By Congressman Earl Blumenauer. Congressman Blumenauer (D-Portland) was re-elected on Tuesday with 70% of the vote.
I have three observations on the results of Tuesday's election.
The Strength of Oregon Progressives
If, in the midst of a red wave, in Oregon’s worst economy in years, with Democrats totally in charge and to blame, the other side cannot win with a well shielded, well funded, attractive candidate with no record to compare against our candidate who has a long record to attack and distort and almost $3 million dollars less to spend, when will they?
The Blue Wall Against the Red Tide
Oregon returned our Congressional Democrats, elected a Democratic governor, and Washington is re-electing Patty Murray. California showed strength, winning the Governorship (against $158 million from Meg’s piggy bank), re-electing Boxer, and most stunningly, defeating the anti-climate Measure 23.
Chickens will come home to roost quickly if the GOP really doesn’t try to work with Democrats and President Obama. This is the first wave election in history where the winners (the GOP) have lower approval than the losers (Dems). One poll actually shows 59% of voters expect to be disappointed in the Republicans by 2012.
Just maybe, this will create an opportunity to cut unnecessary defense spending, reform agriculture and farm policy to help farmers and ranchers while saving money and protecting the environment, while working together to rebuild and renew America.
Nov. 04, 2010 | |