How the Christian Dominionists Fared In the 2012 Election
by Nicole Nichols
“A ReBiblican is a politician who is most likely to call themselves Republican and supports the melding of church & state. They are Christian zealots also known as Christian Dominionists/Christian Nationalists. They believe that America was founded as a Christian Nation and view the U.S. Constitution as secondary to God’s Law according to the Bible.” (Leah Burton)
As the right-wing, evangelical, Dominionist Christians gather together to lick their wounds and commiserate with each other over the loss of the Presidential election, and the left-wing celebrates their victory, little mention or thought has been given to the real winners and losers from the November 6th, proceedings.
The election process is about who the American public believes would best represent them, and as the results trickled in, we, supposedly, got a good picture of the mindset and political philosophies that will be guiding this country for the next four years. Or did we?
Of course, Barack Obama won the election. Marriage equality was given a big thumbs-up in a few states. A few radical and rabidly anti-women ReBiblican incumbents were sent packing. All of which points to a hopeful future for, at least, the socially conscious of us. However, there is a much darker side to all of this – a side that few are paying attention to, and it is precisely this kind of myopic inability to see the big picture that threatens the very fabric of our society.
We have a tendency to revel in the moment of a great victory without looking beyond that moment. We have a tendency to get caught up in the revelry without acknowledging the negatives. And, often, we have a tendency to assume that everything will now be okay because of the battle won without thought to the fact that the war is in full swing. Make no mistake, the war has not been won with the election of a president. In fact, it is just beginning, and without the participation of all of us, we will not be victorious.
The time has now come for all of us to look at the big picture, and to evaluate the situation. We must strategize and, above all, recognize the necessity for each and every one of us to engage ourselves in the political process, and to be vigilant, not only in the days ahead, but in the years ahead because our future depends on just that. We can no longer be silent. Silence equals acceptance, and we cannot, we must not, accept the takeover of this great country by the bigoted, religious zealots who have been placed in positions of power across this land.
Let’s look for a moment at the big picture that this election painted for us. Leah and I both worked at a feverish pace to create an interactive map that puts the information in a user-friendly format. If you have not yet seen it, please go and explore. By using simple hover and click features you can quickly and easily navigate a wealth of information on individual states and candidates.
There were, at least, 366 identified ReBiblicans running for either election or re-election to the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate. Out of those 366 ReBiblicans 227 are now officially in those crucial seats of power. ReBiblicans won 62% of the seats they were targeting.
Now, that is a staggering number, and those are just the ones who have been identified as ReBiblican. There are many more who run stealth campaigns as democrats, republicans and even libertarian as we saw with Ron Paul in order to further their agendas as well as numerous others who sympathize and vote with the ReBiblicans.
Which leads us to the questions: 1) how polarized are we as a nation; and 2) just how informed is the American electorate before they cast a crucial vote?
We only have to look at the state congressional races to be able to see the larger picture and as you go through these results, keep in mind that it is not coincidental that the states with the biggest wins in number for ReBiblicans are also what are referred to as the “Bible Belt” states:
- Alabama WON 6; LOST 1 Out of seven ReBiblican candidates running. All but one of those candidates were incumbents, and all of the incumbents won their respective races. On a side note, it is important to note that Judge Roy Moore (the “Ten Commandment Judge”) was resoundingly re-elected to the bench, leaving little doubt about the ideology behind the Alabama electorate.
- Arizona WON 6; LOST 3 Out of nine ReBiblican candidates running. Three were incumbents. Despite all of the controversy in this state over their Draconian laws, six of the nine were elected including the three incumbents. It seems pretty clear that the controversy is just beginning in Arizona.
- Arkansas WON 4; LOST 0 - Out of four ReBiblican candidates running. Three of these were incumbents. All four won their respective races. Leaves little to the imagination, for certain.
- California WON 13; LOST 18 - Out of a whopping thirty-one ReBiblican candidates running. Sixteen of those on the ballot were incumbents. To the credit of the California voters, only thirteen of the thirty-one were elected and three of the incumbents were sent into political purgatory. Kudos to those in California who are seeing the big picture. We can only hope that they are able to stand their ground and bring others into the light.
