The Democrats lost control of the House of Representatives tonight, and a few seats in the Senate.Â Republicans have also taken control of governorships in some traditionally Blue states.Â What does this all mean?
Rarely are both Houses of Congress divided by party.Â The next two years will be legislative gridlock with President Obama wielding the Veto stamp if Republicans try in some way to repeal things like Healthcare Reform or preserve all of the Bush tax cuts (better for them to expire completely than place another $700 billion burden on the federal budget for the next ten years).
In the state, Democrats gained.Â We’ve taken control of the governor’s office, returned Senator Boxer to Washington, andÂ many of the ballot measures that favor Democratic positions are doing well.Â We are in a blue state and it got bluer as a result of this election.
Locally, I’m disappointed in a “throw the bums out” year that John Campbell appears headed back to Washington.Â Campbell did nothing in office to warrant a return to DC and never made the case to voters why he should be elected.Â Democrats fall in love with their candidates while Republicans fall in line.Â Perhaps voters in Irvine wanted Beth Krom to stay on the city council where she has been so effective.Â I’m also hoping Melissa Fox rebounds from an early evening deficit.Â But credit both Krom and Fox; no Republican should ever take this area for granted again.Â And Loretta Sanchez is widening her lead over Van Tran in CD-47.
We have rays of hope in Orange County.
Irvine Mayor Sukhee Kang is poised for re-election as is Council member Larry Agran.Â Shiva Farivar is currelty in fourth place but should pick up steam throughout the night as most of the early results tend to come from Republican voters.Â Gavin Huntley Fenner and Sharon Wallin are well on their way for re-election.
Other Democrats doing well include Anaheim school board member Jordan Brandman, Capo Unified’s Gary Prithcard, Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido is comfortably ahead in his race.Â There are others, but it’stoo early to write about them.
Take heart Democrats; we;’ve been here before.