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« Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 900 -- Red Tape Rising Under Obama. | WILLisms.com | Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 902 -- Entitlement Reform »

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 901 -- Map Shows GOP Gains.

Looking At 2010 Simplistically-

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Every red dot represents a Republican pick-up (66 in all). The three blue dots are the sum total of Democratic takeovers in GOP districts (Delaware-AL, Louisiana-2, and Hawaii-1). The net Republican gain appears to settling in at 63. Thirty-three states gave the GOP at least one additional seat.

The Election Day “wave” for the Republicans produced a bumper crop of 23 new seats in the South and Border States, where the GOP traditionally does well. This region accounted for more than a third of total Republican gains.

But the key to the Republican House takeover occurred in the North Central states through the industrial Midwest. Pennsylvania (5), Ohio (5), and most surprisingly, New York (6) and Illinois (4) joined Indiana (2), Maryland (1), Michigan (2), Minnesota (1), New Hampshire (2), and New Jersey (1) in shifting a regional total of 29 to the GOP.

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The other side of the equation can be seen in the Pacific Coast states (Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington). Despite the Red wave sweeping America, the net House gain for the GOP in these five states was zero (+1 in Washington and -1 in Hawaii). The Pacific states of California, Oregon, and Washington have become a Blue sandbar that can withstand even a Republican tsunami. Strong GOP candidates for Governor in Oregon and California were defeated. Credible Republican Senate contenders in California and Washington could not oust Democratic incumbents. With 53 House berths, not a single Golden State seat changed party hands.

Back in 1994, the last GOP landslide year, Republicans picked up three seats in California. The story is worse for Republicans in Washington State, which was ground zero for the GOP in 1994, when the party won six House seats and held their Senate seat too. All the state’s House seats save one were impervious to a Red tide this time around.

Imagine if California, Oregon, and Washington had been more inclined to go Republican this year. This wave truly could have been the biggest and most profound in American history. They stuck with Pelosi, Reid, and Obama for a lot of reasons. Namely, Democrats have successfully created a powerful coalition of unionized government employees, hipster/yuppie/progressive/upper-middle class/would-be-intellectual, latte-sipping, NPR-listening, Prius-driving self-styled sophisticates, and a surging population of immigrants, mostly from Mexico. They simply have the numbers, and the fact that impressive candidate and local basketball hero Chris Dudley couldn't win the Governor's race in Oregon against has-been former Governor John Kitzhaber, or the fact that Meg Whitman lost to the very man, Jerry Brown, who set California on its current path toward insolvency when he was Governor decades ago, is very disappointing indeed.

This reversion to the past, choosing from among the same limited few failures that have caused these states such economic and fiscal turmoil in the first place, only goes to show, once again, that left-wingers are actually more insular and close-minded than they like to admit.

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Previous Trivia Tidbit: Red Tape Rising Under Obama.

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Posted by Will Franklin · 2 December 2010 11:29 AM

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