Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Trumpism Crushed At The Polls In Yesterday's Elections

Mod: Well, here's a non-surprise. People don't like seeing their Social Security, Medicare and Affordable Care Act benefits gutted. They don't like having their taxes raised so that the Billionaire Class can get a massive tax cut. They don't like ugly neo-fascist bigots such as Steve Bannon, David Duke and Milo Yiannopoulos. They don't like nuclear brinksmanship. And, most of all, they don't like the corrupt big-mouthed Putinist turncoat in the White House. So how did the people show their disgust with all of this yesterday? They went to the polls and voted.

Dems win from coast to coast (The Hill link): Democrats roared back on Tuesday a year after suffering perhaps the most demoralizing defeat in modern political history, claiming big victories in races up and down the ballot and across the country.

The breadth of the Democratic wins surprised even the most optimistic party stalwarts, who fretted over their own chances in key races Tuesday. But as the results rolled in, those Democrats said they had energized their core voters and capitalized on President Trump's unpopularity to reach swing voters.

"This is not a wave. This is a tsunami," Virginia Del. David Toscano, leader of the Democratic caucus, told The Hill in an interview Tuesday night. "This is a huge, huge sea change here in Virginia."

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) won the Virginia governorship by a wider-than-expected margin, even with Democrats fretting about his late campaign strategy. Democrat Justin Fairfax won the lieutenant governor's office, becoming only the second African American to win a statewide post in Virginia since Reconstruction, while Attorney General Mark Herring (D) won re-election.

In New Jersey, former Goldman Sachs executive Phil Murphy (D) easily won the right to replace deeply unpopular Gov. Chris Christie (R), cementing Democratic control in the Garden State.

In Washington, Democrat Manka Dhingra (D) appeared headed for victory in a special election to fill an open state Senate seat. Dhingra's win, in a formerly Republican district, would give Democrats control of all levers of government in the Evergreen State.

Democrats won at least 14 seats in Virginia's House of Delegates, with another three likely headed to a recount. They picked up at least two seats in New Jersey's state Senate, with several Senate and Assembly districts yet to count ballots, and a seat in New Hampshire's state House.

Georgia Democrats celebrated winning two deep red districts in special state House elections. Two Democrats appear likely to face off in a runoff in a suburban Atlanta state Senate district formerly held by a Republican after finishing first and second in the all-party primary — a result that would break the GOP's supermajority.

Even local elections tipped left on Tuesday. In St. Petersburg, Fla., Mayor Rick Kriseman won re-election, after campaigning with former Vice President Joe Biden and other Democratic stalwarts, over former Mayor Rick Baker, an upset in a race in which early polls showed Baker leading.

In Manchester, Joyce Craig became the first woman to win the mayor's office, and the first Democrat to win the city since 2003, after she ousted four-term incumbent Ted Gatsas (R).

Senior Democratic strategists said their candidates had found a way to tie Republican candidates to the deeply unpopular president, not through his uncouth statements and behavior but through his unpopular policies.

"We're getting better about our Trump messaging," said Jessica Post, who heads the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, a group dedicated to winning state legislative elections. Some Republicans, rattled by Tuesday's losses, said they had more to learn about running for and winning office with an unpopular Trump in the White House.

"I don't know how you get around that this wasn’t a referendum on the administration, I just don’t. Some of the very divisive rhetoric helped prompted and usher in a really high Democratic turnout in Virginia," Rep. Scott Taylor (R-Va.) told The Hill at Gillespie's victory party. "We need to have some looking in the mirror."

Post and Toscano pointed to Virginia delegate races in which the Democratic candidates talked about Trump and local issues, sometimes in the same breath — a lesson national Democrats might heed in next year's midterm elections.

"You can't just run on Trump. We used that energy to build our base, but we had to have something else. And in every one of these places, we had something else," Toscana said. "It started to rain candidates for us. People came out of the woodwork and wanted to run."

Some Republicans said they, too, have to chart an independent course ahead of next year's elections, in part because voters still don't connect Trump with the rest of the GOP.

"A lot of voters see Trump as a third party," said Brad Todd, a GOP strategist who has long advised the National Republican Congressional Committee. "There is a sweet spot for Republicans to insist that Congress needs to enact the president's agenda."

"Republicans who will work with the President when they agree with him but who are also willing to break with him in a thoughtful way when they don't agree or it isn't right for their district or state is really the best place to be because it is where the American people are," said Liesl Hickey, who ran the NRCC.

Still, a year after Trump upset conventional wisdom to capture the White House, Democrats on Tuesday served up the cold dish of revenge.

"I don't think there's any way you can get away from the notion that this was a sound defeat for Donald Trump tonight with this outpouring of support for Democratic candidates," Toscano said.

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48 comments:

  1. Woman Fired For Flipping Off Trump’s Motorcade Receives 453,673 Job Offers
    https://extranewsfeed.com/woman-fired-for-flipping-off-trumps-motorcade-receives-453-673-job-offers-ad9df89bdbe2

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  2. U.S. Spent $5.6 Trillion on Wars in Middle East, Asia

    The U.S. has spent $5.6 trillion since 2001 on the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Pakistan, according to a new study. That figure, according to the Wall Street Journal, is more than triple the Pentagon’s narrow estimate of $1.5 trillion, which was released by the Defense Department earlier this year. The Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs at Brown University conducted the new study, which aimed to reflect the costs of war not considered by the Pentagon—including the costs that weren’t taken on by the Defense Department in the first place. “War costs are more than what we spend in any one year on what’s called the pointy end of the spear,” the study’s author, Neta Crawford, told the Journal. “There are all these other costs behind the spear, and there are consequences of using it, that we need to include.”

