Tuesday night was a phenomenal night for Democrats. It’s been said that the “big blue wave” never materialized and even that it was a disappointment. That is, in a word, bullshit. Did we take the Senate? No, but we were never going to take the Senate. It was a pipe dream. A whole lot would have had to happen in order to flip the Senate. We lost a few in the midwest, and we gained a couple out west. But last night was by no means a disappointment. We were projected to get 24 seats in the House. We got 34, and counting. We won house seats that we weren’t even looking at flipping. Also…
115 women were elected. 97 of them Democrats. We elected ninety seven women last night!
Among those 97:
Congresswoman-Elect Sharice Davis in ruby red Kansas both Native American and lesbian, and Congresswoman-Elect Deb Haaland of New Mexico, also Native American made history in their states.
Somali-American Ilhan Omar, from Minnesota and Michigan’s Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib, became the first Muslim women ever elected to the United States Congress.
Ayanna Pressley became the first African American woman elected to Congress from the state of Massachusetts.
Connecticut made 2016 Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes its first African American woman representative in Congress.
New Yorker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, at 29 years old became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.
Texas sent Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia, the first 2 latinas in state history, to the House of Representatives.
Janet Mills woke up this morning as the Governor-Elect of the state of Maine.
Claire McCaskill in Missouri and Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota fell short, and we all owe them a huge thank you for all they have done for country and party.
153 Gay and Lesbian candidates were elected last night.
In addition to Congresswoman-Elect Davids in Kansas were Brandon Woodard, and Susan Ruiz, who were elected to the state legislature.
Jared Polis was elected Governor of the state of Colorado.
Governor Kate Brown of Oregon and Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin won reelection in their respective states.
Though Stacey Abrams in Georgia, Beto O’Rourke in Texas and Andrew Gillum in Florida, who got most of the media attention, fell short in their races for Governor and Senator, what they accomplished cannot be diminished. The enthusiasm and voter turnout they were responsible for is why Democrats took the House of Representatives, and state houses all over the country. Beto O’Rourke put Texas in play. Ms. Abrams put up numbers in GA that no Democrat has since Reconstruction. And make no mistake. We have in no way, shape or form seen the last of Abrams, Gillum and Beto.
We were competitive in races all over the map and in places were Democrats hadn’t come within single digits in decades. We won Governorships from Republicans in Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Wisconsin and Connecticut.
Most important, the most important takeaway from the 2018 midterms is that We. Showed. Up. Two years ago, the Democrats took a gut shot on election night. The House, Senate, state houses from coast to coast, and the White House went red. It was as demoralizing a night as we’ve ever had. It was ugly, and it got even uglier when we turned on one another. The infighting in the party got pretty nasty and there was a very real concern that there was no way, no way at all that the Democrats would get their shit together in time for the 2018 midterms. We did. We were engaged in ways never seen in a midterm election. Voter turnout was amazing. We still have differences within the party. Sure, we’re going to fight about Nancy Pelosi, whether Bernie or Biden should run in 2020, on what the party platform should be. We will, but we can have that fight later. For now, Democrats, take a look at ALL of the midterm election results. And then DEMOCRATS, center, left and far left, give yourselves a giant “Job Well Done!” Don’t take too long though, we’ve still got shit to do!
Maybe they were right, there wasn’t a “Blue Wave”. Maybe, Van Jones was spot on when he called it a “Rainbow Wave”. Either way, we had a great night!