The New York Times is out with a piece that is kinda going in two ways….
At first the piece seeks to point to Republicans gains in Congressional , State and Loacal elections….
But then the piece goes on to point out that a few of the Republicans that they highlight have won a few weeks ago ago because they did NOT embrace the GOP talking points going in to the Midterm elections…
They campaigned (Sometimes against terrible Democratic opponents ) on issues that where NOT ideologically focused…
They promised voters that fi elected they would do the opposite of GOP marching orders to JUST block ANYTHING with President Obama’s fingerprints on it….
And THAT may be a good thing, even if the Democrats lost in those races….
“This is not just rhetoric — we spent over $6 million to identify new women and new candidates of diversity and bring them in,” said Matt Walter, the executive director of the Republican State Leadership Committee. “Most of these chambers were flipped because there was a woman or a person of diverse ethnicity in a key targeted seat.”
The wins, by candidates carefully chosen to challenge the traditional notion of the Democratic base, bode well for Republicans in future elections. They had a net gain of 59 women in state legislatures; Democrats lost 63 women. Republicans added 10 Latinos; Democrats lost five. Republicans reported 17 newly elected blacks; a comparable figure for Democrats was not available. In 2008, only about 31 percent of women in state legislatures were Republicans; in 2015, that figure will rise by eight percentage points.
It is not clear yet where the new Republican elected officials fall on the ideological spectrum. Several who were interviewed for this article, including Ms. Barnes, said they were focused on economic issues like job creation, not social issues like abortion and same-sex marriage. Ms. Barnes said that she had made it clear to party leaders that she would entertain good ideas no matter which party floated them, and that she had been promised the freedom to vote her conscience.
It is equally unclear how far the new Republicans will advance politically….Share on Facebook