We’ll start elsewhere …
- In spite of some last-minute panic and unnecessary gaffes by the top-line candidate, Virginia had a smashing night for Democrats, crushing the ambitions of racists, neo-Confederates, homophobes, Nazi-sympathizers, xenophobes, and our President — but I repeat myself. Gov.-elect Ralph Northam won 54%-45%; Dems won the LG race and many, many legislative races, such that the Dems may have actually taken the chamber. The first transgender elected candidate at any level — (wrong, Althea Garrison) — beat out an infamous bathroom-bill troglodyte. This is obviously a rebuke to Trump — and affirmation for those many Indivisible-type groups working to organize voters in the wake of Trump. Virginia is fertile ground for them. Winning.
- New Jersey provided a final kiss-off to the contemptuous, imperial governance of Chris Christie. A guy who bullied in the name of stopping bullying has been renounced. I’m sure he’ll find a nice beach to retire to.
- Washington state now is in full Democratic control — a West-Coast trifecta.
- In Boston, Marty Walsh cruises. I refrained from “endorsing” in this race because a.) who cares, and b.) I don’t live there, which means that I don’t have a granular sense of interaction with city government. There were many complaints against Walsh brought up by Tito Jackson’s campaign that seem quite legitimate to me: The Olympics; Grand Prix; the persistence of racism in Boston; fair-to-middling action on bikes and transit; and so forth. It was not a vanity campaign by any stretch. But it says something about the city government — much of which Walsh inherited from Menino, of course — that Boston’s voters felt no particular need to switch out mayors. David Bernstein claims this is actually a fairly weak showing for Walsh — not sure I’d go that far, given the numbers; but he correctly points out that Walsh didn’t have coattails that extended to Steven Passacantilli, for instance, who lost to Lydia Edwards. Segue to …
- Boston’s voters elect a city council that is half women of color. This is a very, very talented bunch. I’m happy for Michelle Wu, who is providing vision in transit and climate adaptation. I met Edwards and she just seems terrific — super-smart, morally centered.Think about this:
I’m incredibly humbled to be re-elected. There was a time when I was a women’s caucus of 1. Now I’ll join 5 other women of color on most diverse City Council in history of Boston. #bospoli
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) November 8, 2017
You could do a lot worse, Boston — a lot worse. Well done.
- Oh, and let’s not forget Maine passing Medicaid expansion by ballot initiative, over the objections of its Governor, the egregious Paul LePage. Health Care for More.
In any event, last night’s results looked a lot more like the diverse, neighborly America we thought we were becoming, not this ugly. greedy, mean-spirited White Riot that was claimed to be resurgent. Constant vigilance indeed.