- Colorado WON 4; LOST 3 - Out of seven ReBiblican candidates running. Four of these were incumbents. All four incumbents won their races while the three remaining ReBiblicans were sent packing. That was a start, Colorado, but the war is just beginning.
- Connecticut WON 0; LOST 3 - Out of three ReBiblican candidates running. None of these candidates were incumbents, and all three were soundly defeated. Perhaps the good people of Connecticut are not the least bit myopic.
- Delaware WON 0; LOST 3 - One ReBiblican ran for congress, but they also had ReBiblican candidates running for Governor and Lt. Governor. Endorsed by the Tea Party, the Delaware ReBiblicans was not elected. Good on the State of Delaware.
- Florida WON 15; LOST 9 - Out of twenty-four ReBiblican candidates running. Sixteen of those candidates were incumbents. Fifteen out of the twenty-one were elected, twelve of whom were incumbents. Their only saving grace was the ousting of the darling of Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, and Sean Hannity’s darling, Connie Mack, IV; Sarah Palin, David Barton, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s choice, Sandy Adams; and the Herman Cain – Sarah Palin endorsed whacko, Allen West. However the retention of politicians such as Mike Huckabee’s Huckleberry, Steve Southerland, II, Jeb Bush’s honey, Daniel Webster, and Marco Rubio’s prize, Tom Rooney, leaves little to the imagination as to where the Florida delegation will stand in the halls of Congress.
- Georgia WON 7; LOST 4 - Out of eleven ReBiblicans running. Six of these were incumbents. Seven of the eleven were elected including all six of the incumbents. Among those re-elected were: the Family Research Council’s favorite, Tom Graves; Tea Party and Mike Huckabee’s choice, Rob Woodall; Newt Gingrich’s pick, Tom Price; and Sarah Palin’s pet Doug Collins. Coloring Georgia red isn’t hard, but coloring Georgia ReBiblican is as easy as 1, 2, 3.
- Idaho WON 2; LOST 0 - Out of two ReBiblican candidates running. Both are ReBiblicans and both won their races. With the re-election of both candidates Idaho assures its ReBiblican place in the nation’s capital and their voices of opposition to progress in the halls of Congress. With the re-election of Raul Labrador, Idaho citizens can know that their right to bear arms will be protected and a woman’s right to choose will be hotly contested. With Mike Simpson, those same citizens can rest well knowing that the separation of church and state is really not the same as when the Constitution was written and that he will be fighting back for their religious freedoms. It will be interesting to see how those things work out for you.
- Illinois WON 5; LOST 6 - Out of eleven ReBiblican candidates running. Six of those were incumbents. Only five of the eleven won their races with four of them being incumbents. Perhaps the loss of Joe Walsh was the most surprising to his supporters. However, the loss by Bobby Schilling after the glowing endorsements of both Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann was devastating, not that any of us are despondent about it. The re-election of Eric Cantor’s star, Adam Kinsinger and Right-to-Life’s Peter Roskam, along with the rest of the slate, however, demonstrates how powerful the endorsements of the right-wing can be. It’s a start, Illinois, but by 2016, we need to finish the job.
- Indiana WON 7; LOST 2 - Out of nine ReBiblican candidates running. Only four of them were incumbents. Unfortunately, seven of the nine won their races, including all of the incumbents. While, voters in Indiana should be congratulated on sending Rick Santorum, Grover Norquist, and Michele Bachmann’s protégé into political exile along with Tea-partier Joel Phelps, we cannot ignore their selection of Huckabee’s picks, Larry Buschon, and Marlin Stutzmann or Mitt Romney’s water-boy, Todd Young. Indiana can now feel secure knowing that ReBiblican values are being well represented by their choices in the nation’s capital.
- Iowa WON 3; LOST 1 - Out of four ReBiblican candidates running. Two of these were incumbents. Three of the four won their races, including both incumbents. Rick Santorum and the Coalition for American Values were, undoubtedly disappointed by the loss of John Archer. But, rest assured that the Tea-Party, Santorum, and the Right-to-Life groups were heartened by the victory of Ben Lange. Likewise, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, and Gov. Chris Christie were doing the Huckle Buck when the returns came in for Steve King and Tom Latham. Iowa remains a ReBiblican state.
