Politico.com--Voters Tuesday tore apart the complex map of America President Barack Obama proudly displayed after his 2008 victory, driving Democrats from office in rural areas, the suburbs and virtually the entire South — and unseating a generation of powerful Democratic centrists.
Republicans took the House of Representatives in a convincing rejection of Obama’s policies and reordered the political map that delivered the presidency to him. They would have taken the Senate but for their own internal divisions and weak candidates in key states. Their partisan victory was indiscriminate: Democrats who ran away from Obama and the House leadership, like New York’s Mike McMahon and Georgia’s Jim Marshall, lost; so did the Democrats like Wisconsin’s Russ Feingold and New York’s Scott Murphy, who embraced Obama and defended his health care plan. The party’s young stars, led by Virginia’s Tom Perriello, lost their seats; so did old bulls like Ike Skelton and John Spratt.
The Republican victory drove Democrats back past 2008 and even beyond the anti-Bush wave of 2006, returning to the polarizing red and blue map that defined President George W. Bush’s hard-fought reelection campaign against Sen. John Kerry. The new GOP majority is expected to hobble the president’s legislative agenda and bleed his administration with subpoenas and investigations. And the 2010 results will haunt his reelection campaign, as Republican governors appear likely to retake control of the crucial battlegrounds of Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania.
60 Seats projected (maybe more after it is all said and done).
That sounds like an ass-whoopin' to me....