President Barack Obama called the Republican string of victories Tuesday night “a shellacking.” Wednesday morning has been painful for the Democrats. As the results rolled in Tuesday night, the official ‘election maps’ were primarily colored Red. (See 2010 Results Maps).
President Obama showed a willingness to compromise with Republicans on tax cuts and energy policy after Democrats lost control of the House and underwent deep losses in the Senate (Obama to Take Responsibility for Voter Frustration on Election Night).
“My goal is to make sure we don’t have a huge spike in taxes for middle class families,” Obama said (see above Huff Post link). Obama didn’t address his firm insistence to let tax cuts expire for upper-income families. That issue has been one of great conflict between the president and Republicans.
Obama began his post-election news conference by saying voters who felt frustrated by the sluggish pace of economic recovery had dictated the Republican takeover in the House (see above Huff Post link).
The president said he was eager to “figure out how we [the leaders of both political parties] can move forward together.”
Let us hope the Republicans feel the same way. About moving ‘forward’.