As goes Kentucky, so goes …
Like almost everything political these days, you can believe what you will about Tuesday’s elections in four states. You’d have facts and reason on your side, too.
It appears that Kentucky’s Republican governor has been defeated despite Donald Trump’s big rally on his behalf. Last reported, he was down 48.8% to the Democrat’s 49.2%. Bodes ill for Trump and, possibly, for Senate leader Mitch McConnell, Democrats might say.
Then again, incumbent Matt Bevin was one of those hard-to-like political figures (like Jim Doyle) whereas the apparent Democrat(ic) victor Andy Beshear was the son of a popular governor. And a real-life, honest-to-goodness moderate. No Elizabeth Warren!
Louisville Courier-Journal: “Matt Bevin lost the Kentucky governor’s race because he’s a jerk.”
Largely unreported is that Andy Beshear will be replaced as attorney general by a Republican (and African-American, to boot). Daniel Cameron worked as McConnell’s general counsel and helped shepherd Brett Kavanaugh to confirmation. He pledged Kentucky would never be a sanctuary state.
Virginia’s legislature went Democrat for the first time in two decades; the party had already claimed the statewide offices. Thanks to the D.C. suburbs and all those deep-state federal employees.
But Republicans prevailed for Mississippi governor (52.2% to 46.6%) and won two congressional races in swing state North Carolina, one with 61.7% the other, in suburban Charlotte, by a narrow 50.7%.
UPDATE: Tucson voters overwhelmingly voted NO on sanctuary city status, The Arizona Star Daily reports.
Back to the farm team
Brad Pfaff not confirmed as Wisconsin agriculture secretary is a state stunner. It can be read as a shot across the bow that the Republican legislature WILL be respected OR as a sign of more dysfunction to come. Probably both.
We will say that Craig Thompson should be approved as transportation secretary. After Jim Doyle raided the transportation fund, Thompson (in his previous job heading the non-governmental Transportation Development Assn) took the lead to safeguarded the fund from future raids.
The plot may thicken if Gov. Evers elevates Pfaff’s deputy secretary to the top job and installs Pfaff in his place.
It had to happen: “Arby’s makes ‘meat-based vegetable’ to rival plant-based meat craze.” No, not the Onion or Babylon Bee, apparently.
That black cat that stole the show on Monday Night Football? He’s got his own documentary.