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Seems like after months of measuring office spaces and salivating over taking power, the GOP has snatched relative defeat from the jaws of historical victory. It's even more deliciously enjoyable because of Fox News's surprise that its propaganda couldn't just manifest into reality, thus leading to this great compilation of their "Red Wave" hype from the Washington Post:
With Democrats holding the Senate and possibly still keeping the House after the midterms, let's check the Sunday shows to see some reactions!
The 'Inspiring' Bill Cassidy
Over on NBC's "Meet The Press," GOP Senator Cassidy of Louisiana tried to distance himself and his party from the albatross they've been carrying for years: Donald Trump. In the nearly 10-minute segment of trashing Trump, Cassidy was asked about his party's leadership. He tried so hard to defend his party, by saying WE ARE NOT A CULT!
CHUCK TODD: I guess I ask this: If this is the result of these elections, but the Republican Party still has, sort of, the same leadership – at RNC, Ronna McDaniel, Kevin McCarthy of House Republicans, Mitch McConnell of Senate Republicans, and of course, Donald Trump is sort of the leader out there – if there's no change there, do you think that's a problem for Republicans going forward?
CASSIDY: First, we're not a cult.
Cassidy was asked whether he'd support Trump if he were the GOP nominee in 2024.
TODD: Can you imagine having to support Donald Trump again if he's the nominee of your party?
CASSIDY: Our party should be about the future. I think our next candidate will be looking to the future, not to the past, and I think our next candidate will win. And so I anticipate supporting a candidate who's looking to the future.
TODD: And if that candidate's Donald Trump, do you plan on supporting that candidate?
CASSIDY: You're giving me a theoretical, which actually I don't think will come to transpire because we have to be looking to the future. And so you can give me a theoretical after a theoretical. I will say we should be a party of ideas and principles. I welcome that. I've tried to live my life that way. And I think our next candidate will similarly embody that perspective.
Cassidy's refusal to commit to not support Trump in the future tells you all you need to know about his and his party's lack of courage.
Tom Cotton Is No 'Nature Boy'
GOP Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas was on CBS's "Face The Nation" to (chicken)hawk a new book. After making excuses for the GOP's colossal midterms fumble, Cotton was asked whether Mitch McConnell should be their minority leader again. Cotton invoked a very famous pro-wrestler who is the total opposite of Mitch McConnell.
COTTON: You know, the great wrestling champion Ric Flair used to say: "to be the man, you got to beat the man." And, so far, no one's had the nerve to step forward and challenge Senator McConnell. So, I support Senator McConnell.
Somewhere out there is a "stylin’, profilin’, limousine-riding, jet-flying, kiss-stealing, wheelin’ 'n’ dealin’ son of a gun" feeling a disturbance by being compared to an uncharismatic chump named Mitch McConnell. While this sentence might be the coolest reference Tom Cotton will ever make, it was also made in an effort to say they should just hurry up so they can focus on the Georgia runoff election. Because as even Dave Chappelle said in this weekend's "Saturday Night Live" monologue, Herschel Walker is not exactly the strongest candidate.
\u201cOn the other hand, I did quite enjoy his use of \u201cobservably stupid\u201d to describe Herschel Walker \n\nhttps://t.co/BmHtaFFIfU\u201d— Matt Wilstein (@Matt Wilstein) 1668318115
The GOP has taken something else from pro-wrestling to assist Walker's inability to sound like he'd pass NFL concussion protocols: heel managers.
\u201c@chrislhayes It\u2019s called the Buddy System, Chris, and it\u2019s safe\u201d— Chris Hayes (@Chris Hayes) 1668190891
Much like Andre the Giant had Bobby "The Brain" Heenan or Brock Lesnar had Paul Heyman or Yokozuna had Jim Cornette, Herschel Walker has Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz and many more. And like in pro-wrestling, they serve the same purpose: to talk on behalf of an intimidating physical force that's unable to string multiple words together or too uncharismatic to charm and inspire. They need this because Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock is effective, charming and has a previous record of making the GOP lose in a runoff. That's why Tom Cotton is so OK with Mitch McConnell dragging his jowls back to Senate leadership.
Their focus is Georgia, by any means necessary.
Let's enjoy our midterm victory now, but make sure the final celebration is re-electing Raphael Warnock.
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The kids are more than okay. The kids are fucking amazing.
On Tuesday, as we were all hiding under our desks bracing for that promised red wave, voters under 30 were calmly filling in those little ovals down at the fire station and the local elementary school. They stood in line for hours, they got educated on the issues, and they cast their ballots overwhelmingly for Democrats. Exit polling by CNN and NBC has roughly two-thirds of voters under 30 voting blue — the most Democratic age cohort by far.
