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    • This is my neighbor’s car today. I don’t ever remember a midterm in my lifetime with so much turnout, especially among young voters. Or so much uncertainty about the outcome.

      I have no idea what’s about to happen, except I think Beto will lose in Texas. How about you?

    • Paul Johnston

      I have no idea what’s about to happen, except I think Beto will lose in Texas. How about you?



      Okay, Chris, I'll take the other side. Being a betting man, I say otherwise! More so for Austin, Texas. If I lose, it goes to show that Paul should not be placing bets. If I win, I got a lucky guess! ;-)

      I photographed this Beto mural panorama this past Sunday. This mural is located in an alleyway North of E. Cesar Chavez Street and Waller Street; Austin, Texas - https://goo.gl/maps/NxKe6pYv9Fy

      This image was made of seven separate images and edited into a panorama.

      The history of this recent mural is interesting. Recently painted. Recently defaced. Recently repainted by artist Chris Rogers and community. The community of volunteer painters placed their initials inside of the letters of "We Rise". "We Rise" was not on the original mural.

      Chris Rogers is the same artist that did this mural in my Cake post of Nov. 1, 2018.

    • I am prepared for another prolonged period of depression. The last bad bout of it happened exactly two years ago.

      It's the hope that kills you.

    • I predict that in two years, we'll have to endure this insanity again and that this year will seem calm and tranquil in comparison.

    • I wonder if anyone will be happy after tonight. It seems like more division. I guess Trump will be happy about increasing control of the senate to help him elect more conservative judges.

    • Yes, the division will continue. I don't think the Republican Senate gains make much of a practical difference--they were already voting to confirm all the judges and they won't gain enough to get to the 60 required to break a filibuster (assuming McConnell doesn't decide to do away with it in the lame-duck session). They do matter as far as the spin is concerned. I'm glad to see the Dems take the House, but I'm disappointed that most of my least favorite political figures have won. But for Democrats, at least the glass is half-full now, which is a step in the right direction.

    • Now I have another set of predictions.

      2019 will frustrate everyone.

      The House of Representatives will engage in symbolic posturing but be helpless to accomplish much because the Senate will rarely agree with them and Trump's veto ability will be strong.

      The GOP will likewise be frustrated by the House.

      The unofficial campaigns of those who will not have decided (officially that is) whether they are running for President will begin way too early in 2019. The News Media will start predicting who the front runners are long before Iowa's caucus in January 2020 and New Hampshire's primary.

      By the time November 2020 rolls around, people will be saying "I just want to get it over with."

    • interesting to see the results and how close a lot of state were to big changes. Having not followed closely in the past I am not sure how often that occurs.

      But you can see how heated this is when the balance on either side is so close.

      The other part was why are there so many in the race in Tennessee, wow!

    • I disagree.

      It's not the system.

      It's the people.

      I have lost faith in my fellow Amerixcans. They are not who I thought they were.

      We are ruled by small men and women. They're small because they live in fear and hate more than they love. They elect politicians who pander to their fear.

      This not the America that I thought existed.

    • What have we been subjected to for months now?

      Media "attempting" to educate 90% of the population that truly doesn't have a clue about the issues that matter the most? In two minute or less soundbites?

      Was it really all about the Senate race in my state, where $90M was spent to influence the vote of ~4M people?

      Politics is local. $90M was not local.

    • I don't know, wxwax, I've had my own moments where I've alternated between being astonished at how great and how awful we can be. I guess that's all of human history, no?

      I'm wondering if you're particularly down because you live in Georgia and the governor's race appeared to have some dirty tricks? Personally, I was buoyed by the rise of women who brought decency into their campaigns for congress, and focused on things like roads, clean water and healthcare.

    • Any system that actually works to discourage voters from voting by putting so many hurdles for them to jump to actually vote and jerry manders the vote, to me sucks. Sorry.

    • That's ~4M people that voted, out of the ~7M that live here.

      The $90M for a single race was not all local funding.

      Our archaic systems will allow everyone to cool off a bit longer before that race is settled. 300,000 votes to count.

    • Hello,

      It was at 11.30pm on Tuesday night that President Trump tweeted, 'Tremendous success last night. Thank you all!'. This was certainly a novel way of assessing the Republicans' performance in the mid-terms elections. They lost the House of Representatives, and key governorships in Kansas, New Mexico, Michigan, Nevada, Illinois and Wisconsin. And while they did increase their Senate majority they only polled 33 million votes in those races against the Democrats' 45 million. Such is the peculiar make-up of the Senate's electoral college that the Republicans can claim victory with 41% of the vote against the Democrats' 56%.

      And this is where the Guardian comes in. Luckily you don't have to rely on President Trump's reading of the electoral runes to work out what happened during the elections. We've been trying to do just that on your behalf, and will continue to do so over the next days and weeks.

