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Brown's defeat reflects voter disgust with all things Obama

Mid-term elections are often a nightmare for second-term presidents, and this one was no exception. President Barack Obama's six years of lies, ineptitude and ideological expansion of federalism have caught up with him, as it is obvious that this election was widely seen by voters as a repudiation of all things Obama and they went to the polls to show it.

Republicans now have a majority in the U.S. Senate, and the deceit and obstructionism of Harry Reid has been retired. It will be interesting to see, beginning in 2015, how things play out in the Senate as bills that were previously held hostage from the House go through to the White House.

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Mr. Obama, in his pathological ideology, will of course still look for ways to subvert the Constitution, as he always has, while now trying to look conciliatory. If he chooses to poison the final two years with more acts of pen and phone, he will cement completely a legacy as the most inept and corrupt occupant of the White House of the past 100 years.

The repudiation of Mr. Obama that swept the nation was reflected at least in part in Maryland, as voters in the governor's race rejected the liberal and inept Democrat, Anthony Brown, in favor of Republican Larry Hogan, the businessman from Anne Arundel County who, three years ago, founded Change Maryland, the largest grass-roots bipartisan political movement in state history, which now sports 125,000 members, half of whom are Democrats and Independents.

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In essence, Mr. Hogan's election was a rejection of the corrupt and inept administration of Gov. Martin O'Malley, who has managed to ruin the state's economy and business climate in just eight years with more than 40 new taxes and fees. Mr. Hogan's campaign was grass-roots, textbook perfection and his level of contact with the voting public trumped completely Mr. Brown's pathetic attempt at winning through the typical Democrat lies and commercials, while avoiding the real issues of concern to voters.

Mr. O'Malley will be an "also ran" in the 2016 presidential election, where his aspirations are already done in by the obvious dynamics of this election and its vivid implications about his many failed policies. Hillary Clinton will bump him out easily if she runs, which of course we are all hoping she does not. In any event, Mr. O'Malley is a permanent lame duck from here out.

Numerous state governorships also went red, as many pro-life candidates also won, a testimony to at least some beneficial shift in cultural and moral values.

Yesterday the nation began a movement back in the right direction. Let us hope and pray that it is so, and that common sense, and morally sound values will at least begin to move to center stage again.

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Frank O'Keefe, Baltimore

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