Observations about some of the races

November 7, 2018

Observations on some of the races around the nation:

 

America dodged two bullets in Florida, where President Trump helped rally voter turnout to upend the polls and elected Republicans Rick Scott as Senator (over Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson) and Ron DeSantis over former Tampa Mayor Andrew Gillum. Aside from his questionable ethics and tendency to play the race card, Gillum is a hard leftist whose tax-raising, government-giveaway platform would have done to Florida’s economic boom what a hungry alligator will do to your leg. He also would have had immense sway over the way Florida conducted the 2020 election, virtually guaranteeing that the key swing state would turn blue (and Republicans have enough to worry about with the state voting to restore the voting rights of over a million convicted felons, as natural a Democratic constituency as cemetery residents.)

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/desantis-defeats-gillum-fl-governorship/

 

In Texas, Sen. Ted Cruz won a narrow victory over Robert “Beto” O’Rourke (by the way, since liberals get so riled up over “cultural appropriation,” why are they so gaga over an Irish guy who runs under a Hispanic nickname? If he were an Irish guy who opened a burrito shop, they’d have eviscerated him on Twitter.) As devastating as the vote was for "Beto" groupies, some leftwing political savants, such as Alyssa Milano, have already sucked it up and are urging him to run for President. Because losing one statewide race is more than enough experience for the highest-level executive job in the world. Besides, he has such presidential hair!

 

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/celebs-react-ted-cruz-defeating-beto-orourke-texas-senate-race-now-he-can-run-for-president

 

Former news outlet Reuters even produced a slick, two-minute video about how, win or lose, “Beto” was “set to emerge victorious.” So he won, even though he lost. How can I get that deal in a political run?!  He’s so cool, his concession speech looked like a rock concert, and he even dropped an F-bomb during it. Yep, that’s the man America needs to “raise the tone” in politics.

 

O’Rourke was the latest example of liberals, who mock Christians for their “irrational” beliefs, fixating on a politician as a charismatic savior and imbuing him with powers beyond mortal humans. But he did do Republicans a service by acting as a magnet for so much foolishly-donated Democratic money. He soaked up $70 million from starry-eyed Betomaniacs, many from states where the money might have helped Democrats win in competitive local races. It was the most expensive Senate race in US history, and he still lost to Ted Cruz. I hope he at least bought a really rad skateboard with some of it.

 

In Tennessee, the “Taylor Swift effect” fizzled. The pop star jettisoned her longtime wise refusal to alienate half her audience with partisan political statements by issuing a strident, DNC talking points-style attack on GOP Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn as anti-woman, anti-gay and all the usual false “h8er” cliches commonly aimed at Republicans on social media – Ms Swift’s brave “progressive” coming-out coincidentally timed for release just hours after the final sold-out concert of her US stadium tour.

 

But Blackburn easily defeated former Gov. Phil Bredesen, showing that Tennessee voters, like most thinking Americans, hear celebrity political endorsements and shake-shake-shake them off.  As one pundit put it to Taylor Swift, "Hope it was worth it!" 

 

Two of the most disappointing Senate race results were also two of the most expected. New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez and Hawaii’s Mazie Hirono were reelected in their deep-blue states, despite both richly deserving a move to careers in the fast food service industry. The New Jersey Star-Ledger newspaper showed its prioritizing of Trump "resistance" over everything else by writing that Menendez (whose ethical scandals involve both finances and sexual allegations I won’t even go into) is an “awful candidate” whose reelection bid was an “act of profound narcissism” and it was a “miracle” (not the term I'd use) that he wasn’t convicted of bribery and corruption – but then urged readers to “choke it down” and vote for him anyway, because “when you get past ethics, the central issue in this race is Donald Trump.” They should adopt that as a motto: “The newspaper for people who’ve gotten past ethics.”  

 

Menendez’s win, predictable as it was, reminds me of the old joke about the Hollywood actress stuck in a bad movie who griped, “Who do you have to sleep with to get thrown off this picture?” In his case, it’s “Who does a Democrat have to get in bed with to get thrown out of office in New Jersey?”

 

As for Maizie Hirono, her reelection was a foregone conclusion, but if Hawaiians couldn’t bring themselves to vote for a Republican, then they should have written in Elvis or someone else – anything but reward a woman who became the spokesperson for the sexist scrapping of due process and the presumption of innocence during the Kavanaugh hearings. She should have been thrown out of the Senate at that moment for violating her oath of office to protect the Constitution. Now, we’re stuck with six more years of her. Unless, of course, someone accuses her of a heinous crime. Then, using her own standards of justice, we can declare her guilty without evidence and demand that she step aside.

