In a remarkable turn of events, New York State Senate Republicans today replaced the Democratic Majority Leader of the State Senate after getting two Democrats to join their side.

New York Republicans

New York Republicans

As reported here, Senators Pedro Espada Jr. of the Bronx and Hiram Monserrate of Queens joined the Republicans on Monday in voting out Malcolm Smith as Majority Leader, giving the Republicans a 32-30 edge in the vote to reclaim the New York State Senate. Dean Skelos of Long Island will be the new Majority Leader.

Reportedly,according to the New York Times, anger over a plan to increase taxes lead to the defection of the two Senators to the Republican side. The two senators say that they will remain Democrats in name, but have effectively given the control of the Senate to the Republicans.

Generally, news has not been good for Republicans this year. This marks a major success for the GOP in a huge and important state. Also, perhaps New York provides the GOP with a blueprint over how to take over nationally again. New Yorkers have been extremely dissatisfied with Governor David Paterson and the state legislature because of the mishandling of the budget and the economy. It’s only a matter of time before the party in power starts to take the blame for high taxes, high deficits and a slumping economy.

I just didn’t think it would happen this soon.