      That will involve some harsh lessons for the Republicans - is doubling down on your base really enough to get you another victory in 2020? But there are lessons for the Democrats too. Why is it that the Democrats don't have a single statewide elected official in Florida, a crucial stop on the road to the White House? Why are they continuing to lose ground in rural, white, male America? After a period of maximum provocation and extreme rhetoric from President Trump in the run-up to the midterms the Democrats still failed to deliver a knockout blow in key bellwether states.

      But mostly it's a harsh lesson for America. Because the lesson of Tuesday night is that the divisions that are pulling this country apart were made more apparent than ever. As acclaimed author Anand Giridharadas said as the result became apparent; 'The results suggest a country that is on a knife's edge - basically 50-50 - on the acceptability of racism, nativism, demagogy, lies, chauvinism, abuse of power, cruelty and corruption.'

      The lessons for America are stark; while the Republicans are targeting white male and rural voters, the Democrats are winning with women, minorities, suburban liberals and the young. These two camps and philosophies are being driven further apart. America feels split down the middle. Can anyone, or anything, bring them closer together. Whatever the opposite of 'we're all this in together' feels like the new motto for a disunited states.

      These, and many other issues, themes and personalities (Beto for 2020?) are among the ones we'll be teasing out over the next days, weeks and months. Within hours of the results - and in real time on our live blog - we already had a huge volume of reports, analysis and opinion from all corners of the country trying to make sense of what happened over the course of the past few days.

      We'll aim to be there with you over the course of the next two years as 2020 hoves into view too. But for now, all I can say to our dedicated Guardian staff, and to our committed and loyal readers without whom we'd simply couldn't do the work we do: 'Tremendous success last night. Thank you all!'

      John Mulholland,
      Editor,
      Guardian US

    • Wow, JPP, at first I thought you wrote that and I was seriously admiring your ability to write. 🙂

      I am somewhat encouraged for a lot of reasons. For one, say what you will about Trump, he got out the vote. For another, the votes showed how the majority feels, it's just that we have a system that @Richard pointed out protects against the tyranny of the majority. The majority is a growing proportion of the population and they lean in the direction of decency and equality.

      And Trump had on his side a booming economy and comparative peace.

      I've done my very best to understand older rural white males and probably the most effective thing I've done is to spend time with them because they are my extended family. The ones I know are kind, patriotic people who would do anything for their neighbors and country — many have. It's just that they are misinformed. They believe, for example, the invaders in Mexico currently marching to the U.S. have Middle Easterners, gang members and diseases like smallpox and leprosy. The President and their most trusted source of news told them that.

      What does worry me, however, is the rise of young white urban white supremacists and white male mass shooters. Where are they coming from?

    • Didn't your rural relatives have different attitudes from your attitudes in 2014?

      (The reason I chose 2014 instead of 2015, is that Trump made a lot of speeches in 2015.)

      Both the rural people and the urban people have believed for many years that the other group is clueless. If you were able to travel back in time to 2014 and listen invisibly to your rural relatives, they probably would have talked about how misinformed you are (in their estimation).

      The problem that America has is that a large percentage of Americans on both sides of every issue view the other side as living in a fantasy world.

      And Trump and his spokespeople didn't start this problem. They have exacerbated it. They have fed the flames, but they did not light the fire.

      Urban people believe that places like Colorado and Wyoming and other rural areas should be politically disenfranchised because very few people live there. But just as those people who live in Colorado and Wyoming have no idea of the problems which you encounter on a daily basis due to living in an urban area, you are equally clueless as to what it is like to live 365 days a year in an isolated area of sparse population.

      It was this attitude which led to the American Revolution of 1776. I realize that sounds strange but hear me out.

      Thirty years before the revolution, those who lived in the 13 colonies viewed themselves as British citizens. Part of the great British Empire which spanned the globe. They were patriotic in their attitudes towards the King of the empire

      But like Wyoming and Colorado, there were fewer people living in the colonies than those who lived in England, Scotland, Wales, etc. The majority of British citizens lived in the British Isles and they elected people to parliament. Because there were more of them and because they were more educated, more cultured, more civilized and more aristocratic than the misinformed and clueless colonists, they naturally passed laws that were better laws than if the colonists had passed laws.

      The result was the Revolution of 1776.

      We need less arrogance, less snobbishness and more attempts to find subjects on which there is agreement.

    • Indeed and yes i am no writer🤣 But we are seeing similar things happening in our government here in OZ that concerns me no end, It appears to be a universal thing perpertrated by whom? look at Brexit ? Is this all some form of destabilising move by the Russians? or maybe China? Or am i just being a little paranoid?

    • I live in Silicon Valley so our friends work at YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Medium, etc., and they all deal with the weaponization of social media. For nation states, special interest groups, political leaders, etc., it has become a very important part of their strategy. It's an arms race with both sides having teams dedicated to it.

      I know, some people will say it's nothing new, it's been going on for centuries. But this is a different war fought with different technology, something very different from TV and newspapers.

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