It was one of the most-watched elections of our time. The race for power drew everyone’s attention as the conservative right began gaining momentum.
The Republicans took the House by gaining 60 seats. It was the largest change in the House since 1948, when Democrats won 70 seats, making them the majority. The new House has 186 Democrats and 239 Republicans, while 11 seats are still active, according to Google News. However, they felt short in the run to win the Senate majority. Democrats barely retained the Senate majority, gaining 52 seats (two seats are independents who caucus with the Democrats), while the GOP took 46, according to Google News.
The big change in Congress’ political spectrum indicates the public’s discontent with current politics. It was a tough time for Congress to pass any legislature in the past two years, and it just got tougher. The Senate is controlled by the Democrats, while Republicans will run the House of Representatives. The Senate will have a hard time, if not impossible, to pass legislation through the House. While, on the other hand, the House will have a hard time passing their legislature through the Senate. Even if they did manage to pass bills, the president has the right to veto it.
“If we lose in the House or the Senate, we’re now in a position where we are in a stalemate and this thing is just going to go in reverse and our most powerful weapon will be a veto pen, and that’s bad,” said Vice President Joe Biden at a New York City fundraiser for Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) before the elections, according to ABC News.
The results are in, and the government is officially at a “stalemate.”
Many liberals consider “Obamacare” health care reform a step forward for the American public. However, this is not true for the conservative counterparts. House Republican Leader John Boehner promised his constituents and fellow Republicans to fight and repel health care reform.
“I think it’s important for us to lay the groundwork before we begin to repeal this monstrosity and replace it with common sense reforms that will bring down the cost of health insurance in America,” said Boehner yesterday at the Capitol, according to Politico.
It doesn’t matter who is in power — Republicans, Democrats, or someone else. A third of American people will be happy, a third will be upset and the last third didn’t vote and will not care.
The main problem that the new Congress faces is trying to find a compromise to make everyone happy, even those who don’t care. This is, potentially, the “Great Compromise” of the 21st century. The problem? All stakeholders need to realize that compromise is the only option to make it work for everyone, not just a select group of people.
“What the American people don’t want from us, especially here in Washington, is to spend the next two years refighting the political battles of the last two,” said President Obama on Nov. 3, 2010, according to the White House transcript.
The health care reform will be the battleground between Democrats and Republican in the near future. The dialog will be heated. But, at the end, President Obama holds the pen to veto anything that Congress sends him.