The last of the campaign events were less than stellar for President Obama. Even The New York Times reported that seats were only half filled at the venues. Yet, he soldiers on as out of touch as ever. He acts as though the signs of the election are not as dire to his agenda as it looks to everyone else.
This isn't a wave, it's a tidal shift—and we've seen it coming for a long time. Remarkably, there have been plenty of warning signs over the past two years, but Democratic leaders ignored them. At least the captain of the Titanic tried to miss the iceberg. Congressional Democrats aimed right for it.
But none of this means that Republicans are winning. The reality is that voters in 2010 are doing the same thing they did in 2006 and 2008: They are voting against the party in power.
This is the continuation of a trend that began nearly 20 years ago. In 1992, Bill Clinton was elected president and his party had control of Congress. Before he left office, his party lost control. Then, in 2000, George W. Bush came to power, and his party controlled Congress. But like Mr. Clinton before him, Mr. Bush saw his party lose control.
That's never happened before in back-to-back administrations. The Obama administration appears poised to make it three in a row. This reflects a fundamental rejection of both political parties.
Only on the eve of a huge wave of Republican victories did a news outlet like Reuters decide to make it 'breaking news' that the victories were imminent. How silly. But these are the times in which we live. The slobbering media that contributed mightily to the election of Barack Obama now grieves the total Democratic gripe in Washington. The Obama fanboys and fangirls have been very busy trying to make the case that if only the voters would hold on and not allow fright to overcome them, just hang in there with the "dude-in-chief", then we'll all be ok. The majority leadership is busy denying a Republican sweep. Obama, Biden and even Michelle Obama are jetting around normally safe Democratic states and districts to try to get out the traditional Democratic voter.
Traditionally the party in the White House loses seats in the mid-term election. A recent exception to that rule was in 2002. George W. Bush picked up GOP seats and didn't lose the Congressional majority. I wonder how many fanboys and fangirls will bother to make that reference on November 3 or 4 as election stories are summarized?
Republicans are now challenged with putting forth solutions to problems. And, most importantly, Republicans must force the veto pen of the President. Republicans must play offense, not defense. Allowing Team Obama to continue to paint them as the party of no is unacceptable.
Let the American public see the true principles of the Democratic party. Let them understand that Democrats do truly believe taxpayer money is government money, not individual money. They are the party of the entitled. They are the party of quotas and tenure of unions and political organizations. They put teacher unions above students. They allow government hiring to double as private sector jobs decline.
Let the comparisons begin.