Call them Gen Z plus younger Millennials, call them your kids, call them new voters, just call them and say thank you for saving our asses. Or, actually, don't call them — they hate to talk on the phone. But send them a text and tell them you see and appreciate what they did on Tuesday.
Because those kids kicked Kevin McCarthy in the dick, depriving him of a mandate, even if he winds up with a single-digit majority in the House. And when Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto pulls ahead of that weenus Adam Laxalt this afternoon, ensuring that we hold the Senate no matter what happens in the Georgia runoff, it'll be thanks to them. In fact, without the kids, you're probably looking at a Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, with a comfortable two- or three-seat margin, despite Donald Trump saddling the GOP with the absolute shittiest candidates ever.
\u201cNEW: footage from the scene at University of Michigan right now and it\u2019s stunning. This is the line of students waiting to register and vote. Over 200 young people. 2+ hour-long wait. No poll could\u2019ve predicted this energy. Ignore the polls and VOTE!\u201d— Victor Shi (@Victor Shi) 1667933438
Democrats cleaned up in Michigan Tuesday thanks to those young voters. Because the kids are AMAZING, and I say this not just as the parent of three wonderful Gen Z kids, but as a person who can do math. According to NBC, voters 18 to 29 prefer Democrats by a margin of 28, making them the only generation where a majority rejects the GOP. Which is a thing that can happen when your party spends all its time fighting a living wage and screeching because the green M&M doesn't give you a boner anymore. And unlike the Boomers, the kids are a growth industry.
But, hell, don't take our word for it. Enjoy a little weeping and wailing from our frenemies on the Right.
\u201cCruz: Why did the Democrats do better than expected? Because for two years they have governed as liberals. They\u2019ve governed as whacked out lefty nut jobs. You know what that did? That excited their base. That excited a bunch of young voters..\u201d— Acyn (@Acyn) 1668048337
"Here's a lesson to take from last night," Senator Ted Cruz shouted to Sean Hannity. "Why did the Democrats do better than expected? Because for two years, they've governed as liberals. They've governed as whacked out, lefty nutjobs. And you know what that did? It excited their base, it excited a bunch of young voters that came out in massive numbers, because when you actually stand for something, your base gets excited."
LOL, we wish the Biden administration had governed as "whacked out, lefty nutjobs." They should only have nuked the filibuster, added four Supreme Court justices, and cut all subsidies for fossil fuels. But, yeah, we do owe a lot to the kids.
Of course Ted Cruz, with his trademark political instincts, infers from this not that the GOP should try to craft policies to appeal to young people, but that the GOP should double down on the Dr. Suess shit to motivate its own base: "When we have a majority next year, we damn well better act like it and use it."
Meanwhile Laura Ingraham may be a degenerate sociopath, but she's not an idiot.
\u201cIngraham: we're going to have to win and we have to win over voters, outside of our traditional base. That means young people too.\u201d— Acyn (@Acyn) 1668050459
"Going into 2024, the Republicans are going to be looking for candidates who are focused on winning, not just making a point or settling a score," said the woman who has given Trump and his minions free rein to trash anyone who crossed the Dear Leader and recently tweeted her support for Blake Masters and Tudor Dixon, whom she called "mainstream populist conservatives" who are "young, smart and pro-America First."
"To really change the country, we're going to have to win, and we're going to have to win over voters outside our traditional base. That means young people, too," she continued last night, adding that "The populist movement is about ideas, it is not about any one person. If the voters conclude that you're putting your own ego or your own grudges ahead of the good of the country, they're going to look elsewhere. Period."
She's so close to getting it! She groks that Trump is an albatross around the GOP's neck — although she can't quite bring herself to say the words out loud — but she can't see that the "populism" the GOP is peddling is rat poison to anyone under 30. Like Cruz, she's gonna go right back to scaring the shit out of grandma about migrant caravans and expect different results next time.
But you know who can see the future? The kids at groups like Voters of Tomorrow who are getting young voters to the polls. Give them money! And acknowledge that the kids are now the party base, along with Black voters. So we need to make their priorities a priority for the party. Because this was a really high youth turnout election, and still only 27 percent of them showed up. The Boomers already vote at double that rate, and the GOP still can't win, Ted. How's about we try to get the youth vote up to 35 percent, and see if we can't fix some of this damage Republicans have inflicted on this country.
So, thanks, kids. You saved our asses and you earned your seat at the table. It's time for the Democratic Party to return the favor.
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No really, we looked, because we are a goddamned journalist.
As of right this moment as we type this, there is no declared winner in Colorado's Third Congressional District, but the normal and human and nice Democrat named Adam Frisch leads the opposite of all that, Lauren Boebert, by 64 votes. They probably won't call it, and it will go straight to a recount.
