Sad thing Number one:
As stated by BRIAN SLODYSKO Associated Press
“Since 1906, there have been only three midterms in which the party of the president in power gained House seats: 1934, when the country was struggling with a Depression; 1998, when the U.S. was buoyed by a soaring economy; and 2002, when President George W. Bush had a sky-high approval rating amid the national feeling of unity after the Sept. 11 attacks.”
Let’s look at what happened this time in Park County and Colorado.
The 2022 elections are on track to cost $16.7 billion at the state and federal level, making them the most expensive midterms ever, according to the nonpartisan OpenSecrets.
Park County Commissioner-elect Dave Wissel also had the most expensive election in the history of the county. His campaign spent close to $20,000. Park County recorded 10,167 votes cast in 2022. In 2018 there were 12,435 votes cast. Fewer voters voting.
Number two sad thing:
For Park County is that the South Park Outsiders dba Ratified1788 wrote the “vote against” statements in the white book which goes to every voter in the county and filled those statements with lies and mis-information. Gary Fisk was the author, and there currently is not law or rule which governs fact checking the county ballot books like there is in the blue book for state issues. That means that the people pushing “against” an issue got a free mailing to all voters.
Number three sad thing:
For Colorado is that Republicans lost 7 seats.
“Honestly I think Colorado Republicans need to take this and learn the lesson that the party is dead. This was an extinction-level event,” said Republican state Rep. Colin Larson. “This was the asteroid that ended the reign of the dinosaur, and in this case, the dinosaur was the Republican Party.”
He was already the last Republican representing the suburban county just west of Denver. That’s a huge shift from just a decade ago when Jeffco was considered one of the swing regions of the country. He thinks it’s going to take a seismic shift to turn things around and said both the local and national party must fully repudiate former President Donald Trump, the January 6th insurrection, and election denialism. He believes only then would enough voters in the state even consider Republicans as a “serious viable option.”
Patriot Post Matthew Continetti: “Finally, since 2016 the GOP has been estranged from the middle of the country. I don’t mean the Midwest — I’m talking about independents, moderates, and suburban voters. Since Donald Trump became president, Republicans have lost the House, the White House, and the Senate.”
According to The GOP and Trump / Mark Alexander / November 11, 2022 PATRIOT POST
“But the most stark and irrefutable difference between Trump and President Ronald Reagan was that Reagan united people across party lines, resulting in his historic 1984 reelection — when he won 49 states and lost only his opponent’s home state of Minnesota, and of course the bureaucrat vote in Washington, DC. No other candidate in American history has matched Reagan’s 525 electoral votes.
Trump’s penchant for fomenting division and hatred, combined with the other factors noted above, not only cost him reelection in 2020, but cost Republicans a red wave of midterm. In contrast, for too many in today’s Republican Party, particularly the Tea Party wing, politics is all about drawing lines in the sand and trying to win style points for purity. The Tea Partiers have the right goal — getting government to live within its means — but they seem to lack Reagan’s awareness that you can’t do everything at once.”
There are many reasons floating out in the media on why the “red wave” did not happen statewide or nationwide. It will be up to the Republican Party as to where they go now. In Park County 46% of voters are registered unaffiliated. It is time to stop the name calling and unite all Republicans, Tea party, Outsiders, RINOs and other moderates that lean Republican.
“It’s clear that it’s a blue state statewide, and Republicans can be successful in certain districts or certain pockets of the state and city council,” said Michael Fields, the head of the conservative Advance Colorado Institute.
Fields has helped spearhead successful ballot initiatives in recent years, including proposition 121, which lowers the state income tax rate from 4.55 percent of income to 4.40 percent of income. It had widespread support and passed in every county in the state except Boulder.
“We can win on issues. We just cut taxes and 65% of voters agreed with us. There are still paths to enact policy,” Fields said. “And I think policy is the most important thing. And we haven’t had power for four years (when Republicans last controlled the state Senate), but we’ve done a lot on the policy front, regardless, as conservatives.”
In an address by then Gov. Ronald Reagan:
“There is room in our tent for many views; indeed, the divergence of views is one of our strengths.”