THIS is what democracy looks like


A Very Good Night for Democrats

Democrats had a very good election night on Tuesday.

Their cherished causes prevailed, they kept their statehouses, and they saw one of the Tea Party’s biggest champions unexpectedly lose a recall election in Arizona.

Though it’s easy to read too much into the sparse data points of an off-year election, liberals were jubilant as the returns came rolling in Tuesday night, and the trend, in nearly every contested race across the country, was too obvious to ignore:

* The Republican governor and legislature in Ohio saw their attempt to roll back collective bargaining for public employees soundly repudiated by the state’s voters.

* Mississippi’s “personhood’ initiative, which would have defined a fertilized human egg as a person and created a new front in the abortion wars, went down to defeat by a wide margin, despite leading in pre-election polls.

* Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear sailed to reelection — though widely anticipated, his win showed Democrats can still prevail in red states with good candidates and campaign strategy.

* Russell Pearce, Arizona’s state Senate president and the author of that state’s controversial anti-illegal immigration law, lost a recall election to a Republican challenger who portrayed Pearce as an extremist.

Democrats also hung onto the Iowa state Senate and appeared poised to at least hold the GOP to a tie in the Virginia Senate. As of late Tuesday, Virginia Republicans had gained one seat and led by less than 100 votes in another, but needed to gain three to take over the chamber. And in Maine, voters threw out the legislature’s attempt to tighten voting restrictions.


Every so often we have an election. The winners are jubilant. The losers suck it up and wait until next time.

The country swings to the left, then back to the right, then back to the left again, then back to the right again, over and over. The world doesn’t end.

In 1932 the Democrats won the White House and took control of both houses of Congress. Franklin Roosevelt led the nation out of the Great Depression and through most of WWII.

In 1952, exactly twenty years later, the Republicans won the White House and took control of both houses of Congress.


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29 Responses to THIS is what democracy looks like

  1. yttik says:

    This really is what democracy looks like! It’s kind of encouraging to see it work once in a while.

    However, the spin about who “won” is really a matter of opinion. In my state, they’re bloviating about how every Dem initiative failed. That’s not exactly true, it’s more like every initiative to raise our taxes and fees failed. People are really not as partisan and divided as the politicians who allegedly serve us. We are the middle.

  2. votermom says:

    The GOP looks really dispirited yesterday, imo. Does not bode well for 2012, specially if they get stuck with Mitt as the candidate.
    Obama will have all that lovely OWS rage on his side, and Mitt will have …? What?

    • crawdad says:

      Mitt will have …?

      His magic Mormon underoos.

    • Anthony says:

      I don’t think that OWS rage will translate into votes. I think that there are enough of us in the middle that will at least mitigate that (and at most, overcome it)

      I’ve been a registered Independent voter since day 1, and have voted in favor of interests that I believe will better us as a whole. Until recently, I mostly voted for Democrats because I felt their positions best served the people in the community I live in. The R&B Committee changed all of that in May of 2008, and at that time, I felt completely abandoned.

      It is only since then (and also, very recently) that I’ve been labeled a “right winger’ (or racist, or a Republican, or a Tea Partier, etc), and because of that, I’ve begun to vote differently.

      I live in NYC, which is indelibly blue. Although I’m not smitten with Mittens, I will have to vote for him. There is no way in hell NY is going to change its color to anything but blue, but if the margin is smaller after voting, a powerful message might just be heard.

      • Lola-at-Large says:

        It’s not about translating into votes. It’s about intimidation. If you have groups of people camped out in every major city of America and those groups are either already violent or on the edge of becoming violent, it WILL have a chilling effect on the vote. That’s the number 1 reason why I oppose #OWS. It’s clearly Obama and Democrats rallying the troops to the front via their famous “community organizers”. They will riot if it looks like Obama won’t win.

