Post-Election Political Fallout

By: Rick Montanez Email
By: Rick Montanez Email

The political picture is off-kilter after Tuesday’s elections. People all over Colorado are talking about the big congressional shake up.

The Democrats took a major blow, losing control of the House. However, that party is still holding onto the Senate.

In Colorado, it is no longer a matter of blue or red as many say the state is a combination of the two parties. "It doesn't matter what party you are, we're all in one big boat here," said Colorado Springs resident Cynthia Pulham.

The Governor and Senate seats stayed to the left, but several Congressional offices went to the right.

"The picture is a bit mixed, it's not clear that it's still a blue state," said Josh Dunn, a Political Science Professor at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He said had there not been so many GOP gaffs this year the Democrats would have been wiped off the board.

"Well that's our system of checks and balances, I believe," said Colorado Springs resident Cindy Lange.

"If the Democratic message had resonated with our community and our country there would have been no Republican take-over," said Colorado Springs resident Delia Armstrong Busby.

"Regardless of who gets in office, and who gets elected and what party it is, those guys and women have got to start to learn to work together," Pulham said.

That's exactly what President Obama and top GOP leaders said they want to see. "Without any Republican support, it's going to be difficult to get things done," President Obama said.

The President is taking responsibility for the Democratic loses and Republican gains.

“There's no doubt that this was a referendum on his past two years," Professor Dunn said.

Despite announcements of cooperation from both parties, the Republicans said they'll challenge the Obama administration on major issues like spending and taxes.

For a full list of local race results, just click on the link provided below this story.

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  • by ford bronco Location: Colorado Springs on Nov 10, 2010 at 08:09 AM
    The demacracts say they did a bad job on selling their policies and thats why they lost. It is because of their policies that they forced down our throats that they lost! We the people want our country back and we want to get rid of the thugs in D C that want to destroy our country. there should be NO compromese at all, they didn't compromise when they rammed their agenda down our throats!
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Nov 4, 2010 at 07:56 AM
    I am beginning to think the voter rolls across the State should be scrutanized for ineligible and/or fraudulent registrations. There have been too many "just barely won" races in recent years.
  • by Don Keller Location: Cascade on Nov 4, 2010 at 07:27 AM
    What has happened to our once great state? Is Colorado the next California? A majority of the country voted to change course of the current administration but Colorado voted to stay the course. I don't get it. I don't understand how so many people could be so misguided.
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Nov 4, 2010 at 05:10 AM
    Now that there is one "check and balance" with the Democrat's control over both house of Congress lost, they want to talk about "working together and compromise". Where was the compromise and working together when they were ramming every radical plan in their play book down our throats up until the pre-election recess and planning to continue when they returned for the lame duck session? It takes two or more to work together and compromise is a two way street. Unfortunately those same radicals see it as our way only and YOU can compromise by giving in a little at a time instead of all at once. Obama may have appeared humble on TV yesterday, but the Progressive agenda is still on track. For instance, Cap and Trade may not be moved through Congress, but they already have the "backup" route mapped out and will try to implement all of it through EPA regulations. Regulations are an unconstitutional sidestep around the legal means of passing our laws. The Tea Party's work has only begun.
  • by Bill Location: Colorado Springs on Nov 4, 2010 at 12:51 AM
    It's way too obvious that Dems still have a lock on votes in this state. That's too bad. People don't care to cut taxes... Oh well.
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