Karl Rove sounds the warning: after next week’s elections, Democrats in swing states may be nervous about continuing the leftward jag they’ve been on since January. He observes, “Voters have lived under Democratic rule for nine months, and many of them, especially independents, don’t like what they’re seeing.” It could be bad or it could be really bad for the Democrats, depending on the complete returns in the “purple” state of Virginia. Rove continues:
If Republicans also win the races for lieutenant governor and attorney general by five points or more, it will strengthen the case of those predicting a GOP “wave” in 2010. Also watch the races for the 100-member Virginia House of Delegates. Republicans are hoping to add four seats to the 53 they now have. The bigger the GOP gains, the larger the warning for Democrats nationally.
As Rove notes, there is also the New Jersey gubernatorial race, in which Jon Corzine may either sneak through far shy of 50 percent (with the help of an independent candidate) or go down to defeat in one of the Bluest states. Then there is the NY-23.
It sounds simplistic, but in an era of one-party government, the party in power often forgets that it cannot act with impunity. Overreach and excess have consequences, and the Democrats are not immune from the voters’ ire — any more than the Republicans were in 2006 and 2008.
Democrats are bound and determined to foist an agenda through Congress that lacks public support, and indeed flies in the face of their concerns about the growth of government, looming debt, and the prospect of unemployment at unprecedented levels. The voters will give some hints next week as to how they feel about all that. If the Democrats ignore those, they do so at their own peril. They may control Washington for now — but the voters will have the final say.