 

Finally, at this writing, in Arizona’s Senate race, Republican combat pilot veteran Martha McSally is clinging to a shockingly tiny lead over Kyrsten Sinema, despite almost daily revelations that Sinema is a far-left phony who not-so-carefully hid her real beliefs from Arizona voters, whom she holds in utter contempt as dumb rightwing hicks from a “meth lab” of a state. Biased local media have reportedly done their best to keep Arizona voters from hearing about this. Maybe, instead of electing a leftwing Trojan Horse as Senator, they need a referendum on expanding Internet service statewide.

 

Finally, I know many of you are depressed, but try to cheer up. You don’t want to be like those liberals with their chins on the floor on the last election day. It’s not great, but it could definitely have been worse. The deck was historically stacked against the Republicans, but Democrats won fewer House seats than some “experts” predicted, and Republican gain in the Senate was virtually unheard of.

 

Plus, we’ll now have two years of public pronouncements by Nancy Pelosi to make fun of. To give us a sneak preview, in her victory speech, she accused Republicans of only caring about the rich (she and her husband reportedly have assets of nearly $33 million and a net worth of around $16 million, which I assure you is more than mine.) But the real head-scratcher came when, in pushing for government health care, she exhorted the crowd, “Let’s hear it for pre-existing conditions!”

 

https://youtu.be/qHrzM0wVaGs

 

Jaw-droppers like that are Rep. Pelosi's preexisting condition. I don’t know about the rest of America, but at least I’ll have job security for the next two years.  

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  • Thomas Robert Beckwith

    11/08/2018 06:50 AM

    Here's a theory about why so many states up north flipped the House back to blue again, but the Senate held and increased. The Red Senate majority did alot of good, but the Red House squandered their opportunity.

    So a bunch of folks in those states up north must have thought, "Well that didn't work."

    But all is not lost...
    So now Trump and HIS executive branch and HIS judicial branch have to make it happen!!!! He needs to remember the words that made him famous... YOU'RE FIRED!!!!!!! GET RID OF THE DEEP DARK STATE. IT'S REAL AND IT MUST BE ELIMINATED.

    If Trump can turn his exec branch around, who gives a crap about Pelosi! Let her and her cronies pull their stunts, and it will only give President Trump more evidence of why we need him.

    Paste her face on the south end of a donkey headed north. The mouthpiece for the Democrats talking through an ass as usual!!!

    All in all, a good night for the Donald!!! And that one Florida Republican, former incumbent, now X-House Representative who disavowed Trump, let that be a good lesson to other rinos who don't support our President!!!

    By the way, Gillum was NOT the mayor of Tampa.

  • wesley ian Bruce

    11/07/2018 11:35 PM

    Felons, or the equivalent, in Australia vote in the last year in jail. They are allowed to vote normally after leaving jail. There is very little difference between how they vote and the general populous. So while the left might think this is a winner for them its likely to fail. If you have bad laws that put a lot of people in jail for non crime (refusing to bake a cake, standing too close to an abortion clinic or lying to FBI in a trap question ) it could back fire badly on left.

  • Stephen Russell

    11/07/2018 05:50 PM

    CA resumes be the nations sh***hole.
    Dems want to Californiaize the nation.
    Remember CA State is Anti Business.
    & Pro taxes.
    & about those Illegals
    Once skilled labor Leaves CA ( Thanks to Gas Tax OK) Illegals cant fix IT, do media IE cameras, piping, etc.
    CA fails totally since skilled labor left the state.
    Unless CA changes Tune.
    BUT Newsom will carry on the Brown status quo.
    Watch CA.

  • Rosalie Gilliland

    11/07/2018 02:46 PM

    Governor, I appreciate your valiant effort to cheer me up, but the thought of more Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, and now Governor Newsome is more than I can bear. (Can you tell I live in CA?) Maybe it's time for the Republicans to pull a leftist move; accuse some Dems of all sorts of sordid things. No proof is required, right? It's high time liberals feel the sting of the injustice they have systematically manufactured. At the very least, they will be tied up defending themselves, and have no time for plans to impeach the President.

  • Richard Jones

    11/07/2018 02:16 PM

    Texans must be very rich to spend $100,000,000 on a senate race. How much of that money originated in Texas.

    We need a major overhaul in campaign financing. The "outside" money spent in my state Arizona in an attempt to sway our Senate race was shameful as was the money spent to influence our energy future by a CALIFORNIA billionaire. The millions spent by Bloomberg to try and influence anti-gun legislation in many states is also terrible. The last I heard Blooomberg lives in NY.

    The Networks should be limited to 3 minutes of political ads per hour no earlier than 2 months before an election. There should also be an ethics board to REVIEW all ads before they are aired. Our two Senate candidates here in Arizona certainly didn't act like ladies in their portrayal of each other.

    Term limits are another thing that mght help.

