The Elections

November 7, 1866


As eligible voters in multiple states voted on their congressional representation, it became clear that the Radicals would maintain their super-majority in the House of Representatives, suggesting another two years of "misrule and tyranny".


The Election.--Yesterday the States of Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, Maryland, Delaware, and Nevada, held their elections for members of Congress. These States in the present Congress stand: Republicans seventy, Democrats twenty-one. The eight States in which elections have taken place have added two or three to the present Republican majority in the House of Representatives, in which parties now stand, Republicans 150, Democrats 43; twenty-one beyond a two-thirds vote required to over-ride the President's veto. With the Republican gains in the eight States which have voted, it required a change of some twelve or thirteen members in yesterdays elections to establish a vote sufficient to sustain the President's veto. It Is hardly probable that any such change was effected. New York is the only State voting yesterday which offered any ground of hope for gains to conservatism; and as she gives over 700,000 votes, and as the majority generally claimed by both parties prior to the election was only 10,000, It Is Impossible for any one to calculate with any confidence upon the result. Anticipating that the power of the Radicals in Congress will be maintained by the results of yesterday, we may look for two years more of misrule and tyranny by the cruelest and most unscrupulous party that ever held sway in a deliberative assembly. It will be only a few weeks before the party plans of this greedy and corrupt set of men are in good part developed. That they will be as bold snd lawless as the party is corrupt and relentless we have no doubt. The President's troubles will be of greater magnitude than those with which he was beset lest winter. If he makes any show of resistance he will be assailed with the greatest fury. It may be that they will not wait for any demonstration from him, but proceed at once to vent their malice and revenge upon him for his past opposition to their system of exclusion, pains, snd penalties for the southern States. The South has long resigned itself to the conviction that the Government would be for at least two years more in the hands of these people, and will not probably be surprised or disappointed in the character and temper of their proceedings. In the matter of any possible collision of the executive and legislstive departments, it is too much obscured to sdmit of conjecture. We confess that we are not sufficiently familiar with the personal character and real intentions of "the powers that be" to indulge the vaguest speculation as to what is likely to happen in Washington this winter.
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