Well, Shoot: That Didn’t Work!

Still a lot out there here at about 10:30 pm Pacific but, clearly, the GOP got beat. Looks like we’ll win the House and might still take the Senate, but clearly the Democrats out-hustled us where it mattered. Turns out that abortion did come riding to the rescue!

This is a telling blow against Trump – large numbers of his people went down in flames. And in this environment, that simply should not have happened. Now, we can whine all we want about unfair attacks and the usual run of Democrat cheating…but, seriously, none of that should have mattered. We got beat like a rented mule, guys: don’t try to sugar-coat it.

That said, Florida and Texas went bright Red. These are large population, highly diverse States and yet the GOP managed to wrack up impressive victories – with Florida being orders of magnitude more Red than anyone expected. Democrats are largely finished in that State and it will take them a generation to recover – and then only if they start changing their tune, which the national Democrat party might not let happen.

Ron DeSantis is the clear winner tonight – just a huge, crushing win. Rubio, too (his opponent torched $73 million in a losing effort). I can’t see DeSantis not running for President in 2024. I sure in heck would if I were him. Now, its not a 1 for 1 State to National transfer – sometimes people who do fine at the State level fall apart on the national stage. Bobby Jindal, anyone? But this is his moment and I can’t see him passing it up.

What about Trump? I’m sorry to say it might be time for him to bow out. It won’t be for me to decide for him and if he secures the nomination I’ll enthusiastically back him, but while millions love him, millions also despise him. It might be time for us to find someone less divisive who is yet a proven fighter. I hope Trump thinks long and hard. We own him an incalculable debt: but for him, we never would have realized how deep the rot had gone. He woke us up and sent us into battle as happy warriors. We owe him, big time. But politics is often all about timing and Trump’s time may be past. If he announces he’s staying out he can clear the field for DeSantis – keep the Trump base fired up and transfer that love and loyalty over to our new champion. He’ll be remembered in the history books as America’s Pitt the Younger: he didn’t defeat Napoleon, but it was the Britain he reshaped that defeated him.

Now, I do not and never will regret getting rid of Roe. Outside of moral considerations, it was the correct legal decision. We did the right thing and if we pay a prices for that, we should wear it like a medal. We do have to retool our message – social issues can win for us (see Ron DeSantis, eg) but we have to be careful how we message and whom we pick fights with. We also need a better economic message – something far more hopeful than what we’ve had so far.

Chin up! The fight isn’t over!

27 thoughts on “Well, Shoot: That Didn’t Work!

  1. Retired Spook November 9, 2022 / 8:25 am

    Turns out that abortion did come riding to the rescue!

    If that’s indeed what the post election analysis shows, that’s a sad commentary on our society.

    Another take away is that the 70+% of people who think the country is headed in the wrong direction either like that it is or don’t care. That’s also a sad commentary on our society.

    • Amazona November 9, 2022 / 5:32 pm

      It takes a special kind of stupid to say “it’s going in the wrong direction” and then vote for the people who put it on that path.

  2. Cluster November 9, 2022 / 8:46 am

    It looks as though the GOP will take the House, so that is a victory. The Senate is a long shot but still within range, and the LA mayoral race may go GOP so that’s big too. We have however underestimated the number of truly stupid people in this country. When someone so obesely racist and under qualified like Stacey Abrams still gets a couple million votes, we have a problem. When a grossly under qualified, mental retard like John Fetterman wins, we have a problem.

    Many Americans have lost sight of what being an American means. And I noticed that when watching the Fox Voter Analysis poll last night. Did you know that over 60% of Americans believe that Government should manage all healthcare? Living in a free market, small government country requires personal responsibility – many Americans have lost sight of that.

  3. Cluster November 9, 2022 / 8:54 am

    One other huge victory last night – Stacey Abrams and Robert Francis O’Rourke are now in the trash bin of political history.

    • Amazona November 9, 2022 / 5:30 pm

      Hopefully Raffensberger is also toast. How anyone can be that incompetent and stay in office is amazing.

