A Night of Historic Firsts for the Republican Party and America

Just four days shy of Election Day, Senator Mary Landrieu served up the entire Democrat campaign strategy in one shot, declaring that the very voters she was trying to court were not “the friendliest” to African Americans, nor were they good for women.

It’s not as if this was an altogether new strategy for Democrats, painting Americans who oppose President Obama’s policies as racist, the same Americans who looked beneath the surface of skin color to elect the man in the first place. The War on Women rallying cry too, has long been a dishonest and absurd platform for the Democrats.

The strategy failed miserably last night, with a Republican tidal wave rolling over the Democrat party with staggering force.

With that in mind, here are some historic takes on what the “anti-black, anti-women” Republican party accomplished last night.

Elise Stefanik

Elise Stefanik (R-NY), running in New York’s 21st district, became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.


Via ABC News:

Republican Elise Stefanik has become the youngest woman elected to Congress in history, winning her race against Aaron Woolf in New York’s 21st open district 56-32, ABC News projects.

She’s the first Republican to win the district, which had been held by Democratic Rep. Bill Owens since 1993.

Stefanik, 30, is seen as a new face and image for the GOP. House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy both campaigned for her on the trail, offering a preview of the attention she’s sure to receive at the Capitol as she projects an aura of energy and vitality for a party hoping to appeal to younger demographics.


Joni Ernst

Joni Ernst became the first woman ever to represent Iowa in the United States Senate. Not only that, she becomes the first female veteran in the Senate.


Via the Des Moines Register:

Republican Joni Ernst will become Iowa’s first female U.S. senator — and the first female veteran in the history of the U.S. Senate — after claiming victory Tuesday night in a bruising, big-money race that remained stubbornly close for months.

“Thanks to you we are headed to Washington, and we are going to make them squeal!” Ernst told an elated crowd at the GOP election night party at the Marriott hotel in West Des Moines. “Tonight we’re going to take the Iowa way all the way to Washington!”

Iowa has never before sent a woman to the U.S. House or Senate.


Mia Love

Mia Love last night, became the first black woman Republican elected to Congress.


Via the Washington Examiner:

Mia Love has prevailed in her second attempt to become a member of Congress.

She is now the first black Republican woman in Congress and the first Haitian-American member of Congress from either party.

Charismatic and ambitious, Love became an instant rock star among Republicans when she ran in 2012, and even gave a speech during the Republican National Convention. Her background as a daughter of immigrants who rose to become mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, was an inspiration to the party.


Tim Scott

Tim Scott became the first black Senator for either party to be elected in the South since the Reconstruction.


Via CNN:

South Carolina’s Tim Scott on Tuesday became the first African-American senator to win election in the South since Reconstruction.

Scott’s win also made him the first African-American in U.S. history to be elected to both the House and the Senate.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus tweeted congratulations to Scott on Tuesday night, noting his “historic win.”

Scott was originally appointed by South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, the first ever Indian-American female governor.

So what do you think? Is the War on Women and the race card strategy employed by the Democrats finally laid to rest?

Rusty Weiss has been covering politics for over 15 years. His writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, Fox... More about Rusty Weiss

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