There has been a lot of hand-wringing from those of us on the Left in response to defeats in some of the bigger races from yesterday, but that is really missing the big picture.
Democrats have now captured the House, and that means the Trump Administration is now finally going to be subjected to some oversight. (Anybody want to see those Trump taxes? Cause that is now going to happen.)
In fact, that prospect is freaking Donald Trump out so much that he is already threatening to retaliate.
If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level. Two can play that game!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018
Bring it on you giant Oompa Loompa.
Yes, we lost the big marquee races last night, but even those were inspiring.
Beto O’Rourke, a liberal Democrat, came within a hair’s breadth of defeating Ted Cruz in a state that went hard for Donald Trump.
Ron DeSantis defeated Andrew Gillum by less than a full percentage point in the Florida governor’s race.
And currently, though behind, Stacy Abrams is refusing to concede in the Georgia governor’s race. And considering how blatantly her opponent cheated, she should hang in there until the bitter end and demand a recount if necessary.
That is another thing, these Republicans cheated their asses off in order to emerge victorious, while the Dems played by the rules, and still managed to pull off a number of upsets.
For instance, did you guys even notice that Scott Walker was handed his walking papers in Wisconsin?
Courtesy of NYT:
Gov. Scott Walker, who moved Wisconsin to the right over the last eight years, cutting taxes and sharply diminishing the power of labor unions, was defeated on Wednesday by the Democrat, Tony Evers, the state schools superintendent, The Associated Press reported.
The advantage for Mr. Evers was razor thin, a little over 1 percentage point. With more than 2.6 million votes cast and 99 percent of precincts reporting, Mr. Evers led by about 30,000 votes.
(By the way, Scott Walker is also refusing to concede, but fuck that guy, he’s toast.)
Trump’s appointee for his bullshit voter fraud commission also lost last night.
Courtesy of NYT:
Kansas voters rejected the sharply conservative message of Kris W. Kobach, a Republican known for fiery warnings about election fraud and illegal immigration, and instead elected State Senator Laura Kelly, a Democrat, as governor of their red-leaning state.
Ms. Kelly’s victory on Tuesday, reported by The Associated Press, upended the Republican-controlled State Capitol in Topeka and stymied the political ascent of Mr. Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, who has aligned himself with President Trump and has long been rumored to have his own presidential ambitions.
That happened in Kansas folks! Kansas!
It also appears that Putin’s favorite congressman might also be getting the old heave-ho.
Courtesy of The Daily Beast:
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher—the pro-Russia Republican who once boasted about a drunken arm-wrestling contest with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the 1990s—appears to be losing his seat to Democrat Harley Rouda. As of Wednesday morning, with all precincts counted, Rouda has a lead of more than 2,680 votes; “several thousand” provisional and late vote-by-mail ballots are still to be counted, The Orange County Register reports.
Still considered too close to call, but it is looking good for Rouda.
As for my state, well Alaska disappointed the shit out of me by allowing the Republican Dunleavy to defeat Mark Begich for governor, and by allowing that fossil Don Young to hang onto his House seat.
But what can you say? If Alaska were bristling with geniuses we would never have elected Sarah Palin as governor.
Still, it was a damn good night for the Dems last night, and we should be very proud of what we accomplished.
And if the Democrats should be proud as a party, the women should be doubly proud as a gender. Because they wrecked it last night.
Courtesy of Axios:
At least 111 women will be in the next Congress after Tuesday’s midterm elections.
Women have flocked to run for office in the wake of President Trump’s election, and the political gender gap is growing, with women increasingly siding with Democrats.
A list of the milestones:
40 women of color who are headed to the House. (The current number is 38.)
The first female senator from Tennessee.
The first female governors of South Dakota and Maine.
Michelle Lujan Grisham is the first Democratic Latina elected as a governor.
33 congressional races featured two women facing off against each other, according to the Center for American Women and Politics.
Women killed it this election cycle, and in my opinion, with less GOP cheating they would have done even better.
So yes, all in all, last night was a good night.
Sure it could have been better, but that just means we need to keep our eye on the ball for 2020.