WASHINGTON, December 7, 2014 — The results are in, and Mary Landrieu has been swept away by the same GOP wave that swept away the Democratic majority in the Senate.
While Bill Cassidy was expected to win Saturday’s run-off election, it wouldn’t have been the first time Landrieu had a come from behind victory.
Last night’s election did not receive as much coverage as the November 4 general elections, but it was important none the less. Republicans have now increased their majority in the Senate from 53 to 54 seats, further cementing their new majority. In addition to their pickup in the Senate, Republicans increased their historic house majority by 2 with the election of Republicans Ralph Abraham and Garrett Graves.
It should be very clear that this year’s GOP wave election was a referendum on the policies of both President Obama and Harry Reid. Despite what President Obama said after the elections on Nov. 4, the majority of Americans do not support the direction he and the Democrats are trying to take the county in.
Republicans should understand, though, that their new majority is not permanent. The American people can sweep us out of power just as quickly as they swept us into power. With issues such as President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty and a looming budgetary battle, Congressional Republicans need to stand strong. Anything less would spell disaster in 2016 and would mean that all of our efforts in 2014 were in vain.
Many on the right are pessimistic of the new majority, accusing Republicans of being “spineless”. While their pessimism is understandable, we must have faith. Having control of both houses of Congress will bolster the leadership’s ability to get things done and will strengthen their resolve.
During this election cycle we’ve also heard many in the media assert that even if the Republicans won this year, 2016 will be big for the Democrats. According to RedState’s Moe Lane, this may not be the case after all. While Republicans will be defending more seats next time around, there may be a slew of senior Democratic senators retiring as well as some seats up for grab in Colorado, West Virginia and possibly Washington.
One of the key factors that made the GOP wave possible this election cycle was party unity. Unlike in the 2012 election, Republicans showed up to the polls and united against the Democratic majority in the Senate and President Obama. As we move towards 2016, we must remain united as a party. We cannot afford internal strife over Conservative purity as it would allow the Democrats to divide us and conquer. As we march to 2016, we must heed President Lincoln’s famous words: “A house divided against itself cannot stand”. For if we don’t, we will find ourselves in another electoral nightmare as we did in 2012.