Thursday Open Thread | Take a Step Back and See Just How Terrific Tuesday Was for the Country

I know that we have broken hearts. I know that. I don’t minimize that.

But, I don’t have to be a cheerleader to see the positive things that happened.

Too often, we look at the big races, as if they are the be all, end all.

They are important, but so must positive happened on Tuesday, that we need to go over it.

First things first:

The Democrats won the House of Representatives.

The American Experiment will continue.

The American Safety Net is secure for the next couple of years. We will fight about in 2020,but now, no more worrying about that.

Let’s go to the state levels.

People don’t even realize the elections that will have the most direct impact on their lives.

They might not know it, but the people of Harris County Texas now have a completely Democratic judiciary.

ALL 59 spots in the judiciary went to Democrats, INCLUDING 19 BLACK WOMEN.

You don’t think that these 59 judges are going to have an impact in the largest county in Texas?

Though Florida was a heartbreaker, with Gillum, something happened that can have the serious potential for changing the landscape in Florida.

Remember, nearly one in FOUR eligible Black voters was automatically disenfranchised because of their association with the criminal justice system. Even after they had paid their debt to society, they had to go through an arcane, arbitrary and biased application system for the restoration of their voting rights, and it often didn’t happen. The passage of the referendum on Tuesday changed that, for over 1.4 million people in Florida. You think that a nice bunch of those who will now see their voting rights restored might become Democrats?

Yes, elections matter.

Then, we have the new Democratic Governors that will be there during 2020 redistricting: Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico. This matters, a great deal.

One of the most important legal positions in the state is the Attorney General – the person who SHOULD advocate for the little guy, and fight for the average consumer. It is the State Attorneys General who are leading the fight AGAINST Dolt45 and his Administration, picking up the mantle to defend for what is right. On Tuesday, we got 4 Black Attorneys General: Letitia James of New York, Kwame Raoul of Illinois, Aaron Ford of Nevada and Keith Ellison of Minnesota.


It was also a good night for Medicaid Expansion.

Three states had Medicaid expansion on the ballot and it passed in all three states.

The flipping of the Kansas Governorship to Democrat means Medicaid expansion is coming.
The election of a Democrat in Maine means that finally, the Medicaid expansion that passed by the voters will finally have a Governor that wants to fully implement it.

Nevada wanted to implement a Medicaid buy-in program that was vetoed by the previous Republican Governor. Now that the Governor is a Democrat, that will come back.

The Democratic Governor in North Carolina wants to expand Medicaid, and Tuesday’s results have now eliminated the veto-proof majorities that the Republicans used to hold, so now, Medicaid is on the table once again.

Republicans won the high profile races.
Democrats won the midterm election.
—>Ds won the US House
—>Ds vote margin bigger than Tea Party’s in 2010
—>Rs LOST 333 legislative seats
—>Rs lost 7 governorships
—>Rs lost key 2020 Midwest states in PA, WI and MI.
(h/t @NoahCRothman)

— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) November 7, 2018

There is so much to unwrap. What happened in Michigan, what happened in New Mexico, Nevada, New York State, Pennsylvania.
There was good news in a lot of places.

Don’t let the Debbie Downers steal your joy.
We don’t live in the land of ponies and unicorns. There was cold, hard progress that happened on Tuesday. It’s not everything, but it’s a damn good foundation. Now, FINALLY, we are on OFFENSE, going into 2020.

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76 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | Take a Step Back and See Just How Terrific Tuesday Was for the Country

    • Liza says:

      I just read it’s Pima County that posted, still a lot of votes to count in Maricopa which is more “conservative.” And turnout wasn’t great, somewhere around 46 percent, I think.

      But Kyrsten’s district is in Maricopa County and that should help.

      Just keeping our fingers crossed.

  1. #MatthewWhitaker is UNFIT for the Office of Attorney General.

  2. Bro can cook!

  3. Ametia says:

    MEMO to Bernie Sanders.

    GO to the Senate and do your job. Stay away from the Democratic Party, you old geezer.

    • Liza says:

      Such a dumb comment he made about people in FL and GA “not necessarily racist” but “uncomfortable” with voting for a black person. Good example of how it’s better to say nothing when you don’t know, rather than be an apologist for racists.

      In Georgia for sure and looks like Florida too the BIG ISSUE appears to be voter suppression shenanigans. And you can bet we don’t even know the full extent of it. Greg Pallast will be digging up this sh!t for the next year at least.

      I strongly suspect that in a fair election, Nelson and Gillum won.

      A lot of those folks who would not vote for a black candidate are already registered as Republicans. And, yeah, Bernie that is racist by definition.

      PBO won Florida twice.

    • Ametia says:

      Count every last MOFO BALLOT


    • Liza says:

      Well, if you’re the GOP and you think you need to steal an election from Democrats, Broward County is the logical choice in 2018. It’s heavily Democratic and it’s also the location of the Parkland shooting.

  4. Sealed indictments waiting, boo! #WhitakerMustRecuse

  5. What is #ObstructionOfJustice for $1000, Alex…..

  6. Congratulations @LucyWins2018. Jordan is one proud son looking down from heaven and seeing his mom fighting for him and bringing about change.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Feel free to liven up your Thanksgiving with this conversation starter:

    “Come January, Nancy Pelosi is third in line for the presidency. Can you pass the yams?”

    — The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) November 7, 2018

  8. rikyrah says:

    Thought experiment: if Sam Rayburn had just won control of the House for the second time in his career as Democratic leader – after Republicans had spent several cycles demonizing him across the country – would anyone expect him to walk away?

    — Jonathan Allen (@jonallendc) November 7, 2018

    YES I AM,Pelosi says when asked if she’s confident she will be speaker. “I think I’m the best person to come forward to unify, to negotiate – I’m a good negotiator”

    — Alana Abramson (@aabramson) November 7, 2018

  9. Liza says:

    So are we going to call this Day One of the Constitutional Crisis? Or is it Day Two?

  10. Father God, we come today on bended knees beseeching thee to bless and keep Ruth Bader Ginsburg here with us. Strengthen her where she is weak, and build her back up where she is torn down.

  11. Liza says:

    The golden retriever is like, “This one is MINE”…

  12. Liza says:

    Thanks for the uplifting post, Rikyrah.

    I did feel better yesterday after reading about state and local elections in some of the states. There were major victories, to be sure.

    But what pleases me so immensely is that the House is starting to look more like the nation’s demographics.

  13. rikyrah says:

    This is why I don’t want to hear anyone talking shyt about Nancy Smash.


  14. rikyrah says:

    Uh huh
    Uh huh 😒 😒

    Mueller’s New Boss, Matthew Whitaker, Led Secretive Anti-Dem Group

  15. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning,Everyone 😄😄😄

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