      OK, we do have the Dem Congress as examples.

  4. Retired Spook November 9, 2022 / 9:06 am

    Another sad take away is that the more high tech our elections get, the longer it takes to count the votes, or, in the Democrats case, “find” the votes.

    • Cluster November 9, 2022 / 9:19 am

      We have stupid people voting, and dishonest people counting. Games are being played in PA and AZ. And these election day games are the REAL threat to democracy.

      However, some polling stations ran out of provisional ballots, as well. This led to some voters being turned away from the polls, told to “come back later” …… However, not all voters had received a text or telephone call by 8 p.m., when polls were initially slated to close, while at least seven Republican-heavy localities – Nioxin, Lake Leman, Harvey’s Lake, Hunlock, Slocum, Dorrance and Hazel Township – had not yet received paper for ballots at that time.


      • Amazona November 9, 2022 / 9:56 am

        Pennsylvania voted for an incoherent man who has never had a job who pledged to let violent criminals out of prison.

        That has got to be a summary of the stupidity of the electorate.

        Do people in Michigan really think Whitmer is a good governor? It’s hard to see how anyone could. Yet they voted for her.
        Do people in Arizona really like Katie Hobbs? They voted for her.

        Politics has become so trivialized that people no longer think about the best blueprint for governing the country, or the best person to enact it, but just automatically hit the button for their party.

        I’m wondering if Trump may have had a negative effect, too. People voted against him in 2020, and might be doing the same thing again. I’d be happy to see him back off and find other ways to contribute. I hate to see it, knowing he is and will be the victim of the most savage and dishonest campaign of personal destruction this nation has ever seen, but we can’t turn it around. There are too many stupid people.

      • Amazona November 9, 2022 / 10:05 am

        Well, the possibility that the whole state would not vote for Uncle Fester and the little friend living in the bulge on his neck meant that something had to be done.

      • Mark Noonan November 9, 2022 / 12:45 pm

        Yep – but, of course, hundreds of thousands of votes were cast before Fester showed that he can’t speak…more than the margin of victory over Oz. We must work to end early voting.

      • Amazona November 9, 2022 / 5:21 pm

        I have never understood the argument for early voting. I can understand the other arguments for various loosening of elections, even when I don’t agree with them, but have never understood why—if you can mail in your ballot—-it shouldn’t be within a couple of days of the election

      • Cluster November 9, 2022 / 10:05 am

        It’s truly mind numbing that people would vote for a mentally challenged, unemployed man with zero private sector experience and who dresses like high school drop out, to be in the Senate. America is pretty much over with.

    • Mark Noonan November 9, 2022 / 12:44 pm

      The most hilarious win by a long way.

      Keep in mind that our wins and losses – outside Florida – were narrow all around the country. We nearly did it! We really have to sit down and think about how we want to do this going forward.

      • Cluster November 9, 2022 / 1:11 pm

        Going forward, I’m thinking Trump needs to be the King Maker and not the King. I’m thinking DeSantis needs to start leading this effort. And if has Trumps support and counsel, he could be a force.

        I’m realizing that there are just too many emotionally stupid people who Trump terrifies so we have to work around the retarded. Unfortunately

      • Amazona November 9, 2022 / 5:24 pm

        He needs to get over the idea that if he supports someone that candidate will win. His support for Harriet Hageman branded her in the minds of the Left as nothing more than a Trump puppet, when she had announced long before he saw her as a winner and jumped on HER bandwagon

        As much as I hate to say it, the Left has won this battle. So he, and we, should just move on.

      • Amazona November 9, 2022 / 5:19 pm

        As long as we keep running against people instead of ideology we will be fighting the same battles of Identity Politics.

        We need to make a vote say “I really prefer a government that uses its powers to spy on citizens” when they vote for a Democrat, not that they LIKE this guy more than the other or even that they dislike this other guy more

  5. Cluster November 9, 2022 / 12:22 pm

    Ok, this story here confirms that the majority of Americans are DUMB AF. Not sure if this country salvageable

    A deceased Democratic official won reelection in Pennsylvania on Tuesday. Yes, really.

