Coupla Things November 5, 2014Posted by Sobek in News.
I never shook off the gloom from election night 2012 enough to ever feel positive about 2014. Sure, polls showed the GOP would pick up seats. Maybe they’d get the Senate. But a) 2016 will be a tough year in the Senate for the GOP, and b) I don’t trust the GOP to do anything useful in the Senate in the meantime. If they’re worse than useless – if they actively conspire against their base, then Republicans like me will be so disgusted and pissed off that Hillary’s election will be guaranteed. And besides, I still remember smarting from 2010, when Republicans didn’t measure up to favorable polls and Harry Reid kept his job.
And yet tonight my pessimism about American voters and the GOP appears to have been misplaced, yeah? I mean, holy crap:
Republican governors won in Illinois, Arkansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, maybe even Connecticut? Seriously, holy crap. How badly do the Dems have to screw up to produce that kind of result? Speaking of which, what’s with the Dems nominating Martha “I stick my fingers in your food” Coakley again? And can we talk her into taking a shot at the Presidency in two years? She’s got nothing but time on her hand (and beer foam). I have to mention my deep satisfaction that Abortion Barbie lost to Greg Abbott by 20 points, because I think she’s a loathsome subhuman.
In the Senate, it’s not just that the Republicans won, but that the margins are just eye-popping. Let’s look at a few (but these may change):
Montana: 18% margin
South Dakota: 24% margin
Colorado: 7% margin
Iowa: 8% margin
Arkansas: 16% margin
West Virginia: 28% margin
Georgia: 8% margin
Louisiana (adding the two Republican totals): 13% margin
North Carolina has Thilis up by 2% in a race he was supposed to lose. Scott Walker lost by 4% (that’s a heartbreaker), but that’s less than 15,000 votes. Gillespie in Virginia is down by 12,000 votes in a race that CNN didn’t even put on it’s “Key Races” page because they excepted such a Warner blow-out. Just … savor those numbers, my friends. Oh, and here’s one more for you: Yurtle the Turtle McConnell beat Grimes by 15% in a state the Dems honestly thought they could flip (same is true of SD, which was 24% – thanks for dumping a million dollar ad buy up there, Donks!). Mrs. S said the only way Kentucky could have been better would be if Ashley Judd had been the opponent. She has a point, but I’d add that it would have been better still if Yurtle had lost to a primary challenger who had then demolished Judd the Abortion Enthusiast.
It’s hard to say what I’m most please about tonight, but it may very well be an un-named aide saying Obama complained the election isn’t a judgment on him: “He doesn’t feel repudiated.” Good. I’m sincerely glad he doesn’t feel repudiated.
Now here’s some Garbage: