Congress Configuration Now – What It Bodes for the Future

Posted on November 13, 2010

In a discussion on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 last night (Friday, November 12, 2010), one of their regular commentators, Republican media consultant Alex Castellanos, opined that with the Democratic “Blue Dogs” (more moderate) gone and only a couple remaining, progressives rule on that side of the aisle. In addition, in the next go-round, many more progressives may be elected making this an even more formidable group to overcome.

As for the Republicans, the prevailing opinion was that with Tea Party supported candidates now on the Republican side of the aisle, if their policies are not adopted then there could truly be a seismic split in the Republican party.

Obama lost a significant number of independent votes on November 2, but the consensus was that if  he plays his cards right over the next 2 years, he could stand a chance of getting many if not all of them back.

Republicans should not rest on their laurels but work for unity of purpose with the Tea Party.  Remember, part of the reason Democrats did not get the turnout they could have – voters that thought the war was over until 2012 [OFA e-mail 13 November 2010 from Mitch Stewart].

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