The Fight Lives On

The Tea Party handed the majority back to the Republicans in the House of Representatives in 2010 in no small part to their pledge to reduce spending:

[From Dec 2010] Republicans, who captured the House from Democrats in the November election with a net gain of 63 seats, campaigned on a pledge to decrease government spending to 2008 levels. That would require Congress to find $100 billion in cuts next year.

Of course, 10 seconds into his term as Speaker of the House John Boehner began walking away from this pledge and never did cut $100 billion in spending, so the Tea Party abandoned the national politicians and went to work at home changing local offices and state legislatures across the nation.  Michael Barone writes of the latest sea change at the state level, this time in deep blue Washington state:

Early this week two Democratic state senators announced that they would join with Republicans to control the state Senate…The new education committee chairman is a supporter of charter schools and school choice; a Republican will head the health care committee charged with responding to Obamacare. This looks like a rebellion against the left liberalism that has generally prevailed in Olympia…fter Barack Obama’s big victory in 2008, Democrats controlled the Washington state Senate by a 31-18 margin. Republicans gained 4 seats sin 2010 and reduced the Democratic edge to 27-22. After Obama’s littler victory this year Republicans gained another seat this year to reduce the Democratic edge to 26-23, leaving Democrats vulnerable to two defections.

Barack Obama may be holding most of the cards in Washington, D.C. But his party isn’t doing so well in the state capitals.

Hear, hear.


  1. Posted December 14, 2012 at 9:58 am | Permalink | Reply

    With Rice leaving the scene, it now looks like John Kerry may get the nod at State. See

    This sets Brown up to get his Senate seat back, putting Republicans one seat closer to Senate dominance in 2012. Moderate or not, Scott is the best we can do in the Peoples Republic — and can make the difference in winning the Senate. This is good news.

    • SoCon
      Posted December 14, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Brown is a RINO

      I will stay at home and help the Democrat win

      God will not judge me for staying true to my principles

      • AJ
        Posted December 15, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

        So you would rather have a 100 democrat vs a 65 % republican. This is why as a republican i hate tea party people

      • Kevin
        Posted December 16, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

        You’re right, Brown is a RINO, but remember, this is Massachusetts we’re talking about. They’ll never elect someone like Ted Cruz to the Senate seat.

  2. MikeN
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Republicans have maximum leverage not on fiscal cliff, which Obama wants so he can blame Republicans. Republicans also do not have leverage at debt ceiling negotiations, where Obama will call for even higher taxes if Republicans insist on a balanced budget.

    Republican leverage is with the budget itself. Senate has not passed a budget. Republicans can just keep passing small budget portions, and a big budget with the Ryan plan, and insist nothing will pass until the Senate passes something. Obama can’t spend what the Republicans don’t pass. They can then insist on rolling back the tax hikes if Obama wants more spending. Obama must blink, because Republicans are OK with a government shutdown.

  3. David Weed
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Is Michael Barone still writing anything? And should anyone really listen?

    • Posted December 16, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Permalink | Reply

      No, no one should listen to Barone. It’s not just that he was laughably wrong. It’s that his whole claim to fame is that he is supposed to be the dispassionate numbers guy, but his analysis had no real numbers behind them, only feel good nonsense meant to support the GOP.

  4. Kevin
    Posted December 16, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Permalink | Reply

    This is more great news for another State Capital. As the old saying goes, “we’ll take it”. 2014 will be another opportunity for advance of Conservative Principals in more states houses.

    Washington can be a quiet pick up if the Conservatives, (not the GOP good ole boy system) play their cards right.

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