GOP takes majority in House; Democrats retain Senate

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  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Nov. 6, 2010 8:07 a.m.

    I wondered why, if Americans OVERWHELMINGLY rejected the liberal agenda the Democrats crammed down our throats, did Republicans take the House but not the Senate.

    At first I was a little discouraged, thinking that my fellow Americans got fooled somehow.

    However, after looking into the situation it became immediately clear that isn't the case. The real reason conservatives didn't take the Senate (yet) is because there weren't that many currently Democrat Senate seats up for grabs in 2012. A whopping 40 seats held by Dems weren't up for re-election in 2012. If you look at what WAS up for re-election in the Senate you'll see that Republicans won about 2/3 of them.

    Nice job, America, nice job.

    2012: Finish The Job!

  • radically_independent Orem, Utah
    Nov. 4, 2010 12:27 p.m.

    D. Jeremy - you know, if the Tea-Party had stayed true to its non-partisan issue specific charter, I could agree with you. But the airwaves were filled with images from even FoxNews of Tea Tottelers with banners and plackards accusing Obama of being a Muslim, or a non-citizen, or many other unrelated issues. The "party" was co-opted by the Republicans as a vehicle to re-energize themselves, and say things they could not say themselves.

    Had the Tea-Party stayed true to its ficsal conservative charter, I think its appeal would have been broad and deep. Alas, it was not meant to be.

    We have seen this angry group rise up before - remember good old H. Ross Perot and the momentum before he made his ill fated run.

    The problem is we as a country need to continue to change and evolve in meaningful ways, or we will be passed by. it is natural People naturally don't like change, but it isn't an option. If we plan on competing with emerging countries like India and China, we will have to approach things in new ways, less we become a relic like the former Great Britian.

  • D. Jeremy Spring, TX
    Nov. 4, 2010 8:48 a.m.

    Progressive, you really think Obama will be re-elected? No ballot democrat this election touted Obama's health-care plan or several of his other policies. Why? Because they see the writing on the wall that you are apparently blind to. Americans are not seeing Obama's hope and change that he promised. Instead, his approval rating keeps getting lower and lower as he reveals his socialist hand.

    Unless Obama runs up against another progressive hack like McCain, he will not be re-elected in 2012.

  • D. Jeremy Spring, TX
    Nov. 4, 2010 8:31 a.m.

    Christy said: "The 'tea party' was never anything more than the far right arm of the GOP. That's it."

    You clearly have no clue what the Tea Party is all about. The Tea Party was organized to combat the irresponsibility of BOTH parties. They organized about the time of the first failed stimulus and vehemently opposed Bush's actions.

    The Tea Party stands for smaller government, less spending, self-responsibility, and accountability in government leadership. The Tea Party does not care which party a politician represents, as long as that politician exhibits core principles and values that made this country great.

  • KM Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 9:25 p.m.

    If the pubs stalled out the dems, as you say...then how did the dems get those gigantic $ bills passed? You know the ones that were never even read before passage. (we have to pass it to find out whats in it) So, if the pubs fillibustered anything, then hats off to them! Lets keep government from doing anymore damage to our country.
    We are broke! If this is not a true statement, then why are the feds printing trillions of dollars? hint, its not to fix anything. Transformation comes to mind.

  • charlie91342 Sylmar, CA
    Nov. 3, 2010 6:12 p.m.

    well, I only get 2 comments now so here's my last one. I won't be able to reply to your rebuttal

    to Belching Cow | 5:02 p.m

    you can easily say that, but you have nothing to back it up. the actual facts are that the repubs FREELY admit their agenda was to stall out the dems and make Obama look bad. They have actually stated such, in perfectly clear words. Perhaps you weren't listening...

    and they tried to fillibuster EVERY vote, even when it was things they agreed with!! It didn't matter if it was a good measure or not, they didn't care, they simply stalled everything.

    so the question now is - are they going to continue to do so, wanting the balance of power in the presidency in 2012? or are they going to settle down and try working together with everyone else?

    the first test will be the extension of the Bush tax cuts. it should be interesting to say the least...

  • Belching Cow Sandy, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 5:02 p.m.

    Tis a glorious day.

    "it is absolutely pathetic that the republican party is more concerned with making the other party look bad rather than trying to acually accomplish something. seriously pathetic."

    The Democrats do a good job of looking bad without any outside help, and yes they are seriously pathetic.