- Kansas WON 4; LOST 0 - Out of four ReBiblican candidates running. All four candidates were incumbents and all for took home the prize. Pro-lifer’s, amnesty deniers, homeschoolers, school choice advocates, faith-based initiative proponents, anti-separation of church and state advocates, and anti-Obamacare folks are all very comfortable tonight knowing that their values will be well represented in D.C. So will Rick Perry, Tony Perkins, Ron Paul, Mike Huckabee, and Sean Hannity knowing that they endorsed a winning slate of ReBiblicans. Pleasant dreams Kansas…how are those ruby slippers working out for you?
- Kentucky WON 5; LOST1 - Out of six ReBiblican candidates running. Three of those candidates were incumbents. Five of the six won their races, including the three incumbents. FreedomWorks, Rand Paul, Newt Gingrich and all of the gun-rights people poured a lot of money and attention into this race, and none of them were too disappointed. That speaks volumes for the voters in Kentucky who are, apparently content with the idea of taking America back-wards.
- Louisiana WON 5; LOST 2 - Out of seven ReBiblican candidates running. Six of those candidates were incumbents. Four of the six candidates won their races, including five of the incumbents. Being the proverbial fly on the wall on election night might have been fun as the Louisiana voters ousted ReBiblican Rep. Jeff Landry. Seeing the reactions from the Family Research Council, FreedomWorks and Mike Huckabee who heavily endorsed Landry might have been worth the price of admission. But, our glee was diminished as we watched the Family Research Council and Bobby Jindal’s picks, Bill Cassidy and Bill Scalise; Mitt Romney’s favorite, Rodney Alexander; Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness (LLPH PAC) poster boy, John Flemming; and gun-loving, anti-affirmative action, pro-lifer Charles Boustany come out on top. Given the diverse make-up of the State of Louisiana, it truly does boggle the mind thinking about the politics of those inhabitants.
- Maine WON 0; LOST 3 - Out of three ReBiblican candidates running. None of these were incumbents and none of them gained a seat in Congress. Maine, you set the standard. Say no to the right-wing bigotry and hatred of ReBiblican politicians – you did it! In spite of endorsements from George W. Bush, the United States Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Independent Business, and the National Rifle Association, the voters in Maine voted their conscience and their beliefs in an America for all people. Thank you, Maine.
- Maryland WON 1; LOST 8 - Out of nine ReBiblicans running. Only two of these were incumbents. It would seem that the ReBiblicans believed the State of Maryland was fertile ground for them. Boy, did they get fooled. One – I will repeat – One ReBiblican was elected and he was the incumbent. Now, that incumbent was Rep. Andy Harris who is very popular among the Dominionist crowd. He was heavily endorsed by James Dobson and Focus on the Family, and the right-to-life groups. However, that does not negate the fact that Maryland voters saw right through the rhetoric and the dollars spent by the PAC’s and people like Sarah Palin, Allen West, Ron Paul, Paul Ryan, Frank Gaffney and James Woolsey, Jr. who poured so much into furthering their congressional hold in the State of Maryland. On top of that, the Maryland voters said sayonara to extreme ReBiblican Roscoe Bartlett. Well done, Maryland – you showed your true colors.
- Massachusetts WON 0; LOST 3 - Out of three ReBiblicans running. One of them was the incumbent who lost along with the other two candidates. Yet another state who got it right. And, in spite of heavy endorsements from Michael Bloomberg, John McCain, Marco Rubio, the Tea Party, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, they sent Sen. Scott Brown back to the political boneyard without so much as a kiss. Mad props to the Massachusetts voters! You have shown us that it can be done.
- Michigan WON 9; LOST 3 - Out of twelve ReBiblican candidates running. Eight of those candidates were incumbents. Nine out of the twelve won including the eight incumbents. Now, one would think that given the nature of the economy and the times, in general, a state like Michigan would recognize that something might need to be changed, or fixed, or adjusted. Instead, they chose the status quo which meant holding on to the same extremists that created this mess. Enormous amounts of money and promotion was poured into the Michigan elections by pro-life groups, far-right Dominionist organizations, big business, the privatization coalitions, the anti-gay organizations, and the prayer caucus groups. Obviously, it paid off. Consequently, Michigan sends nine more ReBiblicans into our halls of government. Any bets on which way Michigan will lean come 2016?
