The 'Pink Stain' recriminations continue, and may, correctly I think, have identified the hangover from the Trump presidency at a leading cause. At the Pittsburgh Gazette, Salena Zito, who has good instincts, I think, The most important person in Democrats’ midterm success wasn’t on the ballot: Donald Trump. At Town Hall, Sarah Arnold hears that Rick Scott Believes He Knows Why A Red Wave Was A No-Show. “I think we didn’t have enough of a positive message. We said everything about how bad the Biden agenda was. It’s bad, the Democrats are radical, but we have to have a plan of what we stand for.” At NYPo, Brad Palumbo believes Biden’s illegal student-loan bailout bought off Gen Z — and staved off a red wave. I can't believe nobody mentioned abortion. Anyway, several possible reasons and all may contribute. Lose and learn.
At the Seattle Times, showing her true colors, Liz Cheney called the absence of a red wave a ‘clear victory for team normal.’ Just join the Democrats and be done with it. At Al.com, Mo Brooks says Trump ‘dishonest, disloyal, incompetent, crude’, in other words, a politician.
The race for the 2024 GOP nomination is heating up. At JTN, DeSantis gains ground with conservatives over Trump for 2024 nominee: poll. "While "strong Republicans" favor Trump, voters who "lean toward the Republican party" overwhelmingly favor DeSantis." And we need them, too. At Am Spec, Aaron Poynton says DeSantis Is the Only Person Who Can Beat Trump. His Time Is Now. But at PJ Media, David Solway worries DeSantis 2024? Think Again. Sundance at CTH calls Trump -vs- DeSantis, a Shiny Thing to Set Aside and want us to focus on election mechanics. That, too. At News Busters, MSNBC Warns of DeSantis Implementing GOP, Fox's 'Autocratic System' Goal. Pure projection.
KT at Haut Hair sees Biden crows from Phnom Penh over Democrat majority in Senate - "It's always better at 51" I thought we kept partisan politics inside the border? Also, Anita Dunn: Senate control by Democrats is "hugely consequential". I hate to agree with her but, well, yes. At PJ Media, Stephen Kruise has an Election Hangover: My Democracy Doesn't Feel Saved at All.
At AP, Unsettled California races could tip US House control. Nick Arama at Red State reports Here's Where the House Race Stands With Yet Another GOP Flip. At JTN, GOP needs to win less than a third of remaining races to take control of House, "Analysts have predicted Republican victory in lower chamber; Senate looks likely to break Democratic." I'm less than confident, however, the Democrats have a long history of "finding" enough votes to win the close ones, which are mostly what's left. Capt. Ed at Haut Hair sees Midterm consolation prize: Two more years of Manchin speculation! In a 51-49 Senate, Manchin would lose most of his bargaining power, with Kamala there to break the tie.
WaEx reports Protesters gather outside of Maricopa County elections office as counting continues. Or should that be 'counting?' Also at WaEx, Maricopa County official blasts Kari Lake's 'offensive' questioning of vote count. I know there are legal issues, but it's still taking an amazingly long time to count the votes, which is good cover for electoral hanky-panky. At Red State, 'Bonchie' has the sads as The Fat Lady Warms up for Kari Lake in Arizona, Katie Hobbs Appears to Declare Victory. It would be kind of sad, I'd like to see her in there.
The AP whines Shorter voting window could cut turnout in Georgia runoff. Capt. Ed notes Begun, the runoff-voter-suppression narrative has. At The Other McCain Smitty explains Why Vote-By-Mail Is The End Of The Republic. At the Daily Signal, Deroy Murdock calls America’s Fourth World Vote System a Global Embarrassment.