Republicans are noticeably shaken by Democratic wins in Kentucky and Virginia.

By |2019-11-06T11:39:55-09:00November 6th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |16 Comments

Yeah, they are.

Courtesy of WaPo:

Democrats’ claim of victory Tuesday in Kentucky’s gubernatorial race, as well as the Democratic takeover of the Virginia state legislature, left Republicans stumbling and increasingly uncertain about their own political fates next year tied to an embattled and unpopular president.

Many allies of President Trump rushed to explain away the poor performance of incumbent Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) as an anomaly, while other GOP veterans expressed alarm about the party’s failure in a state where Trump won by nearly 30 percentage points in 2016 — and where he just campaigned this week.

Although Bevin was controversial and widely disliked, he was also a devotee of the president, embracing Trump’s agenda and his anti-establishment persona. And in the contest’s final days, Bevin sought to cast his candidacy as a bulwark against House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry of Trump.

But Bevin’s attempt to nationalize his cause by stoking conservative grievances about the impeachment process was not enough to overcome his problems nor was Trump’s raucous rally for the governor on Monday — raising questions about Trump’s political strength as he faces a barrage of challenges and a difficult path to reelection.

Like I said, shaken. 

Not that the Republicans are giving up without a fight.

Courtesy of Newsweek:

After a highly contested race, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is refusing to concede his seat, even though the race has been called in favor of his opponent by Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on CNN, according to Fox News. The Associated Press also refused to call a winner due to the tight margin of the race.

Bevin, citing “irregularities” in the voting process, has decided not to step down until a recount. At press time, Bevin’s opponent, Andy Beshear, has 49.2 percent (711,955 votes) to 48.9 percent for Bevin. A Libertarian candidate, John Hicks, received 28,475 votes, or 2.0 percent of the vote.

This may sound like poor sportsmanship on Bevins part but he has every right to challenge these results, especially since he only lost by a little over 5,000 votes. 

It is highly unlikely to change the outcome but doing so will also undermine most conspiracy theories that are definitely going to be put forward by the right wing. 

Losing a deeply red state like Kentucky is no small feat, and it does not bode well for Mitch McConnell’s chances in 2020.

Clearly clinging to Trump’s coattails is not enough to win in Kentucky and there is no telling how worn and frayed those coattails will be by the time the impeachemnt inquiry has run its course. 

In other words Mitch McConnell should be more shaken by last night’s election than just about anybody. 

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  1. Anon November 6, 2019 at 8:36 am

    “A star is born,” Trump said of Cameron at a presidential rally for Kentucky Republicans on Monday night in the state. On Tuesday night, after Cameron’s victory, Trump tweeted: “Great going Daniel, proud of you!
    Added McConnell: “Congratulations to @DanielCameronAG, a phenomenal candidate that ran an incredible race. Proud to support the next Attorney General of Kentucky.”

  2. Jack Shit Dawson November 6, 2019 at 9:12 am

    ‘You can’t let that happen to ME!’: Trump urges Kentucky voters to prevent defeat of GOP governor

    “Biggest defeat in the history of the world….”

  3. Anonymous November 6, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Historically during recounts, don’t Democrats tend to gain MORE votes?

    GOP, the party of sore losers, sore winners, hypocrisy and death.

    • KarenJ November 6, 2019 at 1:30 pm

      …Unless some precinct worker looks in the broom closet or their car’s trunk… “Oh, did I forget to bring these ballots in to be counted? My bad!” And like magic, Bevin “wins.”

      That’s pretty close to describing how Georgia got their new governor last year.

      • Anonymous November 7, 2019 at 12:51 am

        Or boxes of absentee ballots sit in some post office or storage room uncounted until it’s too late. Like happened in Florida. That is the absentee ballots that were actually mailed out. Many requested ballots were never mailed.

  4. Beaglemom November 6, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Please, Gryphen, they are “Democratic” wins, not “Democrat” wins. Yes, individual Democrats won but the victories were for the Democratic Party, not the “Democrat Party.” Republicans have tried to change the name of the party since Harry Trumans’ time. He suggested calling the Republican Party the “Publican” party.

    • Gryphen November 6, 2019 at 11:40 am

      You are right, I did not catch that.

      It’s fixed now.

    • KarenJ November 6, 2019 at 1:32 pm

      Yeah, we don’t call Republicans “the Republic Party.”

      Although we probably should, every time we see a right wingnut attempt to slur Dems.

      • Anonymous November 6, 2019 at 6:07 pm

        We should be calling it the Fascist Party.

  5. Anonymous November 6, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Oh right the republicans shout “recount” only when THEY lose, there should have been a recount when trump “won”, but if the Democrats ask for a recount “they are trying to steal the election”.

    Hope Moscow Mitch is getting his luggage packed for his retirement and he can take his crooked wife with him.

  6. ANON November 6, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    FB EXCERPTS>”He won’t admit it, of course, but he’s shaken. He’s bragging about the stock market and trying to declare political bankruptcy in the states where he lost so he can just walk away from responsibility. Predictable to the bitter end, is Donald Trump.

    Trump lost last night.

    But here’s the thing, YOU haven’t won.

    Victory in Kentucky? Victory in Virginia? The small victories elsewhere? Yes, those are good things. You’ve punched a few holes in their lines but if you don’t now pour through that opening IN FORCE, those small victories count for nothing.

    Standing together matters.

    Every vote matters.”

    “t’s not about party or some specific ideology.

    It’s about the future we want for our nation, for the world. It’s about how history will remember us, that we WERE good citizens, that we were good allies to those less fortunate than ourselves, that we stood up and were counted when it mattered.”

    “These small victories are about more than just Virginia and Kentucky, they’re a clarion call to those who would stand by Trump as his ship goes down.

    Rats are cunning creatures, the first to flee when the waters rise. Today, you can bet they’re looking to the lifeboats.

    They’re out in the light now. The rats. No longer hidden in the walls. Emboldened by Donald Trump.

    And that is when they are most vulnerable.

    Enjoy these small victories today, you’ve earned it.

    But it’s not over. It’ll never be over.”<Jim Wright

  7. Can I call u Joe? November 6, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    “With Donald Trump out of the way, you’re going to see a number of my Republican colleagues have an epiphany. Mark my words. Mark my words,” <Bullshit!

  8. Anonymous November 6, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    I think it was a county in PA that has been republican since the Civil War flipped, good job trump.

  9. Anonymous November 6, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    Coat tails? More like a millstone. Trump is an albatross around the neck of the GOP. They are realizing that the only way to salvage 2020 will be to dump Trump.

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