As I was watching returns last night, I recalled a conversation I had with Jeff Frazee and another prominent beltway r3volutionary about three years ago. The topic was the US House of Representatives and how to create a functional Constitutionalist base within that body. We figured out that over 90% of the House votes (in 2006) were determined by less than 30 members. For me, the story is not the Republican victory, but the Constitutionalist victory. I'll need a couple of days to determine how many seats we actually won, but the foot is in the door.
The same holds for the Senate. Paul, Johnson, Lee, Rubio, Toomey, and Demint won. There is now a TEA Party caucus that can prevent any legislation from coming to the floor. I have been arguing that this is actually a better outcome than an outright win in the Senate. Why? Republicans have achieved functional control of legislation without making a Republican Senate the President's straw man. In other words, Obama can't blame the "do-nothing" Senate for his legislative failures and Republican successes. In two years, 21 Democrats are up for re-election, but only 12 Republicans. By losing now, Republicans created an opportunity to score a filibuster-proof in 2012.