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Election Day 2010: Faith News Roundup

The Republicans have the majority again in the U.S. House of Representatives — poising Rep. John Boehner to become its fifth-ever Catholic speaker and Rep. Eric Cantor to become its first-ever Jewish majority leader — but the U.S. Senate has kept its Democrat majority. Meanwhile, South Carolina’s new governor is Indian American Sikh-turned-Methodist Nikki Haley (the state’s first non-white, non-male governor), Colorado voters defeated a pro-life amendment that would have defined an embryo as a person, Iowa voters ousted three state Supreme Court justices who approved same-sex marriage, and Shariah law is officially banned in Oklahoma’s courts.


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Robert C

posted November 3, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Stark reality hits.

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posted November 3, 2010 at 2:53 pm

True dat.
I prayed that Christine O’Donnell would be defeated, and she was.
I prayed that Linda McMahon would be defeated, and she was.
I prayed that Carly Fiorina would be defeated, and she was.
I prayed that Meg Whitman would be defeated, and she was.
I prayed that Carl Paladino would be defeated, and he was.
I prayed that Sharron Angle would be defeated, and she was.
Except for Rand (Businesses should be able to hang out the ‘Whites Only’ signs again) Paul, and the as-yet-to-be determined Joe Miller race in Alaska, it seems God DOES answer prayers after all.

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Robert C

posted November 3, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Let me see, 65 seats in the house and counting. A 15% increase in the senate, as well as a better than 25% increase in Governorships. You can spin all you want but Obama has crippled the Democratic party and lead it to the one of the most profound political defeats in American history. In the process the rust belt bled red, with Ohio and Penn now in Republican hands coupled with Florida, the electoral landscape for 2012 looks more than bleak. Puma Democrats are now a voting block for the republicans. Independants have deserted and will not easily be re-converted. For the 1st time in fifty years, jurists who voted for gay marriage in Iowa have all been ousted. Keep praying but you might as well strangle yourself with your rosary beads while your at it because a lack of basic understanding of the attitudes and feelings of the entire American electorate has lead to political castration. Now pray that Obama pulls a Lyndon Johnson and bows out since that will be the only recourse left for the Democrats to recapture the middle, where true political viability really lays.

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posted November 4, 2010 at 12:32 pm

I saw a graph of the other presidents and how after the mid-term elections the same thing has happened time and again, so there has been other profound results then too. The people then and the people now are showing they weren’t and aren’t happy with the president. Any president that would have been in for the last two yrs. would probably have had the same reaction because of the messed up eight yrs. before, and people joining cliques. We all want what we want stat! Including the Republican party. We only have two parties so where was the unhappy going to go to?
After reading the Deacon’s column elsewhere on beliefnet I have to say Bonhner’s backgroud is very interesting. I agree with him on some things, and I think he is sincere. He does seem a little “Sir Lancelot” going into his new job, and needs to understand the “House” is not “Camelot”.

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posted November 4, 2010 at 10:33 pm

The elephants in the room are Fox “News”, Rush and such, and all that corporate money. Oh, and some bigotry people find other ways to express. And fear, lots of fear the Republicans created and profited from.
We can hope in two years a lot of independents have seen the error in their last votes.

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Robert C

posted November 6, 2010 at 3:14 pm


posted November 8, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Electoral changes such as this become the stone on which the administration either hones its edge or blunts its effectiveness. Clinton was able to sharpen his edge, his focus, and his work. I hope Obama learns the same lessons. It is not so much a “smack down” as it is a wake up. This is part of the genius of our creaking electoral system; it provides a way to make graceful and gradual changes that do not so strain the body politic that is has a hernia or even an anyurism.
Thank goodness those horrendous political advertisements have ended. We need more than anything to find a way to work through this process without employing what have to be the very worst examples of (un?)civil communication. That sort of behavior would not be tolerated in any school, so why do we sink to such a pathetic level?

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