    Democrat Tony DeLuca was the longest-serving member of the Pennsylvania state House of Representatives, serving for nearly 40 years. He died last month at age 85 after battling lymphoma.

    But that did not stop voters from reelecting him.


  6. Cluster November 9, 2022 / 12:47 pm

    Leave it to the Babylon Bee to give clarity lol …

    Wondering why people actually still vote for Democrats? Believe it or not, there are still Democrat voters out there and we’ve compiled their top reasons for doing so!

    1. They’re dead: Hard to object to candidates like Joe Biden when you are no longer alive!
    2. They’re Drag Queens worried about losing their God-given right to dance in underwear in front of kids: It’s in The Constitution.
    3. Because Bono said that’s what good people do: Listening to U2 was their first mistake.
    4. Still holding out for one of those free Obama phones: An iPhone 6! NICE!
    5. To convince others that they aren’t Christian Nationalists: They’re one of the “good” Christians.
    6. They live in Chicago and a stray bullet punched right through the “D” side of the ballot: It happens far too often.
    7. Their covid booster made them do it: Once the signal gets sent out, they have no other choice.
    8. They think elections are like golf and the lowest score wins: Elections are not, in fact, like golf where the lowest amount wins.
    9. Their mail-in ballot was already filled out in permanent marker: Now that’s strange! Mail-in voting is the most secure kind of voting!
    10. Government spending and taxes make them feel all warm and fuzzy inside: As if we know how to spend our own money. The government knows best!

  7. Cluster November 9, 2022 / 4:39 pm

    How can anyone trust the votes in NV and AZ anymore? Republicans and Democrats. Lake will still most likely win as 40% remains uncounted and the day of election votes will break heavily for her … and Masters. That being said, if I was a Democrat I would call bullshit on that. How in the world can Florida count 7 million votes within 5 hours and yet it takes AZ a week to count 4 million? NV has said that it may take them another week to count. It’s completely unacceptable and needs to change before 2024.

    That all being said, it was a good night. Beto and Abrams are gone, Pelosi is gone, Maloney is gone, we have the House and maybe the Senate. And we have the future – Ron DeSantis. His appeal is broad and his policies are spot on. Plus we have picked up a lot of new black and hispanic constituents. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. This was a good bite.

    • Amazona November 9, 2022 / 5:28 pm

      yes, what IS the problem with these states?

      • Mark Noonan November 9, 2022 / 8:00 pm

        But I’m now getting a little hopeful about Nevada and Arizona…and if we prevail in those two States, I’ll call 2022 a victory. Not nearly as big as it should have been, but a victory all the same. Side note: GOP is winning the House popular vote by more than 6 percentage points…so, it was Democrats who killed Democracy after all was said and done.

  8. Retired Spook November 9, 2022 / 5:54 pm

    Shawn Davis from The Federalist was on Bongino’s radio show this afternoon, and made a point that EVERY Republican should be shouting from the rooftops: We cannot continue to cede the early vote to the Dems.

    • Mark Noonan November 9, 2022 / 7:58 pm

      Definitely not. Best if we can get rid of it, but in some places we simply can’t – so, just work it. Our troops can knock doors as well as Democrat troops. You play by the rules of the game, no matter how much they suck.

      • Amazona November 10, 2022 / 10:52 am

        Couldn’t we/shouldn’t we start every campaign with an anti-early-voting message? Maybe billboards and mailings saying “What can happen when you vote early? Your vote can be wasted on someone who dies before election day. You might vote for someone before information comes out that would change your mind. A good vote has to be based on complete information, and early voters don’t have that.”

        Basically, change what we can and work to mitigate what we can’t

  9. Jeremiah November 9, 2022 / 9:41 pm

    Like I’ve always said, you can’t eliminate evil at the ballot box. The educational system has been brainwashing people for over 60 years.

    How much pain will it take before the patriotic American half of this country does something?

    • Amazona November 10, 2022 / 10:48 am

      Such as……

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