The results of last night’s various elections were necessarily surprising. I’ve seen this cycle before: Republicans get elected, believe they have a mandate, and try to impose their most conservative social and monetary values on everyone in the county. They continually fail to see that a majority of Americans politically and socially moderate and don’t much like being told what to believe, how to act, and on what state and federal money should be spent. Sure, there are the lunatics who make up 33% of the country, but as the margins and uniformity of last night’s election show, their extreme vision of the US isn’t shared by the rest of us.
The results of last night’s elections also tell us something useful as we head into 2012. Across the country, voters decisively rejected Republican overreach; the numbers are encouraging: in most cases, the margins were 30-40%.
First, in my home state, Senator, asshole, racist, author of SB 1070 fuckwad Russell Pearce was recalled. He is first sitting Senate president in the nation and the first Arizona legislator ever to lose a recall election, and must step down immediately after the results become official. As Mr. Desert said, “This is uuuge.”
Phoenix voters also elected Democrat Greg Stanton as their new mayor, squashing the Republican lobbyist Wes Gullett like a bug.
Then there’s Ohio where Gov. Kasich’s union-busting legislation was rejected by an almost 2-1 margin. That’s a big labor movement win and one that speaks to an anti-Republican sentiment heading into next. Kasich will serve as a strong reminder of what Republican nominees hold dear, and there’s already strong ground game that will, I think, grow throughout the spring and summer. The force is with us.
Moving onto Mississippi, the outrageous anti-woman, anti-choice, anti-birth control, every sperm is sacred, “personhood” initiative was rejected by more than 55% of the voters.
And in other news, Democrats retained the Iowa state Senate in a special election, the Democratic governor of very-so-conservative Kentucky was re-elected by a wide-margin Democrats in North Carolina were re-elected.
Time to break out the champagne, dance in the streets, drunk-dial Republicans in congress, and then get back to work. Yes, things are looking up for 2012, but that does not mean we can sit back and wait for the next time voters give the Repugs a body slam.
We still have lots of work to do, but it’s nice to know the entire country isn’t batshit crazy.