Middlebury Rumors of the death of the Republican Party are greatly exaggerated. Many in the traditional news media seem to be relishing the Obama defeat of Romney in the 2012 presidential election. The lesson, they say, is that Republicans are supposed to be out-of-touch with America—oh, really?
If you listen to the pundits on NPR, and its Vermont public radio affiliate VPR, you’d think that America’s two-party system ended forever on Nov. 6. I’ve never seen so many people rejoice at the possibility. But seriously, can you imagine the USA under one-party rule?
While Vermont is morphing—I believe dangerously so—into a one-party state, here and there Republicans do endure. Still, Vermont is but a goose pimple on the nation’s body politic; it’s certainly easy to confuse a pimple for a mountain when you’re a happy, bloated tick on the summit.
But let’s lift the veil dropped by gloating Democrats and news commentators.
Ohio-based freelance journalist and USA Today commentator Don Campbell has spent the past week or so running the election numbers from 50 states.
If you look at the numbers coming out of the Nov. 6 election nationally, Campbell concluded in a USA Today analysis piece Nov. 14, don’t write off the GOP.
Remember all the GOP gains in the 2010 mid-term elections? That was two years ago and we didn’t hear about a Democrat death watch at the time, so it’s anybody’s guess what the 2014 mid-terms will bring. That’s why Campbell’s election number crunching bears mentioning—counting small-town courthouses to the U.S. Capitol.
Not only are Republicans highly competitive on the local level and up to the House of Representatives, Campbell observed, in some areas they actually dominate the political scene. Yes, the Grand Old Party is alive and kicking.
Let’s look at the vital signs, according to Campbell:
•The GOP maintains a 40-seat majority in the U.S. House, where a heck of a lot of the nation’s legislative action—and mud slinging—takes place. In the current, glacial U.S. Senate, Republicans have enough members—45 of 100—to sustain a filibuster.