    Free press is great, but the press needs to be held accountable for half-truths. All editorializing should be in the editorial section ONLY. Making it a separate section so it could be discarded more easily would be nice too.

    Being a politician or a celebrity doesn't give one the right promote violence without the consequences that be coming to anyone else.

    Lets collect any taxes due from any celebrity, politician or other public figure.

  • Richard Jones

    11/07/2018 02:14 PM

    Texans must be very rich to spend $100,000 on a senate race. How much of that money originated in Texas.

    We need a major overhaul in campaign financing. The "outside" money spent in my state Arizona in an attempt to sway our Senate race was shameful as was the money spent to influence our energy future by a CALIFORNIA billionaire. The millions spent by Bloomberg to try and influence anti-gun legislation in many states is also terrible. The last I heard Blooomberg lives in NY.

    The Networks should be limited to 3 minutes of political ads per hour no earlier than 2 months before an election. There should also be an ethics board to REVIEW all ads before they are aired. Our two Senate candidates here in Arizona certainly didn't act like ladies in their portrayal of each other.

    Term limits are another thing that mght help.

    Free press is great, but the press needs to be held accountable for half-truths. All editorializing should be in the editorial section ONLY. Making it a separate section so it could be discarded more easily would be nice too.

    Being a politician or a celebrity doesn't give one the right promote violence without the consequences that be coming to anyone else.

    Lets collect any taxes due from any celebrity, politician or other public figure.

  • JAMES C KELLY

    11/07/2018 12:55 PM

    In Michigan the Democrats campaigned well, and the Republicans poorly or barely. That had to have some effect.

    Ads by Whitmer dominated the TV for Gov, almost none, and nothing really showing the man himself, for Shuette. I don't recall one Republican ad for the house race, don't evem recall the name of that loosing Reublican woman.

    My Bad, betcha I'm not the only one.

    I am an American, born a thousand years ago in a Constitutional Republic. Voted appropriately but failed.

  • Aaron Woien

    11/07/2018 12:51 PM

    Nancy Pelosi's pre-existing condition is leftism, a form of mental illness. It could have been much worse, though, because the Senate will block ALL of the House's left-wing "initiatives." And here in Indiana, we did vote Joe Donnelly out of office, and replaced him with Mike Braun, a smart businessman like President Trump.

  • Gloria Grace Prosper

    11/07/2018 12:51 PM

    The Republican party needs to learn to stop being defensive. They (we) need to learn to go on the offensive, starting NOW! Don't wait for the next round of attacks, which I guarantee are even now being formulated in back rooms. Formulate your own plans, devise strategies, MOVE! Dare I call our Republican party members "namely-pambies"? If the shoe fits...
    Regarding Nancy Pelosi, not all Republicans love the rich. She is rich...and I definitely don't "love" her, except perhaps in the sense that God commanded that we love all. I had hoped never to see her face on my news feed again...but...if wishes were horses...

  • John Oravis

    11/07/2018 12:40 PM

    Governor -

    One small correction to your Elections 2018 observations.

    (Unsuccessful) Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum was the former mayor of Tallahassee, FL not Tampa, FL.


    Otherwise, spot on observations!

  • Linda McCall

    11/07/2018 12:23 PM

    Two more years of Nancy. I can't believe she might be Speaker again. Watching her grinning behind the President when he gives his State of the Union speech is too much to bear. lol. I think I'll survive.

  • Karen A Armstrong

    11/07/2018 12:17 PM

    Well, Mississippi was deeply disappointed Cindi Hyde Smith the democrat plant masquerading as a Republican was elected, despite the fact she voted for Hillary, refused to debate Chris McDaniel, and hid every single time anyone tried to ask her any hard questions. She also did not vote for a balanced budget and did vote for a bill that had funding for Planned Parenthood in it. Now we are stuck with her, at least until Espy beats the pants off her (and he will as she is weak and has zero debating skills). So my big question is, why on earth is President Trump back her? He cut off his nose to spite his face. His backing is the one and only thing that got her elected, so now Mississippi is sunk. We are stuck with her until the Dem wins (and they will). I just don't understand politics. Sincerely, Karen

  • Ben Johnston

    11/07/2018 12:14 PM

    Explain to me, please, how a muslim can be elected to serve in our government when by their creed they cannot serve another government?

  • Doris Chambers

    11/07/2018 12:06 PM

    My biggest fear is nor the awful in fighting hate will continue and our President will not be able to continue the great job he is doing. My gosh Polosi and watters is now in charge of the house is a nightmare. The obstruction is now in full force.

  • David E. Miller

    11/07/2018 12:00 PM

    It was not a good election night here in Nevada. We elected Steve Sisolak as governor, Senator Dean Heller was defeated by Jacky Rosen, and Danny Tarkanian lost to Susie Lee. Nevada has become a blue state. Your thoughts?