The Democratic Party won big today. In Virginia, New Jersey, and New York City, we swept our races completely. Voters demonstrated a thorough repudiation of the repugnant way of life we have come to know as Trumpism.
The American people gave us back all the power they could in Tuesday’s elections.
We needed this. Big time. The way the media tells it, this whole last year has been one disaster after the next for us Democrats. The papers all have a dig to throw at Hillary Clinton any chance they get. They gleefully insist that Bernie Sanders is the face of our party. He is reviled so completely by most of us that he wasn’t even welcome to speak at a Women’s Convention without all hell breaking loose. It’s like they’re having a rape fantasy about it.
That whole narrative disregards a great many tangible and improbable victories scored by Democrats over the last year. Even our losses were wins in a number of cases.
Take the Jon Ossoff- Karen Handel race last spring. Georgia’s Sixth District has been red since 1979. We came within a hair of taking it. $23 million was raised for that race.
As of September 27, Democrats have picked up a total of eight Republican-held seats as a result of special elections from New York, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma. After tonight, you can bet people will start talking about it.
This combined with how close we came to winning the special elections earlier this year, suggests strongly that we’ve got everything it takes in 2018 to overcome the large mathematical disadvantages peculiar to this year’s electoral map.
Things went great in New Jersey
. Philip Murphy easily polished off his mountebank opponent. That governor’s office has been in Republican Chris Christie’s hands for eight years
. Across the map, in mayoral contests, state legislative races and ballot measures, everything went our way.
In Virginia, we saw a historical milestone pass. Voters elected the state’s first openly transgender candidate, Danica Roem, to the Virginia House of Delegates.
Ralph Northam won the Virginia governor’s race handily, as close as the race looked toward the end.
The only rain on our parade came from a certain non- Democrat, Bernie Sanders, who dealt a blow to leftist unity by refusing to endorse Northam
. That’s one race he could have made a significant impact on, but he refused. Northam has a wonderfully progressive platform, as opposed to his race-baiting slanderous Republican opponent. Bernie chose to actively try to hurt him. How much more proof do people need that this man is not on our side?
Our Revolution, the advocacy group founded by Sanders
, has endorsed six candidates running for the Virginia House of Delegates. But when it came to the governor’s race, Bernie remained silent. He’d endorsed Tom Perriello, one of Northam’s primary opponents. It seems he’s back to sulking.
“They’ve done nothing, and it’s a shame,” says a Democratic strategist with Virginia roots. Wary of escalating the tensions between the Hillary and Bernie wings of the party, he doesn’t want to be named.
“This race is really the first battle for the resistance, and it’s dangerous for our prospects going forward if we can’t win this.”
Republicans will wake up tomorrow in a world of hurt. Full control of Congress, which favored them strongly in terms of electoral math, find themselves now in serious jeopardy.
Trump’s approval ratings have been abysmal since the start, but are worsening daily. He’s a liability. This is why so many of them are retiring. It will continue to be much harder to convince incumbents to run in such a hostile environment.
Northam’s opponent, Ed Gillespie, was reprimanded by Trump for not having fully embraced him and his principles in a tweet sent out Tuesday night. Trump blames Gillespie’s defeat on this, but it is not the simplest explanation.
Tonight the people of America sent Donald Trump a message.
They have figured out that they made a mistake, and they intend to fix it. Donald Trump underestimated the spirit of this country. We are trusting and generous. We give people the benefit of the doubt. But we have a very hard core, at the end of the day, and we do not like being cheated.
is winding toward a brutal conclusion; just ask Carter Page
. That will be his eventual downfall. the country is stuck in the mud, and Democrats are the only ones who can get us back on track and keep us there. We need to turn Congress Blue again next year. And we have all the tools we need.
That pretty much says it all.