Evaluating Election Day Results

November 8, 2017

This week brought some major political anniversaries. Monday was the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution that brought down Russia’s Tsar and ushered in nearly 75 years of communism – and (coincidentally, according to today’s college students) starvation, poverty, mass death, oppression, aggression, tyranny and…oh yes, “droughts.” Tuesday was also the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s unexpected defeat of Hillary Clinton (well, I predicted it, but nobody listened), which ushered in 12 months of liberals across America and all over the media throwing a 24/7 tantrum and screaming about “Resistance” like a Bolshevik revolutionary who was told to take a bath.

Yesterday will also go down as a political date of its own importance, but with echoes of both previous events. Tuesday’s elections are being depicted (let’s be honest: “celebrated”) in the media as a November Revolution, a Republican Armageddon, a Democratic tsunami proving that, to quote George Costanza, “We’re back, baby!” As usual, most commentators are letting their personal biases color their interpretations. I know I’ll be accused of trying to put a pro-Republican happy face on a rotting Jack-o-lantern, but I’m honestly not. I try to give you honest and informed analysis, good or bad, because blowing smoke does the GOP no good. You don’t want to be like one of those wailing Democrats a year ago who believed the polls about Hillary. So here goes:


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First of all, the highest profile Dem wins (governors in Virginia and New Jersey) were entirely predictable. Both states were the Dems’ to lose. New Jersey is solid blue, and the Republican candidate was tainted by his association with outgoing Gov. Chris Christie, who has popularity problems unrelated to Trump or conservatism. And in Virginia, the heavy northern influx of lobbyists, government workers and other big government dependents during the Obama era has spread, turning the once-purple state so blue that the last governor elected there was Clinton fixer Terry McAuliffe. Republican Ed Gillespie always faced a steep climb. Some analysts say he was too associated with Trump. Trump says he didn’t embrace his issues enough. Others say he did embrace them, but Trump voters didn’t believe him. And some analysts just said it was a mistake to run on national issues instead of local issues. They all have a point, but none touch on the most important fact.

As one analyst put it, Republicans turned out as if it were a regular election, while Democrats turned out in huge numbers. They’ve were fired up by a solid year of ‘round-the-clock anti-Trump rhetoric, and they charged to the polls like bulls who’ve had a red flag waved in their faces for 12 months. Whether these wins will energize them even more next year, or they’ll eventually get tired of the nonstop divisiveness is hard to predict, but so far, it seems to be only getting worse, not dissipating. They're thriving on their liquid diet of anti-Trump vitriol.


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Republicans should be more concerned about Democratic wins further down the ballot, in states where they should have had better odds. 2020 is a redistricting year, and they don’t want to turn the drawing of voting district lines over to the same party that thinks opinions they disagree with should be treated with shout-downs, punches, riots, tax audits, lawsuits and jail terms.

Coming into 2018, Republicans need to energize their base, and despite the Democrats’ Tuesday sweep, I don’t believe that parties can build a longterm winning strategy on relentless negativity. Democrats won largely because they were so fired up by the non-stop anti-Trump drumbeat. Republicans might have persuadable to show up and counter that, but the party gave them no positive reasons to do so. People want something to vote for, not just to vote against. This election is being painted by the left as a Democratic resurgence, but a new CNN poll shows the party has a 37% favorability rating, a 25-year low. (Before Republicans sigh in relief, their rating is 30%.)

PLEASE LEAVE ME A COMMENT.  I READ THEM!



Comments 6-10 of 41

  • Leslie Clemmer

    11/09/2017 01:22 PM

    Thanks for the election update Mike!!

  • Carl Erickson

    11/09/2017 12:15 PM

    Hi Gov. Mike, I think that the GOP needs to do ONE THING. UNITE with each other to get things done! Does it work? Look how the Dems stand together on every issue, no matter how stupid sometimes, but never on issues that would be GOOD for the country, and bad for them as a party. Actually, is there a Democratic Party left anymore? They have gone so far to the left, they soon might fall off their cliff, and become communists totally! Scary thought for our country. Are you still open to running for President in the Future yet? Hope so.. but in the mean time we ALL need to unite behind our President to continue turning our country around. Know what is really funny? The Dems don't even realize that a good FAIR TAX would be good for them as well. As far as a deficit because of it.. the huge growth in the economy it would cause would automatically take care of that issue! We need a Tax Reform (Fair/Flat Tax) to give it the Reaganist effect! Don't you agree? God Bless and have a Great Day!

