Short version: Team Donkey gave Team Elephant the blues.
By now, everyone knows that last night was a big night for the Dims, and a bad night for ex-Preznint Bannon and Preznint Stupid. There is no doubt that the outcome in Virginia was a pimp-slap of Trump.
One) Ed Gillespie ran as Hair Führer’s mini-me and was beaten like a red-headed stepchild on a rented mule. Ralph Northam walloped race-baiting Ed Gillespie, 53.7% to 45.1%.
And b) 50% of voters interviewed in exit polls said that they wanted to send a message to Preznint Stupid.
And I might add:
Exit polls show top 2 issues for #Northam voters tonight were health care and guns. Say it again. Health care and GUNS.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) November 8, 2017
…and some additional food for thought:
Can you imagine watching these results as a Republican from New York, New Jersey, or California and voting for Paul Ryan’s dumb tax bill?
— Matt Compton (@mattcompton) November 8, 2017
And Preznint Stupid said, essentially,
“Luke I am Your Father,” er, “I’ll be back, Asshole,” um, oh well, read it yourself:
Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for. Don’t forget, Republicans won 4 out of 4 House seats, and with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2017
…to which one lone spitballer replied:
This IS one of the few times it actually is ALL ABOUT YOU.
Buh-bye, Yammie. https://t.co/H0lkfGtNH8
— Tengrain (@Tengrain) November 8, 2017
Ex-Preznint Bannon, after endorsing and pushing Gillespie onto his orcs and mouth-breathers, on the website named after the dead guy headlined the loss (and I kid you not): “Republican Swamp Thing Ed Gillespie Rejected” (No link for obvious reasons.)
So both the vulgar yam and his brain threw their candidate under the bus when he lost.
A fair number of bad pundits tried to brush VA off as changing demographics, but:
Dear Pundit Friends, please stop attributing this D landslide in VA to “changing demographics”. VA hasn’t changed that much since last Nov. 8 (Hillary by 5%). The bigger explanation is a backlash to Trump and Trumpism, pure and simple. #VAGov
— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) November 8, 2017
So what lessons can we deduce, Holmes-like: whatever political capital Comrade Preznint has is shrinking.
- If you cozy up to Hair Führer and lose, he will throw you under the bus
- So will ex-Preznint Bannon
- Embracing Trump-style fascism/racism/yammism doesn’t work in purple states (and is a death wish in blue states)
- Hair Führer’s endorsement doesn’t matter in purple states
- Ex-Preznint Bannon’s endorsement doesn’t matter, either
- Comrade Stupid’s help in the campaign doesn’t matter in red states (talk to ex-Senator Luther Strange for details)
- Ex-Prznint Bannon’s help probably doesn’t matter (talk to ex-Senator Luther Strange for details on how he got his appointment)
His only weapon is his unique ability to start Twitter fights.
And we will give the last word to Chris Cillizza, as is our custom:
Happy Election Day! Are Democrats blowing it?https://t.co/7VpSw1nbW7
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) November 7, 2017
The Pantheon of Dunces has a new bust.
UPDATE 1: Tiger Beat morning email thingie:
THE BIG PICTURE — BIG NIGHT FOR DEMOCRATS — Democrats won the governor’s mansions in New Jersey and Virginia. DAVE WASSERMAN (@redistrict) says that “raw votes cast” in Virginia were up 16% from 2013. Charlottesville was up 31%. Maine voted to expand Medicaid. Manchester, New Hampshire had its highest turnout this decade and elected a Democrat to its mayorship for the first time in 14 years.
UPDATE 2: Also Tiger Beat:
In the last 24 hours a pair of House Republicans retired: NEW JERSEY REP. FRANK LOBIONDO andTEXAS REP. TED POE. Several sources have told us there are likely to be more departures. Other lawmakers we hear could announce they will not seek reelection to their House seat: REP. BOB GOODLATTE, the Virginia Republican who is term limited atop the Judiciary Committee, and REP. MARTHA MCSALLY (R-ARIZ.), who is likely to run for a Senate seat. Goodlatte’s office did not respond to a request for comment, and McSally’s office did not have a comment.
“This one was for Donald Trump. Exit polls revealed an unmistakable anti-Trump backlash Tuesday, as Democrats won resounding victories in governors races in Virginia and New Jersey. Majorities of voters in both states disapproved of the job Trump is doing as president, with significant numbers of voters in each state saying Trump was a reason for their vote. And far more of those voters said they made their choice to oppose Trump than to support him. … [W]hat is unusual about Tuesday night is the extent to which the two races were about Trump. And the stark results cast fresh doubt on the health of Republican majorities in the House and Senate, in addition to gubernatorial races in next year’s midterm elections.”