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The Blue Wave
Author: BobR    Date: 11/07/2018 14:20:54

Election 2018 was being promoted as the "Blue Wave". There was giddy anticipation, and possibly some premature jubilation over how the Dems were going to take over the House, the Senate, the Presidency, the Supreme Court, and various dog catcher posts. Okay - some hyperbole there, but expectations were unrealistically high.

What happened in reality, is that Dems will be taking control of the House in January, and several governerships flipped from red to blue. In the Age of tRump, that is a pretty damn big deal. Naturally, there will be naysayers for whom this just wasn't enough. They may be ignored. Let's take a look at some of the results...

The (current) final tally (some areas will require further counting, or recounts, or run-offs):

House: 222 D, 199 R, 4 U
Senate: 45 D, 51 R, 4 U

Although 1 House seats flipped from blue to red (a new PA district that was expected to go red), there were 26 Republicans washed away in the blue wave.

In the Senate, 3 seats flipped from blue to red: Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and Joe Donnelly (D-IN)

Here are a few individual items:
  • Sharice Davids (D-KS) becomes the country's first Native American lesbian congresswoman.

  • Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin seem to have recovered from their momentary lapse in judgement in 2016. For instance, Scott Walker was finally ousted as Governor of Wisconsin.

  • Jason Lewis (R-MN) who complained he could no longer call women "sluts" was beaten by a woman - Angie Craig

  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is the youngest woman to take office in the House, as well as being the daughter of Puerto Rican parents.

  • Florida restores voting rights for felons. That will be huge in 2020.


On the Republican side of the aisle...
  • Nevada elects a dead brothel owner.

  • Two GOP congressmen facing indictment are elected (Chris Collins (R-NY), Duncan Hunter (R-CA))


There were also numerous ballot initiatives, some of them good (the aforementioned FL felon voter law and Michigan approving recreational use of pot) and some were bad (AL protecting the "rights" of the "unborn"). That includes 3 states approving the expansion of Medicaid under the ACA.

There is plenty to be happy about. Yes, the Senate is a disappointment, but only 1/3 of the seats are up for re-election every year, so 2/3 of those seats were "safe". Like people who complained that the ACA wasn't "good enough", it should be remembered that the journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step. These election results are way more than a single step, even if we didn't reach the desired final destination yet.
 

52 comments (Latest Comment: 11/07/2018 23:17:18 by Raine)
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Comment by Raine on 11/07/2018 14:29:29
GOOD MORNING!


Comment by wickedpam on 11/07/2018 14:30:22
Morning

I will take the win.

* me as I drive by every Comstock & the racist Corey Stewart sign this morning *

Comment by Raine on 11/07/2018 14:31:21
Quote by wickedpam:
Morning

I will take the win.

* me as I drive by every Comstock & the racist Corey Stewart sign this morning *



Comment by Raine on 11/07/2018 14:33:01




Comment by trojanrabbit on 11/07/2018 14:35:38
Good Morning

The Senate was always going to be a pie-in-the-sky goal. But Dems got the most important thing, control of the House.

Little Donnie is already frantically tweeting, threatening that if the House investigates, he'll sic the Senate on them.

Next installment of the ME ME ME ME ME ME tour, today at 11:30.


Comment by BobR on 11/07/2018 14:38:31
Quote by wickedpam:
Morning

I will take the win.

* me as I drive by every Comstock & the racist Corey Stewart sign this morning *



Comment by BobR on 11/07/2018 14:41:55
Some comments from my friend August:

For the first time in history, more than 100 members of Congress are women.

At some point, Democrats in power will need to acknowledge and combat the blatant reality that Republicans do not think all people should vote, do not want all people to vote, and actively work to prevent all people from voting. There's no "working together" on this.

The Republicans are the minority in this country. That doesn't negate that they're in power, but it's important to work with that mindset clear in your head.

Comment by BobR on 11/07/2018 14:45:21
Not in the blog, but gay-hating Kim Davis in KY lost her re-election bid in the down-ticket blue wave...

Comment by Raine on 11/07/2018 14:48:58
Quote by BobR:
Some comments from my friend August:

For the first time in history, more than 100 members of Congress are women.

At some point, Democrats in power will need to acknowledge and combat the blatant reality that Republicans do not think all people should vote, do not want all people to vote, and actively work to prevent all people from voting. There's no "working together" on this.

The Republicans are the minority in this country. That doesn't negate that they're in power, but it's important to work with that mindset clear in your head.
He's absolutely correct.


Comment by wickedpam on 11/07/2018 14:51:41
Quote by BobR:
Not in the blog, but gay-hating Kim Davis in KY lost her re-election bid in the down-ticket blue wave...



Beaten by a gentleman she refused a license too. It was very satisfying to see

Comment by Raine on 11/07/2018 14:52:18
Quote by BobR:
Not in the blog, but gay-hating Kim Davis in KY lost her re-election bid in the down-ticket blue wave...

I tell you, it's the down ticket and local races that are SO important!

They ran out of ballots in our county.

Comment by BobR on 11/07/2018 15:07:24
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by BobR:
Not in the blog, but gay-hating Kim Davis in KY lost her re-election bid in the down-ticket blue wave...