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/study-us-spent-dollar56-trillion-on-wars-in-middle-east-asia

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    1. This is where your tax money goes

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  3. Thoughts and prayers to all the Republican politicians who lost their seats yesterday.
    We won't do anything to prevent it from happening again.

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    1. It is too early to discuss this.

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  4. Lots of angry people out there. Don't forget with our mismanagement in the Middle East, we are revruiting home grown terrorists.

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  5. A trans woman beat the guy who introduced the bathroom bill. A gun victim's boyfriend beat a delegate with an "A" grade from the NRA. A civil rights lawyer who sued the police department just became the top prosecutor in Philadelphia.

    Something's happening here, folks.

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    1. Tired of tea party phonies bankrolled by big business

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    2. They're just puppets on a string.

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  6. Only the beginning. We the people are taking back our great country. Evil must go!!!

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    1. Well, it’s not that simple but a nice idea

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  7. How is that justice implementer coming along with Madame La Guillotine? we may need it soon to remove traitors in the U.S.A. government.

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  8. Thank God someone is taking on and beating the NRA.

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  9. 5:40am. All on Obama's watch.

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    1. Obama was president in 2001? Do tell.

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    3. 7:28 how much do you get paid to troll here?

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  10. 6:03am. Something's happening! It's the broken school system. The misrepresentation of history and a liberal agenda from liberal teachers continues brainwashing all youth.

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    1. Wow. A conspiracy years in the making.

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    2. If Trump's presidency has proven anything, it's that the education system is broken - so the liberal bias you're bemoaning isn't having an effect.

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    4. So, how much do you get paid to troll here?

      My guess is, not much because you’re not very good at it.

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  11. Lol. There's no taking back! What country "you" from?
    The districts that use to be more conservative have changed. A more progressive neighborhood has filled in.
    That is the only reason that certain districts won, it is not by voting state wide.
    Example: Virginia; President Trump lost in that district. Naturally any conservative canadaite would lose.
    It's not "rocket science"!

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    1. In America places like Virginia are known as states, not districts. Keep that in mind when posting your future witless commentary, Comrade Loller.

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    2. What is a Canadaite? Does this have something to do with hockey?

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    3. That’s the second time this troll has misspelled that words. Clearly not American

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  12. Again; the more you grow government, the more liberal Democrats you have.

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    1. The only thing worse than idiocy is repeated idiocy.

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    2. Unless you’re a republican- then you create Homeland Security- the largest government beaurocracy in American history.

      Poor spoon-fed fool

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  13. Both parties are badly broken and fractured.

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    1. Because they’re both sold out to corporate interests

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  14. DONALD TRUMP 'DID NOT MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN,' SAYS RUSSIAN PRESS
    http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-did-not-make-america-great-again-russian-press-705163

    Maybe now the Russians will release the sex tapes.

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  15. The markets are at an all time high and unemployment is at its lowest point in seventeen years. MAGA.

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    1. Yet another Obama success the orange baboon takes credit for. Sad!

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  16. Any celebration is premature.

    Dems won because Putin sat this one out and didn't hack voting systems or results. He'll let Dems get cocky and then subtley crush them in 2018. Election Day 2017 is small time compared to 2018.

    Remember, Putin is very much a factor, and he plays the long game.

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    1. Actually Virginia changed to a paper ballot back-up system and the vote there couldn't be hacked. As are most states. But thanks for the fib. It really is appreciated.

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    2. 9:44 you speak of one system. You must be from St Petersburg or you're a traitor if you're trying to persuade patriotic Americans that Putin is done with meddling in or hacking US elections, especially in 2018. Nice try, Comrade.

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  17. 9:44am. Yep, you just keep stuffing those ballot boxes!
    Favorable view of Dems, lowest in 25 years.
    DNC; good year to write and sell books on everything but "What Happened?"!

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    1. Yet they still smacked the crap out of the GOP. Can it be possible that Republican approval numbers are not only lower than those of the Democrats, they're even lower than Trump's?

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    2. Human Mini-Brains Growing Inside Rat Bodies Are Starting to Integrate
      https://www.inverse.com/article/38240-mini-brains-organoids-rats

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  18. Ohio mayor who left Dem Party to back Trump goes down in humiliating electoral defeat
    https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/ohio-mayor-who-left-dem-party-to-back-trump-goes-down-in-humiliating-electoral-defeat/

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  19. Suburbs Rebel Against Trump, Threatening Republicans in Congress

    RICHMOND, Va. — The American suburbs appear to be in revolt against President Trump after a muscular coalition of college-educated voters and racial and ethnic minorities on Tuesday dealt the Republican Party a thumping rejection and propelled a diverse class of Democrats into office.

    From the tax-obsessed suburbs of New York City to high-tech neighborhoods outside Seattle to the sprawling, polyglot developments of Fairfax and Prince William County, Va., voters shunned Republicans up and down the ballot in off-year elections. Leaders in both parties said the elections amounted to an earsplitting alarm bell for Republicans ahead of the 2018 elections, when the party’s grip on the House of Representatives may hinge on the socially moderate, multiethnic communities surrounding major cities.

    “Voters are taking their anger out at the president, and the only way they can do that is by going after Republicans on the ballot,” said Representative Charlie Dent, Republican of Pennsylvania. “If this isn’t a wake-up call, I don’t know what is.”

    The Democrats’ gains were deep and broad, signaling profound alienation from the Republican Party among the sort of upscale moderates who were once a pillar of their coalition.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/08/us/politics/suburbs-revolt-trump-republicans-congress.html

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  20. 10:51am. Integrate what? New York City? Downtown LA? Penty of rat brains down there.

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