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November 9, 2022

I was tempted to have the title above in all caps with lots of “w”‘s and exclamation points, but chose to be gracious about the election results. I am, however, still exultant that the U.S. got a grip and moved back toward the center last night. Months of my anxiety melted slowly away as the predicted red wave slowed to a trickle. It was imperfect, of course. The GOP regained the House, but not with the numbers it needed for a mandate. Marjorie Taylor Greene beat Marcus Flowers 2 to 1 in a deep red Georgia district and Lauren Bobert is still neck and neck with Adam Frisch in purplish Colorado.

The most welcome takeaway, though, is that Trump’s influence seems to be waning. Lots of the election deniers he endorsed lost, none of whom have yet demanded a recount. Aging Orange would advise them that hysteria is best served fresh. Ron DeSantis’s shellacking of Charlie Crist likely distracted him. The Florida governour dodged questions about his presidential ambitions during the campaign, but supporters at his victory party were shouting “Two more years!” instead of “Four”. There is much I don’t like about DeSantis, but at least he doesn’t want to establish a monarchy. Trump has already assigned a demeaning nickname to his new rival. That’s a heartening sign.

Now that the mid-terms are nearly done, the January 6th committee will send its findings and recommendations to the DOJ. before it’s dissolved and likely investigated. Likewise, the DOJ is now free to charge Trump and let the shit storm begin. My most sincere hope is that the Republican power structure will feel the shift in the political winds and rediscover bipartisanship.

Your thoughts and feelings?

  1. John Bozich permalink
    November 9, 2022 3:06 pm

    Always love to see your postings and I, too, am greatly relieved though-of course-not necessarily pleased with all results of the elections. Relieved in that we DID see the good ole USA come through when it needs to do so to discourage the autocrats in other nations (and within our own borders) from seizing on what was appearing to be and predicted by many of our “finest” politicos that a “red wave”-no, a Trumpian wave” was about to assault and/or topple our democratic republic for which so many have sacrificed so much in so many ways! WHEW, is correct. A lot to do yet and many complex issues yet to be anywhere near any resolution, but we have room to breathe, some fresh air to inhale and hopefully can concoct some other metaphorical expression that keeps our spirits going strong in finding peace and equality…love you always, Marine…semper fi

    • November 9, 2022 3:12 pm

      Love ya right back, JB. Had it all gone south yesterday, we have 38 acres up north to share with you and the Colonel.

      • John Bozich permalink
        November 9, 2022 3:21 pm

        She actually got ill at Trump’s victory in 2016. As this set of elections kept being presented in the slant that was prevalent just 2 short days ago, we had discussed moving North as she loves snow (me, not so much but I have survived worse). Our Kansas Democratic Governor also won last night so she can help to check the radical right-wing House and Senate to some meaningful extent here in Jayhawk country…peace

  2. Anonymous permalink
    November 10, 2022 10:21 am

    Yes, while the GOP will likely own the House with a slim majority, that hasn’t happened yet as far as I know. And the Senate is still up for grabs. And a major proposition in AZ passed with 75+% of the vote, in every county—to “outlaw dirty money” in races, i.e. donors who give more than $5k to a non-profit or political party that spends $50k, have to have their identity revealed. It’s taken 6 years and 3 election cycles for this to happen, and there will probably be law suits yet to try to “repeal” it. But…finally. I’ve been listening to Leonard Cohen’s song “Democracy” (with lyrics) for several days. Recommended! IT

    • November 16, 2022 12:17 pm

      Hooray to Arizona for reminding us that democracy is organic, not static. Any state that could give us Barry Goldwater, John McCain, Evan Mecham and Kari Lake has got to be the leading lab for U.S. politics.

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