This from Workers Independent News:
The primary media narrative is that voters were seeking a more conservative agenda and therefore they voted out Democrats in favor of Republicans, but is that true? Jesse Russell crunches the numbers.
If one looks at the Democratic losses by ideological caucus a different trend emerges. The Congressional Progressive Caucus only lost three of the 72 progressive seats that were up for grabs. Meanwhile, the moderate New Democrats Coalition had 45 New Democrats only seats up for grabs. They lost 15 of those seats. And the worst performing of Election Night was the conservative Blue Dog Coalition which had 29 seats up for grabs and lost 13. The current House of Representatives Democrat make-up is 30 percent Progressive vs. 39 percent moderate and conservative Democrats. If the next session of Congress were to begin today the Democrat composition would be 38 percent Progressives and 28 percent moderates and conservatives.
Nationally syndicated talk show host Thom Hartmann, says this could be the end of the Republican party:
As the money in this election points out, the party of (old republicans) is now the party of (CEOs). So how much does it cost to buy the House of Representatives? Try over $300 million dollars – $123 million of which came from anonymous donors. That’s how much money was funneled into this year’s elections by outside groups.
And now in power, they have to live up to their end of the deal – legislate on behalf of billionaires like the Koch brother who want massive tax breaks, freedom to ship jobs overseas, and freedom to irreparably pollute our environment – in other words, freedom to finish off the dismantling of the middle class.
With Republicans taking complete control of the U.S. House and most of the states, the only thing that kept the 2010 mid-terms from being worse for Democrats than the 1994 “Republican Revolution” was the GOP failure to take the Senate.
And for that the Democrats have the Tea Party movement to thank.
As Harry Truman once said “Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for the real Republican all the time”