- Minnesota WON 3; LOST 6 - Out of nine ReBiblican candidates running. Four of those candidates were incumbents, and only three candidates, all incumbents, won their races – that’s the good news. The bad news is: 1) All three incumbents are extreme ReBiblicans; 2) All three incumbents were backed by big business, pro-life groups, anti-gay groups, and Christian coalitions against the separation of church and state; and 4) Michele Bachmann was one of the re-elected candidates. Minnesota! What were you thinking? You had the perfect chance to redeem yourselves and rid yourselves of the embarrassment of having Bachmann as your representative – and you blew it! Kudo’s for sending six of the nine packing, but shame on you for saddling the American people with Michele – again!
- Mississippi WON 9; LOST 3 - Out of five ReBiblicans running. Four of the candidates were incumbents, all four were elected. The only loser, Rob Marcy, was a right-to-life/Sarah Palin candidate. The four who retained their seats are all extreme ReBiblican politicians, who reflect the values of the Mississippi voters who continue to elect them: Pro-life; Anti-Gay; Christian America; English-speaking only; Anti-amnesty; Prayer in school; Faith-based education and initiatives; Absolute right to gun ownership; etc. They are heavily endorsed by individuals and organizations who promote these values, and they continue to be re-elected. It would appear that, just as in the 1960’s we still have a lot of work to do in Mississippi.
- Missouri WON 6; LOST 4 - Out of eight ReBiblican candidates running. Six of those candidates were incumbents. Six of the eight won their races including five of the incumbents. Mike Huckabee and his Huck PAC must have been having their victory party in Missouri since four of his huckleberries pulled it out. Actually, the Missouri races were certainly victories that will pay off in spades for the Tea-Party, Tony Perkins, and the pro-life crowd. The one big surprise and set-back that was dealt to them was the loss of their beloved Todd Akin. Endorsed by a who’s who on the religious right (Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Phyllis Schlafly, Jim DeMint, David Barton, Michele Bachmann, Jeb Hensarling, Pete Sessions, Steve King, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, and Tony Perkins) Todd’s vile statements on rape proved to be too much even for the most devoted ReBiblican voter. That’s a step in the right direction, but Missouri…we have a problem!
- Montana WON 1; LOST 2 – Out of two ReBiblicans running. Of the two candidates, the incumbent, Rep. Denny Rehberg was given a pink slip by Montana voters while Steve Daines was given the key to the city. Of course, this could be seen as a victory of sorts, however, getting rid of an incumbent ReBiblican only to add another one into the mix can’t be seen as anything but robbing Peter and paying Paul. Montana is one of those places where information and education is a must. A beautiful state with great resources that is about to be raped by the politicians who inhabit it.
- Nebraska WON 4; LOST 0 - Out of four ReBiblicans running. Three of those candidates were incumbents, and all four ReBiblicans won their races sending yet another blow to the separation of church and state in America. Election night 2012, in America saw a lot of celebrating by the ReBiblicans, and in Nebraska there was no exception as the Pro-life crowd along with the gun-owners and the Bible thumpers were dancing in the aisles knowing that their values have a real chance of becoming the credo by which all of Americans will soon have to live. Running their agenda state, by precious state, we are being overtaken. Sound far-fetched? Again – look at the big picture. Put the pieces together.
- Nevada WON 3; LOST 1 - Our of four ReBiblicans running. Two of those candidates were incumbent and three of those candidates took the State of Nevada. Once again, the Pro-life PAC’s along with the Pro-gun factions, Mike Huckabee, Herman Cain, and Sarah Palin coalesced into a driving force to assure the re-election of both Mark Amodei and Joe Heck, as well as bringing Dean Heller into the fold. The losing candidate, Chuck Tarkanian had been endorsed by Mike Huckabee, the Minuteman Project, and Chuck Heath (Sarah Palin’s father). While Nevada only has three seats to send to Congress this year, we have to wonder where Nevadan’s get their information before casting their ballots. When they speak of “Battleground States,” it might behoove us to make a list of our own battlegrounds.
