Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Go Gretchen Go

Ron DeSantis has been getting all the attention as the next savior of the GOP; to rescue them from the talons of Trumpism, and with his 20-point re-election win, solidify has status.

And yet…

We understand if you need a minute to come up for air, but there are still some pearls to dive after in the midterm elections. Some people, though, have stayed down for too long and are a little oxygen-deprived. For example, this is a dumb paragraph from CNN:

Whitmer’s and Shapiro’s comments underscore the different approaches taken by Democrats during the final stretch of the election, when some members of the party, particularly those in key swing states, stressed that the party’s closing message should be focused on the economy and not on global issues or more esoteric themes, like saving democracy.

Saving democracy is an “esoteric theme”? Leaving aside the glib dismissal of a very real threat to representative government, it isn’t even true! The threat to democracy was one of the most powerful undercurrents driving the results. It was the issue that kept election-denying whackadoos away from becoming secretaries of state, and Whitmer in particular has been in the middle of that political cyclone for almost her entire term in office.

People showed up armed in the galleries of the Michigan legislature. A bunch of deer-camp terrorists plotted to kidnap her and put her “on trial.” In fact, for all the loving attention being lavished on Ronald DeSantis in Florida, Whitmer was the true state-level juggernaut. Not only did she crush Tudor Dixon, her Trumper Republican opponent with no discernible last name, but Michigan voters re-elected all her fellow Democrats to the important executive offices and gave her the first completely Democratic majorities in both houses of the state legislature, the state supreme court, and the state board of education. This hasn’t happened since 1982. It wasn’t all about inflation or “kitchen table” issues, either, unless the kitchen table is located in the parliamentarian’s office of the state senate.

It’s not as though Whitmer wasn’t aware of the “esoteric theme” that nearly got her whisked off to the First Circuit Court of Some Drunk Guys in a cabin somewhere. From Politico:

“Good people need to call this out and say we will not tolerate this in this country. And perhaps part of that message was sent this election,” Whitmer said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”[…]The governor, who won her race against Republican challenger Tudor Dixon by more than 10 points, said abortion was also an issue in her race and others around the country. Michigan approved an amendment to their state constitution on Tuesday guaranteeing the right to an abortion, one of five such measures on state ballots last week. “Democrats were fighting to solve problems … but also protect our ability to make our own decisions about our bodies. These are fundamental, core issues,” Whitmer said.

Meanwhile, the Democrats lost their majority in the House of Representatives in large part as a function of New York state’s Democrats being unconscionably bad at gerrymandering. The state that gave us Boss Tweed and Roscoe Conkling can no longer rig a map to suit a majority party? The hell is wrong with these people? And Sean Patrick Maloney, a good guy who presided over a successful national effort to contest the House but wasn’t good enough to save his seat, shouldn’t have started up with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. And the ghost of Andrew Cuomo’s political career giggles horribly and rows across the Hudson as though it were the Styx, thanking his dark political gods that he didn’t grow up in Michigan.

I’m very proud of my former home state for finding its sanity and returning Ms. Whitmer to office and flipping both Houses in Lansing.  As for DeSantis, he’d wet himself if someone tried to take his parking space at a Wendy’s, much less if there was a plot to kidnap him.

2 barks and woofs on “Go Gretchen Go

  1. Yes DeSantis had a big win but I am not so sure he will be Trump’s biggest rival. First he is the incumbent which gives him a big advantage. Second remember his rival was a man who was only an Obama’s hug away from still being a Republican. Who knows who with better skills and backing is waiting in the shadows. It has happened before.

  2. I don’t think his adenoidal voice and lack of charisma are going to sit well on a national stage. He also needs to skip a few meals….

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