be the Republicans and their tea party surrogates who will be job hunting.