You’d think the political class would learn. American voters generally do not take kindly to partisan overreach. Yes, there are exceptions, but yesterday was a reminder that Americans tend to be more centrist than either hard core liberal or hard core conservative. For those who think yesterday was a reinvigoration of the Democratic Party and rejection of the Republican Party, do not be too quick to forget the election of 2010 in response to Democrats overreaching.

Here’s a sampling of what happened yesterday:

Voters in Ohio rejected the anti-collective-bargaining proposal supported by Governor John Kasich. Taking away people’s rights to bargain collectively, even in the name of austerity, appears to have been regarded as a step too far.

In Mississippi, the “personhood” referendum went down to defeat. Language that would have outlawed certain forms of birth control as well as abortion was overreach. The voters saw it, and the voters rejected it.

Arizona voters recalled Senate President Russell Pearce, the champion of SB 1070 and numerous other anti-immigrant legislative initiatives. The actual count will not be official for about a week, but Pearce effectively conceded last night, referring to recall as the price a patriot pays for keeping his promises.*

Maine voters rejected a law that would have done away with same day voter registration. Slightly veiled voter suppression efforts seem not to be lost on the electorate, and taking away rights does not appear to be an agenda item for the American voter.

First Read comments on the anti-radical phenomenon here .

* Author’s Note: To be accurate, Pearce said recall is the price he paid for keeping his promises and thanked the friends and “patriots” who supported him. The merging of the two concepts is mine.

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  • John Johnson

    Mr. Sweete…a well stated piece. Yesterday’s voting had nothing to do with the far left or right. It was all about how moderate (centrist) thinking prevails when the political pendulum swings too far to either side, and this same group is going to control who our next president will be.

  • SteveK

    Well said tidbits, it’s good to see you back.

    I have to wonder though how you think:

    tidbits says: … do not be too quick to forget the election of 2010 in response to Democrats overreaching.

    Implies anything BUT trouble for the Republican Politicians and their “overreaching”.

    jj says: Yesterday’s voting had nothing to do with the far left or right.

    Yeah, right jj… Except for the fact that:

    • The Ohio anti-collective-bargaining proposal was a FAR RIGHT proposal.
    • The Mississippi “personhood” referendum was put on the ballot by FAR RIGHT radicals.
    • Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce was a FAR RIGHT radical.

    But in one way jj is absolutely correct… The elections had absolutely nothing to do with the FAR LEFT… Except of course even the FAR LEFT had the good sense to vote against them.

  • dduck

    Whew, it was hard work finding a non-Cain tread on TMV today, thanks tidbits.
    I hope you are correct and we will stay somewhat in the middle. The far left and right scare me so much that I would move if there were a better country out there, but there ain’t.

  • SteveK

    I forgot to mention earlier just how thrilled I am that racist, radical right Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce was successfully RECALLED. I wish his successor Jerry Lewis the best of luck in trying to fit in with (and calm down?) the more radical elements in his party.

    Maybe now my (and tidbits) State Legislature will try to work together for the benefit of ALL Arizonians.

  • JSpencer

    Agree with duck, nice to see a thread not about Herman Cain. Also agree with SteveK. So… who excactly are these “far left” people? I see plenty of republican lites who call themselves democrats, but very few old-time liberals. The spectrum shifted so far to the right I don’t really see the old labels as very useful. Also (as has been delved into here often) the word, “moderate” runs a wide gamut of meanings, depending on who is using it.

  • As an Arizonan, I have to agree with SteveK that the people of the 18th deserve our thanks fro ridding the State Senate of a disruptive influence.

  • Dr. J

    The Ohio anti-collective-bargaining proposal was a FAR RIGHT proposal.

    Depends what you’re calibrating against. It was left of FDR, who didn’t support public sector unions.

  • sentry

    As users elsewhere have been stating (and I concur): overreach.

    Leave it to social and religious conservatives to ape the ’09-10 Dems.

    This is pathetic in comparison (and contrast) to the 1994 “revolution.”

  • SteveK

    DsenLtryS says: As users elsewhere have been stating (and I concur): overreach.

    Leave it to social and religious conservatives to ape the ’09-10 Dems.

    This is pathetic in comparison (and contrast) to the 1994 “revolution.”

    • I agree with “D”s first sentence, it has been an overreach, but it’s been called out. Hopefully the Republican Party will be able to put their radicals on notice and start governing.
    • “L”s second sentence – Comparing a 50 year social / religious conservative track record with one Democrat election cycle doesn’t seem very well thought out.
    • “S”s third sentence sounds so much like our old friend who’s comments were laced with “pathetic” “silly” and “childish” that I’d like to be the first one to welcome him back.

    … Much, much nicer with a few new manners.

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    ““S”s third sentence sounds so much like our old friend who’s comments were laced with “pathetic” “silly” and “childish” that I’d like to be the first one to welcome him back”

    I went back and read this person’s comments and you may be on to something, Steve.

    One can change one’s e-mail address, one’s “nom de plume,” but it’s very hard to change the leopard’s spots. We’ll see, so far–if it is in fact whom we think he/she is — he/she, as you say, may have acquired a few manners.

    Only time will tell.

  • Rcoutme

    Here is a (proposed) agenda for a Republican–see if you can spot the similarities.
    1. Lower the voting age to allow more young people to vote.
    2. Get troops out of a war being fought on foreign soil (train the people of that country to do the job). (Maybe Afghanistan)
    3. Start up diplomacy with a long-time rival (Iran?)
    4. Set up a system for universal health care in the U.S.
    5. Negotiate a reduction in nuclear arms
    6. Create an agency to regulate the amount of pollution companies are dumping. (big hint here)
    7. Force schools to integrate all students; even the ones that the majority of parents don’t like (gays?)

    Guess the candidate yet? Is he/she some super-leftie, whacked-out liberal? Look up Richard Nixon’s accomplishments while in office. Do you think he could run for the Republican nomination (assuming Watergate had not happened) and win?

  • bluebelle

    Rcoutme– Nixon is also credited for establishing the EPA. He would definitely be drummed out of the GOP today! It just goes to show how far to the right the country has moved since the 70’s.

    As far as the Mississippi vote- don’t look for the issue to vanish any time soon but I congratulate the voters for their common sense!

  • dduck

    RC, BB, please, next you guys will be saying nice things about Bush II.

  • SteveK

    @ duck

    Hey I voted for Nixon twice but I was a stupid young Republican at the time… I didn’t have that problem when “W” rolled around.

  • dduck

    SK, Oh, a flip-flopper, you have a whole year to become young again.

  • SteveK

    @duck

    Actually more of a triple-gainer with a half twist.

    • Liberal and loved it through collage.
    • Conservative and nose to the grindstone during the ‘raising kids’ years.
    • And now I’m in the ‘caring about more than myself’ (aka back to liberal) phase.

    What I see as the natural circle of life.

    The ‘young again’ portion of your comment is the only part that would interest me, and I know that ain’t happening! 🙂 It’s been so-far-so-good with the ‘getting old’ business and, as I paid attention along the way, there’s a lot to be said about this time of life, too.

  • dduck

    We would love to have you back on the dark side, Luke.

  • Rcoutme

    Bluebell: what part about the big hint did you miss or not understand?