Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Tea Party, GOP Seize Control of ;America;s Heartland

Turbocharged by the tea party, Republicans scored a stunning landslide Tuesday, knocking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi off her political throne in a midterm election upheaval that ultimately may add up to the biggest GOP wave in modern electoral history.

Early predictions from analysts such as the University of Virginia's Larry Sabato indicate that a net GOP gain of more than 60 seats in the House was not out of the question.

"It's going to be destruction for Democrats from Pennsylvania all the way through Wisconsin and Michigan," Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips tells Newsmax. "It's going to be a wipeout."

In another embarrassing setback, President Barack Obama saw the Illinois U.S. Senate seat he used to occupy fall into Republican hands, as Fox News projected GOP challenger Mark Kirk the victor over Democrat Alexi Giannoulias.

House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, expected to become the speaker of the House in the incoming Congress, gave a rousing speech to a joyful Republican crowd late Tuesday night as the Republican wins continued to stack up, declaring: "The American people are demanding a new way forward in Washington."

"The people's priorities will be our priorities," Boehner promised, "and the people's agenda will be our agenda. This is our pledge to America, and this is our pledge to you."

Reflecting the grass-roots spirit that fueled the Republican victory, Boehner offered some words of advice to President Obama.

"The American people have sent an unmistakable message to you tonight," Boehner said. "And that message is: Change course."
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