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All the attention understandably has focused on Washington this year: A new Congress with enhanced Republican control. A new and politically unpredictable president coming to town while methodically constructing a new administration. A Democratic party in disputatious disarray, still stunned from losing another national gimme.
But what’s happening out in the country, that vast area of scattered light patches that elites fly over while watching a movie, will play a far more important role in setting the country’s near-term future and fortunes.
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And in those little-noticed places, Republicans have in the past six years quietly engineered, political piece by political piece, a revolution in governments unseen in the United States for a century.
The party of Lincoln, a Middle American who was the 16th president and the first of the GOP’s 20 presidents, has the opportunity to collectively deliver on voters’ confidence far from the bright lights of the myopic D.C.-centric media and set Republicans on a long-term path of electoral success.
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DEMOCRATS TOTALLY CONTROL FIVE STATES, DOWN FROM SEVEN. THAT’S THE FEWEST SINCE THE CIVIL WAR, WHEN THERE WERE ONLY 34 STATES.
President Obama, who promised a smooth presidential transition, has claimed that although his name was not on the ballot in recent elections, his policies were. The voters’ verdict is in. Since he took office Democrats have lost 69 House seats, 13 Senate seats and 12 governorships.
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Big cities aside, here’s how massive the GOP’s political penetration has become nationally: In legislative sessions convening across the country these days, Republicans control 33 governors’ offices and also both houses in 25 states; Democrats totally control five states, down from seven. That’s the fewest since the Civil War, when there were only 34 states.
Republicans won 46 additional state legislative seats in November to give them 4,170, just under 60 percent of the total. Fully 27 state...
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