Cokie Roberts said this morning on “ABC This Week” that America could end up with a Republican president, a Republican majority in the U.S. Senate and a Democratic Majority in the House of Representatives. In other words the deciding vote in 2012 USA may just be disgruntlement.
All of the Mid-Atlantic States will be holding a senatorial election. All of the incumbent candidates are democrats. All of the incumbents have been a party to the national debt explosion. John Kyle who has been the Minority Whip in the Senate is now serving his third term and he plans to retire. Republican leadership will have to re-invent itself. The signing of the Obama Jobs Act has sent the signal that spending was not controlled nor deterred by the Republicans elected in 2010.
Senator Dick Durbin from Illinois has been the Senate Majority Whip since 2007. He is considered to be a true liberal and President Obama’s most important Congressional ally. He assisted the presidential candidate Barrack Obama with the super delegate race in the bitter primary race against Hillary Clinton. However, like Kyle, he has chosen not to seek re-election in 2012. Where does this lead our Mid-Atlantic Democrats?
Nobody predicted a Republican Majority in the House of Representatives for the 112th Congress. Nobody thought that the subject of debt and fiscal responsibility could become a true election issue in 2010. Experts constantly stated that nobody talks about decreasing spending in an election year. The President has now got 10 months to make a year’s worth of employment turn the economy around and improve the stubborn unemployment figures.
Senator Jim Webb of Virginia has also declined to run in 2012, so his incumbency will not cost the Virginia democratic candidate any votes. Senator Webb says that he is returning to the private sector where he spent most of his working life. He was elected for this final term with 57% of the Virginia votes.
Benjamin Cardin of Maryland is a dyed in the wool Obama-ite. He won his last bid for the Senate with 54% of the Maryland vote. Democrats in Maryland often call themselves the Maryland Party since the two party system has all but collapsed in many areas. The state is approximately 5% below the national average in poverty statistics.
Senator Tom Carper of Delaware is running for re-election. He won his last bid for the senate with 70% of the Delaware votes. Delaware is 3% below the national average for poverty statistics. He has been a Deputy Whip in the Senate since 2004 so he is directly responsible for Congressional spending.
Senator Bob Casey, Jr. from Pennsylvania beat out the now increasingly popular Rick Santorum with 59% of the vote in his last Senate bid. Pennsylvania is 2% below the average for people in their state living below the poverty line.
Senator Menendez won the race for his first term in the Senate with 53% of the vote. As a Hispanic candidate, and New Jersey’s first Hispanic U.S. Senator, he has taken strong stands on the subject of immigration. New Jersey residents below the poverty line add up to approximately 5% less than the national average.
Senator Kristen Gillibrand was elected in 2010 in a special election with 63% of the votes in New York. She originally took Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat. Mrs. Clinton was not a New Yorker, and she did not consider how her role as a resigning Senator would affect the state of New York. The residents living in New York under the poverty line is consistent with the national average which amounts to about 14% of the state’s population.
In all cases if the people living under the poverty line would vote, significant changes in party power at the National level of government could be achieved.