Two cheers for divided government!
One takes solace where he can find it. Wisconsin, as the Werkes predicted, narrowly fell to Joe Biden, who looks to be the next President, as we also predicted. Not that this thing doesn’t have weeks to play out, courts to convene, and commentators to comment. Donald Trump fought like a Marine, did helluva lot better than predicted, but we think he is toast.
A blessing in disguise? (“At the moment, very well disguised,” Winston Churchill lamented after a defeat.) The head groundskeeper will stray from the plantation to suggest that, going forward, my political party can prosper from the policy prescriptions of Donald Trump without his maddening, unpredictable solar eruptions. Thanks to Trump, the Republican party has become the party of the working man and woman, newly averse to foreign adventurism, constitutionally sound, the friend of the police officer on the beat, respecting religion and social mores, refusing to play identity politics.
The headline in Politico provides succor: “Biden looks screwed even if he wins.” It looks like Mitch McConnell will continue to lead a majority of Republicans in the U.S. Senate. That bodes well for blocking Biden/Kamala Harris’ more extreme judicial appointments and redistribution. And for continuing investigations into Clapper/Comey/Brennan-style corruption.
Because Democrats seriously under-performed across the country. They flipped only two seats — Cory Gardner in Colorado and Martha McSally in Arizona (as we and virtually everyone predicted) — despite an expanded battleground map and a massive cash advantage, as Politico observes.
That’s the other big take-away from Election 2020 — money doesn’t buy electoral happiness. Lindsay Graham’s opponent raised $57 million during the third quarter alone — twice as much as Graham had raised in the previous six quarters combined. Democrats threw $100 million at Mitch McConnell’s challenger. To no avail. Democrats had what the New York Times called a “stunning fund-raising advantage.”
Meanwhile, in Pelosi-ville
Democrats failed to pick up the 10 to 20 seats forecast. Indeed, it appears Republicans will actually add to their 198 while the Democrats lose a few of their 232 seats. Former UW-Madison chancellor Donna Shalala lost her House seat in the Miami area — one of two Democrats to lose to Cuban-American Republicans. The GOP also reclaimed New York City’s Staten Island seat. Next door in Minnesota, the Democrats chairman of the House Agriculture committee, fell to a Republican woman — one of fivewho toppled Dem incumbents last night. (The Ron Kind race in La Crosse has not been called.)
Here in Wisconsin, congratulations to State Rep. Todd Novak for turning back Kris Marion, a Bernie Sanders-endorsed socialist. Comrade John Nichols savaged Novak on her behalf, to no avail. State Senate Republicans actually picked up two seats — in New Richmond and Green Bay. But Assembly Democrats flipped seats in once heavily Republican Mequon and Brookfield where, likely, Donald Trump and his toxic personality lost Wisconsin.
We’ll leave you with the words of the youngest U.S. House member in recent history, a barely eligible (according to the Constitution) 25-year-old named Madison Cawthorn. A paraplegic, the North Carolina Republican tweeted on election night: “Cry more, lib.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: America Tuesday 11-03-20 was weary of the Orange Meanie but still said no to socialism, chaos, and crime.