There is going to be blame and recriminations a’plenty following that debacle.
- The usual suspects in the Republican establishment and other assorted hangers-on will be out in full force demanding a retreat from “MAGA” populism and back to milquetoast “conservatism” that basically means losing gracefully to the radical Left. Already I have read Alex Berenson, who does good work on “vaccines” and is awful on literally every other topic, blame overturning Roe v Wade for the GOP losses. I watched a “Bush speechwriter”, the very worst appeal to authority imaginable, on Fox News calling this election a disaster and demanding the GOP get away from “radical” candidates. The “solution” will be the same one we have heard for decades: pander to minorities, only select inoffensive lovable loser candidates and avoid any hint of “extremism”.
- The Republican party is more of a joke than most people realize. You could have picked a random middle aged White guy off the street, ran him as a Republican, and defeated Fetterman. Instead “Dr. Oz” was the nominee, thanks in large part to Trump who continues his trend of being the worst judge of people in human history. Herschel Walker had all sorts of baggage and is dumb as a bag of hammers. There were some good people that lost but lots of clowns as well. I don’t see political ads because I don’t watch TV, have an ad blocker on my computer and live in a deep red state without competitive races but the GOP should have inundated the air waves tying every Democrat to Biden and inflation/crime.
- Speaking of Orange Man Bad. The knives are out and he is getting the blame for this loss. The Babylon Bee’s “Not The Bee” news page ran this article: A red wave turned into a purple puddle, thanks to an orange man. Lots of normiecon Trump voter comments on Faceberg saying Trump is done and DeSantis is the standard bearer for 2024. Ron’s victory speech last night was 100% a stump speech making the case for him as the 2024 nominee. This could get ugly.
- The voting system is irrevocably broken. Perhaps the longest and most significant impact of the “pandemic” is going to be the widespread embrace of voting by mail and early voting. The more you get away from the “show up and cast your ballot on election day” model, the easier it will be to manipulate the vote totals. When voting happens earlier and counting takes longer, it adds opportunity for shenanigans. How many of the undecided races as of Wednesday morning do you think will go GOP?
- Without a looming midterm, the Dems are going to flex a bit. I expect lots of executive orders and perhaps even a vote to get rid of the filibuster if the Democrats hold control of both chambers of Congress. Even if the Republicans manage to take one or both chambers you can rely on them to give away the farm and get nothing in return in the name of “bi-partisanship”.
- Demographics is destiny. The exit polls show what they always show. Mestizos, Asians and blacks all voted overwhelmingly for Democrats. Young people also voted around 2 to 1 for Democrats. Since younger people in general and those not quite old enough to vote in particular are less White with each passing year, that bodes ill for Republicans as their aging White voter base dies off and is replaced by more leftist non-White voters. Almost as if that is the plan. The gap narrowed some with mestizos but you aren’t going to win many elections when the fastest growing racial group votes 60% or more for one party while blacks never deviate from the Dems and the White vote is split. Exit poll data from CNN:
Those are a few takeaways, you can expect a ton of post-mortem posts, blaming and recriminations in the next week. Control of the Senate may come down to a run-off between Herschel Walker and Warnock, and who wants to pin all of their hopes on one sub 80 IQ guy defeating a different sub 80 IQ guy?
The time for voting our way out of this ended a long time ago. Our path forward is not going to go through a voting booth.