Now that the inaugural hoopla is over and we know we are stuck with our Dear Leader, President Obama, for the next four years (1,458 days, but who's counting?!), there is much gnashing of teeth over the fate of the loyal opposition, the Republican party.
The angst is palpable on both the left and the right.
The left is smelling blood that somehow, they will be able to vanquish the Republican party to some super minority status.
The right is thinking that the party is not fighting the Democrats hard enough and maybe fullfilling the Democrat wet dream.
I am here to throw some cold water on, believe it or not, the left and the right.
The reality is that the Republican party is stronger today than it was in 2009. It is a fact.
Let's look at congress.
At this point in 2009, the Republicans had 40 members in the senate and in the House of Representatives a total of 192 members. The Republicans had 22 state governorships. And to make matters worse they only had control of 13 state legislatures.
In other words, thing really sucked for the Grand Old Party.
Many people were writing their obituary. And they may have been right but for the confluence of the Tea Party movement and the public's general dislike of the passage of Obamacare.
Fast forward to now, 2013.
Yes, the Dear Leader, President Obama, did win reelection, but with less of the vote than 2008. The Dear Leader, President Obama, won only 51.02% of the popular vote and 332 electoral votes. In 2008, the Dear Leader, President Obama won nearly 53% of the popular vote and 365 electoral votes. In fact, the Dear Leader, President Obama, lost two states from his 2008 total, Indiana and North Carolina.
And in congress, the Republicans continue to control the House of Representatives with 234 seats. That is thanks to the huge 2010 midterm elections in which the Republicans won control of the House. In the senate, the Republicans now have 45 seats. And at the state level, the Republicans now have 29 governorships and the majority of state legislatures with 26.
So yeah, the Republicans are stronger now than in 2008. In Washington, all legislation has to get through the House. At the state level, Republicans can put their ideas in legislation and practical application.
Yet, yet one would think that the Dear Leader, President Obama, had a Ronald Reagan like landslide election in 1984. Mr. Reagan had 59% of the popular vote and took 49 states. The Dear Leader only took 26 states this time around. And yes, the Democrats gained 2 seats in the senate taking them to 55 seats. Five less than 2009. And yes, the Republicans lost eight seats in the House. Short coat tails to be sure for the Democrats. In fact most if not all of the eight seats gained were in the very Blue states of California and New York.
The good news is that the Republicans are really stronger now than at the beginning of the Dear Leader, President Obama's first term.
The bad news is that they act like they have no room to lead. They are abdicating their position of strength for some inexplicable reason.
Again, the Republicans have the ability to set the agenda as much if not more than the Dear Leader, President Obama.
The Republicans need to act like what they are.
The majority party in the United States.