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Wednesday, November 08, 2006 

Thoughts on election results for 2006

Okay, so I've seen the results for the House elections in the US. On the one hand, it's disappointing that the Democrats gained more seats than the Republicans. On the other hand, is it surprising? Not really. Voters have had a tendency to vote for the opposition party the presidential incumbent's not a part of in mid-term in past years, which is probably the case here too. But that aside, we should remember that some of the Republicans did disappoint on issues such as illegal immigration, which became a major issue this year, which could've led to some people staying at home. Today's voters rightfully expect much more of their representatives than ever before, and that could have been one of the reasons why the Republicans now have a setback.

Of course, if people did vote this way because of prior customs, that's something that needs to be veered away from. It's important to learn why it can help to vote according to our conscience, and not just simply because of certain tendencies the public's had in past years.

The good news is that the results for the Dems are not as good as they were hoping, and so far, there's still at least 14 seats undecided in the lower House, whereas the Senate is wavering so far.

I think the following by Michelle Malkin sums it up well:
The GOP lost. Conservatism prevailed. "San Francisco values" may control the gavels in Congress, but they do not control America. Property rights initiatives limiting eminent domain won big. MCRI, the anti-racial preference measure, passed resoundingly. Congressman Tom Tancredo, the GOP's leading warrior against illegal immigration--opposed by both the open-borders Left and the open-borders White House--won a fifth term handily. Gay marriage bans won approval in 3 states. And as of this writing, the oil tax initiative, Prop. 87--backed by deep-pocketed Hollywood libs, is trailing badly in California.
That's certainly good news. Plus, Brian Maloney sums it up very good too, about why there IS optimism to be found for conservatives (Hat tip: Michelle).

If there's anyone whom I'm sad didn't get elected, it's Rick Santorum, with whom I spoke with in a bloggers conference two months ago. I hope he'll make a comeback in the next two years, during which time the Republican party is going to have to start getting their act back together again, for real this time. Today, they have to adopt much more hardline positions if they want to please the electorate and prove that they're listening to their support base in full.

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