It wasn’t a good night for Democrats. I watched MSNBC a good portion of the evening, just to savor the gloom on Chris Matthews face. Disillusioned Independents and Democrats joined Republicans to send the Obama Administration and Obama Democrats a message: We’re sick and tired of your ineptness, your imperial attitude, and your general unresponsiveness to working Americans. After a short celebration, the Republicans are going to have to deliver to the American people—if they expect to remain in power and to regain the White House in 2016.
Amnesty: Obama will no doubt try to enfranchise millions of illegal aliens by some type of executive action before the new Senate take their seats. This will probably fail, but when the new Republican Senate is sworn they are going to have to deal with it. I would look for some kind of modified amnesty to be passed. If the Republicans fail to do this, they will risk forever losing the Hispanic vote.
ObamaCare: This is an unqualified disaster that Democrats don’t want to talk about, but again once the Republicans are going to have to either repeal ObamaCare or modify it. The Republicans will have to decide what to do with this monstrosity. I doubt they will abolish it. I would expect them to pass a modification that will water it down and make it less financially onerous.
ISIS: Obama campaigned on getting us out of Iraq and Afghanistan, and this is what polls showed the American people wanted; however, they wanted it with honor. In his zeal to be the President who got us out of foreign entanglements, Obama disregarded his military advisors who wanted to leave a residual force to keep order. The Republicans will have to decide whether we will once again have boots on the ground, and how many.
Economy: Despite all the Democratic cheerleading for a supposed rising economy, the American people know better. The average American still has friends who have lost their jobs, and their wages aren’t moving up. Obama keeps trumpeting the fact that we have a one or two percent inflation rate, but when Americans go to their grocery stores, they see higher and higher prices, smaller packages, and meat priced so high that many Americans are limiting it to once or twice a week. The Republicans are going to be expected to fix the economy. If they don’t, they will pay the price.