  • Dawn and Joe STREET

    11/09/2017 12:14 PM

    I think you were spot on about Virginia. We have endured 4 years of Terry McAwful and now we will have to endure 4 more years of McAwful's protegee, Ralph Northam. I gotta think of a good last name for him. I am sure a good one will come to me. The rural areas of Virginia are just not able to overcome the metro areas. Our rural county goes for the Conservatives. We do have enough liberals to make things a bit interesting at times, but it seems we vote mostly Republican. I prayed we would have a miracle and Gillespie would prevail as well as Vogel and Adams. Their ads were bland but Northam's and his buddies were just plain awful!!! Northam is like McAwful and is a supporter of sanctuary cities no matter what he flipped over to say.

  • Mike French

    11/09/2017 11:16 AM

    Looks like you left out a "been" in the third sentence. Thanks anyway

  • LORI ANN REGO

    11/09/2017 10:29 AM

    GOV. HUCKABEE THANKS FOR SHARING THE HUCK HERO. THAT IS WONDERFUL OF THE MAN WHO TAKES THE TIME TO GIVE THE HOMELESS HAIRCUTS, FOOD, & CLOTHING. THE HOMELESS MUST FEELS SO GOOD AFTER. ALSO THE GENTLEMAN MUST FEEL GOOD TO SEE THEIR REACTION. IT WAS ALSO VERY NICE OF THE OTHER HERO TO GIVE THE KEY TO THE HAIR STYLIST.

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Evaluating Election Day Results

November 8, 2017

This week brought some major political anniversaries. Monday was the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution that brought down Russia’s Tsar and ushered in nearly 75 years of communism – and (coincidentally, according to today’s college students) starvation, poverty, mass death, oppression, aggression, tyranny and…oh yes, “droughts.” Tuesday was also the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s unexpected defeat of Hillary Clinton (well, I predicted it, but nobody listened), which ushered in 12 months of liberals across America and all over the media throwing a 24/7 tantrum and screaming about “Resistance” like a Bolshevik revolutionary who was told to take a bath.

Yesterday will also go down as a political date of its own importance, but with echoes of both previous events. Tuesday’s elections are being depicted (let’s be honest: “celebrated”) in the media as a November Revolution, a Republican Armageddon, a Democratic tsunami proving that, to quote George Costanza, “We’re back, baby!” As usual, most commentators are letting their personal biases color their interpretations. I know I’ll be accused of trying to put a pro-Republican happy face on a rotting Jack-o-lantern, but I’m honestly not. I try to give you honest and informed analysis, good or bad, because blowing smoke does the GOP no good. You don’t want to be like one of those wailing Democrats a year ago who believed the polls about Hillary. So here goes:


Commentary continues below advertisement


First of all, the highest profile Dem wins (governors in Virginia and New Jersey) were entirely predictable. Both states were the Dems’ to lose. New Jersey is solid blue, and the Republican candidate was tainted by his association with outgoing Gov. Chris Christie, who has popularity problems unrelated to Trump or conservatism. And in Virginia, the heavy northern influx of lobbyists, government workers and other big government dependents during the Obama era has spread, turning the once-purple state so blue that the last governor elected there was Clinton fixer Terry McAuliffe. Republican Ed Gillespie always faced a steep climb. Some analysts say he was too associated with Trump. Trump says he didn’t embrace his issues enough. Others say he did embrace them, but Trump voters didn’t believe him. And some analysts just said it was a mistake to run on national issues instead of local issues. They all have a point, but none touch on the most important fact.

As one analyst put it, Republicans turned out as if it were a regular election, while Democrats turned out in huge numbers. They’ve were fired up by a solid year of ‘round-the-clock anti-Trump rhetoric, and they charged to the polls like bulls who’ve had a red flag waved in their faces for 12 months. Whether these wins will energize them even more next year, or they’ll eventually get tired of the nonstop divisiveness is hard to predict, but so far, it seems to be only getting worse, not dissipating. They're thriving on their liquid diet of anti-Trump vitriol.


Commentary continues below advertisement


Republicans should be more concerned about Democratic wins further down the ballot, in states where they should have had better odds. 2020 is a redistricting year, and they don’t want to turn the drawing of voting district lines over to the same party that thinks opinions they disagree with should be treated with shout-downs, punches, riots, tax audits, lawsuits and jail terms.

