If you were playing along with the Senate Tsunami game last night, you know that while it wasn’t a complete washout for the Democrats, the red wave did surge across the country, picking up 6 new Senate seats, with 3 still undetermined.
At worst, the GOP will have gained 5 seats (if Alaska voters were to actually want to send a pork-barreling sore loser with no principles back to the Senate and she decides to caucus with the Dems). At best, the Republicans will have gained 8 seats.
It’s a shame we weren’t able to get to 50 or 51, because then the Democrats would be have been sure to get at least one RINO to switch parties to maintain control, and we’d be close to where we are right now, but a more principled party with the opportunity to locate a principled candidate to run on the Republican line.
Sure, not all of our candidates were the strongest possible. They may have had the right ideas and principles, but they were flawed in a way that allowed the media to mercilessly belittle them. But, I mean, come on, could Sharon Angle or Christine O’Donnell be any more ridiculous than Al Franken? Could they be anymore gaffetastic than Joe Biden? No. I appreciate their efforts, and applaud their ability to hold their head up and go out everyday to make their case. How many of you could have endured just one week of national mockery?
In the frenzied emergence of the Tea Party, there was no time to recruit candidates. There was no one to do the recruiting even. We just had some gutsy people step forward to say “I’ll do it.” And we were thankful to have an alternative to the party line. I’m hoping Jim DeMint will expand his Senate Conservatives Fund into a recruitment operation as well.
As it stands now, we’re still stuck with many establishment power-over-principles politicians sitting in Republican seats and looking for the opportunity to make a name for themselves again by thwarting conservative efforts to limit government. And with Mark Kirk’s election, they’ve added one to their ranks.
Fortunately, the Senate got not only more red in name, but more red in conservatism, replacing Democrats and RINOs with fresh spine: Paul, Rubio, Toomey and Lee, in particular. It was a good night, and it’s not over yet.
Here’s what your scorecard should look like to date: