Well, folks, it ain’t over until December 6th when Georgia holds a runoff election between Warnock and Walker, since neither received 50% of the vote, but I do have a few observations about yesterday’s election.
Overall, I went to bed around 4:00 a.m. feeling much less stressed than I had expected to. Why? Well, for one thing, that ‘red wave’ that the pundits had been predicting failed to materialize. Sure, the Republicans had some wins … that was to be expected. But they did not ‘sweep’ the election as they had planned. Methinks ol’ Kevin McCarthy better have a ‘Plan B’!
Needless to say, I was highly disappointed that the people in the state of Ohio, where I have the misfortune of residing, chose the highly unqualified J.D. Vance over Tim Ryan, but Ryan gave it his all and at the end of the day, he was a gentleman and conceded graciously to Vance. I will be a thorn in Vance’s side for as long as he stays in the Senate! Sadly, the people of Ohio lack either brains, consciences, or both.
I cheered … literally … when I saw John Fetterman’s win over Mehmet Oz for the open Senate seat in Pennsylvania. I must give credit where credit is due, though, and say that my view of Oz has notched up a point or two since he called Fetterman and conceded the election with grace – something most Republicans don’t have the courage to do. From Oz’ statement this morning …
“This morning I called John Fetterman and congratulated him. I wish him and his family all the best, both personally and as our next United States Senator.”
THAT, my friends, is how it should be. I give a thumbs up to Mehmet Oz 👍
Most of the disappointments were easily predictable and therefore no big surprise. When I went to bed this morning, Democrat Katie Hobbs was beating Kari Lake by a substantial margin for governor of Arizona. When I got up a few hours later, she was (and is, as of this writing) still ahead, but by a much slimmer margin, leaving me biting my nails over that one. With only about 69% of the vote tallied, it’s too early to call. Hobbs is ahead by less than 1%, only about 11,720 votes, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed there.
It doesn’t look like we’ll have to worry about Sarah Palin sitting in the House of Representatives any time soon, as Democrat incumbent Mary Peltola is far ahead of the pack with a fairly comfortable 20.5% lead. And while it’s too close to call, with only 90% of the vote tallied, it looks like ol’ pistol-totin’ Lauren Boebert might well lose her seat in the House, as she is trailing Democrat Adam Frisch, though only by 0.8%, or 2,449 votes. Do you reckon she’ll be as gracious as Oz was? Hah!!!
There were some history-in-the-making wins, too! Here are just a few …
- Wes Moore, 44, a Democrat and a political newcomer, will become the first Black governor in Maryland’s history. Moore will be the only Black governor in the country.
- Maura Healey, a 51-year-old Democrat who is the attorney general of Massachusetts, became the first openly lesbian woman to be elected governor in the country. She is also the first woman to be elected governor in the state’s history.
- Maxwell Frost, 25, is a liberal Democrat and the first member of Gen Z — those born after 1996 — to win a seat in Congress.
- Kathy Hochul, 64, was appointed governor last year and on Tuesday became the first woman ever elected to lead New York.
- Becca Balint, 54, a liberal Democrat, won her race to become Vermont’s lone member of the House of Representatives, the first time the state has elected a woman to Congress. Vermont is the last state to send a woman to Washington, behind Mississippi, which reached the same milestone in 2018. Balint is also the first openly gay person to represent the state.
So, while there were some results that I didn’t like, such as Vance, Abbott, Budd, DeSantis, Rubio, et al, it seems that the messaging of the GOP fell short of its intended goal. We won’t know for another few days, perhaps, which party will have a majority in either chamber, and likely won’t know about the Senate until after the December 6th runoff in Georgia, but I feel better about it than I expected to. And, I think Warnock will ultimately retain his Senate seat there.
The other thing that had me holding my breath, and I’m still a bit on edge, but less so at the moment, is that there was no violence that I’m aware of. I half expected some cities to erupt into violent outbursts, since there was so much tension and contention over this election, but thus far it has been peaceful. Let us hope it stays that way!