Change has come to Washington and it may not be what many anticipated when we went to the voting booths a little over 2 years ago but it is change. It’s change because now every single politician must run for office. No more coasting to an election win. Now more than ever, all politicians must now divulge not only what they are against but also what they are for. All must now not only say what they will do but offer more details on how they will get it done. Now more than ever, politicians may be held to a higher expectation than before because we now know that promises made on the campaign trail can be kept.
“In the congressional district that’s home to the Kennedy family compound, a Kennedy public skating rink and a Kennedy museum, the heart of liberalism is beating uneasily.” “Republican Jeff Perry is making a serious bid to take over a seat held by Democrats for nearly 40 years – and it’s just one of nearly 100 seats across the country that now appear under at least some threat of slipping away from the majority party and giving control of the U.S. House to the GOP.” “At least 75 House seats – the vast majority held by Democrats – are at serious risk of changing hands, and roughly 25 more where Democrats were assumed to have the upper hand have tightened in recent weeks, raising the possibility that some could flip to the Republicans as well.” “Republicans have long believed they have a chance to win back the House, and possibly the Senate.” “Now, emboldened by polls showing even more of their candidates running strongly, they’re reaching into territory where Democrats were thought to be safe, in races from New York to Georgia to Wisconsin and Arizona.” “Even the longest-serving Democrat, Rep. John Dingell of Michigan, who has coasted to re-election in recent years, is mounting an aggressive campaign against his GOP challenger, Rob Steele.” “The Democrats’ House campaign arm last month issued a memo saying he would win but adding pointedly: “All Democratic incumbents should take a page out of his playbook and ‘run scared’ each cycle, especially 2010, even if they are not truly afraid of losing.” (Johnson, Glen and Hirschfied-Davis, Julie, 10/19/2010, Associated Press, Even in liberal bastions, GOP sees election chance, Retrieved from firstname.lastname@example.org).
Republicans believe that they will gain seats in the House and Senate. They believe that they will even take control of one or both but what they seem to forget is or refuse to recognize is that if they win the majority, they will be required to fulfill those campaign promises. I wonder if the polls have informed them of this because the voters will be there to make that they do.