Lost in the news of the drubbing Democrats took in the House is the state level progress the GOP made on November 2nd.
The GOP now has 690 new seats in state legislatures, five new governors, and currently controls the legislatures and governor’s offices of more than 20 states.
That means two very important things for the GOP.
1. State budgets. Republicans at state level in a majority of states will control the budget, taxes and spending. With the stimulus funds about to dry up, they’re going to have to put together austerity programs that work toward balancing the budget – a requirement in many states.
2. Reapportionment and redistricting. 2010 is a census year. That means that reapportionment and redistricting House seats will be a priority. In most states Governors are intimately involved in this process. With almost 30 governors the GOP is poised to set itself up rather well as the House reapportions state representatives and the states redistrict as a result. Ohio and Florida are two examples of states which have gone GOP and will be committed to both reapportionment and redistricting.
It also means that somewhere out there is a fiscally conservative member of the GOP who will be gaining important experience with austerity budgeting, governing and attempting to bring down unemployment in his or her state. While it may be too early for 2012, those that are most successful at doing what is necessary to put their state back on firm fiscal footing and increasing employment in their state should be considered for 2016. It is not too early for the GOP to begin watching, monitoring and grooming the right people for that particular race. And yes – resumes with accomplishments will count heavily.