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After billions in attack ads that turned the approval ratings of almost every candidate, in both parties, upside down, Republicans appear primed to take control of Congress.

Why are Democrats falling like dominoes?

Easy. Theirs is the Party of Government. And government is failing. And their leader Obama projects diffidence and incompetence.

National surveys also show that large majorities believe America is heading in the wrong direction, that our children will not have it as good as we did, and that the United States is in a long-term decline.

Measuring the performance of Obama against the promise, America is voting for another change in leadership and direction.

But where does she wish to go? And whom does she wish to lead her? The country is voting against Obama, but voting for what?

The new majority leader is likely to be Mitch McConnell, who is about as popular as Harry Reid. The Republican Party that will take power is less well-regarded than the Democratic Party losing it.

What America is voting against is easier to discern than what she is voting for. Consider. Who speaks for a victorious GOP today?

The principal foreign policy voices in the new Senate will be Lindsey Graham, John McCain and Tennessee’s Bob Corker, who is slated to become chairman of foreign relations. All are interventionists; all are hawks.

But are the American people really voting to send arms to Kiev, to confront Russia in Ukraine, to commit to a forever-war to “degrade and ultimately defeat” the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria?

Does the country really want a clash with Iran over its nuclear enrichment program?

If so, the GOP should return to Washington and in the lame-duck session authorize Obama to take us to war with the Islamic State.

My sense: A victorious GOP would prefer to take a pass on that.

At its core the Republican Party is socially conservative, a family values party. The party champions right-to-life and opposes same-sex marriage and legalized marijuana.

How many Republicans ran on these issues this fall?

How many will be advancing this social agenda in Congress? How many cultural warriors are left in the GOP, when even the pope is calling for a truce in the culture wars?

Yet if the GOP is no longer united on foreign policy and social issues, surely they are as one on lower taxes and smaller government.

But are they really?

Certainly, even liberals must see from the inversion epidemic — U.S. companies buying up foreign firms to change residence and nationality — that having the highest corporate tax rate is economic suicide.

But is the Republican Party so committed to a balanced budget that Congress will slash spending to match cuts in tax rates and tax revenues?

And, if so, where does the GOP propose cuts?

Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and defense are the big budget items. Is the GOP ready to cap or cut these?

Will the GOP go after education, housing, income security or food stamps, with Obama accusing them of pillaging the programs of the working and middle class while protecting Wall Street and the 1 percent?

Today’s vote, as the Washington Post’s Dan Balz writes, is “an election about rejection,” the rejection of Obama’s leadership after six years of his presidency.

It is a referendum on Barack, and he is losing it. But it is not a vote of affirmation. It is not a vote of confidence in the party of McConnell and John Boehner. And it is no mandate.

It is America’s choice between undesirables.

America is saying: We do not like either of you. But we cannot keep going the way we have been going. We have to change. And the Republican Party is the only one on the ballot that appears to offer that.

When the returns come in, the mainstream media will declare that the country wants the Republican Party to work with President Obama to end the gridlock. Nonsense. If that is what America wanted, the country would have voted Democratic.


A Nancy Pelosi House and Reid-led Senate, with Obama in the Oval Office, would bring an instant end to gridlock. But instead of voting for a Congress to help Obama end gridlock, it will vote to augment the forces of those who have promised to checkmate him.

The country, in short, will vote today — for gridlock.

In a democracy, people get the kind of government they deserve.

The American people are today a deeply divided people — on ideology, politics, faith, morality, race, culture. Americans today — and not for the first time — do not really like each other.

As that is who we are, we will get that kind of Congress. And that is the kind of government we will have, until one half of the nation triumphs decisively over the other, as happened in 1932 and in 1980.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.” Copyright 2014

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  1. Priss Factor [AKA "Andrea Ostrov Letania"] says:

    Paradoxically, America is divided because it is united in kissing Jewish butt.
    Jewish power wants a divided America—esp a divided white America—because a divided nation is easier to control via divide-and-rule.

    • Replies: @KA
  2. eah says:

    Good question. But being against Obama is a good enough start.

  3. Hugh says:

    Just as Jews would have been unwise to vote for Hitler in 1930s Germany, so straight, white males are unwise to vote for the Dems in 201X USA.