  3. DeniseVB says:

    Just in case Obama loses in 2012, will the left burn our cities down? These New Dems are downright scaring me 😦

    I remember when Bush won his second term, and I was fully entrenched on the left, I thought our country was doomed, even foreign papers called US voters stupid.

    I’m starting to think I’m never going to like ANY President, ever again.

  4. votermom says:

    OT: We should invite SCOTUS Judge Breyer to Tinfoil Tuesday, he’d fit right in:

    Justice Stephen Breyer questioned what a democratic society would look like if people believed the government was tracking them for days at a time.
    “If you win this case, then there is nothing to prevent the police or the government from monitoring 24 hours a day the public movement of every citizen of the United States,” Breyer said. “So if you win, you suddenly produce what sounds like 1984 from their brief.”

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/192445-justice-breyer-warns-of-orwellian-government

  5. myiq2xu says:

    The pendulum has been swinging a lot faster these days.

    The reason has more to do with “I hate Party X” than “I love Party Y”

    (Party X = the party in power)

  6. votermom says:

    This makes me scratch my head, as I can’t figure out the logic of a tax on fresh cut trees in order to fund a marketing campaign to buy fresh cut trees.
    All it will do is funnel money to the marketing agency while making artificial trees even more cost-effective.

    Lawyer question: is this even be constitutional since it impacts only one religion?

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/11/09/merry-christmas-agriculture-department-imposes-christmas-tree-tax/

  7. Karma says:

    Clint Eastwood spoke about the treatment Hillary received when they kept trying to browbeat her out of the 2008 race. Now he talks about Cain and other pols in a interview about his newest movie.

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/movies/2011/11/clint-eastwood-talks-politics-whos-the-one-democrat-that-he-voted-for.html

  8. votermom says:

    OT: Good reading – Abramoff (remember him?) talks about DC corruption in CBS interview:

    http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/11/cbs-jack-abramoff-interview-highlights-dc-corruption.html

  9. HELENK says:

    OT

    BREAKING: Bil Keane, creator of comic strip Family Circus, dies at 89. -BW

  10. parentofed says:

    Always talking about Kentucky being a redstate, even though Dem registration greatly outnumbers Repubs, the state’s largest newspapers are very liberal, our US reps are split with an edge to Dems, the state legislature is nearly always Dem and we’ve had one Repub governor in more than 30 years and he was hounded by ethics charges that turned out to be bogus after he lost re-election.

    State employees gave more than $800k to Bashear and less than $35k to Williams. State government is entrenched in Dem politics; an ethics charge against the Bashear campaign squeezing pay from employees in a state agency was ignored by state media.

    McConnell is a rarity. When he initially won his Senate seat, both seats were Dem and any Repub Senator we’ve had in recent memory [John Sherman Cooper and Thruston Morton] were left of center Repubs. For prez, we tend to go center, whether Repub or Dem.

    You should read the AP stories and editorials in my newspaper; they read like WaPo or LA Times except for local stuff. It’s depressing to watch the relentless pursuit of power by unions, Dems, liberal professors, media and enviro groups here. We had author Wendell Berry occupy the state capitol over coal earlier this year, getting tweet supports from the likes of Barbara Kingsolver, and Ashley Judd serves on a bunch of UK boards and committees and turns everything into enviro politics. We’re having the same problems you’re having in Cali or Madison or where ever, it’s simply on a smaller scale.

  11. Dario says:

    I’m happy that the “personhood” idiotic measure failed. I’m happy that the unions got a win in OH. I would have liked to see more independents elected. Electing Democrats or Republicans is not necessarily good for democracy. We’ve seen what those two parties do, and they need to be voted out.

  12. HELENK says:

    democrats walk away from super committee refuse to talk with republicans

    http://www.hannity.com/article/breaking-news-dems-walk-away-from-super-committee/14602

  13. HELENK says:

    if you go to work for the city of Ashville you lose your right to free speech

    http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20111108/NEWS/311080033/APD-employee-derides-occupiers-Facebook-post?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Frontpage

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