Spuds woke me at 5:30 am, so I might as well get this up now….
1. The good news is that there’s not going to be any violence: the one scenario that makes civil unrest vanishingly unlikely occurred. There was no GOP “wave,” but the party still will get control of the House, albeit unimpressively, and can eke out a bare majority in the Senate, although we might not know for sure until December. Yay.
2. I watched Fox News and CNN track the election returns. Neither were overtly biased; both played it straight.
3. The unavoidable conclusion from the night’s proceedings is that the vast majority of voters will vote for inanimate carbon rods it they have the right party affiliation. This is not a healthy, competent or ethical way to behave in a democracy, and it plays into the hands of manipulative power-seekers.
4. The Stopped Clock Award: I hate to say this, but Mitch McConnell was right: his party shot itself in both knees by running too many sub-par, extreme or otherwise unqualified candidates.
5. Both #3 and #4 above are illustrated by John Fetterman’s victory. He is wildly unfit to serve and was irresponsible to stay in the race. Dr. Oz was a foolish, needlessly poor choice to oppose him.
6. Pennsylvania’s election procedures are a disgrace, unfair to its citizens and the nation, incompetent and irresponsible. Fifty days of early voting ensures uninformed ballots, and there’s no excuse for it. Fetterman’s cynical ploy of stalling a debate that would finally reveal the disability he had been hiding worked, winning one of the night’s Harry Reid Memorial Awards. (“Romney lost, didn’t he?”)
7. Pennsylvania voters are a disgrace for letting Fetterman get away with it.
8. Stacey Abrams lost, as she deserved to, and finally conceded. Good May she have a wonderful career as a Star Trek guest. I sure hope her sabotaging Atlanta’s All-Star Game with the dumb virtue-signaling complicity of Major League Baseball played a part in her defeat. Beto O’Roarke, an equally ridiculous Democratic “star,” also lost his race. There is justice.
9. Another Harry Reid Memorial Award goes to the Democrats for manipulating Republican primaries to get weak, Trump-endorsed candidates nominated. Most of them went down in metaphorical flames. After they were nominated, the Democrats flamed them as “election-deniers” and, along with President Biden, claimed that they were existential threats to democracy—even though they had spent millions to get them into races across the country. The mainstream media helped out by barely publicizing the Machiavellian, hypocritical strategy. Somewhere in Hell, Harry is beaming.
10. Stopped Clock Award #2: On MSNBC, smug propagandist Chris Hayes said that Donald Trump was substantially to blame for the inability of Republicans to pull of even the historically typical mid-term “wave” expected when the economy is lousy and the incumbent President is unpopular. Correctamundo!, as Fonzi would say. Just as Trump helped give the Democrats control of the Senate by shooting off his mouth before the two Georgia run-offs after the 2020 election, he made the 2022 election as much about him as Biden.
11. Now the control of the U.S. Senate could well depend on another Georgia run-off in December, resting on the GOP’s worst Senate candidate by far, Herschel Walker. I’m sure we can count on at least one more Walker one-night-stand showing up with tales of his urging her to get an abortion. This is no way to run a Republic.
12. Third party candidates like the Independent whose 2% vote is forcing the Georgia run-off are narcissistic democracy vandals. Once they know they can’t win, it’s their ethical obligation to drop out.
13. Another Trump-endorsed fool, Yesli Vega, allowed Virginia U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, a Pelosi lapdog, to win one more term in a race that any competent Republican would have won. Vega was caught on an audio recording saying that women who are raped cannot become pregnant, an especially brilliant observation in a year when abortion is hot-button issue. Then Vega went full-Jumbo (you never go full-Jumbo) denying that she said what anyone could hear that she said.
14. Back to Trump: he decided that it was a perfect time to remind any voters on the metaphorical fence what a toxic asshole he is by beginning Election Day with a threat to Ron DeSantis, who delivered one of the night’s most impressive wins to the GOP. Trump warned the popular Florida governor not oppose him for the Republican nomination in 2024, intimating that the ex-President has a cache of embarrassing revelations that he would use to destroy DeSantis’s reputation. Nice. Also yecchh!
15. If, as mentioned here earlier this week , Bismarck was right when he said, “There is providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children, and the United States of America,” the that “providence” will figure out some way to sideline Donald Trump within the next two years.