Who Won the 2010 Election? Ron Paul

You can say, Ron Paul lost the election in 2008 but won the revolution in 2010.

What do we learn from tonight’s election?  And what does it mean for 2012?

We learn that Barack Obama’s re-election as president is now far more problematic.  Sure, anything can happen.  The whole world can change in 30 days.  But right now, Obama is in trouble.

But didn’t Reagan and Clinton suffer setbacks in the congressional elections during their second years in office and still recover, winning re-election?

Yes, but this setback is more severe and it is more intense.  Polling shows that.  I’ll put it this way, neither Reagan nor Clinton had a gubernatorial candidate from their own party tell them to take their endorsement and shove it.

And then there is the issue of where the battles took place. The Republicans won big in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin and even the governor’s office in Michigan.  These are all critical, key presidential swing states.  With two exceptions, you didn’t see that in the Reagan – Clinton off year congressional losses.

So will Obama not follow the Reagan – Clinton playbook and try to govern more from the middle?  Will he compromise his agenda, work with the Republicans? Abandon the more radical elements of his plans?

Given his personal record in the Senate, that is unlikely.  He would often go it alone, with four other colleagues, rather than compromise his more liberal agenda.  But then there is this other problem. In a sense, it’s too late.  President Obama has already achieved most of his agenda, including its most radical elements, while, by comparison, Reagan and Clinton were not even half finished with their respective programs.  This election was like closing the barn door after the horses got out.  So the electorate is furious and they may not be finished.

So what can the Democrats do now?  What will work for them now?

Well, keep in mind that President Barack Obama has the vast majority of the national media still behind him.  And the best wishes of many Americans who are still infatuated with the idea of an African American president.  They want it to work.  And they want him to be successful.  And things can change quickly. And the economy rarely stays down this long.  So even with mismanagement, there is enough creativity left in the marketplace to allow it rebound, at least a little.

If it doesn’t, it might not matter.  President Obama may not care. He may not even run for re-election.  It is very likely that all along he intended to achieve as much of his radical agenda as he could in a first term and he has done it.

Who was the big winner in the 2010 elections?

Redistricting for Republicans was the big winner.

Because of a combination of the new census and now Republican power in several key state legislatures as well as the governor’s mansions, the Republicans will help draw the electoral maps.  This will impact Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and even to an extent, in New York, where the most outrageous liberal plans are now likely to be usurped.  This will shape congressional power for years.

Yes, but among the presidential candidates.  Who were the big winners?  What personalities came out ahead?

Sarah Palin was a big winner.  But in a sense this was really a moment for Ron Paul, the most unlikely candidate last time around.  You can say, Ron Paul lost the election last time but won the revolution this time.

The Tea party really started as a Ron Paul fundraiser, although it was co-opted by Sarah Palin. (And you have to give her credit for that.)  And all that Ron Paul said about the economy, the dollar, our dependency on China, the bailouts, things that were laughed at two years ago, became the standard campaign language of last night’s winners.  And remember, Paul turned his army loose after his big convention in Minneapolis.  He charged them to go out and run for office themselves.  And they did.

An NBC poll released Monday showed the number one message the Tea Party wants to send to congress is to get back to the basics of the Constitution.  It sounds like a Ron Paul sound bite.  Oh yes, Rand Paul, the congressman’s son, won election as the new U.S. Senator from Kentucky.  All in all, it was a good night for the U. S. Constitution.


Published by Doug Wead

Doug Wead is a New York Times bestselling author whose latest book, Game of Thorns, is about the Trump-Clinton 2016 election. He served as an adviser to two American presidents and was a special assistant to the president in the George H.W. Bush White House.

14 thoughts on “Who Won the 2010 Election? Ron Paul

  1. It is my understanding that your report holds the Constitution at the helm….andisin Good Hands!
    Thank you Doug Wead for settling hearts and minds worldwide. Lori Ryan,Canada

  2. Great recap.

    It’s still frustrating that the establishment part of the Tea Party movement doesn’t acknowledge that Ron Paul has much to do with it’s roots.

    Also, I wonder how McConnell will react when Rand and Rubio stand on principle versus aligning with the lifetime politicians in the party. And let’s hope they do.

    1. I have high hopes for Rand, no hope at at all for Rubio. Rubio did not show for the Campaign for Liberty event here in Florida, while two felllow candidates, Snitker (Libertarian) and DeCastro, (Constitution Party) did. Not to mention Rubio’s having a portrait of himself painted at government expense. We hopefully will see a change in Rubio, but if the past is an indicator, I don’t expect he will be a Ron Paul Revolutionary.

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  4. And like a softball lobbed into Ron Paul’s wheelhouse, today we get QE2 from the fed. A nice overdose for an economy already high on money supply. Once the velocity of all this money hits, the dollar will fall and inflation will skyrocket. Question is, will it hit before or after 2012?

  5. Doug, I followed this US midterm elections with interest… for a while, after reading your blog post, I thought that the true American hero is Ron Paul. I started listening to all his previous speeches, and suddenly I realised, “Oh my god, this Ron fella is NOT a hero. He is a dhimmi.” (if anyone does not know what is Dhimmitude, check out http://www.jihadwatch.org) You all have never been subjugated by Muslims, eh? If Americans elect Ron Paul as their next President, good luck to you all. 🙂

  6. In the 2008 election, I noticed how Ron Paul was ridiculed, and that drew my desire to know more about the man because I figured he must not be “one of the good old boys. As a result of my research I voted for him in the primaries.

    I found Ron Paul is so misunderstood by many of those who would agree with him. Here are some links that give the facts on Ron Paul



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  7. Regarding inflation: looking at current commodity prices driven by the Fed’s money printing, I assure you (as many feel), that double-digit inflation is a clear possibility by the end of 2011, not 2012.

    This bodes favorably for Ron Paul.

    It’s going to be a cold, hungry winter for many poor and middle-class folks.

  8. Thanks Doug, I enjoyed the article. You make some points which give me hope for the country.

    What do you think about Ron Paul’s chances running as an independent? I don’t think he can capture the Republican nomination given the myopic understanding of reality held by at least a plurality of Republican party faithful. Do you think he’d have a shot running as an independent if Obama and Palin were the party nominees?

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