- New Hampshire WON 0; LOST 2 - Out of ReBiblican running, and that candidate was an incumbent to whom the New Hampshire voters bid adieu. Bravo for the good sense displayed by these voters! It would appear that many in the Northeastern part of the country are finally waking up. Rep. Frank Guinta will no longer make decisions for the good people of America. His endorsements from Jim DeMint, Rick Santorum, and America’s Watchtower held no sway over the savvy voters in the Granite State as they made him for the charlatan that he is. Good-bye Guinta.
- New Jersey WON 4; LOT 2 - Out of six ReBiblicans running. Five of those candidates were incumbents. Five of the six were elected and four of them were incumbents. Tea Party candidate Anna Little was turned back along with her radical politics. However, those radical ideas were given the stamp of approval with the election of Paul Ryan’s fair-haired boy, Leonard Lance; Rudy Giuliani’s gadget, E. Scott Garrett; Tea-Party tool, Chris Smith; and ALEC’s puppet, Frank Lobiondo. Now, to be fair, New Jersey didn’t field as many ReBiblican candidates as they could have, but by electing these ReBiblicans they definitely became part of the problem.
- New Mexico WON 2; LOST 1 - Out of three ReBiblican candidates. One of these candidates was an incumbent and he was re-elected as the other two were given a thumbs down. They real tragedy here is that the re-elected candidate was Rep. Steve Pearce, an extremist in every sense. Endorsed by Concerned Women for America and Sarah Palin, Pearce will, once again, bring his ReBiblican values into the Congressional arena and attempt to foist them off on all of America. Okay, New Mexico – two down, one more to go.
- New York WON 1; LOST 6 - Out of seven ReBiblican candidates running. Only three of them were incumbents, and like with New Jersey, to be fair, they didn’t field as many ReBiblicans as they could have. Additionally, they only re-elected one of the incumbents and none of the others sending a major left hook to the radical right, the Koch Brothers, and the theocrats. Perhaps there really is something in the water! They definitely got it right! Many thanks to New York.
- North Carolina WON 8; LOST 6 - Out of twelve ReBiblican candidates running. Five of those candidates were incumbents. Eight of the twelve candidates were elected including the five incumbents. What can be said other than the more things change the more they stay the same? The ReBiblican movers and shakers were very busy in North Carolina inundating the electorate with their rhetoric and their hyperbolic propaganda. Not only did they succeed in re-electing the slate of incumbents, but in convincing the people to elect ReBiblican and uber-extremist Mark Meadows and ultra- zealot Robert Pittenger, as well as Richard Hudson who accepted Over $150,000 from Washington Republicans. Hudson has accepted at least $154,583 from Republican Congressmen and Congressional candidates. Contributions included $10,000 from House Speaker John Boehner’s Freedom project, $10,000 from Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s ERIC PAC, and $5,000 from Congressman Paul Ryan’s Prosperity PAC. Perhaps, however, the most egregious of all, was the voter’s acceptance of Rep. Walter Jones, who in September actually graced the microphone of James Edwards’ white supremacist talk show, the Political Cesspool. Whatever is in the water in North Carolina is toxic – to the residents, and to America.
- North Dakota WON 1; LOST 1 - Out of ReBiblicans running. Again, one was an incumbent who was fired, the other got the golden ticket. Rep. Rick Berg obviously lost favor with the constituents in his district and even an endorsement from the NRA and a Right-To-Life group couldn’t breathe life into his candidacy. However, Kevin Cramer with the help of gun rights advocates, pro-life groups, big business, and bankers was able to pull off the bamboozle and win a seat at the table. What voters don’t realize is that they have been bought – and sold…down the river, that is.
- Ohio WON 10; LOST 2 - Out of twelve ReBiblicans running. Nine of those candidates were incumbents. Ten of the twelve candidates swept the State of Ohio with victories, with all nine of the incumbents winning the retention of their seats. Now, in a pivotal state, which Ohio definitely was during this election, that put President Obama over the top, one would think that the voters were finally starting to see the light. Why would an electorate who, obviously, recognized the need for a rebuke of the right at the presidential level, turn around and elect ten overtly radically right individuals to Congressional office? Misinformation, lack of information, apathy, confusion, or just plain old acceptance of the status quo? Whatever the problem, we can thank the voters of Ohio for choosing the right president and turning around and sending ten more soldiers to fight for the enemy.