    "so are you republican representatives now ready to grow up and get to work? I hope so. you wasted the last 2 years, don't waste another 2. We have serious problems to solve, and you all acting like little children isn't going to cut it. "

    I hate to rain on your parade but you have this backwards. The Democrats are the ones who wasted the last two years. So will the Democrats quit acting like little children as well?

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 3:28 p.m.

    Just the House?

    I thought the GOP was going to 'destroy' the democrats this election?

    Ah well.

    Oh, and as for the housing bubble....

    The Gramm—Leach—Bliley Act (GLB), also known as the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999 is contributed to the housing crisis. Economists Robert Ekelund and Mark Thornton have also criticized the Act as contributing to the housing crisis.

    This bill was supported by:
    Sen. Phil Gramm (R, Texas)
    Rep. Jim Leach (R, Iowa)
    Rep. Thomas J. Bliley, Jr. (R, Virginia),

    George W. Bush was president of the United States from 2001-2009.

    Kind of hard to blame Democrats for our current housing bubble burst when 1) All 3 supporters of the bill that caused it were Republican and 2) We had the last 8yrs of Republican control and our current Democrat president has been in office for....

    2 years.

  • charlie91342 Sylmar, CA
    Nov. 3, 2010 3:10 p.m.

    so... you republicans now have the House...

    does that mean you won't stall out EVERY item that Obama has tried to pass for the last 2 years?

    you have freely admitted your entire agenda since Obama's election was to make him look as bad and powerless as possible... the only way ANYTHING got done was because the republicans were the minority.

    well, now you have a house majority. so are you going to spend the next 2 years trying to make the president look bad, so you can get a republican president, or are you actually going to accomplish something?

    it is absolutely pathetic that the republican party is more concerned with making the other party look bad rather than trying to acually accomplish something. seriously pathetic.

    so are you republican representatives now ready to grow up and get to work? I hope so. you wasted the last 2 years, don't waste another 2. We have serious problems to solve, and you all acting like little children isn't going to cut it.

  • Int'l Businessman SLO, CA
    Nov. 3, 2010 2:55 p.m.

    Re: Idaho Guy
    WHO controlled Congress in 2003?
    Answer: The House was controlled by 229 Republicans (204 Democrats) Barney Frank wasn't in charge of any Committees or bringing legislation to a vote. The Party who controls the House determines what bills get voted on.

    The Democrats didn't "filibuster" any bill regarding Fannie and Freddie. The fact is there weren't enough Republicans on board either.

    The stupidity lies with those who can't/won't see the Republicans deserve significant reponsibility for the economic crisis. Yes, Democrats deserve blame as well. But to absolve the Republican Party who controlled all 3 branches of govt. for 6 yrs (and Republicans who controlled Congress for 13 yrs) is nonsense.

  • Idaho guy Meridian, ID
    Nov. 3, 2010 2:19 p.m.

    Don't know why the housing bubble is being discussed, but:

    In Sept 2003, Bush proposed a new agency within the Treasury Department to assume supervision of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to determine whether the two wee adequately managing the risks of their ballooning portfolios.

    Congress led by Democrats opposed these efforts and killed any legislation brought up to address the problems, with the now famous statement of their lead Barney Frank:

    Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said the following on Sept. 11, 2003: 'These two entities -- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- are not facing any kind of financial crisis. The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing. We see entities that are fundamentally sound financially. . . . And even if there were a problem, the federal government doesn't bail them out.'

    Looks like he and his fellow Dems were wrong. Bush never was able to pass reform or change, but he tried. Dems led by Frank and Dodd opposed all reform and now claim ignorance of standing in the way....

    This is the kind of stupidity that needs to be avoided now.

  • Jiggle Clearfield, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 1:33 p.m.

    Gridlocked indeed! Big business likes gridlock! They don't have to worry much about regulations changing. Hopefully, our economy isn't so bad that gridlock will be more damaging than helpful!

    It is often a good idea to vote for a mix of government that promotes the greatest amount of gridlock. I’ll admit it looks ugly when seen in action, but our founding-father’s main consideration was to create a government that best serves the citizens. The basic contribution of gridlock is to provide stability.

    Congratulations voters for doing such a fine job!

  • Utahutefan62 West Valley city, Utah
    Nov. 3, 2010 1:20 p.m.

    But now who will you blame?

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Nov. 3, 2010 1:18 p.m.

    The housing bubble began long before 2007 and the economy crashed while Bush, with veto power, was Pres. What bills and measures did Republicans bring forward for a vote between 2000-2007 to address the housing bubble?
    answer: zip, zero, nothing. Republicans can talk about Barney Frank all they want, but Barney wasn't in control of the House when he made the statements he did. The housing bubble burst in 2007.

