I had to work last night. I had requested the day off so I could vote, and my boss just gave me the morning off. So I voted, but then I had to spend the evening in a restaurant with big TV screens over the bar and lots of customers eagerly following CNN. I did my best to ignore the news and mostly succeeded. Then I turned my phone on Airplane mode, went home, and stayed in bed until I felt prepared for the news.
Okay, so: the GOP still controls the Senate, so we still have Bitch McCandlehead’s fucking face taking up valuable real estate in the news. We lost Heidi Heitkamp, which I attribute entirely to the GOP’s voter suppression fuckery with their bullshit address requirements against Native Americans, and that sucks, so that’s something to remember for the future. We lost Claire McCaskill, and that also sucks. Maryland re-elected Larry Hogan, and that’s annoying. I voted for Ben Jealous! They’re still counting the votes for governor of Georgia, and I expect that fuckhead Kemp to get the seat, and I attribute his victory entirely to his own voter suppression fuckery as sitting Secretary of State, and that’s also something to remember for the future. But I really want Stacey Abrams to win. Ted Cruz is still in the Senate, and that’s obnoxious, but Beto O’Rourke NEARLY got it, and that’s impressive. Basically, there weren’t nearly enough GOP Senators up for re-election this year, and the deck was stacked in their favor, but the Dems did better than expected.
And also! We got a blue House! We got lots of women elected to House seats, including 2 Native American women and 2 Muslim women, and that’s awesome. We got some new Governorships and a bunch of progressive new laws passed.
We can still do better! White women in Texas voted 59% in favor of Ted Cruz, which is shameful but it’s hardly surprising. We are our own worst enemies.
Overall, the situation is better than it was before, and that is better news than I expected, so good job, America! Now let’s work harder and do better.