- Oklahoma WON 5; LOST 0 - Out of five ReBiblicans running. Three of those candidates were incumbents and all five ReBiblicans were given the green light to carry their vision and their policies to Congress. The pro-lifers, ALEC’s front group the NFIB, the anti-immigration crew, gun-rights advocates, the militia-minded, and of course, Allen West, Tom Coburn, Mike Huckabee, and Mitt Romney all smelled a rout and jumped on the bandwagon to add a few more notches to their ego belts. Consequently, Oklahoma holds on to the distinction of being the “Reddest State” in the nation, and damned proud of it. Anyone ready to take odds on what they will be saying same time next election?
- Oregon WON 1; LOST 4 - Out of five ReBiblicans running. Only one of those candidates were incumbents and the incumbent was the only one who was deemed acceptable to the Oregon voters. The Oregon races were interesting from the standpoint that the Tea Party spent a lot of time and effort in that state, yet few of the usual individuals were making endorsements. The most notable endorsements came from Ron Paul and Gary North who jumped on the Art Robinson bandwagon. Robinson runs a homeschool curriculum business and has been heavily criticized for his promotion of overtly racist books for children, once again, demonstrating the racism of the ReBiblican Paul. Perhaps, he will now try to tell us that someone else put his name on his endorsement of Robinson. Good job, Oregon! One out of five isn’t too shabby!
- Pennsylvania WON 13; LOST 5 - Out of eighteen ReBiblicans running. Eleven of those candidates were incumbents. Thirteen of the eighteen candidates won, including all eleven of those candidates. Given the current state of affairs in Pennsylvania, this one is a difficult pill to swallow. It is difficult to understand how the Pennsylvania electorate saw fit to return the very people who have assisted in wreaking havoc on that state back to Congress along with two others who will only prove to be equally as culpable in furthering their problems. Among those re-elected was Rep. Mike Kelly who likened the mandate that insurance plans cover contraception to the September 11th terrorist attacks. Also retaining his seat was the co-sponsor of the legislative bill which attempted to redefine rape, Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick. Pennsylvania – what is up with that? It has become abundantly clear that voter information campaigns need to start right now, and Pennsylvania needs to be at the top of the list.
- Rhode Island WON 0; LOST 3 - had three ReBiblicans running. None of those three were incumbents and all of them were dealt the death blow by Rhode Island voters. The deep-pocket right-wingers must have seen the handwriting on the walls in Rhode Island. Outside of the right-to-life groups and a couple of small PAC’s very little was funneled into these races. Maybe Rhode Island knows something that we don’t about putting a “Not Welcome” sign up for the ReBiblicans. Perhaps we can get them to share their secret.
- South Carolina WON 6; LOST 0 - Out of six ReBiblicans running. Five of these candidates were incumbents. All six ReBiblicans won their races. South Carolina must be the apple of the Christian evangelicals eye in this election. It appears that between ALEC, Club for Growth, Sarah Palin, Tim Pawlenty, and Mike Huckabee their bid for dominion over South Carolina paid off. We can thank the South Carolina voters for their contribution to this growing cesspool of ReBiblicans who will be running our government for the next several years.
- South Dakota WON 1; LOST 0 - Our of but one ReBiblican running, incumbent Kristie Noem who was re-elected. Noem is the sweetheart of the Family Research Council and will continue to impart her Dominionist values upon other members of the House. South Dakota had a golden opportunity to expel this zealot from our government, however the voters either chose to continue down this path, or didn’t have the facts necessary to make an informed decision. Either way, we are, once again, saddled with Noem and her extremist views. Way to go, SC!
