There is much talk about the Presidential election results from last night, but 435 seats in the House were on the ballot as well and when all was said and down, Americans voted overwhelmingly to leave the purse strings in the hands of Republicans, who controlled and still control leadership of the house of Representatives. (In the Senate only a third of the 100 members seats were on the ballot and Democrats kept control)
Below is part of the short speech John Boehner made last night after results were tallied and Americans had voted to leave control of the House to the GOP.
"For two years, our House majority has been the primary line of defense for the American people against a government that spends too much, taxes too much and certainly borrows too much. ... We stand ready to work with any willing partner - Democrat, Republican or otherwise."-- John Boehner
The House of Representatives have passed bipartisan bill after bipartisan bill, with Democrats in the House voting for them, sometimes in small numbers and sometimes in large numbers, where the bill then goes to the Democratically controlled Senate and dies, with Harry Reid refusing to allow the bills to even come on the floor for a vote. Or Obama has threatened to veto them.
All but 14 Republicans, with support from 69 Democrats, voted 293-127 for legislation that falls far short of Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) earlier plan to move a sweeping five-year, $260 billion package.
But Boehner’s retreat serves two crucial tactical and political purposes for the Speaker. It sets up talks with the Senate on the highway bill and keeps the Keystone pipeline — a centerpiece of GOP attacks on White House energy policy — front and center ahead of the November election.
Republican leaders hailed the bipartisan vote as a rebuke of President Obama. Two senior Democrat leaders, Reps. James Clyburn (S.C.) and John Larson (Conn.), approved the measure.
“The House is on record again in support of the Keystone XL energy pipeline — a project President Obama blocked, personally lobbied against, then tried to take credit for, and now says he’ll veto,” Boehner said in a statement. “There’s no telling where the president stands from one day to the next on Keystone, but he knows the pipeline has broad and bipartisan support in Congress and among the American people.”
Congress may be unpopular as a whole, but Americans voted last night to keep the Senate, White House and House of Representatives' status quo for the next two years and the House holds the purse strings, controls spending and appropriations, which gives the GOP the mandate, to be, the "primary defense for the American people against a government that spends too much, taxes too much and certainly borrows too much," as Boehner so succinctly put it.
What conservatives and the RNC need to focus on now, is 2014, where 20 Democrats will be up for reelection, compared to 13 Republicans. 12 of those 20 Democrats come from either red states or swing states, six and six, and only one of the 13 Republicans comes from a state that isn’t red, and that’s Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine).
For the House, unless there is a massive Democratic wave, it is likely the GOP holds a large enough majority to hold onto it.
There is absolutely nothing that can be done about the presidency until 2016, so conservatives need to start now to prepare to take control of the Senate before hoping to take the White House in 2016.
Now, before I write my concluding sentence, let me don my armor and earplugs, because even my conservative brethren are going to tar and feather me for this.
Ladies and gentlemen, let the 2014 campaign season, to take control of the Senate, begin!!!!!!!!!!!
(I know I have a twisted sense of humor, but yes, I am laughing right now)