Finally, the election is over. Seemed like Nov. 6 would never get here. With all the newspaper and Internet polls I read I never thought Romney would win. The only hope I had was to watch no-spin Fox, which did, in fact, put on the best Republican spin, although even their Bill O'Reilly did not predict a Romney win.
While I was not pleased with the outcome there were some very bright spots for Republicans here in West Virginia. The most significant win for the Republicans was the Attorney General's office. Though I like McGraw as an individual he ran his office as though it was his own little empire. He mostly sued large corporations, not by using his full time staff employees, but by hiring his downtown Charleston attorney buddies. Come election time, these attorneys gave large donations to his reelection campaigns. While the legislature felt these settlement monies should have gone into the state treasury they were never successful in redirecting the settlement monies his office received.
The new attorney general has pledged to defend states' rights against encroachment by the federal government on those rights. For example he will consider bringing suit against the Environmental Protection Agency which has promulgated numerous rules and regulations that have had a devastating effect on job opportunities in West Virginia. As a matter of fact the federal courts have overruled the EPA on many of their regulations for the very reason that they did infringe on states' rights.
Another very important state office which was won by Republicans was a seat on the Supreme Court. The court will now be made up of three Democrats and two Republicans. This makeup will bring balance to the court: a balance which it has not had for decades. This new court will help us to overcome our national reputation as being a judicial hellhole and one of the very worst states in which to do business.
In the new West Virginia House of Delegates, 46 of the 100 seats will be held by Republicans. This number is the most Republicans have had since the 1930s. Republicans will also retain two of our three seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Republicans have control of the U.S. House of Representatives and enough U.S. Senators, through their right of filibuster, to prevent passage of any legislation which they deem unacceptable. The Republican Party is still a viable political force to be reckoned with.