A good night for Republicans. The House elections were a bloodbath. Nancy Pelosi will no longer be speaker, three senior Committee Chairmen were ousted (Oberstar in Minnesota, Spratt in South Carolina, and Skelton in Missouri), and Republicans will gain more than 60 seats when all is said and done.
The Senate elections, however, were probably a bit disappointing to the GOP. It’s strange to say that when they picked up at least six new seats, particularly considering the fact that they had more seats to defend, but expectations matter, and some Republicans thought they would do better. Reid’s victory in Nevada is an especially bitter pill for them to swallow.
Republicans also did very well in governor and state legislature races, which is quite important for redistricting.
But who cares about who won the races. How were my predictions? It looks like my guess of 62 net new seats for Republicans will be very close, if not completely accurate. My estimate of 7 new Senate seats for Republicans also may be correct, depending on what happens in Colorado and Washington (and whether Lisa Murkowski caucuses with the GOP). But I did screw up on my tiebreaker prediction that Reid would lose his Senate seat in Nevada. I did enter the Cato betting pool, so I might wind up winning a few bucks.
Here’s a picture from last night, featuring yours truly and Congressman-Elect Colonel Allen West. He carries a well-thumbed copy of the Constitution everywhere he goes. He has the ability to shake things up in DC, especially if he abides by the oath he will be taking to support and defend that document from all enemies foreign and domestic.