|On the 8th day God created Republicans|
If you zoom into the election maps you will see that the GOP won big in the rural and suburban areas once again. All those red counties with little islands of blue centered in metropolitan centers. For whatever reason, the GOP has secured the country vote, and in states where the population is not centered in metropolitan areas like Kansas and Wisconsin, this is crucial.
The other thing that is readily apparent is that Republicans know how to play the endgame. There was a lot of hope at the beginning of this election cycle that Democrats would score major victories, maybe even in Texas, but in the last month these campaigns appeared in complete disarray. Last minute campaigning by Obama didn't help Mary Burke in Wisconsin, who had been in a virtual tie with Walker in recent polls. At least Burke recognized the President, something many Democratic gubernatorial and congressional candidates didn't. They all lost, badly in some cases like Allison Lundergan Grimes.
You have to wonder how a country that is enjoying so much prosperity, having risen up from the economic collapse of 2008 (largely brought about by Republican economic policies) could once again vote all these Republicans into office? Well, this election wasn't about the economy, stupid!
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Of course, he can't take credit for this sweeping victory, as he was struggling to keep his own seat throughout the campaign. It seems to be "dark money" that fueled all those advertisements showing America being overtaken by a plague of Ebola or ISIS warriors seeping through our porous national borders, resulting in a "Zombie Apocalypse" if the Republicans didn't win the Senate and take matters into their own hands.
For many Americans, we seem to be continually living on the "Eve of Destruction," drawn largely from a religious fundamental view that dark days are forever around the corner and that we need to find our faith in the Lord to carry us through this purgatory to the shining light of Heaven above. It is easy to dismiss such thoughts as folly until you look at the statistics which show that 75 per cent of Americans bęlievę the Bible was inspired by God, 28 per cent believe it to be literally so. That's a very strong base for a political party that views itself as the Party of God.
The Republicans have successfully embraced every single religious-based issue dear to Bible-thumpers' hearts, including the idea that Armageddon is upon us. It is hard to take Millennialists seriously, but they have won public offices across the country, mostly at the state level. Probably, the most high profile Millennialist has been Michelle Bachmann (soon to retire from the House), but now we have Joni Ernst in the Senate, representing the great state of Iowa.
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Yep, when you look at this election along religious lines, you more easily see how the Republicans won. It doesn't matter that they still promote an outdated supply-side economics that has been an abysmal failure, particularly in Kansas. As long as they have God on their side they win.