"Where do we go from here? This isn't where we intended to be."
A line from Madonna's song "You Must Love Me" applies to the Marion County Republican Party as we head into the next election cycle.
Yes, the Marion County GOP has the Mayor's Office, but they don't have much else. Now, they have two less seats in the Indiana House. Christina Hale and Karlee Macer made sure that Cindy Noe and Phil Hinkle's old seats would be in Democratic hands. Even with the new 7th District, Marion County Republicans could not hold Congressman Andre Carson under 60 percent with a good candidate like Carlos May.
On top of all this, Republicans were shut out again for another election cycle in the countywide executive office races. Debbie Jenkins, Claudia Fuentes, and Frank Lloyd will serve the next years as Surveyor, Treasurer, and Coroner, respectively.
It's not a very good place to be if you're a party chair like Kyle Walker. While Walker did defend the Mayor's Office from the strong challenge of Melina Kennedy in 2011, his party was unable to hold the City-County Council majority setting up a situation where Greg Ballard's chances for a third term take a hit every time he vetoes a proposal.
It's not really that fun to be a Republican in Marion County right now. For Democrats, it's a blue oasis in a desert of red.
That desert of red should concern you, too. The Indiana General Assembly Republicans now need exactly zero Democrats to do business. 69 Republicans will take seats in the Indiana House with 37 Republicans in the Indiana Senate. Statewide, the landscape is quite different than Marion County.
That's quite easy to see. I'm interested to see what course the Republicans in Marion County take from here. The party is certainly weakened but far from gone.