The Democrats took a shellacking in Georgia, but not in Richmond County. All 11 Democratic candidates on the slate -- save the congressional race in the 10th District -- won with 60 percent or more of the votes in our county. It shows that with all the negativity and diatribes against our candidates by The Augusta Chronicle, it did nothing to change the voters' minds in Augusta.
A last-minute editorial ("The two faces of John Barrow," Nov. 1) was particularly critical of the incumbent congressman. But he won his election drawing 74 percent of the vote in Richmond County. The citizens of the county knew what the election meant and turned out to win for the Democrats, and figured out the right way to go despite all the propaganda and lies about socialism and communism coming our way.
I do agree with The Chronicle ("No time for hubris," Nov. 3) that this is not the time for hubris by the Republicans. Nevertheless, the words of Mitch McConnell -- that his agenda as Senate minority leader is to prevent President Obama from being re-elected -- shows the narrow thinking of the Republican leadership. They should be looking to increase jobs as the first priority, not singling out our president for defeat.
The threats by the Republicans that they are going to repeal universal health care, bank regulations, Social Security, Medicare and credit card regulations is just that -- threats that will never happen. The Senate is still in Democratic hands, and the president has veto power.
Will Obama be re-elected? Remember that in 1994, Newt Gingrich and his crowd also took over the House of Representatives, and went after President Clinton to prevent a second term. Clinton was re-elected, and Gingrich faded like the sun going down. John Boehner, the presumptive new House majority leader, will be the next to follow.
(The writer is chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party.)