President Obama Loses Control of the House, Retains the Senate

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Proving it’s really jobs, stupid, President Barack Obama lost control of the U.S. House of Representatives while narrowly holding onto the Senate in yesterday’s midterm election.

Obama, who virtually spent all of 2009 courting Republican lawmakers in an effort to pass national healthcare reform, while every opinion poll showed the number one issue Americans cared most about was jobs, saw his party’s majorities in the House fall to 189 Democrats, with 239 seats now held by Republicans.

In the Senate, 51 seats are now held by Democrats, with 46 seats held by Republicans.

Ohio GOP Representative John Boehner will become Speaker of the House, replacing Rep. Nancy Pelosi — the first female House Speaker in U.S. history.

Little was surprising about the outcome of the midterm. The exception was the hotly contested race in Nevada by the so-called Tea Party to replace Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid radical extremist Sharron Angle. Reid retained his seat to go onto serve another term.

There was much good news for Democrats in yesterday’s election.

In California, Democrat Jerry Brown decisively defeated Republican Meg Whitman to become the next governor. Three-term Sen. Barbara Boxer defeated her GOP challenger Carly Fiorina.

In New York, Democrat Andrew Cuomo defeated extremist and Tea Party darling Carl Paladino. Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer were reelected.

In Washington state, Democrat Sen. Patty Murray won reelection and in Massachusetts, Rep. Barney Frank, squeaked out a victory. Frank, who is openly gay, has held the seat since 1981.

Perhaps now, President Obama will devote his remaining twenty-four months in office focusing on the issue the vast majority of Americans care the most about: jobs. However, if the president gets bogged down by wars in Afghanistan, and possibly Pakistan, then the lesson of the 2010 midterm will have been lost on him.

Substantial turnover in the U.S. House is not uncommon during bad economic times. The lesson for Mr. Obama is, happy people don’t revolt.

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36 Responses to President Obama Loses Control of the House, Retains the Senate

  1. Joe in Colorado says:

    Maybe it’s just me but, I get the impression Obama is much more comfortable working with Republicans like Olympia Snowe and Chuck Grassley than with members of his own party? Maybe working with the party opposite validates him in some Freudian way?

  2. feminazi says:

    Let’s hope Michele buys Obama a veto pen for Christmas because he’s going to have to use it a lot or the GOP will bulldoze right over him the next 24 months. Contract on America 2.0, anyone?

  3. Shayne K. says:

    Meg Whitman spent $170 million of her own fortune to lose a race she had little chance of winning.

    The woman isn’t the genius many accused her of being. In fact, she’s less smart than two rocks rubbing together in a stream.

  4. MichaelTAtheist says:

    Maybe this will be a ”Wake up Call” for this ‘head up his ass’, refusing to look around and see the world President. Hey, OBUSHA, the Idea wasn’t just to get a Black President elected…. the Idea was to elect a young dynamic President & get the country moving again….in a progressive way, to create jobs and help the middle class recover. Instead you paid off the rich bankers, who robbed the country blind, and you haven’t done a thing to get US off foreign oil, so vast amounts of our money are still headed into the hands of our Muslim destroyers. LIKE YOU PROMISED, wouldn’t happen!!! One way to get To get America off foreign oil, would be to place a ban on SUVS, and pass a law allowing only those who really need them, because they have large families or for business’s that require them. Not so rich women can ride around in their gas guzzlers, at the expense to the environment. You also promised to begin rebuilding our infastructure, you haven’t done that, You pledged to end two disasterous wars, draining our coffers, & you haven’t done that! And, the Medical Plan Law that you did get passed is a disaster….. with no public Option…. because you have no BALLS!!! You’ve done nothing that you should have done for the last two years, except bow and kiss MUSLIM king’s asses!!! No American President is ever supposed to bow to anyone!!! so…. You got just what you deserved, last night.! All you are is a good campaigner, you’re a terrible, ball-less President. Too bad there wasn’t anyone better to vote for two years ago……. You never would have won if you hadn’t been running against old man John McCain and the Dumb Sarah Palin…….and on the coat-tails of George W. Bushit. And you will be, unfortunately for this Country, a one term President…… Because last night’s election results are just a glimmer of what 2012 well might turn out to be…. The beginning of our descent into the beginnings of a new ‘DARK AGE’ of Republican regressiveness. So F**K you Obusa!

  5. I’m hoping the results of yesterday’s midterm will make Obama a better president.

    Just as losing the Congress helped former president Bill Clinton become a better president.

