Let 2010 begin!
Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 12:20PM
Nick Ragone

I was on Fox Biz and PIX11 News last night doing some post-mortem stuff on the elections (no clips), and here's my basic take for 2010.

There are two major trends at work.  First, there's no doubt there's going to be some type of civil war within the Republican party to purge moderate candidates.  There's blood in the water from NY-23, and the conservatives are going to take that approach across the board (it's already happening in Florida with their opposition to Charlie Crist for Senate). 

It'll be up to RNC Chairman Michael Steele to keep it from getting too ugly (if that's even possible), but it's definitely going to take place.  The conservatives would argue that it'll improve their chances to win back the House and Senate because they'll be running candidates that offer a clear alternative to the Democrats; the moderates would say that it hurts their chances to take back Congress because most voters want  middle-of-the-road candidates.  It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.

The other major theme will be the growing dissallusionment (not anger, yet) with the Obama presidency.  There wasn't outright anger in NJ and VA (though swing voters flocked to the Republicans in both states), but there seems to be a creeping dissapointment with the Obama administration (for proof, ask the far left what they think so far).  If the economy remains stagnant, jobs scarce, and healthcare confusing, it will be a very difficult year for the Democrats.   It'll be less difficult for the Democrats, however, if the Republicans self immolate in the 'great purge of 2010' ...

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