    So at least now the Republicans can't sit on the sidelines and rely on slogans. They will have to bring legislation to the floor to be voted on. Americans will then see what their agenda is.
    Republicans have vowed to not compromise and have a history of marching in "lock-step." But governing includes the "art of compromise." So, i would like to know what they are willing to compromise on?

    I see many Tea Partiers are retired people enjoying Social Security while supporting candidates who want to dismantle Social Security and Medicare for future generations. Young people working today are paying for your Social Security today.

  • flyinglow Twin Falls, ID
    Nov. 3, 2010 12:50 p.m.

    Yes stop the spending and the free handouts.
    We the people will stand up and fight!

  • Idaho guy Meridian, ID
    Nov. 3, 2010 12:36 p.m.

    What happened to the declaration in 2008 by the Democrats that the Republican party was dead? Does no one remember the exuberant declaration by Democratic leadership and pundits that Democrats would forever reign supreme because the Republican party was in such disarray it would never again be viable?

    Basically politics is cyclical and Obama is on the way out in 2012, but it wouldn't surprise me at all in 2016 or 2020 for the Dems to regain massive control if Republicans don't make changes.

    The movement this time was to destroy Obama's agenda and to try and prop up a party to actually do the will of the people. We will see if that happens... Been disappointed too many times by both parties to believe it until I see it.

    Stop spending, stop the endless handouts and government programs, keep the tax cuts in place and grow the economy, instead of mortgaging the future in the name of liberalism...

  • wild horses Twin Falls, ID
    Nov. 3, 2010 12:32 p.m.

    Stop bashing the Republican party.
    They have more on the ball then any of the other evil parties.
    The American people want justice, jobs, and no more problems.

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 12:24 p.m.

    Dear Esquire. Why is you and your fellow party members continue to ignore reality and truth. It was Clinton and Barney Frank who pushed through the changes to get more people into homes which they could not afford and set up the regulations which allowed unqualified home buyers to purchase a home. If you do not recognize this then there will no be progress and if you do not know this then you are not a truly educated voter, but are looking through a class darkly.

    Did the Republicans not watch this fiasco developing, yes, but still did nothing. Both parties are guilty of what is happening. One set it in motion and the othe fell asleep at the wheel.

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    Nov. 3, 2010 11:36 a.m.

    Congratulations, fellow Americans. We have the Federal Government right where we want them: Gridlocked. Obama can't push his agenda. Republicans can't push theirs. Watch how quickly things get better when government is impotent and the people are left to solve their own problems. This is what checks and balances are all about. A divine design indeed.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 10:35 a.m.

    News Flash:
    Tea Partiers, er uh.... I mean Republicans!
    [face it, you are NOT Tea Partiers, but just an elephant of a different GOP color].

    You really haven't really won anything.

    So I wouldn't be dancing in the streets.

    It takes a full 2/3 MAJORITY to over-ride a Veto.
    [and that's only IF you can get your extremeist adgenda through the Senate]

    Good Luck.

  • newslover Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 10:09 a.m.

    Oh good... foxes back in the henhouse. Just wait.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 9:42 a.m.


    The government already IS DYSFUNCTIONAL!

    Congrats to the new electees. Now we just need to watch them lest they forget who they work for. They're all ON PROBATION!

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Nov. 3, 2010 9:42 a.m.

    The House, under Pelosi, passed 420 pieces of legislation that stalled in the Senate. The Senate Republicans held the Senate hostage--setting the record for filibustering. Pres. Obama has had the fewest number of Judges confirmed, but not because Republicans had objections to his appointments but merely to oppose him. Is this election going to change that scenario?

  • GAmom Athens, GA
    Nov. 3, 2010 9:17 a.m.

    Need to remember this was not necessarily a win for republicans but a loss for the Obama agenda. Hopefully those elected will remember that and work towards what the American people want. If everyone sticks totally to the party line then nothing will get done because the House will always block the Senate and the Senate will block the house and it will be a stalemate. Hopefully both sides will listen to what we want and work together at least somewhat. Stop the spending and healthcare and work for us!

  • GWB West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 8:49 a.m.

    I think the old addage, be careful what you wish for because you just might get it came partially true last night.

    Republicans now have control of the House and control of the initiation of all budget bills.

    When they issue budgets to cut the deficit, as they promised, wait to hear the screaming start. Senior citizens were already screaming that they didn't get a cost of living increase in their Social Security checks, wait until the new Reps vote to cut Social Security benefits. Wait until they vote to strip medicare funding to cover the donught hole.

