Tuesday’s elections a mixed bag

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.”

Kentucky AG

Kentucky’s new attorney general (at right)

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.

Comment, respond, what do you thinkThe third-party Libertarian candidate for governor took 2% of the vote, more than covering Bevin’s losing margin.

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. 

What do YOU think?

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7 Responses to Tuesday’s elections a mixed bag

  1. coolkevs says:

    Don’t forget those couple of Republican wins in blue New Jersey.


  2. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    Over 823,000 vote for a Republican AG, yet only 704,523 pull the lever for the Republican gubernatorial candidate?

    Anything to it…?

    And just watch; Lefty’ll be pitching this as a Blue Wave.

    The Gotch


  3. dad29 says:

    Based on comments from your BFF Miss Vicki, the prognosis is CHAOS in the entire Executive branch of WIsconsin.

    That’s a feature, not a bug.

    Evers simply has no idea what he’s doing, so he appoints cretins; then he sucks his thumb at home or sits and beholds Reality Legislative TV–but in person, as he did yesterday for 3 hours.

    Beats the Hell out of what could happen if he actually had a plan and the brains to execute it.


    • FoodForThought says:

      Which appointees do you think are cretins and why?
      This entire stalling tactic of Fitzgerald delaying confirmation votes on the cabinet picks for nearly a year now is nothing more than a partisan power play. If he never confirms them they have to constantly fear stepping on his toes.
      Especially ironic they went after Pfaff considering Fitz initially blasted Evers for picking too many appointees from Madison and Milwaukee. Pfaff was an actual farmer from rural Wisconsin with reams of experience in the field and seemed an extremely logical choice for DATCP. The five GOPers who initially supported him refusing to answer repeated questions about why they changed there minds probably tells us all we need to know: That Fitz demanded behind close doors they vote in lock-step to oust Pfaff and set an example to try and make the other appointees hide in their holes.
      I’m especially embarrassed by Pat Testin who normally has the gumption to do the right thing.
      Did Pfaff make some dumb off-handed comments? Yes. Was Fitzgerald calling those comments “offensive” a ridiculous attempt by him to play the victim/drama queen? Absolutely.
      In spite of some of Pfaff’s gaffes even the more conservative leaning ag lobbying groups like the The Dairy Business Association supported his appointment earlier this week after Fitz announced Pfaff was in danger.


      • AnonyBob says:

        Ooo…a voice of reason, facts and nuance. Better watch out FFT, that doesn’t play well here.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:


          ”a voice of reason, facts and nuance.”

          A stunning endorsement from the guy who regularly slobbered that the illiterate BANNED Blog Idiot was positively Churchillian?


          “demanded behind close doors they vote in lock-step”

          The very nerve! Who do they think they are; Schiff-For-Brains & SanFranNan?

          The Gotch


        • AnonyBob says:

          Case in point.
          Nice endorsement, Gootch, of heavy-handed hardball partisanship. “Democrats fall in love while Republicans fall in line.“ Out of fear, not conviction.


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