    Time will tell.

  6. Mets Fan says:

    New York, Washington, Nevada and California got it right. I was nervous about Nevada.

    Frankly, I feel pretty good about the midterms. It could’ve been worse and the men and women I hoped would win, did.

  7. Brigadoon says:

    All I really cared about the Jerry Brown and Sen. Barbara Boxer. California is a nation-state, culturally and psychically detached from the rest of the nation and certainly detached from Washington DC. As long as Brown became governor (he did) and Boxer held onto to senate seat (she has), I am pleased as punch.

  8. Thai Noodles says:

    Obama ran as a change agent.

    After two years in office, there was little “change” to point to and take credit for. So, the voters delivered “change” to Mr. Obama.

    And so it goes in a representative democracy.

  9. Harry says:

    Hillary Clinton was smart to hide out in Siem Reap in Cambodia until this election mess was over. None of Obama’s taint fell on her.

  10. Bungy says:

    Now the Party of No has to put its name (stink?) on actual policy. Let’s hope Obama and the rest of the Dems can use this to their (our?) advantage.

    Given that the economy is worse than in 1994 and the President (and Democrat’s) approval rating are worse than Clinton’s in 1994, it is surprising that the red tide wasn’t worse.

    I’ll be interested to see how the Tea Party and GOP establishment negotiate their truce now that they must share power in the House and Senate.

  11. Woodcliffe says:

    The loss of the House will force Obama even more to the center-right. He’s already more Red than Blue, in my opinion.

    If he doesn’t get comfortable with wielding the veto pen after the Congress returns in January, he could end up like Jimmy Carter — completely marginalized and basically a lame duck president.

    Like Christopher says, time will tell.

  12. retahyajyajav says:

    So now the Tan Man becomes Speaker? Interesting.

    Will he try to protect the tobacco industry? After all, his yellowish-orange skin comes courtesy of this terrible habit.

    The USA is doomed. I really mean it. Start looking for saner nations to relocate to and start a new life.

  13. Nigel Karsten says:

    ~I read the news today, oh boy……~

    For what its worth, your friends across the pond are reeling from the results of your midway election.

    The UK’s economy is in the doldrums too and real estate values are sinking faster than a rock tossed in the river Thames. Greece is in decline and Spain and Italy are beginning to wobble.

    Don’t even mention France. The Muslims will own all of it in 50 short years.

    Perhaps the south Asia nations like Thailand or Vietnam? Maybe Tahiti? All I’m saying is the grass isn’t any greener here. Believe me.

  14. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    I’m sure Christine O’Donnell is wondering how her witchcraft failed her.

    Sharron Angle, well, it’s back to the psych ward for this kook.

  15. Massagatto says:

    President Obama reportedly will hold a White House news conference at 1:00 pm ET to discuss yesterday’s midterm election.

    What could he possibly say?

    I fucked up.
    I wasted 2009 on healthcare and not jobs.
    I apologize.
    Seven vacations this year were seven vacations too many.
    Michelle kicked my ass last night. Girlfriend clocked me good!

    Nah. I expect Obama will offer the usual conciliatory olive branch to the new, GOP majority and say how he’s looking forward to working with them for the good of the American people.

    Yawn.

  16. Rinaldo says:

    Overall, last nights results were the worst possible outcome for the democratic party. It would have been better to have lost Nevada (and gotten rid of Harry Reid), and saved a different senate seat, such as Florida or Illinois or PA. Then we could move forward with new leadership in the senate. It’s going to be hard to paint republicans as “obstructionist” now, because all initiatives will be born in the house, and move to the senate where they will be blocked, so the dems will look like the obstructionists now. And Reid is a lousy leader, he’s not going to handle this situation very well.

    Meanwhile, Obama will be unable to accomplish anything more (maybe a good thing ?), yet he will still be blamed for many things that go wrong.

    There was a huge impact on the state level in this election too.

    2012 is going to be another difficult year for dems, I think.

  17. R.J. Lawson says:

    I’m worried the House is going to spend the next two years impeaching Obama. We need jobs, not witch hunts!

  18. Marcus Ybanez says:

    The Ruby Ridge crowd are busy today floating the rumor that Harry Reid “stole” the election from Tea Party sweetheart, Sharron Angle.

    They’re convinced there’s an organized effort on the part of establishment Democrats and Republicans to keep extremist Ron Paul and his equally extremist kid, Rand Paul, away from the halls of power.

