Then why did so many Tea Party freshmen get their pink slips? You need to tweak your story to account for that.<quoted text>
Half the US population has CHARGED the Republicans in Congress not to
fold when the majority party overloads bills with trailers, stipulations, concessions and PORK! You call it screwing and obstructing. Tea Baggers and the right half of the US call it retaining their JOBS!
I think you're interpreting the results wrong, is what I think. America is tired of extremism leading to gridlock, plain and simple. That's not my interpretation, that's the result of extensive polling across all party lines, as well as election results. What really happened? Pretty much the same makeup as before. Think of it - billions spent by outside groups to influence the election, and the breakdown ends up pretty much the same, with a major exception. Those perceived as extremist/ obstructionist were shown the door. This is pure numbers, bob. Show me where I'm wrong. No matter what spin the opposition threw, fueled by billions spent in the process, America just wasn't buying the "socialist" doom and gloom this time around.
Mitch McConnell set two top goals for the 2012 election: a Republican takeover of the Senate and the defeat of President Obama. He achieved neither, and in fact lost two seats. He himself isn't up for re-election until '14. It will be interesting to watch his manner over the next 2 years, to see what lesson he perceives from these election results.