(h/t The Transom)
Hey, it’s a start.
Rarely has an election seemed to have clearer consequences for state government than the one just completed. (See Stateline infographic.)
The first result is that Republicans consolidated the power they had won in 2010. Despite some key Democratic victories, 53 percent of Americans live in states where Republicans control both the legislature and the governorship.
Republicans took state policy in a more conservative direction during the last two years, and fought back against President Obama’s policies. Nothing that happened November 6 will prevent them from doing the same thing again in the next two years. If the biggest obstacle to the president’s second-term agenda is the Republican-controlled U.S. House, the second biggest obstacle will be Republican power in the states.
We’ve already seen that the entrenched power in Washington on “our side” isn’t helping much. This may not qualify as having a deep bench just yet, but it does counter the hopeless demographic shift narrative that’s been going on since the election. It is ultimate from state government that we have to find more representative representatives as well.
Again, baby steps.