On the positive side, the Teapublicans were only able to flush our country half way down the toilet.
On the negative side, they should have never been able to do even that much.
What went wrong?
There were a plethora of dirty tricks played by the Teapublicans this campaign season. Everything from asking Latinos to not vote in Nevada, to voter intimidation by Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his followers 1 2 , to a massive misinformation campaign 1 2 , to campaigns of hate and fear mongering, and don't forget the decision by the Supreme Court to sell out our democracy to big corporations, which led to almost unlimited corporate contributions to Republican campaigns. When you are funded by the likes of the billionaire Koch brothers 1 2 3 , and others of the wealthiest Americans, your opponents don't have much of a chance. Basically corporations have bought the House for the Teapublicans.
Polls showed that registered voters were in favor of Democrats by a 5 percent margin. However, likely voters were in favor of Republicans by a 4 percent margin. What this means is that there wasn't enough Democratic voters who got up off their duffs and voted!
Because there were too many Democratic voters who were either too lazy or too uninspired to vote, our country can look forward to two years of gridlock and massive partisan politics. You thought Republican obstructionism in the Senate was bad over the last two years, with their massive record number of filibusters? You haven't seen anything yet.
Now with the House controlled by Teapublicans, compromise is likely to be thrown out the window. Boehner, the likely new Speaker of the House, has already stated that they will refuse to compromise with Democrats. The only thing we can do now is try to get through the next two years with the hand we have dealt ourselves, then wake up and get our act together in 2012. We will have one more chance to put a stop to the Teapublican takeover of our government, or we can sit back and watch the rest of out country go down the toilet.