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November 10th, 2009
10:47 AM ET

Are Republicans too giddy?

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/10/mcdonnel.jpg caption="Republicans pulled off a significant victory with Robert McDonnell defeating Creigh Deeds."]
Julian E. Zelizer
Special to CNN

Republicans have been downright giddy following the off-year elections in Virginia and New Jersey. In a swing state and a blue state, Republicans pulled off significant victories with Chris Christie's defeat of Gov. John Corzine and Robert McDonnell defeating Creigh Deeds.

Just two days after the election, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, who had boasted of the results as evidence of a "Republican Renaissance," issued a stern warning to his colleagues. Steele said that his message for the 2010 midterm elections was that Republicans should remain loyal to the party principles, or "we'll come after you."

Republicans certainly can take some comfort in this election. It is clear that some of the excitement about the Democratic Party has faded since the beginning of 2009. The so-called jobless recovery, with unemployment now at 10.2 percent, is not sitting well with many Americans.

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  1. Tim Gibson

    Red dogs should be giddy, the only two promises Obama has delivered on from his campaign is date night with his wife and a dog for his children.

    November 10, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  2. Kula May Ellison

    Hello Do they the Republicans know something we do know.
    Kula May R Ellison

    November 10, 2009 at 11:58 am |