Drama in Virginia & Elsewhere

By the time many of you comment on this, the result in Virginia will be known. But no matter the end result, it is a remarkable performance by the Republican Ed Gillespie. I vote in Virginia and like Democrat Mark Warner. I voted Gillespie because I thought it was a protest vote against Obama. I did not expect Gillespie to win. I did not figure on the dislike of Obama in a state that had voted for him twice.

It looks like the old "war on women" and race baiting didn't work well this time around.

Democrats repudiated Obama. Maybe that was a bad move, maybe not. As I say, it is still not decided as I write. But it looks like Americans are seeing red.

Posted by Christine & John at November 4, 2014 8:09 PM
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I’m hoping for a Charlie Baker win in the MA governor race. I wasn’t impressed with Martha Coakley when she ran for the Senate 4 years ago and I’m still not impressed with her now. Massachusetts is probably the best run urban state in the nation and I think a lot of that has to do with its history of voting for liberal Republican governors as well as Democratic legislatures.

Posted by: Warren Porter at November 4, 2014 8:27 PM
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I believe the last Republican governor is now a convicted felon.

I think the election, if it goes your way, is going to clarify people on what’s holding Washington back.

Republicans just don’t have any filter any longer, and if they have Congress, the disputes will no longer be the relatively low profile stuff that tends to fly under the radar. It won’t simply be the votes that come and go in Congress with little fanfare. It won’t simply be the filibusters that almost nobody is aware of.

Instead, virtually every fight will be a public one between the President and Congress, between a President who can show calm and reason, and a Congress who are too steeped in their politics to flip the off switch on it to do the necessary Sausagemaking to negotiate a divided government.

People will find out who is being reasonable by their standards, and who is not, and you folks have nothing but a parade of grotesquely exaggerated Conservatives to serve as your Party’s big stars. Americans will come to realize that one party has forsaken the center, that one party has become eccentric, to say the least, and out of touch with reality.

You might see these elections as the culmination of something, but I know better: there is no finish line for the political horserace. The long term matters, whether you like it or not, and your party sacrificed its future to flatter the voters who are its past.

Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at November 4, 2014 9:23 PM
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Warren

I would/could have voted for Warner. I am surprised by what we are looking at here.

Posted by: C&J at November 4, 2014 9:25 PM
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Stephen

Virginia went for Obama in the last election. The independents are the ones who turned this race.

If Republicans win, you will see a big change in congress. Harry Reid has been bottling up bills. A Republican led House and a Republican Senate will pass bills and send them to the president. He will have the option of signing or vetoing, but it will be clear who is obstructing what.

Posted by: C&J at November 4, 2014 9:29 PM
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C&J-
There are so many different facets to qualify your claim by, it’s not funny. I mean, are you accounting for turnout? Are you accounting for the fact we’re in the sixth year of a two term President? (Did Reagan lose or keep the Senate in 1986?)

Thing is, I think your party has no off-switch to its politics now, and that inevitably has bad results. People start to think things matter that most people don’t agree really do.

I wish y’all were more practical. I’m just sick of their being an inevitable disconnect between what the people who are trained to do things and know things say, and what Republicans spout. They’re trying to make themselves bulletproof against all kinds of potential liabilities, but in many cases, they’re denying themselves the kind of feedbacks that would help them operate with some kind of common sense in the real world.

Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at November 4, 2014 10:14 PM
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Stephen

Virginia is a special case here. You have not been following it, so I understand your confusion. Gillespie was down by almost 20 points. Warner is a good guy, a popular senator and former governor. The only reason he has this trouble is Barack Obama. Recall that Virginia voted for Obama two years ago. It is the independents who have turned so much against the Democrats.

I just did not believe that VA would be too close to call at this point. Nobody expected this. This was safe Democratic.

As I wrote, I would have voted for Warner. I DID vote for vote for my Democratic congressman, who I have met on a couple of occasions. The only reason I didn’t vote Warner was that I wanted to vote against the Democratic establishment. I guess many Virginians has similar ideas. I didn’t know people were so pissed.

Posted by: C&J at November 4, 2014 10:29 PM
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What a great day for America….it is a complete Republican sweep. Even Illinois has a Republican governor. Now begins the spin on the left of why the American people rejected liberalism……hahahahahaha

Posted by: George at November 4, 2014 11:36 PM
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George

I am not sure I would celebrate Republicans in Illinois. That place is so messed up and now Democrats will get to blame Republicans.

We should celebrate Scott Walker, however. He beat back the whole Democratic nation three times now.

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