First the cheap shot:
When Danger reared its ugly head, he bravely turned his tail and fled.
See you in a couple of weeks, Mr. President. Thank you for spending
$2,000,000 a large and unknown amount per day for two weeks while the country languishes in a recession that is probably better characterized as a depression. I know this trip was planned well before the election, but it certainly looks bad from an optics standpoint.
But, on another matter, somewhat underreported in the post election analyses are the gigantic gains made by Republicans at the State level. Not only did they pick up an historic 680 seats, but they gained the upper hand in 14 states.
This definitely gives Republicans the advantage in a redistricting year, which probably makes it even more difficult for Democrats to rebound.
Republicans now hold the redistricting “trifecta” — both chambers of the state legislature and the governorship — in 15 states. They also control the Nebraska governorship and the unicameral legislature, taking the number up to 16. And in North Carolina — probably the state most gerrymandered to benefit Democrats — Republicans hold both chambers of the state legislature and the Democratic governor does not have veto power over redistricting proposals.
The real shock occurred in the Texas House, where Republicans won a whopping 99 seats out of 150. The previous record was 88 seats, and the Republicans had actually lost seats over the previous two cycles. No one expected the GOP to get back to 88, much less pass it. But 2010 not only reversed the trend, it crushed it into a fine powder: There are now almost two Republicans for every Democrat in the state House. What all of this adds up to is conservative governance unleashed.
The damage that Democrats have done to their brand cannot be overstated.