In every election there are winners and losers. This year was no exception. On the national scene, the obvious losers will be written about by most pundits – Obama and the Clintons. Obviously Harry Reid has probably seen his last days of power in any form. But there are other losers. The entire Democratic platform — the so-called war on women, the freebie mentality, the irresponsible blind eye to international distress, the cowardly acquiescence of the Democratic congress to Obama’s war on Israel, are all losers. Republicans elected young people, African-Americans, women, as diverse a group as anyone would want to see. In many cases these were the first of such to be elected in their state — an accomplishment the Democrats never managed and never would manage. These Democratic campaign platforms were as fake as their claim for the last forty years that Republicans would overturn Roe v. Wade. The electorate is simply not as naive as they were in 2008 and 2012. No more. Obama has accomplished at least that.
The news media were losers. This is a complicated one to understand. It’s not just that the news media were in the bag for the Democrats. It is that this election proved they no longer control the information going out to the American people. The main stream media refused to cover Obama’s failures and Harry Reid’s stubborn refusal to allow the Congress to accomplish anything at all, by blocking virtually every bill to come out of the House and not letting the Senate as much as debate it. The American people showed they know full well what damage Harry Reid has done to this country, causing the Congress to be considered the least effective, certainly since World War II. That the electorate understood this despite the news media’s failure to report it sends a serious message to the main stream media. They are about to become obsolete unless they start doing their job, being honest news brokers and not cheerleaders for a failing party.
Locally, the voters of Manalapan and Monmouth County have every reason to be proud. The Democratic machines of Union County poured ridiculous sums of money into these elections to attempt to upset the Republicans. The entire Democratic campaign in both instances was to attempt to tie honest, hard working Republican elected officials to a former elected official who got in trouble with the Democratic controlled US Attorney’s office for matters of which the Republican elected officials were not remotely connected. It was an ugly campaign. It displayed a lack of integrity, a lack of character, a lack of values, a lack of dignity, a lack of decency. The voters saw through this tactic, from candidates who did not spend a nickel of this flood of outside money to actually tell the voters anything positive about themselves. Perhaps there was nothing to tell.
It can only be hoped that this negative campaign failed so abysmally that maybe in the future candidates will begin to abandon the Torricelli method of campaigning to focus on issues, not character assassination, to give voters reasons to welcome them into the government, not simply decide whom to throw out this year.
With all of those losers in this year’s campaign, maybe the failed tactics of the Democratic party in Monmouth and Manalapan will result in a victory for the voters for future campaigns.