Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) greets supporters during his victory celebration...

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) greets supporters during his victory celebration at a hotel in Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 4, 2014. Credit: EPA / Mark Lyons

Well obstruction czar Mitch McConnell just proved you can win elections by creating a dysfunctional government ["DC pledges on gridlock," News, Nov. 6]. I'd like to see what he will do to solve our festering problems around jobs and the environment, now that the "Republi-cons" have gained control of the legislative branch.

John Eastlund, Wantagh

While I am sure there are a number of good reasons why Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) was defeated, I do believe the major reason was his negative campaign ["Zeldin, Rice take House seats," News, Nov. 5]. The majority of his comments were negative toward his opponent, thus casting a large shadow on Bishop as well.

Gail Berkes Starkie, Southold

Institutional advantages give a congressional incumbent an overwhelming chance of winning re-election. I bring this up because I want to illustrate just how incredibly hard and obscenely unlikely it was for Lee Zeldin to defeat entrenched six-term incumbent Rep. Tim Bishop. And not just beat him, but trounce him by nearly 10 points!

Eugene R. Dunn, Medford

Republican conservatives should not be jumping for joy at the results of this week's elections. Just as voters rejected President Barack Obama's policies and his autocratic style of governing, so did they reject the tea party represented by the likes of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

A main reason the Republicans did so well was that they learned from mistakes and ran candidates who were palatable to mainstream party members, as well as crossover Democrats. American voters proved they are aligned with leaders who are just to the right of center and motivated enough to get things done in Washington.

Steve Haar, Bayville

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