AP PhotoThe people have spoken, and the people are, apparently, really into Republicans. After two years enjoying (or, perhaps more accurately, squandering) one of the largest congressional majorities in history, the Democratic party took a huge hit last night, losing 60 seats and control of the House of Representatives and ceding at least six seats in the Senate.
Voters sent a message to Washington in yesterday's election, and if the Republican agenda is to be believed, the message is thus: They're tired of living in an economic crisis, they don't believe in big government spending, and they're not especially thrilled with the Obama healthcare plan. Thank you very much.
"Voters sent a message that change has not happened fast enough," explained Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine, referring to the president's famous "Change We Can Believe In" 2008 campaign slogan.
The night's big winners included conservatives Rand Paul, from Kentucky, Pennsylvania's Pat Toomey, Marco Rubio of Florida, and Mark Kirk, a Republican who seized Barack Obama's old Senate seat.
But the news wasn't all good for the GOP-especially for women. In fact, three of the country's highest-profile female candidates suffered disappointing losses: Sharron Angle lost to Senate majority leader Harry Reid in a close race in Nevada. Christine O'Donnell's purity/witch/church/state tour ended in Delaware. And Meg Whitman-despite using $170 million from her own personal accounts to fund her campaign-was defeated in California by Governor-elect Jerry Brown.
Still, the results from yesterdays mid-term elections indicate that folks all around the U.S. are looking for new direction in government: "The American people's voice was heard," said Republican John Boehner, the presumed next speaker of the House in an extremely weepy speech. "We have real work to do, and this is not the time for celebration."