The balance of political power in America changed significantly as a result of Tuesday's elections. But anyone who interprets this as a mandate for Republicans to govern as extremely as the Democrats have for the past two years is missing the point entirely.
Recently -- with control of the White House, the Senate and the House – the Democrats have run amok with an extreme agenda that badly miscalculated the wishes and values of the average American. They've provided a perfect example of the harm that can be caused by unbridled power. And this week, they paid dearly for it.
But as Senator Mitch McConnell has noted, it's not so much that America elected a bunch of Republicans. What really happened was, they UNelected a bunch of Democrats. And there's a big difference.
What America DOESN'T want is more partisanship simply aimed in the other direction. We've said with our votes that we don't like it when either side has so much power it can be abused. And instead of posturing like peacocks we want both parties to finally find some common ground and actually get some work done for a change.
If the victorious Republicans take this message to heart, they can probably count on many happy election days in the future. But if they overreach as badly as the Democrats have, you can bet the voters will make further adjustments in 2012.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.