    It is true that the GOP will do precious little to defend SWMs, but at least they won’t attack them every day.

    • Replies: @pyrrhus
  4. pyrrhus says:

    The GOP is going to be balanced on a knife edge with respect to amnesty and border control. If they permit Obama to keep bringing 3d worlders into the country, they will never win another major election….

  5. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    We need new parties. The old parties are rotten, exhausted, morally and ideologically bankrupt. They neither care about or truly represent ordinary American people.

  6. KA says:

    Now the most significant hurdle to the election of Hilary as president in 2016 is removed. In US they have this childish view of check and balances ,having Hilary as president will reestablish that credentials of the thinking Americans . The corporate -military -war brigade got Obama processed in American mind in 2004 to blunt and obliterate any opposition to them . Having Hilary in 2016 will work towards same goal but with different method: feminism , liberalism , immigration ,and anti Obamainism ( on foreign policy) of her will be presented to continue Obama policies . American will be assured of check and balances by having a non republican as president . A republican president will do same but may not find it smooth sailing for ” lack of check and balances ” and for simply being Repiblican to the Dewey – eyed American.

  7. KA says:
    @Priss Factor

    Well not always a divider .look at ME. The Israel is bringing Saudi, Egyptian. Qatari, Jordanian,Moroccan, Kuwaities and the Libyan together . These countries have been sold to American to be moderate. Israel passes ideas to American press . Aphasia American get the idea and how to say and then they internalize: Now we have moderate united Arab against extremism and Iran . Israel teaches these first to conservative then to make it bipartisan forces democrat as well. Republican will accuse of noncooperation if Democrat didn’t drink the Dead Sea water . Glorious idea is provided by Israel for faithless American to believe . All other ideas have been effectively suppressed . The new religion ! Suddenly 16 or what ? 19 hijackers didn’t come from Saudi or Egypt!

  8. Wally says: • Website

    Who runs the Federal Reserve?
    Who runs Wall Street?
    Who owns the US Congress
    Who owns the White House?
    Who runs the media / entertainment?
    Who dominates ‘academia’?
    Why is AIPAC the most powerful, dominant lobby, which regularly writes the text of Congressional bills and resolutions.
    Who is it that wants to censor free speech via the “hate speech” canard.
    Who is it the demands the US shed the blood of US troops for their interests?
    Who are the biggest racists on the planet?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  9. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    And who invented cultural Marxism.

  10. Considering that white America is more pro-pot legalization than it is anti-illegal immigration, it would be a massive mistake for the GOP to oppose legalization. Doing so would further alienate the people that it needs to survive.

  11. Art says:

    It may be wishful thinking, but isn’t Hillary over – isn’t she yesterday – isn’t her incessant ceaseless sexist wining about women boring? She comes off as old and shallow. Doesn’t she represent big big divisive government? Isn’t she the queen of hate? Isn’t her message of big savior government vs. business totally ridiculous?

    In the next two years the GOP has to stick to only economic issues for the middle class. Let Obama handle the unhappy things. Let Obama do his Hispanic savior routine (in the end we are not going to deport all those people – period) – let him make the unhappy no-win foreign policy decisions that must be done (no boots on the ground, no war on Iran) – let him do the minimum wage thing – these are all things the American people want anyway.

    The key message for the GOP is do NOT to be anti-people. On social issues, do not be against freedom. The GOP must be for letting local people through local government make those decisions.

    What people are fed up with is Washington DC – the GOP must switch away from big government ideology, to local government ideology – America needs local control over regulations, schools, and infrastructure. America needs more local business – not more big business that dominates big government.

    That is a winning message. Scott Walker is the man to give it!

    • Replies: @Hacienda
  12. Hacienda says:

    Doesn’t matter. The next President HAS to be a woman. No matter how sow, how cow. It’s like the Soviet space program. You just put a woman into orbit with no qualifications, even if she doesn’t like space or knows where it is. You play the game. Tell people you did it to show it can be done. Also, show how magnanimous white males are. And to prove that white men care about white women regardless of any show of warmth, personality, or charm. You want to elect the rudest, bitchiest bitch possible to show white men care unconditionally for white women. Show that you love white women as much as the black man.

    Do it and don’t complain.

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