Republicans Seize Control of U.S. Senate
After Tuesday’s mid-term elections, responses are anything but calm, cool, and collected. Democrats are devastated and blaming each other over such a huge loss in the elections.
Meanwhile, Republicans are still in celebration mode. November 4 marked such a feat for the GOP, especially for Mitch McConnell in Kentucky (who will now replace Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader).
As the newly elected Majority Leader puts it, “Friends, this experiment with big government has lasted long enough. It’s time to go in a new direction.”
Also noteworthy: Republicans stole Democratic seats in Montana, Colorado, West Virginia, South Dakota, and Arkansas. Before election night even began, the GOP only needed to gain six seats in order to take over the 100-member Senate.
Making History: Change?
For the first time since elections in 2006, Republicans will dominate both chambers of Congress: the Senate and House of Representatives.
As one can only image, the remaining two years of Obama’s term will not be a walk in the park. In fact, Tuesday’s results will complicate his last years in office, which may force him to scale back his legislative agenda.
Obama’s staff told ABC News: “You can expect the president to set an aggressive and defiant tone tomorrow. You’re not going to see any mea culpas, no big firings, no change in direction… The president is prepared to aggressively pursue his agenda using his power of executive authority, where he can’t work with Congress, and the big one is going to be on immigration reform.”
In addition to being cornered by the GOP, Obama is also dealing with a little catfight within party lines. A once-private battle between him and Harry Reid has escalated into a full-blown public display.
And it’s not just the Democrats who are having outright temper tantrums. Republicans are also under pressure to show that they’re capable of governing, as their goal is to recover the White House in 2016.
In pursuit of the truth,
Politics Research Team