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'Republicans Won Bigger Than You Think'

9:21 AM, Nov 4, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Fred Barnes writes in today's Wall Street Journal:

Republicans are better off after their landslide victory in the midterm election than even they imagine. Democrats are worse off. This situation could change quickly, but chances are it won't.

For starters, Republicans will continue to have issues on their side. The election reaffirmed that America is a center-right country and that a sizeable majority is anxious about government spending and debt, President Obama's health-care plan, and jobs. Those issues won't go away now that Republicans control the House and are in a strong minority position in the Senate.

Republicans have the ability to block Mr. Obama's agenda, whatever it may be in 2011, but that's not the point. What matters more is their ability to do positive things with help from Democratic senators wary of bucking the conservative mood in the country....

Hope springs eternal among Democrats that Republicans elected with tea party support will cause a ruckus by demanding sweeping action. But I think Democrats will have more trouble dealing with their own brethren who agree with John Boehner's advice that Mr. Obama change course.

When your best hope for recovery is that your opponents screw up, you're in bad shape. And Democrats are. They've been all but expelled from the South, while Republicans are competitive again in the Northeast and dominant in the Midwest. That's a long-term problem. When Democratic ideas and policies have been so soundly rejected, it's also an emergency.

Whole thing here.

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