This week, we start with some good news:
Kentucky has a new Democratic governor! That’s amazing.
Democrats just picked up a governorship in a state as red as Trump’s face
when he heard about this! Now, to be fair, this wasn’t just any race.
GOP governor Matt Bevin was super unpopular. Even the GOP didn’t like him.
I just was texting with a veteran Republican strategist in Kentucky
who said the following: “Well, we found out that being an A-hole
is slightly worse than being a liberal.” Congrats, Democrats, you just found your new
slogan. Bevin fought the Medicaid expansion that Kentuckians
needed, and spent all his time making dumb Facebook
videos of himself like this: Weird choice, but that’s how he announced
he was cutting state education funds. When Kentucky’s teachers went on strike,
Bevin suggested that they were making students vulnerable to pedophiles.
Here’s what’s crazy to me. You know how many hundreds of thousands of
children today were left home alone? I guarantee you today, somewhere in Kentucky
today, a child was sexually assaulted that was left
home because there was nobody there to watch them.
I guarantee you, somewhere today a child was physically harmed
or ingested poison because they were home alone.
It’s crazy that Kentucky didn’t rally behind the guy
that guaranteed that their children would ingest poison.
However they try to spin it, this is still a hugely bad sign for the GOP.
Trump fought hard for Bevin. He even held a rally for him on election eve,
where he said this: “If you lose, they are going to say Trump
suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the world. This was the
greatest. You can’t let that happen to me!” Turns out they can.
This is Trump’s worst nightmare come true. Well, his second-worst nightmare after the
one where he gets chased by stairs and salads.
Bevin hasn’t conceded yet, despite being about 5000 votes behind
and the GOP basically giving him last rites. Come on, Matt, exit with some class.
You know, like… like… Nope, not like that.
Here’s some more encouraging news: the Democrats took both chambers of the Virginia
legislature last night! That’s huge.
They can now control redistricting, and keep the GOP from
drawing a bunny that gives them power for 10 more years.
And they can also do something even more exciting. “If Democrats can take control, they could
consolidate power for the first time in 26 years and work with
Governor Ralph Northam to enact legislation long blocked by Republicans.
That would mean a significant shift in policy, especially on issues like gun control, protections
against discrimination for the LGBT community, higher minimum wage
and passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.” The Equal Rights Amendment! Holy shit!
If Virginia ratifies the ERA, it would be the 38th state to do so,
which is the threshold to add it to, I kid you not, the US Constitution.
Now, it’s been almost 100 years since the ERA was introduced, and it would
face a legal fight to be ratified, so let’s not get ahead of oursel-
Unh. Too late, I just came.
Sorry. 100 years is a long time to think about baseball.
A lot of this good news for Democrats is due to voters in the suburbs,
where GOP support is cratering. Turns out suburban white ladies are starting
to turn on the party of the guy who is facing 2 separate lawsuits
from women this week who say he sexually assaulted them. Would have been nice if they had turned on
him when they first heard about it in 2016, but it’s a start. Keep it going,
Meghans! You can do it! But wait, weren’t Democrats supposed to be
doomed at the polls for impeaching the President? That’s what I heard from incredibly correct
man Chuck Todd. Turning now from the big news on impeachment
to the politics of impeachment, which gets its first significant test with voters tonight.
And it could bail out a few Republicans who were in trouble a week ago. They should win it. Impeachment is the only
reason they may not. If the Republicans sweep these 3 Red state
gubernatorial races, 2 tonight and the 1, I think you’ll have nothing but impeachment
to thank. Once again, Chuck Todd’s as wrong as his facial
hair. It appears that at least some GOP voters are
as freaked out by Trump’s shenanigans as the rest of us.
In fact, these electoral victories came right on the heels of major news in the Ukraine
story. One of President Trump’s most supportive witnesses
in the impeachment inquiry has changed his testimony to confirm a quid
pro quo with Ukraine. The ambassador to the European Union, Gordon
Sondland, now tells lawmakers that the Trump administration
held up military aid as it pushed Ukraine’s government to investigate
Democrats, including the Biden family.
The former Trump donor updated his testimony this week
with a 3-page written statement saying his memory had been refreshed. Looks like Virginia and Kentucky weren’t the
only ones flipping yesterday. Refreshed? Did he drink a really good soda
and think, “Wait a minute?” Obey your thirst, and Congress.”
Sondland’s testimony is very convincing. Partly because of his central role, but mostly
because his description of talking to Trump sounds incredibly accurate. He describes a phone call where he asks the
President whether the White House was withholding military aid to get investigations.
Sondland says Mr. Trump told him, “I want no quid pro quo. I want the president
of Ukraine to do the right thing.” Sondland says,
“I wouldn’t say he hung up on me, but it was almost like he hung up on me.” Yeah, he hung up on you.
At which point you said, “Thank you so much Mr. President,
see you next week, I love you! Oh no, I blew it.”
There’s even more fun election news today. For the first time in almost 40 years, Democrats
gained control of the city council of Mike Pence’s hometown
of Columbus, Indiana. That’s gotta be rough for Pence.
He was so distracted, he left his safety Bible at home.
What if his first-string Bible touches a woman? The turning of tides is great news,
though the pod that birthed Mike Pence still votes GOP.
What, you think sex made Mike Pence? Think again.
And there was more schadenfreude in Virginia, where
Juli Briskman, the woman who was fired for flipping off Trump’s motorcade,
beat a Republican incumbent to be elected to local office.
She’s cycling’s greatest hero, next to Lance Armstrong.
What? Oh no. All of them? And friend of the show Danica Roem, who made
history 2 years ago when she was the first openly transgender
person to be elected to the Virginia State House
made history again last night when she was re-elected,
becoming both the longest-serving and first openly transgender individual
to be re-elected in our nation’s history. 2020 is still going to be a huge challenge.
But it’s nice to be reminded that people do give a shit.
And aside from his core supporters, everyone is sick of Trump’s schtick.
It’s time for him and his cult followers to ride off into the sunset together.