The Republicans, that is.
There is much acrimonious debate, such as this, going on in conservative circles about the result in the mid term Senate elections. The argument runs that if Palin and De Mint had not foisted 'ideologically pure' but inexperienced and unelectable candidates upon the GOP, then they would likely now have won control of both houses. Of course, Palin and De Mint argue, with some justification, that there is no certainly the alternative candidates would have won.
What seems to gather less comment, however, is the notion that maybe the GOP is far far better off for the next two years with the dopey doncs retaining control of the senate. Come election time in 2012 when it really counts it might just be a very good thing indeed to be able to blame the Democrat controlled senate for a lack of progress in restraining the excesses of Obama and his leftist cronies. The Republicans will get plenty of runs on the board in the meantime and appear to have got off to a pretty good start with some strong and unequivocal statements from the likely speaker and senate majority leader. Clearly these two people know that while the electorate has slapped down Obama it has not yet invited the GOP to stay for dinner. The challenge in front of the Republicans is to demonstrate by deeds as well as words that they deserve the presidency in 2012. Yet they must do this without allowing Obama and his shifty mates to steal credit for any improvement in the economy during that time.
Republicans will be able to exert huge pressure on threatened Democrat senators to 'come across' on particular issues without giving Obama the wriggle room necessary for him to turn around in 2012 and take all the credit. Had Republicans controlled both houses and the economy continues to stagnate, then it would have been oh so easy in 2012 to persuade a gullible electorate that the GOP was responsible for all the problems.
So Adolf's advice to the moaners in the GOP is pretty simple.
Thank your lucky stars Sarah Palin and the Tea Party got you back into the game. You couldn't have done it without them. Stop moaning and get on with the job of beating back tax increases, reigning in profligate spending and repealing Obamacare.
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