- Tennessee WON 8; LOST 2 - had ten ReBiblicans running. Eight of those candidates were incumbents, all of whom won. The two who were denied by the voters simply didn’t have the backing that was given to the incumbents. In spite of a national scandal involving pro-life candidate Scott DesJarlais, where it came to light that he had tried to force his mistress into having an abortion, DesJarlais was re-elected. So much for family values. Of course, the NRA endorsement, along with that of Eric Cantor and Mike Huckabee probably carried some weight with the Tennessee voters. Mitt Romney, on the other hand, yanked his endorsement as soon as he thought his mittens might get soiled. Another extremist, Chuck Fleischmann, had no trouble holding on to his seat once the big guns came to his aid. Bankrolled and promoted by Rep. Eric Cantor; Rep. Paul Ryan; Rep. Allen West; Sen. Lamar Alexander; Dr. Bill First; John Boehner; National Right to Life; Tennessee Right to Life; United States Chamber of Commerce; National Rifle Association; Mike Huckabee and HuckPAC; Minuteman Project and founder Jim Gilchrist; The American Conservative Union; and the National Federation of Independent Business, it is unlikely that he will ever forget who he is beholden to, and what agenda he needs to follow. What a blight on our nation.
- Texas WON 25; LOST 10 - Out of thirty-five ReBiblicans running. Twenty-two of those candidates were incumbents. Twenty-five of the thirty-five were elected including of the incumbents. Texas holds the distinction of having the largest contingent of ReBiblican politicians in the United States Congress. As Texas likes to refer to itself as “a whole other country,” it certainly lives up to that in a variety of ways. A lot of eyes were on Texas during this election, and a lot of money was spent to insure that Texas would move in the right direction. Perhaps there was no seat more coveted that the Senate seat that was up for grabs and that ReBiblican Ted Cruz secured. To give you some idea of just how important this seat was to the most rabid of right, take a look at his endorsements: Texas Alliance for Life; National Rifle Association; Gun Owners of America; U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Sarah Palin; Rick Santorum; Sean Hannity; Rand Paul; Tea Party Express; James Dobson; Family Research Council; Eagle Forum; David Barton; Ron Paul; Young Conservatives of Texas; Pat Toomey; Kelly Shckelford (Liberty Institute) Edwin Meese; Madison Project; Mark Levin; Sen. Mike Lee; Tony Perkins; Republican Liberty Caucus; Phyllis Schlafly; FreedomWorks; Erick Erickson and Red State; Sen. Jim DeMint; Concerned Women for America; Club for Growth; Citizens United Political Victory Fund; Winston Elliot III (Free Enterprise Institute; Heritage Alliance; Sen. Tom Coburn; Alliance Defense Fund; Rep. Justin Amash; Mike Farris (Home School Legal Defense Fund. This is a veritable list of who’s who on the ReBiblican spectrum. They bought this seat, and they have Cruz in their pockets.
- Utah WON 5; LOST 1 - Out of five ReBiblicans running. Three of those candidates were incumbents. Four of the five won including all of the incumbents. The outcome of this race was pretty well expected. Utah continues to disappoint and perplex. However, the endorsements given by people such as Sarah Palin, Paul Ryan, Condoleezza Rice, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Sam Brownback, and Ann Romney, speaks volumes about the values and the ideology of the candidates and the voters who elected them. Once again, another state has sold out to the ReBiblican mindset.
- Vermont WON 1; LOST 2 - Out of only one ReBiblican running and the voters said no to a John MacGovern congressional seat. Even with the endorsements of the right-to-life groups, the pro-gun groups, and people like Allen West and Joe Coors, MacGovern couldn’t pull at a win with Vermont voters. Maybe it was the endorsement from Joe the Plumber who did him in. Whatever the case, the Vermont voters saw right through him and were having none of it. A big thumbs up to Vermont!
- Virginia WON 8; LOST 3 - Out of eleven ReBiblicans running. Eight of those candidates were incumbents, and those eight incumbents were the ones chosen by the voters. An interesting note in this particular election is the loss of George Allen. Allen was a United States Senator from 2000 to 2006. He was ousted after his racism surfaced and became public. This time around, he evidently thought that the voters had forgotten all of that, and with the endorsement of such notables as Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee, Rudy Giuliani, Rick Santorum, and Tom Coburn he seemed to be a shoe-in for the seat. The voters didn’t forget. The win by Rep. Randy Forbes, however, was a clinched deal. Forbes is the founder of the Congressional Prayer Caucus and a member of the Pro-life Caucus, and the bucks behind him kept him on top. With the endorsement of Lou Sheldon, Chairman of the Traditional Values Coalition, which is a designated hate group, it was thought that Rep. Scott Rigell would hit the canvas, but he somehow managed to be re-elected. So, what does all of this tell us about the voters in Virginia? I would venture to say that Virginian’s reside in the clutches of the ReBiblican right. Hence, they continue to plague the rest of us with their choices. Add eight more to the list who will be attempting to send us back to the Dark Ages in their quest for Biblical domination.
