The Wall Street Journal has a story this morning that shows how the Senates of five of our states - Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, Oregon and Maine - could switch to Republican control. In each of these Senates all the GOP has to do is win three seats or less. And, if they play their cards right, they could even pick up four more (the House in New Hampshire and Kentucky and both chambers in West Virginia). This wold build on the gains they made two years ago, where the same election that saw Obama pick up a second term left the Republicans with full legislative control in 26 of the states. (Of course, Obama isn't worried, because according to his math 26 Legislatures is still a good bit less than half of the states.)
For years I have been saying that the federal government is out of control, and that the solution to many of our problems will be found in the States. This doesn't mean that we should give up on electing conservative members to Congress and the Senate, people who believe in the rule of law and the Constitution, but it does mean that we need to focus on putting strong people, with knowledge and experience, into our State government.
Many of those that might win in local races around the country are not just Republican in name only. They are true, grass roots conservatives who want to save the country and are not waiting around for the Washington, which is actively heading in the wrong direction. The Journal identifies some of the issues that could be addressed with the change in control:
- Colorado - Curb limits on hydraulic fracturing which would allow us to head toward energy independence
- Nevada - Preserve the recently passed ban on same-sex marriage and honor the voters' wishes
- Iowa - Start to make tax cuts and let their residents keep more of the money they earn
Democrats may have pushed for too much too quickly. They will also be hurt by not having Obama on the ballot in 2014 (and, hopefully, not on the ballot in 2016 either). To counteract, the DLCC, the Democrats' main Senate campaign arm, will be sending twice as many field organizers across the country as they did in 2012. But it is looking like even that will not be enough to stop the advance of the GOP.
There are currently 23 states where Republicans control it all - Legislature and Governor. The Democrats only enjoy such a position in 13 states. After November we may be in a position where the States can start to limit the overreach of the federal government since Congress doesn't seem to be able to get it done. Georgia will remain solidly Republican, but we need to make sure the Republicans that we elect hold fast to our founding principles and won't compromise on issues like Common Core, Obamacare and Illegal Immigration.