There is no reason for Democrats to throw a pity party, we did good!

By |2018-11-07T07:54:40-08:00November 7th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |15 Comments

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. 

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.

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  1. LS November 7, 2018 at 8:38 am

    Apparently an unusual number of Democrats were up for reelection in the Senate. It is usually more balanced and this partially accounts for Republicans picking up a few Senate seats. Any number between 51 and 59 makes little difference so we are no worse off there. We got the House, we got lots of women and minorities. Ted Cruz was given a run for his money in deep red Texas. Although my home state (NC) is still red, the veto proof majority is gone. Lots of good stuff to be happy about but much more work to be done.

  2. Anon November 7, 2018 at 9:20 am

    dRUMPf is speaking like the cornered RAT that he is…

    • Anonymous November 7, 2018 at 9:30 am

      Cheeto Jesus has all the good words when deflecting the truth.

    • Anon November 7, 2018 at 9:32 am

      NOW NANCY…

      ‘Holy crap. Trump just threw a public fit. Treating the media like a clA$$room. BULLY bastard doesn’t realize that he is the child in the room.
      $poiled il·lit·er·ate brat.’

  3. Burn November 7, 2018 at 9:57 am

    666pence gets to do this:

    6:30 p.m.

    “Relatives of the first Palestinian-American woman elected to the U.S. Congress are cheering in the Michigan Democrat’s ancestral West Bank village of Beit Ur al-Foqa.

    Rashida Tlaib’s uncle, Bassam Tlaib, said Wednesday that “the family, the village and the region are all proud” of her historic victory.

    He says his 42-year-old niece plans to wear traditional Palestinian dress and have a QURAN during her swearing-in ceremony.
    He expects her to “serve the Palestinian cause” in her new role.

    Rashida Tlaib was born in the United States to Palestinian parents. Her mother is originally from the West Bank.

    Tlaib ran unopposed in her Michigan district. She and Somali-American Ilhan Omar of Minnesota will be first two female Muslim members of Congress.”

    NEW DELHI (AP) – The Latest on global reactions to U.S. midterm elections (all times local):

    • Anonymous November 7, 2018 at 1:07 pm

      Tlaib ran unopposed in her Michigan district.
      No, actually her opponent got 11% of the vote and other received 4%. She did run in a district with a high population of Arab-Americans.

    • Beaglemom November 7, 2018 at 3:27 pm

      My son lives in the district now represented by Bassam Tlaib. I’m proud of Michigan Democrats although we also had some troubling losses of really good Democratic candidates to cowardly incumbent Republicans who would not be seen anywhere near their constituents or their opponents. But, the executive branch in Michigan is again in Democratic hands; we re-elected our excellent senator, Debbie Stabenow, and we elected other great Democrats as well. Right now, I just don’t want to see another GOP ad for two years. All that apocalyptic stuff was truly bizarre as if one state representative could force the entire state’s population to change their doctors and pay gazillions of dollars for health care that will kill them.

  4. Anonymous November 7, 2018 at 10:41 am

    “first female senator from Tennessee”

    You do realize she is GOP and the person Taylor Swift Tried to pull a Swifty on don’t you?

  5. Anonymous November 7, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Yes, we did do very well, the fact that trump is pretending he had a landslide win and already threatening the incoming house to divert the attention is proof of that.

    We got rid of some hardliner trump backers in the house in my area of MI, Lena Epstein former MI campaign manager for trump, recently known for the Jews for Jesus rabbi on Pence visit and big DeVos fan, Mike Bishop big on repealing Obamacare and of course the new trump lacky John James ( running for senate), who had various trump family members and Pence coming to campaign for him several times. A swastika was found in one of his campaign photos and he claims it was a mistake, I am not so sure since I just read that he took campaign contributions from a White Supremacist group, since he is black, he is either very stupid or doesn’t care where his campaign money comes from. Either way he is toast.

  6. Amy in Juneau November 7, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    I was initially sad that Beto’s lead didn’t hold for the Texas Senate. But now, he can run for President. Beto 2020.

    • Anonymous November 7, 2018 at 9:18 pm


  7. puck November 7, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Wisconsin is free!!!!!! we finally got rid of the bastard!!!

  8. Anonymous November 7, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    no pity party. gear up for 2020 cuz they fight down and dirty but as predictable as toddlers.

  9. Anonymous November 7, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    God that picture of Cortez is so annoying. She is most likely to fall flat on her face and be done after one ‘term’.

  10. Anonymous November 10, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Yes, but not good enough to protect us.

    McConnell has already said that his number one priority is to stack the courts with rabid right wing Nazis from The Federalist list. Okay, maybe not in those exact words. But Trump will be rubberstamping The Federalist Societies picks and McConnell will be ramming them through at record speed, now that they’ll have a majority of 51 or more. Not that Schumer was any deterrent. He rolled over twice on groups of Deplorable nominees, handing them to McConnell on a silver platter. So his Democrats could go campaign was his excuse. SCHUMER NEEDS TO GO!

    The big win is at the state level. That is what the Democrats have ignored for too long. At least now Democrats will be in charge when the census leads to redistricting. Of course, Sessions and the lot have gerrymandered that too with their citizenship question. But at least we have an influx of new, PROGRESSIVE, blood, some fighters and some ass kickers. We really need to get rid of the old wimpy farts that just roll over when the Republicans shout BOO!

    I miss Al Franken.

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