Tuesday’s mid-term elections was a monumental night. The House of Representatives gained a majority of GOP seats that broke records for post World War II Congresses. The Senate was taken over by a gain, as of this writing, of at least eight seats, and by all accounts, the American people spoke loud and clear. It was a message that most Democrats did not want to hear. Campaign season this year was no different from most, with liberals trotting out the most tried and true tactics. Tell blacks that if they elect Republicans, they will reinstate any and all Jim Crowe laws. Scare the snot out of senior citizens by telling them that Republicans only want to take away their Social Security, and in true Paul Ryan look-a-like fashion, shove them off a cliff, wheelchair and all. And don’t forget an oldie but a goodie, Republicans hate women! They have grand plans to keep them barefoot and pregnant.
Election day told a completely different story. And what a story it was! Republicans won and won big. Everywhere you looked, House seats, Senate seats, gaining and retaining Governorships, even in places like Maryland and Illinois, they will be swearing-in Republican Governors in January. But even more than that, the tall tales that liberal Democrats have relied on for so long were smashed to smithereens. Tim Scott, Senator from South Carolina, was appointed to that seat by Governor Nikki Haley when Senator Jim DeMint stepped down. Tuesday, Scott became the first black man to be elected to the Senate from that state since Reconstruction. Mia Love, the former Mayor of Saratoga Springs Utah, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, female, black, and Mormon, perhaps a trifecta for the GOP, became the first African-American Republican woman to go to Washington from Utah. How can this be? The standard conventional wisdom pushed by the Left and their always willing accomplices in the media, is that Republicans have no use for black conservatives. They merely tolerate them so they can say things like, “some of my best friends are black”. Fortunately, we have people like Tim Scott and Mia Love, and many others yet to come who are shattering that myth with glee.
Republican women had a spectacular night. In addition to Mia Love, Joni Ernst became the first woman to represent Iowa in the Senate. Nikki Haley of South Carolina, and Susana Martinez of New Mexico both were re-elected Governors of their states. Shelley Moore-Capito was elected to the Senate in West Virginia, and 30-year old Elise Stefanik from New York’s 21 Congressional District, was the youngest woman ever to be elected to Congress. Democrats have spent a lot of time trying to convince Americans that Republicans are somehow anti-woman, bent on denying women such things as birth control and other healthcare essentials. Conservative women are proving time and time again that they care about things like the economy, education, and healthcare, but not just healthcare for women. They run as candidates on those issues and they win.
In another race that still has not been called, because it is still razor-thin, is the race for California’s 52nd Congressional District. Carl DeMaio leads incumbent Scott Peters 51%-49%. This is a district in the San Diego area, and if DeMaio pulls out a win, he would become the first openly gay Republican congressman. Absentee and provisional ballots have yet to be counted.
Will liberal Democrats come up with new strategy for 2016? Will they continue to insist that our conservative eyes deceive us when we see people like Tim Scott, Joni Ernst, or should he win, Carl DeMaio win decisive victories and continue to smash the liberal narrative of racist, sexist, homophobic Republicans? With many more conservative candidates like them waiting in the wings, Democratic campaign strategists might want to get to work on something new.