The Wall Street Journal Opinion: Can Republicans win the Senate?
The Sacramento Bee: Even in liberal bastions, GOP sees election chance.
The New York Times: Half-dozen NY races may help GOP win House.
With all the talk lately about a Congressional regime change a few weeks from now, I decided to finally see for myself what kind of chaos we're talking about here. Being the hyper-moderate, reform-minded citizen that I am, I can see both positives and negatives in an imminent Republican power grab.
Respect for the Constitution, states' rights, and conservative government spending are just a handful of the "right-wing" values which I hold dear, and I think these are also qualities in legislators that the public truly wants to see, especially in the context of what our nation is going through right now. There is definitely a good chance that more moderates will vote Republican this November simply for the sake of reining in the economy and not so much for the party's position on various policies. However, one of the things that I am truly excited about is the prospect of environmental policy reform. If the Republicans take either house of Congress, it will no longer be so easy for the super-liberal to pass their costly and overregulating "green bills" through the system. This amazing article from POLITICO is (hopefully) a forewarning of what is to come, especially since EPA official Lisa Jackson came clean that "the EPA is not required, and they do not consider, jobs or economic impact when evaluating permits". So much for economic recovery! Environmentalists seriously need to account for the whole political picture, instead of guilt tripping the populace with pictures of baby polar bears and swinging of hammers on the businesses which employ us and run our economic sphere. If it takes a Republican Congress to make that happen, I'm all for it.
The reasons I'm also a little apprehensive of this change are pretty justified in my opinion. Some of the Republican party's current platforms are pretty questionable, not to mention some of the radicals they have running for office this year. The party's constant damnation of anyone who falls outside of the white, Christian, hetero, middle-class prototype has made them extremely unpopular with the younger and more moderate voter set, me included. For example, Carly Fiorina (running for Senator against Barbara Boxer in California) is uncomfortably pro-life, which doesn't exactly mesh well with the party's de-regulatory stance on everything else. It's just rooted in religion, something the Republicans should be careful with in the future if they want to keep their advantage over the Dems. As far as other frightening GOP politicians go, I think the following articles speak for themselves:
POLITICO: Christine O'Donnell questions First Amendment, separation of church and state.
The Washington Post 44: Sharron Angle tells Hispanic students: "Some of you look a little more Asian to me".
I think it's apparent that so far, human beings have failed at creating the "perfect" political model, and will continue to fail for at least several more decades. Policies, issues, and pundits come and go, but one thing that stays the same in our system is the inevitability of change, and I think it might just be time for another one here in the US Congress. It all depends on the attitudes and convictions of the voters this November. Fortunately for me, I won't have to bang my head on the wall either way, since I already voted for all Libertarian candidates! After all, they say if you don't vote, you can't complain--and in all seriousness, I just really don't want that kind of silence forced on me. Especially since I will most likely end up needing to do some complaining in, oh, about 2 weeks. Probably sooner.