Good news: Scott Walker lost. Dana Rohrabacher lost. Darrell Issa retired and a Republican his district. Dean Heller lost. Kris Kobach lost. Sherrod Brown won. Michigan elected Democrat for Governor after the Republicans successfully poisoned Flint. The Democrats have control of the House, so the Trumpian control of law and policy will be somewhat blunted.
Bad News: Iowa reelected Steve King. California reelected Devin Nunes. Texas reelected Ted Cruz. Brian Kemp looks like his cheating beat Stacy Abrams in Georgia. McSally leads in Arizona. McCaskill (MO), Donnelly (IN), Heitkamp (ND) and Nelson (FL) all lost. Bernie Sanders won in a runaway. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won in NY (now the House has two avowed Socialists and the Senate one).
More Bad News: Ohio went totally Republican – Governor, Secretary of State, Auditor, 12 of 16 Congressional Districts, Attorney General, Treasurer, Dog Catcher and even the State Bird is rumored to be a Republican. Now we are Indiana.
More Really Bad News: Voter turnout is expected to be a record high – 49%!!! Wow, a record. Think about this for a minute. More than half the eligible voters failed to show up for this election. Is this really the will of the people?
I am neither Republican nor Democrat. Although you might surmise differently from my categorization above, my logic is that the election results were a referendum on Donald Trump presidency. As the House flipped, my optimism for how people really feel about Trump did increase. But in places like Florida, and Ohio, Iowa (a bit) and Texas (surprise, surprise), and others, the voices of bigotry, hatred, and exclusion continued to garner winning support.
The Worst News: We are being ruled, manipulated, and commanded by a minority government. Trumpian supporters did garner some winning support among those who could be bothered to vote, in some elections. But, overall, they really are a minority of the country.
In the 2016 Presidential election, counting non-voters as “none of the above”, Mr/Ms/Mrs ”None” would have won 471 electoral votes to Trump’s 16 and Clinton’s 51. And, if you are like me and believe the Electoral College (adopted to help slave states) is a bit antiquated…get this: As a percentage of all eligible voters, Clinton received 28.4% of all votes compared to Trump’s 27.2% and Did Not Vote’s 44.4%. This is how much we care? That’s just plain sad. Source: https://brilliantmaps.com/did-not-vote/
Yes, changing the way we vote might help. It is time to move voting to be a national holiday, or over a weekend (so as not to disturb anyone’s sabbath observance) or by mail or internet. But really, for the vast majority of non-voters, the excuses go beyond inconvenience and are pretty lame. “My vote doesn’t count.” “Both parties suck.” “Nothing will change.” What total bullshit.
Think about what changed from 2016 to today. Still think your vote didn’t count and that nothing can change? So, to those who did not bother to vote this time: shame on you.
And, to those who did not vote in 2016 – you own the unmitigated shit storm that is the Trump administration (http://fortune.com/2018/08/09/nonvoters-trump-presidency-pew-study/) and you have left the rest of us to live with it. A pox upon all of you.