Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Big Night for Democrats

It was a good night to be a Democrat, as the party's candidates won a slate of closely watched races stretching from Virginia to Washington state on Tuesday. At the gubernatorial level, Democrat Ralph Northam defeated Republican Ed Gillespie in a hotly contested race in Virginia, which many analysts viewed as a referendum on President Donald Trump. The victory was "a backlash to Trump and Trumpism, pure and simple," wrote Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.

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In New Jersey, Democrat Phil Murphy won a gubernatorial race against Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who struggled to get out from under the shadow of the deeply unpopular outgoing governor, Republican Chris Christie. ...

In Virginia's legislature, Democrats flipped at least 10 seats in the Republican controlled House of Delegates, and it was still unclear late Tuesday night which party would control the chamber, which has been under a Republican majority since 1999.

In Washington state, control of the state senate also went to Democrats, when Manka Dhingra won a special election, giving the party a one-seat majority, and putting the state government fully under the control of Democrats, who hold the governorship and the majority in Washington's House of Representatives.

Mayoral races, too, produced a swath of Democratic victories, most notably in New York City, where mayor Bill de Blasio cruised to victory over Republican Nicole Malliotakis.

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So much winning!

#1 | Posted by 726 at 2017-11-08 09:06 AM

What goes up must come down, finally! We should chase these scoundrels from office everywhere in this nation. They should be looking for places to hide.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-08 09:07 AM

Pretty much had to vote for all Democrats yesterday.

Even held my nose and voted for Phil Murphy.

NJ sent a strong message that it wants a slightly different kleptocracy! At least we may end up with legal weed, which would undoubtedly create historical opportunities for graft and thievery.

#3 | Posted by Sully at 2017-11-08 09:23 AM

NJ legal weed is going to be YUGE.. I may have to move there now.

hahah

sorry RightOCenter.

#4 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-11-08 09:32 AM

"NJ sent a strong message that it wants a slightly different kleptocracy! At least we may end up with legal weed, which would undoubtedly create historical opportunities for graft and thievery."

Her in Florida we passed Medical Marijuana but more than a year later the fat cats are still fighting over who will get to distribute it, there's big money to be made so the actual patients who have qualified for legal pot can't get it legally.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-08 09:32 AM


On the plus side, it appears that the Democrats are winning back the suburban vote.

Having said that, the Democrats should not let this one good day go to their heads. It is like saying that one bad hurricane is the result of climate change. It is not. And one election day does not reverse a trend that has been years in the making.

The Democrats have a lot of work to do if they want to become a viable party again.

How they proceed from here will determine the results next November. Are the Democrats up to the challenge?

Recent events nationally suggest that yesterday's state and local wins may be a fluke.

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-11-08 09:33 AM

Welp, they help after mass murder, so I'm sending thoughts and prayers to all republicans this morning.

#7 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-11-08 09:34 AM

"The Democrats have a lot of work to do if they want to become a viable party again."

The Republicans need to get rid of the "crazy" before they will be considered a viable party again.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-08 09:36 AM

I hope this gives Republicans a little more backbone to oppose what Trump is doing to their party and America. There's no reason to go along with it just to get ahead in elections. At his poll numbers he's becoming a giant orange albatross around their necks.

#9 | Posted by rcade at 2017-11-08 09:42 AM

the biggest problem with the democrats is that mediocre politicians get positions because republicans suck so bad.

#10 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-11-08 09:43 AM

we need competition!

#11 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-11-08 09:43 AM

"the biggest problem with the democrats is that mediocre politicians get positions because republicans suck so bad."

Isn't that what primaries are supposed to deal with?

#12 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-08 09:46 AM


@#8 The Republicans need to get rid of the "crazy" before they will be considered a viable party again.

I cannot disagree with your comment.

#13 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-11-08 09:46 AM

You think this was big?

Wait until next year.

#14 | Posted by madbomber at 2017-11-08 09:49 AM

Donald Trump is the best thing that could have happened to the Dems. Will they squander the moment and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory? We will see.

