Thomas Paine was right about that “something great”

A little matter will move a party, but it must be something great that moves a nation.  ~ Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1792

Americans have awakened from their political snooze. Tea party and 9/12 patriot groups are in action in record numbers. The Barack Obama Administration has caused such great harm in just 18 months that two years after his election the political scene has completely changed.

The oft-quoted passage from Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities” fits nicely for today:

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…

Perusing the headlines the past few days has been fun – and fun in politics has been in short supply for a very long time. With so many people suffering the worst of times financially, it’s good to see that tomorrow’s political earthquake, as Sarah Palin has called it, promises the right kind of hope and change on the horizon.

Headlines tell the tale of the best of times for those of us in the trenches who have been waiting for such an earthquake. As with all big political earthquakes, the policy clean-up begins the day afterwards.

The first is from over the pond, the second is from the Drudge Report:

US midterm elections: Barack Obama’s world turned upside down as Democrats face electoral disaster


These are all from Real Clear Politics:

Will Politicians Stay in Denial? – Margaret Wente, Globe & Mail
Why the Stimulus Hasn’t Helped – Jeffrey Miron, Harvard University
The Divider in Chief – Patrick Caddell & Douglas Schoen, Washington Post
Requiem for the Pelosi Democrats – John Fund, Wall Street Journal
Obama Appears to Have No Idea What To Do – Trevor Kavanagh, The Sun
Slow Growth, Little Progress in Recovery – Neil Irwin, Washington Post
Nitty Gritty Numbers Suggest a Downward Spiral – Robert Lenzner, Forbes
Limp GDP Is the Final Nail in the Democrats’ Coffin – Larry Kudlow, RCM
After the Election, Obama to Flee U.S. – David Paul Kuhn, RealClearPolitics
Rubio May Be Headed for Greater Things – Alex Spillius, Daily Telegraph
Dems’ Closing Argument: Personal Attacks – Jonathan Karl, ABC News
Government Power Must Be Curbed – Thomas Sowell, NH Union Leader
Is Obama Really an Intellectual? – James Taranto, Wall Street Journal
After Two Years, Voters Want Change Again – Susan Page, USA Today
The Democratic Majority Didn’t Listen – Steve Huntley, Chicago Sun-Times
How D.C. Has Alienated Middle America – Karlyn Bowman, Financial Times
A Vote Against Dems, Not for the GOP – Scott Rasmussen, Wall St. Journal
Obama Needs New Change to Believe In – Albert Hunt, Bloomberg
Trust in Government is Near a Record Low – Liz Sidoti, Associated Press
High-Speed Trains Are a Waste of Money – Robert Samuelson, Newsweek
Restive Electorate May Give GOP Another Chance – Pitt Tribune

Voter Unrest Echoes ’94, Poll Shows – Jon Cohen & Dan Balz, Washington Post
Prepare for a New American Revolution – Janet Daley, The Telegraph
Yes We Can….Change It Back – Sherman Frederick, Las Vegas Review-Journal
Elitism: The Charge Obama Can’t Shake – Peter Baker, New York Times
Repeal Now, More Than Ever – Yuval Levin, The Weekly Standard
New GOP Star on Track to Defeat Feingold – Byron York, DC Examiner

Young Voters Feel Abandoned – New York Times
Voters Likely To Hand GOP Big Governorship Wins – Associated Press