A Feb. 21 letter ended: “President Obama was elected for four years by a large majority three years ago; the people did speak.”
A more accurate ending would have been: Then two years later in 2014, the elections saw sweeping gains by the Republican Party in the Senate and House, and in numerous gubernatorial, state and local races. The Republicans gained control of the Senate for the first time since 2006, and increased their majority in the House. The Republicans also gained two seats in governors’ races.
Overall, the elections resulted in the largest Republican majority in the entire country in nearly a century, with 54 seats in the Senate, 247 (56.78 percent) in the House, 31 governorships (62 percent), and 68 state legislative chambers. Moreover, Republicans gained their largest majority in the House since 1928, the largest majority in Congress overall since 1928, and the largest majority of state legislatures since 1928.
The people spoke again, a total repudiation of the president and his policies.
Yes, by the Constitution the president gets to nominate a replacement for Justice Scalia, but the Senate gets to vet that candidate, and either approve or not.