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Throw the bums out?

Maybe so, but they got the wrong bums. The Republicans are cruising to an easy takeover of the Senate, and seem to have picked up a number of governorships as well. I'm not sure how much this changes anything on a practical level, though. Even if the GOP has a Senate Majority, it's not enough of one to get anything done, any more than the Democratic majority was before. Certainly not enough to override any presidential vetoes. And despite all the hand-wringing I saw on MSNBC about Republican governors in blue states as harbingers for 2016, it's not like New England and the Mountain West haven't had Republican governors before. Remember, it's not so long ago that Mitt Romney was the governor of Massachusetts.

I really do continue to boggle at the Democratic inability to capitalize on success, though. People like the Affordable Care Act! Why do you keep running from it?

Meanwhile, I did of course vote this morning. California is rather insulated from the national stuff because Jerry Brown was reelected in a walk, and neither of our US Senators were up this year. We also had slightly less of the proposition-related ridiculousness this year, although "less" is not "none". But it looks like almost nothing I voted against is going to pass, and nothing I feel strongly about is going to lose, so that's generally okay.

If only the midterms being over meant that we were done with election nonsense for awhile. But alas, it seems that will be with us always.

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Nov. 13th, 2014 05:08 am (UTC)
Like I said to plantgirl, it's all about controlling the message. Something which Democrats have proved dismal at doing. Even in the years when they perform well, lately. Very frustrating.
Nov. 7th, 2014 12:43 am (UTC)
I made sure to vote here because of the senate race. Unfortunately my vote was not enough to keep Senator ObscenityRedacted from winning again.

Because of the ACA for the first time in four years I am finally not in severe pain every day. Which means I'm well enough to work, buy things, pay taxes. I do not understand who would benefit by taking that away.
Nov. 13th, 2014 05:06 am (UTC)
I think most people oppose it because they don't understand it. Which is largely a failure of Democratic messaging and success of GOP and Fox News messaging. Win or lose, the GOP has done an excellent job the last 20 years or so of controlling the narrative.
Nov. 8th, 2014 11:22 am (UTC)
Meanwhile, folks in PA are celebrating because WE GOT RID OF OUR ASSHOLE REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR WOOHOO! oh wait what the hell, rest of the country???
Nov. 13th, 2014 05:07 am (UTC)
A friend on Tumblr suggested that the PA governor lost largely because of his (mis)handling of the Penn State scandal. Which, if true, would just confirm the adage that all politics is local.
Nov. 13th, 2014 12:05 pm (UTC)
I'm not really sure that's the main reason. He also slashed education budgets by a ridiculous amount to give higher subsidies to natural gas drillers, which resulted in schools closing and merging (which everyone who went to school or knows people who go to school notices) AS WELL AS disastrous property tax hikes for everyone. When you're a republican and your policies lead to increased taxes...

But yes, all politics is local even in that case.
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