Red Wave Turns Into Ripple as Voters Repudiate Republican Extremism

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An anticipated “Purple Wave” of Republican victories in the course of the Nov. 8 midterm elections as an alternative turned out to be a pale pink political puddle for the Republican Celebration. 

Voters throughout the nation rejected the “Huge Lie” extremism and “stolen election” pouts of former President Donald Trump, whose hand-picked candidates vying for main GOP wins had been upset in races starting from senators to governors to secretaries of state. Towards all odds, the Democratic Celebration managed to carry on to its slim lead within the Senate whereas holding Republicans to a smaller-than-expected majority within the Home of Representatives. 

Right here in Georgia, Republicans scored main victories up and down the poll, and incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp romped to a simple win in a rematch together with his Democratic opponent, Stacey Abrams. The Peach State’s race for U.S. Senate between incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock and Trump-endorsed GOP challenger Herschel Walker attracted nationwide consideration even earlier than it went right into a runoff election set for Dec. 6. With Democrats narrowly accountable for the Senate, a win for Warnock would supply the occasion with an essential additional vote within the narrowly Democratic chamber. Early voting within the Dec. 6 Georgia runoff election begins on Sunday, Nov. 27. 

In our neighboring state of Florida, GOP candidates additionally received political contests for places of work massive and small, most notably a re-election victory by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, whose win fueled hypothesis that he may be eyeing the White Home greater than the statehouse. In the meantime at Mar-a-Lago, former President Trump is thirsting for a return to the powers of the presidency and fuming over his disdain for DeSantis whereas watching his chosen candidates go down in defeat in political races in Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania and different states.

Trump’s claims of a stolen 2020 election didn’t appear to take a seat properly with thousands and thousands of midterm voters in 2022. In Arizona, Trump-backed candidate Kari Lake, who ran on conspiratorial claims of rigged elections, misplaced the governor’s race to Democrat Katie Hobbs. Loser Lake posted a petulant Twitter tweet saying, “Arizonans know BS after they see it.” That might appear to be the case, since they rejected the candidacy of Lake and different “election deniers” within the state and delivered them a drubbing that was each comedian and karmic.

The occasion of a first-term president routinely loses in midterm elections, generally badly, as when President Barack Obama’s Democratic Celebration was given what he referred to as “a shellacking” by GOP voters within the 2010 midterms. This time the state of affairs was completely different. Voters had been, as at all times, involved about bread-and-butter points just like the economic system, well being care and crime, however this time democracy itself was on the poll. The MAGA mob that stormed Capitol Hill on Jan. 6, 2021 and the overturning of the longstanding proper to abortion pushed by GOP-appointed judges on the Supreme Court docket had been wake-up requires voters throughout America. By the thousands and thousands they turned out to repudiate the authoritarian agenda of Trump and his minions. 

The lackluster displaying by Republicans throughout this yr’s midterm election ought to be a lesson for the occasion and its supporters. For too lengthy the Republican Celebration has been below the spell of its “loopy wing” of liars and deniers who appear to assume that GOP means “Gotterdammerung On Function.” Now the fever could also be breaking within the nation’s weakened physique politic. Simply six days earlier than the election, President Joe Biden reminded Individuals that, “We, the individuals, should resolve whether or not we’re going to maintain a republic the place actuality is accepted, the regulation is obeyed and your vote is really sacred.” On Oct. 18, a discouraging front-page headline in The New York Occasions had stated, “Most Voters Say U.S. Democracy Is Underneath Menace, However Few Really feel Urgency.” Voters noticed the pressing risk to democracy from Trump and his henchmen on Nov. 8 and democracy received… this time… when American voters remembered the phrases of George Washington: “Guard towards the postures of pretended patriotism.”

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