    I actually heard one of them say today “Michelle Bachmann is qualified to be House Speaker.” You can’t make it up but, this is the heart and soul of the political fringe in American in 2010.

  19. Big Hank says:

    I have no love for John Boehner but I can’t say in all honesty I liked Nancy Pelosi either.

    Of the two, I prefer Pelosi but I could never forgive her for ignoring evidence of war criminality on the part of George W. Bush by refusing to do her job and follow the US Constitution and order the articles of impeachment, I lost any respect I had for her.

  20. Smooch says:

    Rep. Nancy Pelosi went the way of the Dodo Bird, the DC-3, the Ford Pinto, disco and the children’s toys that come with McDonald’s Happy Meals. But not to fear because Nancy is well preserved from decades of Botox injections that have frozen her face into a hideous joker mask.

  21. Bill says:

    Who do we as progressives blame? Ourselves. Not the media, not the president, not congress, but ourselves. Anyone who thinks the president isn’t keeping his campaign promises is either ignorant or unreasonable. Every orange cone or barrel you see is the result of infrastructure spending. Health care is not what any of us wanted but it’s better than nothing, anyone who thinks America will tolerate a single payer system is being naive. If liberal’s would support the president’s agenda instead of bitching that it isn’t liberal enough we wouldn’t be facing 2 years of republican rule in the house. New emission standards are the strictest EVER! Obama even got the Union’s and Auto Industry to agree on them for the first time ever. FOR THE LAST TIME THE BANK BAILOUTS WERE BUSH!! This president and congress spent ALL of their political capitol on an extremely progressive agenda and got nothing in return from us who call themselves democrats, except constant bitching that it wasn’t enough. Please, for the sake of my child and her future, learn YOUR lesson and stop blaming our leader’s for YOUR failure to support the president and YOUR failure to get out and vote!

  22. Job Fair Daily says:

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  23. brittanicus01 says:

    WHAT THE TEA PARTY EXPECTS?

    I’m proud of being a supporter for the Tea Party of West Michigan, that as-one-people of Americans, we believe in an overhaul of our government. Not Just the majority party, but the Republicans as well, who have both run away with the idea that they are shielded from the people’s intervention of the financial mess they have brought our children and their grandchildren. I noticed there is a bad taste in the mouths of the Lib-ocrats, as they now must swim the same way as the moderate Conservatives or get caught up in the Tea Party rip-tide. These election results are an ultimatum that this is a growing revolution; it is the mounting anger of the Tea Party. Both parties are notified now that even though the midterm election is over, the Tea Party has only just begun to clean house in the halls of Congress. The people have spoken and it’s about the revulsion of the corruption in Washington and in State Capitols.

    The Republicans have taken back the house, but they better understand the consequences of playing the same old, tired game over and over again against the people’s interest will not work anymore. We as Americans have become too passive, entrusting our future to career politicians who are busily filling their own pockets; promising the public to carry out their wishes, but instead negotiated behind closed doors with nefarious lobbyists to slit our fiscal throats. We–as Americans are poor defenders of our rights under the US Constitution, and we should bare our chests and close down shop, across this country as the Europeans do and organize nationalwide strikes? The Tea party will not tolerate senile Senator Harry Reid’s drive to reward the 13 to 20 illegal alien criminals. Yes! Illegal aliens who affronted our laws, and stole into a sovereign country must be punished.

    Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican who won the Senate seat removed pro-illegal immigrant Democrat Jack Conway. Paul supports state-led solutions to illegal immigration such as Governor Brewers Arizona SB 1070 immigration law. He also wants to build an electric fence between the United States and Mexico, which would certainly be a major deterrent. Unlike the open border zealots and business special interest groups he is prepared enforce the “Rule of Law” and protect the US; Paul also want to move military reservations abroad, back to this nation to protect us and to guard the porous border . It’s very obvious that many of the hard- nosed Liberal lawmakers and Governors lost the race, owing to their sickening agenda of giving criminal aliens some kind Immigration reform. Hopefully the new make-up of the house will investigate illegal aliens being released as they have no criminal record, other than entering America through the backdoor.

