Howard Rich

If you believe the dizzying onslaught of self-serving propaganda coming out of the partisan spin machines in Washington, D.C., neither party lost in the recently concluded off-year elections held in New Jersey, New York and Virginia, among other places.

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Republicans picked up two governorships, Democrats won two U.S. Congressional races and in the “City That Never Sleeps,” a billionaire forked over $90 million of his own money to defeat a virtual unknown by a five-point margin.

Both parties – and the power players who drive them – emerged victorious, right?

That’s the story you’ll be hearing over the next few months from an army of paid political hacks – as well as the elected officials whose exposed hides all of this fuzzy political science aims to protect.

With plenty of obsequious, poll-tested rhetoric locked and loaded for mass consumption, Republicans will claim that their party is “revived” while Democrats will counter that the GOP is “divided.” Both parties will then spit out an endless stream of nuanced statistics and nauseating surrogates to prove their respective points. Meanwhile, the Obamaphiles in the mainstream media will scurry hither and yon trying desperately to alleviate the many inconveniences these November 2009 elections have created for President Barack Obama and his anti-free market agenda.

Here’s the thing, though – institutional Washington and its media sycophants can try all they want to sell this political snake oil out of both sides of their hyper-partisan mouths, but the American people who are overwhelmingly rebuking the socialist direction this nation is taking aren’t buying it. Nor does it appear that they’ll be buying it anytime soon either.

Good luck selling D.C. spin from either party to the 7.4 million Americans who are currently out of work, for example, or to the millions more Americans who are so discouraged by the job market that they have given up looking for work altogether.

Good luck selling it to the thousands of job-creating entrepreneurs and small business owners who have seen their companies go under in recent years, part of a small business failure rate that has soared from 2.4% in 2004 to over 12% today.

Good luck selling it to the families whose combined energy and health care costs could climb by as much as $8000 a year if the White House and Congress – including more than a few Republicans – are successful in passing “Cap & Trade” and a so-called “Health Care Reform” bill.


Howard Rich

Howard Rich is the Chairman of Americans for Limited Government.