Well, the results from yesterday’s election are in—and I won! At some point (soon, I hope) I’ll be sworn in as a member of Lamar Town Council.
I don’t have photographs of the final print-out, so I don’t the breakdown by precinct, but I hope to obtain that information soon. I got the results from the election workers as they pulled the receipt from the voting machine shortly after 7 PM EST last night: 121 for Cook, 69 write-in.
The results are coming in from the two Georgia Senate run-offs, and it looks like the Democrats (at the time of writing) have secured one US Senate seat, and are poised—thanks to some last-minute ballot-printing, no doubt—to win a second. Raphael Warnock, the black minister who hates the military, defeated Kelly Loeffler. Jon Ossoff, a progressive’s progressive (he attended Atlanta’s incredibly Leftist Paideia School), holds a razor-thin lead over David Perdue. I’m sure Stacey Abrams will manufacture the necessary votes.
Of course, the Democratic victories—which will give the Democrats narrow control of the House, the Senate, and the Presidency come Biden the Usurper’s inauguration later this month—rest squarely at Georgia Republicans’ feet. Governor Kemp’s unwillingness to uphold the integrity of the presidential election demoralized conservative voters—why vote if the system is rigged, and your own party won’t fight to fix it?
We’ll see. Nevada is supposed to report results today, but they’ve been putting machinery in place to make fraud easier.
The takeaway: local and State elections matter. Having good Republicans staffing seemingly mundane positions makes a difference in running clean, fair elections. Consider: when most progressives believe that they are noble warriors fighting against Trump the Fascist, it becomes easy for them to rationalize unethical, immoral, and illegal behavior, like throwing out Trump ballots and withholding vote totals from pro-Trump counties.
The Republican Party can’t compete with the Democrats for gentry white liberals. We must become the party of the working class—“blue-collar nationalists,” as my brother put it.
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I spoke with Darlington County Election Commissioner Hoyt Campbell this morning, however, and he gave me the results over the phone. He also said the poll workers might have posted the voting machine receipts to one of the side doors of Town Hall. Sure enough, I drove down there this morning and they were on a side door. That occurred to me last night, but the prospect of lurking around a public building at dusk struck me as a tad sketchy.
The results were surprising—shocking, really. This little off-cycle, middle-of-summer, Age of The Virus election came with an interesting twist.
It’s interesting to me how even when a candidate “wins” a State, his opponent can garner delegates, unlike the “winner-take-all” approach of the Electoral College (with the exceptions of Maine and Nebraska, where candidates can win electoral votes for winning majorities in individual congressional districts, even if they don’t win the majority of votes in the State). That helps the second-place finisher stay in the race, but the reporting—“Biden wins Michigan!“—plant the suggestion that Bernie is toast.
Well, perception is—or tends to be—reality, and the media is all-in for Biden. Since his blowout victories in South Carolina and on Super Tuesday, I’m increasingly convinced that Biden will win the nomination outright. The prospects of a brokered Democratic National Convention—They Will be Done!—seems increasingly remote.
Biden is being propped up by the establishment wing of the Democratic Party. Amy “The Teacher’s Pet” Klobuchar and “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg both suspended their campaigns after Biden’s big win in South Carolina. Based on his performance in South Carolina, I figured that black voters were behind him thanks to his role as Obama’s VP. Sanders has struggled with black voters (who, in addition to not liking homosexuals, also don’t seem to care for elderly Jewish socialists).
Now Bloomberg has dropped out, too, and thrown his support to Biden. I called this one right as well: he was a red herring all along. Elizabeth Warren, who seems to reevaluating her pledge to “take it to the convention,” effectively destroyed him in the Nevada debates. It also puts to bed the notion that the presidency can be bought (at least at this point). Maybe if Biden had stumbled in SC (and Bloomberg had stayed out of the Nevada debate), Bloomy could have filled the vacuum of the Democratic “center,” but I doubt it.
The Democratic primaries continue to get more interesting. First, Buttigieg surprised analysts with a near-victory in Iowa (in fact, I’m still unclear who actually “won” the caucuses there). Elizabeth Warren took down Bloomberg on the eve of the Nevada caucuses, herself going down in flames in South Carolina.
There’s an echo there of former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie taking down a robotic Marco Rubio in the debate just before the 2016 New Hampshire primaries. Christie had no chance of winning after New Hampshire, but he took Rubio down with him, exposing the would-be poster boy of the Republican Party as an overly-polished puppet. Similarly, Warren’s aggressive attacks on Bloomberg was the screeching harpies way of clawing Bloomberg down with her.
Of course, unlike Rubio, Bloomberg has billions of dollars at his disposal, and has pledged to keep spending big. That adds an interesting wrinkle, but I’ve held that Bloomberg is a very flashy red herring, and I’m not convinced he can buy primary victories. Super Tuesday will tell us a great deal, but I think the only winner from Bloomberg’s campaign will be television networks and social media outlets making a bundle from ad sales. I would love to get the commission on a Bloomberg ad buy.