It was viewed as the first major Republican test of its newly found gravitas. It was supposed to be the place where the Democrats were to place a chink in the armor on the way back to taking over the House in 2018. In the end, it was a bunch of bloviated nonsense. Ron Estes was elected to fill the seat vacated by Mike Pompeo when he was tapped by Donald Trump to head the CIA earlier this year.
It wasn’t a slam dunk by any means. It was only a five point victory for Estes, but it was enough to quiet the roar from disgruntled Dems who thought that James Thompson, who basically ran as an independent in one of the reddest districts in the country (he never ever mentioned “Democrat” in his campaigning) could upend Estes. In the end, red stayed red. Blue got bluer (sadder), and the left’s hopes that this was going to be a short-lived Republican romp died. It was over before 10pm.
There is no doubt in anybody’s mind that the Democrats will one day be back on top. The one thing the Dems do MUCH better than the GOP is stand together on issues, on circling the wagons, on making sure that their party wins. The GOP is all over the map, and that leads to the in-fighting that we saw during the recent healthcare debate (which apparently isn’t over yet!). But the one thing the Republicans do much better than Democrats is come up with ideas that work. Dems want to have government pay for everything. The problem with that is that when government pays, EVERYONE pays. And as we’ve all learned, socialism doesn’t work. It’s never worked anywhere in the long term, and won’t work here. Every single taxpayer funded program eventually fails. The reason is simple. It’s because Democrats don’t know when to leave well enough alone.
Take Social Security for example. Originally founded to be a stop gap for the minority of widows that out lived the actuarial tables, it would have been fine if that were the only thing it did. But when the politicians saw a pile of money sitting there, they couldn’t help but expand the program and raid the money. As it turned out, kids are actually on Social Security. Spouses who are younger than me (and I’m not qualified to get it yet) are on it. That’s because Democrats couldn’t leave well enough alone. What was once a well-funded program, now is being funded by Generation X’er’s and Millenials. The chances of them seeing anything from Social Security are nil at best! The same thing will happen to Medicare, Medicaid, and every taxpayer funded program.
So congratulations to Ron Estes, who replaces Mike Pompeo in the House. And for the Democrats, don’t worry…your day will come. You were a little more than anxious to rebound without finding out why you REALLY lost in November anyway…go through the pain and the six stages of grief. Then and only then will you be ready to enter the fray once again with the vibrato that you once had!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!