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An agenda the voters do not favor

President Obama addresses the faithful in one of his many campaign stops in this dismal (for Democrats) off-year election.
President Obama addresses the faithful in one of his many campaign stops in this dismal (for Democrats) off-year election.
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Saturday, October 30, 2010 10:10 am
It's almost all over but the counting now. With just three days before this off-year election, most voters have probably made up their minds already. The barrage of nasty political ads won't let up, but they're not really likely to make much difference at this point. Now, the candidates – winners and losers alike – will have to find a way to go back to being normal people instead of hatemongers. And voters will have to figure out a way to trust candidates willing to say anything, no matter how depraved, about their opponents in order to win.President Obama isn't on the ballot, but everybody knows the election is a referendum on the agenda pushed by him and his congressional allies. Even Obama has finally acknowledged that. Furthermore, he said on Al Sharpton's radio show this week, a huge Republican win would mean he'd have to fight the GOP “day and night” for the next two years.

That's why the only question about Tuesday's election is whether the results will be dismal for Democrats or very dismal. Just two years ago, pundits and politicians in the smart set were predicting a new “liberal era” that would last far into the future. But once voters saw just how far left the ruling elite wanted to go, and how quickly, they decided to put the brakes on for a while. That's where the tea party came from.

Who'd have believed that Dan Coats, the ultimate Washington insider and a former lobbyist, would not only win big but trounce his opponent? Well, he's a Republican, and opponent Brad Ellsworth is a Democrat, and that's about all you need to know this year. According to a poll conduced by Survey USA for The News-Sentinel, NewsChannel 15 and the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics, Coats will beat Ellsworth 54 percent to 32 percent.

That survey also found very strong support in this area for the tea party movement – 48 percent of Hoosiers have a favorable opinion. And tea partiers are very serious about their limited government, so they've been sending a message to Republicans: We're giving you one last chance. Don't screw it up this time.

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