Democrats got an application of lac bug (tachardia lacca) secretions on Election Day 2010, according to President Obama (the “shellacking”).
Whether you call it the Tsunami, Teanami, Demplosion, Demogeddon, or just an historic election, last night was only the first round. Taking the House is a start, taking the Senate and the Presidency in 2012 are the next steps to righting the ship of state before it capsizes under the rough seas of socialism.
Happy days are here again in Alabama, as Republicans swept the State Offices on the ballot and gained control of the State legislature for the first time in 136 years. Closer to home, every Madison County office on the ballot was won by Republicans, including the Coroner!
There might be some additional delayed victories for the GOP. I was talking to a prominent local Democrat today (who increasingly votes Republican), who told of getting calls from local politicians asking if they should switch parties. This could be the other shoe to drop from Tuesday’s election - remember that Senator Shelby switched parties after the 1994 Republican wave.
As you may remember, I voted the “straight party” line on Tuesday (so did 52% of Madison County voters – 23% voted Dem and 29% voted GOP). Everyone I voted for won. The closest elections were 52% wins – Kay Ivey for Lt. Gov, Jim Patterson for House 21, and Craig Whisenant for MadCo Coroner. Normally that’s considered a solid win (Democrats and Obama considered 53% a mandate), but compared to the 60%s and even 75% wins it only seems adequate.
Statewide Amendments 1, 2, and 3 were voted down. Statewide Amendment 4 (“Don’t mess with Blount County”) is still too close to call. MadCo local Amendments 1 (no occupational tax) and 2 (dangerous dogs) both passed by more than 70%. I consider Amendment 1 to be a grand bit of maneuvering by Randy Hinshaw – regardless of his motives, he proposed an amendment that I had to support. Nice job Randy – I’ll miss that.
The Madison County Record published “Holtzclaw, Bentley, Republicans Win” - they sent a reporter to the Davidson Center to cover the GOP Election Night gathering.