- Washington WON 4; WON 4 - Out of eight ReBiblicans running. Four of these candidates were incumbents, all of the incumbents won, and the rest were told to take a hike. So, does that mean that half of Washington gets it and half don’t? All of the candidates running were pro-life and pro-gun. All were anti-marriage equality and Obama care. And all were proponents of school choice and the oil and gas industry. John Koster, who ran in Washington’s first District, had huge endorsements from all areas, yet he couldn’t get on the bus. Giving Washington a thumbs up for their four rejections is bitter sweet, because they negated all of that with their acceptance of the status quo.
- West Virginia WON 3; LOST 2 - Out of four ReBiblicans running. Two were incumbents. Voters elected three, including the two incumbents. The loser, John Raese, is one of those guys who just knows that he was meant to be somebody. He has been running for office since 1984, and still hasn’t quite gotten the hang of it. He wants to eliminate the minimum wage, the Department of Education, The Department of Energy, and the Internal Revenue Service. But, his rhetoric about traditional values and the God-given right to gun ownership still didn’t resonate with the voters of West Virginia. Maybe it was the fact that he equated smoking bans with Hitler’s yellow badge, or perhaps it was his reference to Roosevelt as “Fidel Roosevelt.” My money’s on him calling Ted Nugent a “Patriot.” Still, thanks to West Virginia, we will now have to deal with three more ReBiblicans who want nothing more than to negate every single bit of progress that this country has made.
- Wisconsin WON 4; LOST 4 - Out of eight ReBiblicans running. Four of those candidates were incumbents. The four incumbents were re-elected while the other four have been relegated to the archives of the 2012 election data bases. On the one hand, we can shout “Hooray” for Wisconsin. On the other hand we must ask those voters just what in the hell they were thinking when they, once again, let their dogs loose on us. Good grief! Wisconsin? The war-torn state where battle after battle for equality and justice has been waged time and again? You give us Reid Ribble, and Jim Sensenbrenner – again? What were you thinking? We can thank
- Wyoming WON 2; LOST 0 - had two ReBiblicans running. Both were incumbents and both won their races. Gun Owners of America and the National Rifle Association both love these ReBiblicans. Cynthia Lummis who retains her House seat is also a darling of Mitt Romney. While the voters in Wyoming can expect both candidates to uphold their traditional Christian values, they can also expect them to fight tooth and nail to privatize Social Security, expand the armed forces, and promote the devastation that oil and gas drilling will bring to their beautiful state. Just saying. You know the old adage, “Be careful what you wish for,” I think it applies to Wyoming and a whole lot of other states.
Well, there you have it. Two-hundred and twenty-seven ReBiblicans to be sworn in – and that’s only the beginning. That two-hundred and twenty-seven will be joining the others already seated. They will then join forces with the chiefs and department heads, the policy makers, the lobbyists, and the power brokers who helped put them there. The whole of the pieces have yet to be revealed, but with every piece we put in place, the picture becomes more ominous.
We have only scratched the surface here. All across the country state Senators and Representatives were elected. City Councilmen, Mayors, Governors, School Board members, Commissioners, Justices and Judges were voted upon, many of whom are ReBiblicans. These individuals bring with them the values and ideas that can only be viewed as a major threat to a secular and diverse society such as ours. The future of America and our way of life really does hang in the balance.
So, as we rejoice in our victories, as we should, we must not fail to recognize that the war is being fought on many fronts and that each one of us has an obligation to be vigilant, to be engaged, and to never be silent. What was once considered only a “fringe element” is now kicking down the door and marching right up to the dinner table. The entrée – Our Freedom and Democracy.