Sher Zieve is an utterly irrational far-right columnist. Naturally, she writes for Alan Keyes’ Renew America site along with a bushel of other wingnut pundit D-listers, including Keyes himself. And she’s so giddy about last week’s election results that she’s convinced herself that the public now agrees with her warped views completely.
First and foremost, let me disabuse both Marxist Democrats and RINOs of the notion that the Republicans were elected so that they could compromise and get along with the Dems to enact legislation. That is NOT what occurred 4 November 2014. These elections – both nationwide and states’ wide – were a repudiation and condemnation of big government, big spending, the US “progressive” (aka “Alinskyite”) movement and – of course – Dictator-in-Chief Barack Hussein Obama; both his policies and him personally. In other words, the American people finally awakened from their long and dissatisfying slumber.
One thing that cracks me up about partisan Democrats and Republicans alike is their absurd ability to spin the results of any election, especially when they win. Whichever party wins an election, they will immediately claim a “mandate” to pass every policy they favor, as though the people who decide elections are actually weighing policy options and voting on that basis. After 2008 and 2012, many Democrats were just sure that they had established a permanent winning coalition and that the Republicans would never win national elections again. The day after last week’s election, one Republican House member said that the GOP would now have a “100-year majority.” They completely misunderstand what determines the winners of any election.About 35-40% of voters are going to vote Democratic no matter what and about 35-40% of voters are going to vote Republican no matter what. Elections are decided by those in the middle, some of which are intelligent and take it seriously. But most of them, I maintain, switch back and forth on the basis of vague feelings of well-being. If they perceive that things are going pretty well, they’ll stick with the party in charge; if they don’t, they’ll switch to the other party. Those are the people who decide elections.
In this year’s election, Republicans held about a 53-47% advantage nationwide, which is about the same advantage the Democrats held in 2012 (not a precise comparison, since that was an election year). So about 6% shifted their vote, which is why it’s so ridiculous to claim that “the American people” have finally “woken up” and now agree with [fill in the blank of whatever political ideology someone holds]. But this is what partisans do, view the world through red or blue colored glasses at all times, reality be damned.