On Tuesday night, NBC’s David Gregory called the Tea Party “the elephant in the room.” MSNBC.com reported about that elephant on November 3, “What exit polls say about the Tea Party movement.”

The 2010 midterm elections promised to be dramatic, and they certainly did not disappoint, particularly for the Republican Party. Among the notable GOP winners yesterday are 10 new Republican gubernatorial victors. As Republicans have taken back the majority of governors' mansions on Tuesday, they are now in the powerful position of delegating the process of partisan redistricting for the next 10 years.

If any song is being sung at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee today, it's probably not "Happy Days Are Here Again." At the White House it might be, "Singin' the Blues" or "Make the World Go Away." Republicans are, of course, singing happier tunes. But in New Hampshire, the theme might be found in a revised version of the Ernest Tubb hit of long ago, "Thanks A Lot." Granite State Republicans could be crooning "Thanks, Ayotte" in tribute to their fast-rising political star, U.S. Senator-elect Kelly Ayotte.

Comments by the Associated Press following the midterm election sounded the alarm about gridlock. The AP writer warned: "A standoff between the Obama administration and emboldened Republicans will probably block any new help for an economy squeezed by slow growth and high unemployment. Congress might also create paralyzing uncertainty for investors and businesses by fighting over taxes, deficits, healthcare and financial regulation."

The Democratic talking points were reiterated endlessly during the campaign, that the Republican Party can't govern with “no.” “Simply saying 'no' will do nothing to create more jobs and strengthen our economy,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reiterated in an address after the elections. Reid also told CNN that “Democrats have to work with Republicans and Republicans have to work with Democrats. It's not a one-sided deal.”

Affiliates and Friends

Social Media