Beaten by a gentleman she refused a license too. It was very satisfying to see

No - that man lost in the primary.

Comment by BobR on 11/07/2018 15:08:15
Posted by someone on the Book of Faces: Don't think of it as a mid-term election - think of it as a courtesy flush.

Comment by wickedpam on 11/07/2018 15:10:29
Quote by BobR:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by BobR:
Not in the blog, but gay-hating Kim Davis in KY lost her re-election bid in the down-ticket blue wave...

Beaten by a gentleman she refused a license too. It was very satisfying to see

No - that man lost in the primary.


Oh shoot, I read the thing last night wrong then. My mistake

I was really, really tired if that's any excuse.

Comment by Scoopster on 11/07/2018 15:22:36
Good mornin' all!

Let's take a look at the incoming House committee chairs:

Agriculture: Collin Peterson (MN-7)
Appropriations: Nita Lowey (NY-17)
Armed Services: Adam Smith (WA-9)
Budget: John Yarmuth (KY-3)
Education & Labor: Bobby Scott (VA-3)
Energy & Commerce: Frank Pallone (NJ-6)
Ethics: Ted Deutch (FL-22)
Financial Services: Maxine Waters (CA-43)
Foreign Affairs: Eliot Engel (NY-16)
Homeland Security: Bennie Thompson (MS-2)
House Administration: Vacant (Bob Brady PA-1 retired)
Human Rights: Jim McGovern (MA-2)
Intelligence: Adam Schiff (CA-28)
Judiciary: Jerrold Nadler (NY-10)
Natural Resources: Raul Grijalva (AZ-3)
Oversight & Govt Reform: Elijah Cummings (MD-7)
Rules: Jim McGovern (MA-2)
Science, Space & Tech: Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)
Small Business: Nydia Velazquez (NY-7)
Transportation & Infrastructure: Peter DeFazio (OR-4)
Veterans Affairs: Vacant (Tim Walz MN-1 was elected MN-Gov)
Ways & Means: Richard Neal (MA-1)


Comment by Raine on 11/07/2018 15:34:31
Quote by Scoopster:
Good mornin' all!

Let's take a look at the incoming House committee chairs:

Agriculture: Collin Peterson (MN-7)
Appropriations: Nita Lowey (NY-17)
Armed Services: Adam Smith (WA-9)
Budget: John Yarmuth (KY-3)
Education & Labor: Bobby Scott (VA-3)
Energy & Commerce: Frank Pallone (NJ-6)
Ethics: Ted Deutch (FL-22)
Financial Services: Maxine Waters (CA-43)
Foreign Affairs: Eliot Engel (NY-16)
Homeland Security: Bennie Thompson (MS-2)
House Administration: Vacant (Bob Brady PA-1 retired)
Human Rights: Jim McGovern (MA-2)
Intelligence: Adam Schiff (CA-28)
Judiciary: Jerrold Nadler (NY-10)
Natural Resources: Raul Grijalva (AZ-3)
Oversight & Govt Reform: Elijah Cummings (MD-7)
Rules: Jim McGovern (MA-2)
Science, Space & Tech: Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)
Small Business: Nydia Velazquez (NY-7)
Transportation & Infrastructure: Peter DeFazio (OR-4)
Veterans Affairs: Vacant (Tim Walz MN-1 was elected MN-Gov)
Ways & Means: Richard Neal (MA-1)

Glorious!

Comment by Raine on 11/07/2018 15:35:04
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by BobR:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by BobR:
Not in the blog, but gay-hating Kim Davis in KY lost her re-election bid in the down-ticket blue wave...

Beaten by a gentleman she refused a license too. It was very satisfying to see

No - that man lost in the primary.


Oh shoot, I read the thing last night wrong then. My mistake

I was really, really tired if that's any excuse.
It's all good.

She gone, and I am happy.


Comment by Scoopster on 11/07/2018 15:39:22
GA-Gov is going to a runoff election.

Comment by BobR on 11/07/2018 15:40:27
Quote by Scoopster:
Good mornin' all!

Let's take a look at the incoming House committee chairs:

Agriculture: Collin Peterson (MN-7)
Appropriations: Nita Lowey (NY-17)
Armed Services: Adam Smith (WA-9)
Budget: John Yarmuth (KY-3)
Education & Labor: Bobby Scott (VA-3)
Energy & Commerce: Frank Pallone (NJ-6)
Ethics: Ted Deutch (FL-22)
Financial Services: Maxine Waters (CA-43)
Foreign Affairs: Eliot Engel (NY-16)
Homeland Security: Bennie Thompson (MS-2)
House Administration: Vacant (Bob Brady PA-1 retired)
Human Rights: Jim McGovern (MA-2)
Intelligence: Adam Schiff (CA-28)
Judiciary: Jerrold Nadler (NY-10)
Natural Resources: Raul Grijalva (AZ-3)
Oversight & Govt Reform: Elijah Cummings (MD-7)
Rules: Jim McGovern (MA-2)
Science, Space & Tech: Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)
Small Business: Nydia Velazquez (NY-7)
Transportation & Infrastructure: Peter DeFazio (OR-4)
Veterans Affairs: Vacant (Tim Walz MN-1 was elected MN-Gov)
Ways & Means: Richard Neal (MA-1)

These are the ones that have me most excited:
Ethics: Ted Deutch (FL-22)
Financial Services: Maxine Waters (CA-43)
Intelligence: Adam Schiff (CA-28)
Oversight & Govt Reform: Elijah Cummings (MD-7)


Comment by BobR on 11/07/2018 15:40:49
Quote by Scoopster:
GA-Gov is going to a runoff election.



still in play!