    Wait until the Education budget gets cut and your kids class sizes double.

    Wait until federal money for science research gets cut and the Hunstman Cancer center loses their best researchers to overseas universities.

    Wait until nothing is done on immigration, except to see more immigrants coming again as they cut budgets for enforcment on businesses.

    Wait until the state government has to raise taxes to pay for things that the Feds have been helping with.

    And most of all, wait until the government offices are closed like they did in Dec. 1995!!!

    Wait until the government is totally Dysfunctional!!!

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 8:09 a.m.

    County mom: You hit the nail on the head. Both sides continue to point and blame, no matter who is in power.

    We are doomed to follow the fall of Rome if the PEOPLE don't regain that love of country and willingness to stand for freedom, rather than expect the government to hand them everything on a platter.

    Far too many, inluding both Democrats and Republicans, and all in between, have relinquished any concept of responsibility and now live with an "Entitlement mentality that will be our downfall.

    That said, first order of business needs to be the dismantling of Obamacare.........

  • Soul Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 8:01 a.m.

    Now that you are voted in, just get the job done right the first time, no more yapping of the mouth only from elected officials.

    We need jobs, jobs, jobs!!!

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Nov. 3, 2010 7:47 a.m.

    @FaifeauSam: Obama's not the only one who has done this. Trying to make it sound as such doesn't make it so.

    My prediction with the new "hope and change": Welcome to gridlock!

  • Progressive Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 7:31 a.m.

    Ted H, who's squirming? this was absolutely predictable two years ago. When you realized how broken our economy actually was and still is and how business uses these cycles to cleanse and increase productivity it was easy to know that jobs were never going to recover for at least two to three years. Carpediem this is the answer to your questio also. Government was able to prevent the collapse of our credit system and to keep unemployment from going much above 10% but nothing short of a wpa program would have decreased the unemployment numbers until now and that certainly wasn't going to happen. In addition Obama knew he had one chance to pass health care reform and so he took it.

    Next prediction; Repubs pass all kinds of nonsense in the house that goes no where, jobs do start to come back slowly but enough, lots of in fighting on the repub side, Obama is re-elected and the dems regain some of the house and senate seats.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 6:54 a.m.

    I can't wait for the president's speech, "I got the message", after which he'll do whatever he likes, as all presidents have done since whenever...

  • FaifeauSam Lehi, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 6:50 a.m.

    Now that it's over...and hopefully better, has anyone put a dollar sign on what it cost US to fly Obama and the VP around the country to campaign for Democrats? I'm sure it wasn't paid by the DNC. Lots of frequent flyer miles on Air Force One. How sad... we win but we lose in the pocketbook.

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 5:41 a.m.

    Expecting the Tea Party to fix everything the Republicans destroyed while Bush was in charge is like expecting the Taliban to allow women and girls to come out from under their burkas into the light of day.

  • ChrisNSuz Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 12:59 a.m.

    Wow. Shocker. Yawn. The more things change, eh? Pretty much business as usual in Utah. At least I don't have to see the word "Philpot" wherever I drive. So really, was it worth it? You know you guys just threw away a LOT of money for Utah getting rid of "Ichabod" Bennett for the newbie. That's what I call, putting Utah's interests ahead of proving your point. You are just like my wife. She'd stick her hand in a lawnmower just to win an argument.

  • carpediem Holladay, UT
    Nov. 2, 2010 11:55 p.m.

    The Economy should have been Obama's first priority. Why would you over haul health care when we are in a recession? 8 years of Bush and 4 years of Obama, no more please!!!

  • JNA Layton, UT
    Nov. 2, 2010 11:01 p.m.

    Hey Esquire, you getting dizzy from all that spin?

  • Madden Herriman, UT
    Nov. 2, 2010 9:18 p.m.

    Whether you like the Tea Party or not, you have to admit one reason for big appeal there is that the Tea Partiers rip on irresponsible Republicans as much as Democrats.

    Sadly, 3rd parties with responsible platforms will never solve the problems, so they need to try and take over the Big Two.

  • newslover Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 2, 2010 9:05 p.m. to see Rubepublicans squirm.

    ...It's OK cause anything that passes through the house... has to get through the Senate... Oh, that's right it has a Democrats majority...

  • Ted H. Midvale, UT
    Nov. 2, 2010 8:49 p.m.

    Great to see the liberals squirm!

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 2, 2010 8:48 p.m.

    Republican gains tonight strengthen Obama's re-election chances in 2012.