    The majority of American citizens are now very much aware, that decades of government have been pilfering tax money to support illegal alien families. That also goes for expectant women who intentionally come to our nation, to have their instant citizenship baby (A-n-c-h-o-r Baby), by the hundreds of thousands annually. With no insurance and no money, leaving taxpayers to pay for pre-natal debt to hospitals, then collect thousands of dollars from the unaware citizen in welfare. It’s doubtful we can repeal the instant citizenship act, but it can be revised to stop this draining of public welfare treasuries? The Tea Party new elected politicians better table any chance of Immigration Reform, and start creating obstacles to Senator Harry Reid and Boxer, who have a appalling history of immigration enforcement. My guess that countless of numbers of illegal aliens voted for them, as they all carry deceiving identification such as the housemaid who worked for Meg Whitman?

    California has a poorly managed welfare system where many people want something for nothing, including illegal aliens who use false ID. We must sever all welfare and public subsidies to non citizens that will save billions for the overtaxed US. August 11, 2009–Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich announced that welfare to foreign nationals with nationalized babies projected a cost over a 12 month period – this would exceed $575 million dollars. Those infants of illegal aliens in the County collected nearly $22 million in welfare and over $26 million in food stamps. Annually the cost of illegal immigration to Los Angeles County taxpayers exceeds over $1 billion dollars, which includes $350 million for public safety, $400 million for health care, and $500 million in welfare and food stamps allocations. Twenty-four percent of the County’s total allotment of welfare and food stamp benefits goes directly to the children of illegal aliens born in the United States. This is the legacy of the Liberals for decades of extorting money from citizens, to pay the way for foreigners. 8.5 Million illegal aliens working, as the 15 million American drudge the streets, trying ro feed their families.

    Ex Speaker Pelosi has been shepherded out of her contented position as House speaker and all other politicians are under the gun to be carefully watched and any deviation and spat out in 1220, if not committed to the people. The Dream Act or any form of another Amnesty must be confronted by an iron fist. Any form of Amnesty will attach access to our Social Security, even for those who have paid nothing into the system. With Amnesty comes chain migration of family members; mothers, fathers and siblings bring all there ills; the sick and infirm that taxpayers will be further burdened with. This is an absolute travesty against the American people, who have paid towards their retirement all their lives. All Tea Party newcomers going to Washington will be carefully analyzed for their voting on issues that does not conform to our will.

    They will be dislodged from their seat if they vote during a Lame Duck bill to do with given criminal foreigners a pass to Amnesty. America is drowned in debt from previous administrations that has spiraled to an amount of 14 Trillion dollars, and now the Senate leaders Reid and Boxer wants to give criminals— Amnesty? That the Heritage Foundation has stated it will add a cost 2.6 Trillion to settle them indefinitely. Various issues will be either repealed or revised according to the Tea Parties platform. To return empowerment back to states and shrink the Federal Government, which means giving education policies back to states, and reduce bloated entities such as the Department of Education. This should be invested in the schools and parents, not run by the federal authorities or layer upon layer of civil administrators.

    Over the years both parties have taken the money from the people, to fund irrational earmarks that are become a serious problem today and must exempt from any new laws enacted. Perhaps introduce a flat tax, so nobody is exempt from paying taxes on any item purchased and reduce the size of a bureaucratic nightmare called the IRS (Internal Revenue Service.) The stimulus- tarps and special overhauls of financial institutions will stop now, same as special trade privileges for China. Hasn’t anyone notice that they are building a giant war machine on our dollars exported. All free trade agreements must be renegotiated or we better still, withdraw from the humiliating genuflecting to foreign countries. Over abundance of foreign trade has wrecked this countries manufacturing commerce. My spouse has a habit of buying cheap goods, made in cheap labor countries that break down or never work as promised. Start loaning money to small and medium business enterprises, as they are the job generators; not to banks, financial investment firms or the auto industry. Start taxing all goods coming into the country and use other deterrents to stop the importation of cheap labor goods; lordy! We don’t even produce our own televisions anymore?

    The strong arm of Unions such as SEIU is stealing the lifeblood from taxpayers, with huge pension agreements especially in Liberal extremist States like California. These Unions are full of Marxists and violent people, who will do anything to get what they want. The example is Jerry Browns, and ultra Liberal Senators like Boxer, a senior citizen that will also kowtow to the Unions and drain money from the State. Under Jerry Brown California will stagnate as he is another demented Liberal that because of millions of dollars in Union dues, provided to him will be indebted to the Union mob. It’s almost laughable that he has been reinvented, after the years when he almost bankrupt Oakland. In the 1960’s Los Angeles—a Sanctuary City–was never the open toilet it has become now, full of illegal aliens, criminal nationals and the likelihood of cells of hidden terrorists.