#15 | Posted by madbomber at 2017-11-08 09:51 AM


fwiw... a talking head guest on BloombergTV said this morning that ~the Republicans in the House are re-looking at their tax bill because they may not have the electoral support they were planning upon.~

Translation [imo]: we may need to throw a bigger bone to the middle class, and not screw them as much.

#16 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-11-08 09:53 AM

@#15 ... Will they squander the moment and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory? ...

If there's one thing that the Democrats seem to excel at....

#17 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-11-08 09:54 AM

"If there's one thing that the Democrats seem to excel at...."

Both parties appear to be proficient at losing when they should be winning.

#18 | Posted by madbomber at 2017-11-08 10:00 AM

Barack Obama‏ @BarackObama

This is what happens when the people vote. Congrats @RalphNortham and @PhilMurphyNJ . And congratulations to all the victors in state legislative, county and mayors' races. Every office in a democracy counts!
5:25 AM - 8 Nov 2017

#19 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-08 10:11 AM

Thank you Trump.

For getting the people out to vote.

Seems we couldn't do it without you.

Looks like you are good for something after all.

#20 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-11-08 10:28 AM

Republicans voters sent in Thoughts and Prayers rather than votes. But its good enough, right?

#21 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-11-08 10:42 AM

Re #4- I've been told that the bill is already written and ready to go and it's just a waiting game at this point. Once Behemoth is officially gone the proposal will be introduced.

Of course that doesn't mean it passes. And Sessions may start interfering....

#22 | Posted by Sully at 2017-11-08 11:00 AM

Well, there's still a year for the shine/enthusiasm to wear off and the Dems to make little to no gains nationally.

As long as they don't take this as a sign that the horribleness of Trump is the best campaign path forward, I think it'll be OK come next year.

#23 | Posted by jpw at 2017-11-08 11:44 AM

It's gonna be a piece of cake. Trump will continue doing stupid stuff, making stupid statements, being a racist, being a pig, and he will continue to insist the focus be on him, while he is doing those things. The opposition just has to sit back and let him do his magic. He should call this trick, 'the incredible vanishing Trump fan base'.

#24 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-11-08 12:35 PM

"The opposition just has to sit back and let him do his magic. He should call this trick, 'the incredible vanishing Trump fan base'."

Honestly, the DNC should be writing Trump checks each month.

Keeping him talking is the most effective tool the party has.

#25 | Posted by madbomber at 2017-11-08 01:09 PM

Both parties appear to be proficient at losing when they should be winning.

#18 | Posted by madbomber

Just the dems. Repubs are proficient at winning when they actually lost. See 2000, 2016.

#26 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-08 01:34 PM

Pretty devastating news for Trumpsters.

Big cracks in the Faux News World bubble today.

Time to head for the bunkers!

Speaking of bunkers...Has anyone heard from Boaz lately?

#27 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-11-08 01:43 PM

"Just the dems. Repubs are proficient at winning when they actually lost. See 2000, 2016."

What happened in 2000 and 2016?

#28 | Posted by madbomber at 2017-11-08 02:26 PM

What happened in 2000 and 2016?

#28 | Posted by madbomber

The person who won the most votes came in second place.

#29 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-08 02:38 PM

Just the dems. Repubs are proficient at winning when they actually lost. See 2000, 2016.

#26 | Posted by SpeakSoftly

They only "lost" if you insist you're playing checkers instead of chess.

#30 | Posted by jpw at 2017-11-08 04:27 PM

#30 | POSTED BY JPW

The problem is this country insists on calling itself a Chess country but the rules are Checkers.

#31 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-11-08 04:58 PM

AP reported:

"Let me tell you, there is a stark difference between the worst Republican and the best Democrat," Spicer said during the Republican Party of Iowa's annual Reagan Dinner in Des Moines.

Well, that's pretty obvious, isn't it? The difference is eons. But even just the worst Democrat beats the best Republican. Remember, ... in John McCain's judgment, Sarah Palin could have stepped in as a good president.

#32 | Posted by nimbleswitch at 2017-11-09 06:38 AM

What a night......... They held on to every elected office they had before the election.

#33 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-11-09 01:52 PM

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