Coming into 2018, Republicans need to energize their base, and despite the Democrats’ Tuesday sweep, I don’t believe that parties can build a longterm winning strategy on relentless negativity. Democrats won largely because they were so fired up by the non-stop anti-Trump drumbeat. Republicans might have persuadable to show up and counter that, but the party gave them no positive reasons to do so. People want something to vote for, not just to vote against. This election is being painted by the left as a Democratic resurgence, but a new CNN poll shows the party has a 37% favorability rating, a 25-year low. (Before Republicans sigh in relief, their rating is 30%.)

PLEASE LEAVE ME A COMMENT.  I READ THEM!



Comments 6-10 of 41

  • Leslie Clemmer

    11/09/2017 01:22 PM

    Thanks for the election update Mike!!

  • Carl Erickson

    11/09/2017 12:15 PM

    Hi Gov. Mike, I think that the GOP needs to do ONE THING. UNITE with each other to get things done! Does it work? Look how the Dems stand together on every issue, no matter how stupid sometimes, but never on issues that would be GOOD for the country, and bad for them as a party. Actually, is there a Democratic Party left anymore? They have gone so far to the left, they soon might fall off their cliff, and become communists totally! Scary thought for our country. Are you still open to running for President in the Future yet? Hope so.. but in the mean time we ALL need to unite behind our President to continue turning our country around. Know what is really funny? The Dems don't even realize that a good FAIR TAX would be good for them as well. As far as a deficit because of it.. the huge growth in the economy it would cause would automatically take care of that issue! We need a Tax Reform (Fair/Flat Tax) to give it the Reaganist effect! Don't you agree? God Bless and have a Great Day!

  • Dawn and Joe STREET

    11/09/2017 12:14 PM

    I think you were spot on about Virginia. We have endured 4 years of Terry McAwful and now we will have to endure 4 more years of McAwful's protegee, Ralph Northam. I gotta think of a good last name for him. I am sure a good one will come to me. The rural areas of Virginia are just not able to overcome the metro areas. Our rural county goes for the Conservatives. We do have enough liberals to make things a bit interesting at times, but it seems we vote mostly Republican. I prayed we would have a miracle and Gillespie would prevail as well as Vogel and Adams. Their ads were bland but Northam's and his buddies were just plain awful!!! Northam is like McAwful and is a supporter of sanctuary cities no matter what he flipped over to say.

  • Mike French

    11/09/2017 11:16 AM

    Looks like you left out a "been" in the third sentence. Thanks anyway

  • LORI ANN REGO

    11/09/2017 10:29 AM

    GOV. HUCKABEE THANKS FOR SHARING THE HUCK HERO. THAT IS WONDERFUL OF THE MAN WHO TAKES THE TIME TO GIVE THE HOMELESS HAIRCUTS, FOOD, & CLOTHING. THE HOMELESS MUST FEELS SO GOOD AFTER. ALSO THE GENTLEMAN MUST FEEL GOOD TO SEE THEIR REACTION. IT WAS ALSO VERY NICE OF THE OTHER HERO TO GIVE THE KEY TO THE HAIR STYLIST.

Evaluating Election Day Results

November 8, 2017

This week brought some major political anniversaries. Monday was the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution that brought down Russia’s Tsar and ushered in nearly 75 years of communism – and (coincidentally, according to today’s college students) starvation, poverty, mass death, oppression, aggression, tyranny and…oh yes, “droughts.” Tuesday was also the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s unexpected defeat of Hillary Clinton (well, I predicted it, but nobody listened), which ushered in 12 months of liberals across America and all over the media throwing a 24/7 tantrum and screaming about “Resistance” like a Bolshevik revolutionary who was told to take a bath.

Yesterday will also go down as a political date of its own importance, but with echoes of both previous events. Tuesday’s elections are being depicted (let’s be honest: “celebrated”) in the media as a November Revolution, a Republican Armageddon, a Democratic tsunami proving that, to quote George Costanza, “We’re back, baby!” As usual, most commentators are letting their personal biases color their interpretations. I know I’ll be accused of trying to put a pro-Republican happy face on a rotting Jack-o-lantern, but I’m honestly not. I try to give you honest and informed analysis, good or bad, because blowing smoke does the GOP no good. You don’t want to be like one of those wailing Democrats a year ago who believed the polls about Hillary. So here goes:


Commentary continues below advertisement


First of all, the highest profile Dem wins (governors in Virginia and New Jersey) were entirely predictable. Both states were the Dems’ to lose. New Jersey is solid blue, and the Republican candidate was tainted by his association with outgoing Gov. Chris Christie, who has popularity problems unrelated to Trump or conservatism. And in Virginia, the heavy northern influx of lobbyists, government workers and other big government dependents during the Obama era has spread, turning the once-purple state so blue that the last governor elected there was Clinton fixer Terry McAuliffe. Republican Ed Gillespie always faced a steep climb. Some analysts say he was too associated with Trump. Trump says he didn’t embrace his issues enough. Others say he did embrace them, but Trump voters didn’t believe him. And some analysts just said it was a mistake to run on national issues instead of local issues. They all have a point, but none touch on the most important fact.