Comment by Scoopster on 11/07/2018 15:47:46
Fuck off, Mitch. Proper Congressional oversight is NOT harassment.

Comment by Raine on 11/07/2018 15:49:09




Comment by BobR on 11/07/2018 16:16:44
With Democrats poised to be in a position to demand tRump's tax returns, "checks and balances" takes on a whole new meaning.





Comment by Scoopster on 11/07/2018 16:45:51



Comment by Raine on 11/07/2018 17:06:36
DOTUS sounds like he's reading a 2nd grade book report. "we picked up 3 Senate seats, could be four, might be two."

Comment by Raine on 11/07/2018 17:14:09
Mark my prediction today.

Trump WILL work with Dems because he needs wins more than anything else.

His base is gonna lose their shit. the GOP is gonna lose their shit.

Comment by wickedpam on 11/07/2018 17:20:24
Quote by Raine:
Mark my prediction today.

Trump WILL work with Dems because he needs wins more than anything else.

His base is gonna lose their shit. the GOP is gonna lose their shit.



Winning is all that matters to him besides himself.

Comment by Raine on 11/07/2018 17:28:49
he's losing his shit at this presser... even for him. Waiting for him to hit someone!

Comment by Raine on 11/07/2018 17:39:44
Quote by Raine:
he's losing his shit at this presser... even for him. Waiting for him to hit someone!





Comment by wickedpam on 11/07/2018 17:43:34
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Raine:
he's losing his shit at this presser... even for him. Waiting for him to hit someone!







DAYUM! Only person that was rude there was him.

Comment by Scoopster on 11/07/2018 17:54:37



Comment by Raine on 11/07/2018 18:00:49
AP CALLS MONTANA: TESTER WINS


Comment by Raine on 11/07/2018 18:41:23
Listening to Nancy Pelosi speak, damn, it's so good to listen to real leadership.

Comment by livingonli on 11/07/2018 18:42:53
Quote by Raine:
he's losing his shit at this presser... even for him. Waiting for him to hit someone!

Trump is either going to have a total mental breakdown (at this rate not far to go), or he will have a heart attack or stroke because he's not healthy.

Comment by Raine on 11/07/2018 19:11:49
Quote by livingonli:
Quote by Raine:
he's losing his shit at this presser... even for him. Waiting for him to hit someone!

Trump is either going to have a total mental breakdown (at this rate not far to go), or he will have a heart attack or stroke because he's not healthy.

Yup.

Comment by Scoopster on 11/07/2018 19:47:30
SESSIONS JUST GOT SHITCANNED

Comment by Raine on 11/07/2018 19:48:31
Sessions is out!

Comment by Raine on 11/07/2018 19:52:10
Quote by Scoopster:
SESSIONS JUST GOT SHITCANNED



Comment by livingonli on 11/07/2018 19:52:50
Well, we knew that was going to happen.

Comment by Scoopster on 11/07/2018 19:57:05
Acting AG Matthew Whitaker, who was Sessions' chief of staff, is a blatant critic of Rosenstein AND Mueller and thinks the investigation should be scrapped.



Comment by Raine on 11/07/2018 20:08:51




Comment by Scoopster on 11/07/2018 20:34:36



Comment by Raine on 11/07/2018 20:40:20
Quote by Scoopster:
Acting AG Matthew Whitaker, who was Sessions' chief of staff, is a blatant critic of Rosenstein AND Mueller and thinks the investigation should be scrapped.


We're now at hair n fire stage.



Comment by Scoopster on 11/07/2018 20:51:06



Comment by Raine on 11/07/2018 21:03:58





Comment by Raine on 11/07/2018 21:05:31
Quote by Scoopster:


The White House is saying it wsa already scheduled.

Not sure I believe that, but there is this:

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller and has overseen his probe from the beginning will stay in his post, according to the official.



Comment by Raine on 11/07/2018 22:04:33




Comment by Raine on 11/07/2018 22:09:03
Quote by Raine:




HE did, I went to the SOS site, clicked the link and that shit is now puking into my computer.


Comment by livingonli on 11/07/2018 22:14:15
Kemp was using his power as SOS to rig the election in his favor which I think is why Abrams is refusing to concede and there is still the Greg Palast suit against the voter suppression as well.

Comment by Raine on 11/07/2018 22:16:18
Quote by livingonli:
Kemp was using his power as SOS to rig the election in his favor which I think is why Abrams is refusing to concede and there is still the Greg Palast suit against the voter suppression as well.

I downloaded the file.

This is some fucking bullshit.