The media predicted a red wave would sweep across Democrat strongholds and break us free from the chains of their unrealistic policies that are crippling America’s energy industry and leading us into a recession.
And yet as sobriety takes hold, we realize that just weeks ago our expectations were pretty much exactly what happened — Republicans took the U.S. House and we didn’t hang our hopes on the Senate.
In Colorado, we hoped for a few big wins and cheered on the Republicans. But privately, no one actually predicted or planned for a statewide shift of power in the state House or Senate.
We don’t recall seeing any such predictions at all.
So imagine our surprise when we read this in the Denver Post:
“Everybody was counting the Senate Democrats out,” Steve Fenberg, leader of Colorado’s Senate Democrats, said at his party’s election night get-together. “This was the chamber that was going to flip. There was a new frontier for the GOP in Colorado. But today, not only are we going to keep the majority we are going to be exceeding all expectations.”
It was too soon to know the exact size of the majority, he said, but he was confident that the majority first delivered in 2018 would continue apace, if not grow.
Heading into election night, officials from both parties had predicted that the Democrats’ majority in both the state House and Senate would narrow. But as of 11 p.m., none of the races that needed to swing Republicans’ way had done so. Though several races were still returning votes by 10 p.m., Democrats were leading in every single race that Republicans had targeted as potential flips.
Reality Check and Managed Expectations
To recap, no one predicted the state legislature would flip, so it can hardly be counted as a Republican loss of any magnitude.
Meanwhile, Democrat incumbents were reelected to every statewide office they previously held. That’s not exactly a jaw-dropping loss for any opposing party in the same predicament.
It’s called status quo.
The Democrats held the 7th District Congressional seat with a progressive candidate. Again, status quo.
Lauren Boebert is about to lose the Western Slope’s 3rd District to an Aspen progressive … okay, so we didn’t see that one coming.
There were however expectations in some quarters that Republicans could win the 8th District. That race was the Republican Party’s to lose, and it appears to have been lost.
Republicans aren’t shocked so much as disappointed to have to live under the rule of these Democrat fools for another two, four or six years depending on the office.
It’s interesting how the media is spinning it all as a decisive loss from which there is no way back for a Republican.
We all know the vast majority of the Colorado mainstream media would prefer it stay that way. And don’t expect any semblance of watchdog reporting on their behalf to keep their chosen government in check over the next term. That job will solely be left up to Republicans.
But if the predictions hold true and the Republicans take the U.S. House, ignore the media talking points that it’s only by a slim majority.
A majority is still a majority, and that’s a huge win for our side.
It throws a mega monkeywrench in the works of the Biden administration and the progressive agenda.
And for that, we should all celebrate.