Robert Knight

On the morning after, the lead story in the Washington Post’s Style section was headlined: “The first frost coats Election Day with symbolism.”

Yes, the D.C. area got its first frost on the very day that voters sent Obama’s hope for a socialist America into a cooler, if not a deep freeze.

“In this moment of political realignment, to one voter, dormancy is a healthy pause; to another it’s a return to paralysis,” wrote the Post’s gardening writer Adrian Higgins.

It’s not hard to figure out which garden party Mr. Higgins digs: “The cycles of nature do indeed come to define the political vicissitudes of Washington: change, growth, retreat.”

Well, 2008 brought change, all right. And growth – in government, with a quarter million new bureaucrats; a national debt of nearly $14 trillion and rising, and nationalized health care. But the fun can’t go on forever, and the frost aptly symbolizes the Capitol mood among the donkeys.

Higgins talked to an Arizona couple who lingered in D.C. after the Oct. 30 left-wing mockfest “Restore Sanity/and or Fear” rally staged by Comedy Central on the mall. They weren’t laughing Wednesday, however. Touring the National Arboretum, the woman of the pair shared this wistful thought: “Maybe you can draw a connection between the time it takes to grow a tree and build a human community.”

To liberals, our 234-year-old republic isn’t a nation of human communities but rather a sorry collection of misfits who need ever more government. Those misfits sent quite a message on Tuesday, however, which ran far deeper than the Republican tide.

Evangelical Christians and conservative Catholics turned out in droves, many of them supporting Tea Party candidates and initiatives.

A post-election survey conducted by Public Opinion Strategies for the Faith and Freedom Coalition reports that self-identified evangelicals comprised nearly 30 percent of the total vote and cast 78 percent of their ballots for Republicans. The survey also indicated that 52 percent of self-identified members of the Tea Party movement are born-again evangelicals. Roman Catholics, who had voted Democrat in 2006 and 2008, broke for the GOP in 2010, with 54 percent overall and nearly 60 percent of white Catholics voting for Republicans, according to a Pew Forum survey.

Given the nation’s economic crisis and health care takeover, the Tea Parties have concentrated on fiscal issues. But it would be a huge mistake to conclude that they care only about money. They’re worried for their kids and grandkids.

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.