    The Tea Party and is propagating membership has much to do, in voicing their opinion of how to train their legislators in fighting the political slime along the Capitol beltway. The battle to return America to its roots has just began, the revisiting the priceless words of the constitution and making this nation great again. No more of this garbage spread by the liberal fringe groups to our schools, to our young. Place political correctness doctrine in the garbage fill, where it belongs. Free Speech is what it is–FREE SPEECH, given to us by our founding fathers, not the communist’s insurgency in our society. As for Voter fraud–nobody has truly investigated the chicanery that happened around the country, specifically in Nevada. But the voting system needs updating so only real citizens can vote without the worry of strange goings on in Polling place; absentee ballots are not safeguarded enough in California, Nevada or border States.

  24. Conejo1982 says:

    Official unemployment is 9.6%.
    Real unemployment is 17%.
    Regional unemployment ranges vary from 9% in Texas, to 15% in Nevada and in California, 22%.

    Obama is paying the price for ignoring the suffering of millions of Americans.

  25. karmanot says:

    “Perhaps now, President Obama will devote his remaining twenty-four months in office focusing on the issue the vast majority of Americans care the most about” Obama will continue to bi-partisan his way to a one term presidency and Harry Reid will give the rest of the farm away.

  26. Randy Arroyo says:

    I saw 85% of Obama’s presser today rebroadcast on CSPAN. What can I say? It was, oh, how else to say it? Typical Obama. Lots of “I’m looking forward to working with Republicans……,” just as he’s said since the day he became president. The guy clearly has an inferiority complex and approval from old, white conservatives means more to him than approval from his own party. I can’t believe I fell for all his bullshit about “change” and remaking the climate in Washington. He’s a tool of the Wall Street bankers.

  27. Matteo says:

    Christopher,

    Paul Begala basically lifted your morning blog post for his afternoon offering in The Daily Beast.

    Read: “It’s the Jobs, Stupid.”

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-11-03/its-the-jobs-stupid/?cid=blogunit

  28. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    I read the link and Matteo is correct.

    Begala should send you a check. Nothing original in his Daily Beast piece. You said it all at 7am. He’s a dirty, low down scoundrel.

  29. MichaelTAtheist says:

    President Obama, you’re a little upset about the results of the election????? You’re as useless as tits on a Bull.

  30. fred z says:

    I think This states it the best.
    “It’s jobs, stupid. That’s the lesson I take from this election. For all the bloviating that Americans hated Speaker Pelosi, or opposed Obamacare, or wanted to shrink the federal government, this election was about jobs. If the unemployment rate had been 4 percent instead of 9.6 percent (and by the broader U6 measure, 17 percent), Obamacare would be beloved. If we were creating jobs by the hundreds of thousands there would be no Tea Party.” http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-11-03/its-the-jobs-stupid/?cid=blogunit

  31. Bill says:

    Obama and the left failed to keep control of Congress due to the extremist policies they put in place. Government does not create jobs – government creates the climate that results in private citizens creating jobs – yes, that includes the evil ‘corporations’ the left vilifies at every turn.

    The Constitution is the foundation of our freedom. Healthcare and Tax and Trade takes that freedom away. We will repeal (or render impotent) Obamacare – it is necessary to keep America from going bankrupt.

    It is unfortunate that the ‘progressive’ mindset is Utopian rather than grounded in reality. 1 + 1 = 2, not 3, 4, or 10. Just a primer for those progressives who seem to believe that money grows on trees.

    Hurray for America’s Victory this election cycle! We now have a chance to prosper once again!

    L8R
    Bill.

  32. Stephan Iversonn says:

    That’s brilliant.

    “The lesson for Mr. Obama is, happy people don’t revolt.”

    All the nattering nabobs of negativism on the left, the right and in the blogosphere failed to describe the 2010 midterm election so eloquently.

    Happy people don’t revolt. President Obama should have that phrase in a frame on the wall of the Oval Office and refer to it each day.

  33. Rinaldo says:

    Obama also needs to go up into the white house attic, find the sign that Harry Truman used to have on his desk: “The Buck Stops Here”

  34. karmanot says:

    Bill said: “Government does not create jobs – government creates the climate that results in private citizens creating jobs.” I guess Sharron Angle’s husband should have denied his career with the Bureau of Land Management and renounced his Gov.-for-life health care and pension.

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