  • county mom Monroe, UT
    Nov. 2, 2010 7:42 p.m.

    I hope some day we will all wake up and stop expecting the government to solve everything for us and stop expecting everyone else to provide us. It is not the governments place to take from the rich and give to the poor. IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILTY TO CARE FOR OURSELVES and EACH OTHER. It does not matter who is in office if we have unrealistic expectations.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington DC, MD
    Nov. 2, 2010 7:38 p.m.

    Oh gosh, Things are going to be exactly the same as they were before. Republicans will continue to ruin our country just like the democrats before them did. The only good thing is that the Tea Party has been cleansed of the GOP hijackers. Now we can steer the tea party back to 9/11 truth and ending the fed just like it was originally intended for. Maybe next election people will realize that the only change will come from a third party and not one that is controlled like the republicans and democrats.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Nov. 2, 2010 7:29 p.m.

    Does anyone really believe anything is going to be any different? Most of the Tea-party upstarts are going down in flames, and most of the people who are being elected are the same ones that have been in these same seats for years. Swap D for an R and what do you get - still nothing much happening.

    Here is a shocker - those with D next to their names are equally adept at playing the same game that those with R's next to theirs have these last two years. There won't be enough votes in either house to do any real change, and there wont be enough to over come a Veto.

    So in the end, this is kind of like Utah winning the MWC, you get bragging rights but at the end of the day you will still get up and go to work tomorrow, you will still pay taxes, and you will still pray you don't loose your job.

    Same game, new names on the jerseys.

  • Christy Beaverton, OR
    Nov. 2, 2010 7:02 p.m.

    What happened to throwing the bums out?

    Exit polls show that 45 percent of voters in Indiana identify with the tea party movement.

    ‎Dan Coats, the Republican projected winner from Indiana, is 30 years in Washington as a staffer, eight years as a congressman, 10 years as a senator, then a corporate lobbyist for five years. This whole 'We are going to take our country back" -- if you're not going to take it back from Dan Coats, Indiana tea partiers, who are you going to take it back from?

    The "tea party" was never anything more than the far right arm of the GOP. That's it.

  • Resident Spanish Fork, UT
    Nov. 2, 2010 6:28 p.m.

    My prediction: There will be a lot of unhappy Dems tonight.

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 2, 2010 5:53 p.m.

    Fine, you won. Now propose a government that promotes private sector jobs, lowers taxes, protects the environment, decreases the national debt and solves health care for those who have none. Otherwise, the shoe will be on the other foot in November 2012. Stand and deliver! Don't just complain about the Left's demonstrated inability to govern.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 2, 2010 5:49 p.m.

    Allright. Here's their chance. Jobs. Illegal immigration. Taxes. Terrorism. War. Gay marriage. Blended families. Full campgrounds in national parks. The bush administration didn't have the answers. In the intervening two years, however, since the bush administration they've gotten all the ducks in a row. The republicans, or tea party, or whatever they call themselves, now's their chance. Fix it. Make a believer out of me.

  • MenaceToSociety Draper, UT
    Nov. 2, 2010 5:41 p.m.

    Yeah, because eight years of George W. Bush did not do enough damage to our country. 1 terrorist attack. 2 wars... 1 based on lies. Mortgage crisis. Nearly the second great depression that lucky for us Obama steered us away from. Tax cuts for the rich in 2001 and 2003 that are still driving huge deficits. Wars still driving huge deficits. The budget deficit more than doubling after Clinton had not only balanced the budget but was running surplusses.

    I can totally see why we would want to put Republicans back in charge!

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 2, 2010 4:50 p.m.

    Magic numbers?

    70 and 51!

    Go Tea Party!

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    Nov. 2, 2010 4:28 p.m.

    Esquire needs to be swilled.

  • jorge Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 2, 2010 4:24 p.m.

    Flash: Tomorrow's Wednesday!

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Nov. 2, 2010 3:56 p.m.

    Republicans fixing anything. HAHAHAHAHAHA! They are the ones that broke it. And they want to do the same things all over. And now they can't blame the weather and everything else on Obama. They have to share the blame. In fact, they probably made Obama's re-election more likely. lol!

  • John Stewart Pill Vienna, VA
    Nov. 2, 2010 3:01 p.m.

    I can't wait for these fellows to get into power, so they can fix our country's problems.

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    Nov. 2, 2010 2:54 p.m.

    The last four years has been simply miserable. I'm optimistic to be able to trust and respect our national leaders, once again. Thank you, America, for waking up and realizing the funk we have been in the past four years!