Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Election Night Highlights: Looks like a far right smack down.

NYC First Family: de Blasios
As funk group Graham Central Station use to say: Ain't no Bout-A-Doubt it, last night's election results was indeed a Tea Party smack down.

Chris Christie of New Jersey

The big man of the evening did not disappoint: Chris Christie, in the blue state, destroyed his Democratic competition and was re-elected governor of the Garden State. He is considered a RINO to many Tea Party purists in the GOP, especially after his post-Sandy hurricane praise and embrace of President Obama.

Christie, while never abandoning his conservative values, has been willing to work with a Dem or Rep to best serve the voters -- something TPers hate. To be honest, I would not have voted for him -- I am not fond of his bullying pose and Union busting politics -- but I do recognize his ability to get substantial minority votes.

Next stop: The White House 2016?

Bill de Blasio: Mayor of the Big Apple

After more than 20 years of Rudy Gee and Michael Bloom, NYC has taken a decidedly liberal turn. De Blasio, married to an African American woman, has campaigned on the virtues of liberalism. As he stated in his victory speech:

“Tackling inequality isn’t easy. It never has been, and it never will be,” de Blasio said in a victory speech at the YMCA gymnasium in his Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope. “The challenges we face have been decades in the making, and the problems we set out to address will not be solved overnight. But make no mistake: The people of this city have chosen a progressive path. And tonight we set forth on it — together, as one city.”  source

One of his biggest promise was to end criminalizing folks for Walking-While-Black: he has pledged to overhaul outgoing Mayor Michael B's stop and frisk police policy. This policy overwhelmingly targets minority youth; and even though more than 90% of folks stopped and frisk were innocent, Mayor Bloomberg is an ardent supporter of using this tactic to fight crime.

New Gov in Virginia: Terry McAuliffe

McAuliffe's opponent, Ken Cuccinelli was Tea Party before there was a Tea Party.

It was closer than many thought it would be, but Democrat Terry McAuliffe has defeated tea party extremist Republican Ken Cuccinelli to become the next governor of Virginia.

The race wasn’t called until 90% of the vote came in, but the result was as expected. Republicans are going to question why they lost this election, but the answer is easy. Ken Cuccinelli is a far right Republican. He was too far right for northern Virginia to support. The northern part of the state went for McAuliffe, and he won the election. Republicans will tease themselves into believing that without the government shutdown they would have won. Some of them might even foolishly believe that all of the Obamacare talk over the last two weeks moved them closer to victory.

The reality is that McAuliffe is going to win by roughly the same 1-3 point margin that he led by over the summer. When the data is closely examined it will probably show that the election was closer than the public polling suggested because Republicans turned out to vote, and a lot of Democrats didn’t. source

Some people are asserting that maybe now the TP will learn their lesson. I doubt it, in fact I hope they don't learn their lesson until after a 2014 mid-term election rout by moderate Republicans, Independents and progressive Democrats.

This time it is the vast silent majority yelling: Hey dude, We want our country and sanity back.

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