As one analyst put it, Republicans turned out as if it were a regular election, while Democrats turned out in huge numbers. They’ve were fired up by a solid year of ‘round-the-clock anti-Trump rhetoric, and they charged to the polls like bulls who’ve had a red flag waved in their faces for 12 months. Whether these wins will energize them even more next year, or they’ll eventually get tired of the nonstop divisiveness is hard to predict, but so far, it seems to be only getting worse, not dissipating. They're thriving on their liquid diet of anti-Trump vitriol.


Commentary continues below advertisement


Republicans should be more concerned about Democratic wins further down the ballot, in states where they should have had better odds. 2020 is a redistricting year, and they don’t want to turn the drawing of voting district lines over to the same party that thinks opinions they disagree with should be treated with shout-downs, punches, riots, tax audits, lawsuits and jail terms.

Coming into 2018, Republicans need to energize their base, and despite the Democrats’ Tuesday sweep, I don’t believe that parties can build a longterm winning strategy on relentless negativity. Democrats won largely because they were so fired up by the non-stop anti-Trump drumbeat. Republicans might have persuadable to show up and counter that, but the party gave them no positive reasons to do so. People want something to vote for, not just to vote against. This election is being painted by the left as a Democratic resurgence, but a new CNN poll shows the party has a 37% favorability rating, a 25-year low. (Before Republicans sigh in relief, their rating is 30%.)

PLEASE LEAVE ME A COMMENT.  I READ THEM!



Comments 6-10 of 41

  • Leslie Clemmer

    11/09/2017 01:22 PM

    Thanks for the election update Mike!!

  • Carl Erickson

    11/09/2017 12:15 PM

    Hi Gov. Mike, I think that the GOP needs to do ONE THING. UNITE with each other to get things done! Does it work? Look how the Dems stand together on every issue, no matter how stupid sometimes, but never on issues that would be GOOD for the country, and bad for them as a party. Actually, is there a Democratic Party left anymore? They have gone so far to the left, they soon might fall off their cliff, and become communists totally! Scary thought for our country. Are you still open to running for President in the Future yet? Hope so.. but in the mean time we ALL need to unite behind our President to continue turning our country around. Know what is really funny? The Dems don't even realize that a good FAIR TAX would be good for them as well. As far as a deficit because of it.. the huge growth in the economy it would cause would automatically take care of that issue! We need a Tax Reform (Fair/Flat Tax) to give it the Reaganist effect! Don't you agree? God Bless and have a Great Day!

  • Dawn and Joe STREET

    11/09/2017 12:14 PM

    I think you were spot on about Virginia. We have endured 4 years of Terry McAwful and now we will have to endure 4 more years of McAwful's protegee, Ralph Northam. I gotta think of a good last name for him. I am sure a good one will come to me. The rural areas of Virginia are just not able to overcome the metro areas. Our rural county goes for the Conservatives. We do have enough liberals to make things a bit interesting at times, but it seems we vote mostly Republican. I prayed we would have a miracle and Gillespie would prevail as well as Vogel and Adams. Their ads were bland but Northam's and his buddies were just plain awful!!! Northam is like McAwful and is a supporter of sanctuary cities no matter what he flipped over to say.

  • Mike French

    11/09/2017 11:16 AM

    Looks like you left out a "been" in the third sentence. Thanks anyway

  • LORI ANN REGO

    11/09/2017 10:29 AM

    GOV. HUCKABEE THANKS FOR SHARING THE HUCK HERO. THAT IS WONDERFUL OF THE MAN WHO TAKES THE TIME TO GIVE THE HOMELESS HAIRCUTS, FOOD, & CLOTHING. THE HOMELESS MUST FEELS SO GOOD AFTER. ALSO THE GENTLEMAN MUST FEEL GOOD TO SEE THEIR REACTION. IT WAS ALSO VERY NICE OF THE OTHER HERO TO GIVE THE KEY TO THE HAIR STYLIST.