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Election ’18

The elections last night were complicated. Both sides are feeling victory and loss today. The hardest losses for me to absorb seem like in hindsight, were an obvious outcome – Republicans won in the very red states and promise more of the same. Clearly no one is happy with “the same”, but people don’t like change of values even more, and these races were made about (perceived) values and nothing to do with leadership, so we will keep on keepin on.

Kevin Stitt, our new Governor Elect for Oklahoma, feels like just another term for Mary Fallin, like nothing will change. I hope he proves me wrong.

Ted Cruz is an embarrassment of hyperbole without substance and I don’t understand how Texas voted again for him except to tow the party line. He fills a spot that supported the continued control of the US Senate and that’s the sum of his value. Texas, I’d give you more crap for Louie Gohmert too but Oklahoma has Jim Mountain Inhofe throwing snowballs in the US Senate floor because “see? No climate change!”.

If Brian Kemp wins in Georgia, that ridiculousness seriously needs to be investigated. His current lead is smaller than the number of voters he threw out for arbitrary reasons. His ethics on how he handled the conflict of interest and voter purges, is some seriously shady action. I sincerely hope Stacey Abrams makes sure every single vote is counted.

Beto O’Rourke will be back, And he will be a prominent figure in the Democratic party. Steve King is a self admitted White-Nationalist, and Iowa still voted for the guy. Let that sink in for a moment.

I’ll take some comfort in that Nancy Pelosi is now the Republicans problem again. But in reality, they kind of wanted this: Two years of complete and unrestricted control of government gave them no cover to hide behind for inaction on much of the rhetoric that got them elected. The Democrats have just enough power now to finally blame for that inaction.

Still, despite some of the disappointing outcomes, I’m thankful for the victories, the balance of power, and voter enthusiasm.

Even when you don’t win, a difference was made.

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