Back then, it was called “Deem and Pass.”
It sounded a lot like “Demon Pass.”
Generals Pelosi and Reid decided last winter and spring to risk a political run through the “Demon Pass” of brute force politics to pass health care “reform” over the stated will of the American people.
Tuesday, their congressional forces got eviscerated for it.
How sweet it was.
This is no time for freedom loving Americans to get all mopey about what might have been. Sure the inability to eliminate Reid, the narrow loss in Colorado, and the fubar three-way in Alaska, put a slight crimp on an otherwise euphoric night.
But lets look at the big picture.
Did we really think we could take out the entire army of liberal democrat statists who were marching at the heart of democracy with more and more regulations and taxes?
Of course not.
General Pelosi, for one, was going to desert her ranks, and slip into the darkness of her safe San Francisco district with her pathetic 8% national approval rating the minute the first bombs started to drop.
And while Reid is alive, I look at it this way. He's been mortally wounded. For Democrats, they now have to give him triage, and cart him along with what's left of their majorities for the next two years. The surviving members of the Democrat senate will look at him privately with resentment for their losses.
Meanwhile, step back to admire the utter political carnage that has revealed itself upon morning light.
It's like the infamous Iraqi “Highway of Death”.
Just look at it!
Something like 65 seats or more in the House. A downpayment of 6 seats in the Senate, with a disliked but still useful-to-the-cause Murkowski expected to win in Alaska. Manchin in WV ran so hard as an anti-Obama, he's basically a DINO.
And the in-play list of Democrat Senate seats for 2012 looks like a red state shooting gallery.
The Republicans turned statehouses their way from coast to coast. Take a drink every time you read about something that happened to Democrats “for the first time since...” - and the year is before 1960!
Long time Democratic stalwarts with high committee memberships have been ousted from 30-plus year careers.
Virginia, Florida, and Ohio all turned back blood red at every level, restoring a crucial Republican firewall for the 2012 presidential fight. Wisconsin has gone deep red! Wisconsin! Maine is all red for the first time in 50 years!
Iowa ousted three state Supreme Court justices who thought they could magically find “rights” in the state constitution for gay marriage.
The tea party took its lumps with O'Donnell, Angle and Miller. But to think the movement is going away would be as foolish as those who tried to tar it as a racist, astroturfed, passing fad. The tea party has learned that good candidates matter, so the effort to upgrade the “retail image” of those flag bearers will be front and center for the next cycle.
There are rising stars in the party about to become well known entities, starting with John Boehner. Paul Ryan is as sharp and reasonable as they come and now he can't just be ignored by Obama when he brings his spreadsheets to the table. Marco Rubio and Chris Christie could be formidible together in 2012, but I'm getting ahead of myself.
All of this is not to say that the war is over. The Democrats will re-group, and press ahead with their own unique brand of governing arrogance. They are not to be underestimated. Their union machines and voting strength in large cities remains formidable. Their cheerleaders in the mainstream media will double down on trying to block the emerging Republican majority at ever turn.
But still, my god. My.... god!
The people last night went to the polls, and tore a swath of vengeance through the arrogant 111th Congress, in a stunning counter-action that has left Democrats crippled and confused.
Today is not the day for disappointment. No sir. Smell the sulfur of the carnage, and feel the pride.
In 2012, let's be ready to finish the job.