By Patrick McPartlin
On an election night when many eyes were on the recently formed Tea Party movement, it was the Republicans who stole the show in the American mid-terms by winning 60 seats in the House of Representatives from Democrats, and six seats in the Senate. The Democratic Party held onto the Senate by their fingertips, but lost control of the House of Representatives, with Ohio Republican John Boehner replacing outspoken San Franciscan Democrat Nancy Pelosi as the new Speaker of the House.
Despite their predicted losses, the Democrats had cause for celebration in California, with veteran politician Jerry Brown winning a third term as Governor of the state, nearly 28 years after his last stint, and in Nevada, with Senator Harry Reid holding off stiff competition from his Tea Party rival Sharron Angle. However, a number of Democratic mainstays lost out, such as liberal Senator Russ Feingold in Wisconsin and the Representatives Rick Boucher and Chet Edwards.
Rand Paul’s defeat of Democrat Jack Conway in Kentucky was just one of a number of victories for the recently formed Tea Party movement, who also gained the Governorship of South Carolina, along with several seats in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Christine O’Donnell however, who gained notoriety for her vehement anti-masturbation stance and infamous ad campaign in which she denied claims that she was a witch, lost out in Delaware to Democrat Chris Coons.
Traditionally, first term presidents have always found the mid-terms to be a stumbling block. President Bill Clinton experienced similar defeats during his first mid-terms, which prompted a change of direction and renewed support. Despite his political naivety, and lack of experience, it is possible that Barack Obama will bend under pressure from newly-elected Speaker of the House John Boehner as well as the House of Representatives. The Obama-Pelosi honeymoon period may be over, but there is some hope for the Democrats following their heavy defeats , with Obama still the favourite to be re-elected President in 2012.