As a reminder, these were the candidates' closing messages:
\u201caverage gop message vs average Dem message\u201d— Jeff Ettinger Memorial Stadium (@Jeff Ettinger Memorial Stadium) 1668023571
Right. We are not ready to expend any energy on that, beyond to say that we hope Lauren Boebert gets the election result she deserves and that there is minimal interruption to her health insurance coverage.
We'll keep you posted.
Speaking of Boebert and people who might have vied for her title as the third stupidest person in the House of Representatives, we did want you to hear officially from Wonkette that Bo Hines, the 27-year-old Aryan Madison Cawthorn lookalike MAGA clown from North Carolina who wanted 10-year-old rape victims to have to go before a community board to determine if an abortion was necessary, has lost his race decisively in North Carolina's 13th to Democrat Wiley Nickel.
As data continues to come out on what has happened in the House so far, it's clear that one factor in Republicans' disappointment is that Donald Trump is a fucking electoral kiss-of-death loser who is more despised by good and normal and cool people than any human who ever lived or died, a man who will go to his grave never having received respect or adoration from the people whose approval he craves.
The editorial this morning in the Wall Street Journal is headlined "Trump is the Republican Party's biggest loser" — all the Murdoch properties have fully turned on Trump, they are wiggling their Viagra boners at Ron DeSantis now — and it is full of data points about Trump dragging candidates down, something we examined quite a bit in Senate and governor's races yesterday. Here are a couple of places Trump fucked Republicans in the House:
[I]n Michigan, Mr. Trump helped John Gibbs beat GOP Rep. Peter Meijer in the primary in the Grand Rapids seat because Mr. Meijer voted to impeach him. Mr. Gibbs lost by 13 points. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler also voted to impeach Mr. Trump, who helped Joe Kent beat her in a primary. Mr. Kent is trailing in that Washington state district.
Thoughts and prayers for Joe Kent, that he might also get the result he deserves. And yes, that's the white-nationalist-adjacent dick Tulsi Gabbard has been palling around with.
What's ultimately going to happen in the House? We do not know. From what we are seeing, there is still a chance for the Democrats to hold on to it, but a lot of things would have to go the way the Lord intends. (Like Boebert losing, for example.) It could happen. But who knows?
Either way, Kevin McCarthy shouldn't have his interior designer measuring for drapes in the speaker's office, because even if he ends up with the barest of majorities, that is viewed as an embarrassing loss in MAGA world, and they arecomin' for him. (Also everybody knows Kevin McCarthy is just a really shitty leader. It's not a secret.)
Over there in the Senate, it's still up in the air, but we're seeing rumblings among the numbers folks that the Democrats might just keep both Nevada and Arizona, which would make the Georgia runoff between the very Reverend Raphael Warnock and that poor man running against him just a question of whether Democrats get an extra seat for their majority or not. The math is looking better and better for Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada, and Blake Masters is just hot garbage, another one of those Trump fluffer candidates who sucks too hard to meet the moment.
If you would like to obsess over numbers instead of going to back to your productive daily life — it is an election week, that is fine — there is this Twitter list to keep you company.
\u201c\u201cRed wave, red tsunami.\u201d The right wing media and MAGA Republican lawmakers get it all wrong. Enjoy. (Video: MSNBC)\u201d— Mike Sington (@Mike Sington) 1668074158
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It's Your Pre-Election Day Sunday Show Rundown!
Tomorrow is Election Day! Finally!
The ads will take a short break and we will either have a chance to make progress or hand power to a party that will spend the next two years plotting a do-over on their insurrection.
So with that, let's dive in!
Chuck Todd Did A Journalism?!
NBC's "Meet the Press" hosted GOP Senator Rick Scott, the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).
After numerous and terrible appearances on the Sunday shows this election cycle, Rick Scott was apparently counting on Chuck Todd's usual lazy questions without follow-up. So Scott didn't seem to be expecting this question:
TODD: Let's assume you've got the majority. I'm going to take you at your word. You're going to get the House, you're going to get the Senate. What's the first bill a Republican Congress sends to the president's desk that you actually think he would sign?
Scott answered by spewing a lot of words, but none of them were an actual policy or bill. It was all talking points and complaints with no answer on how precisely they plan to tackle any of the issues Scott brought up. Todd tried to at least get Scott to answer how they would tackle one of Scott's pet issues. Scott, again, gave no real solution.
TODD: Well, let me ask you, inflation, you saw that's the biggest – that’s the number one issue people are dissatisfied with this economy. What's the first bill you guys can pass that you think can impact inflation?
SCOTT: I think the thing we have to work on – on inflation, it's all tied to reckless government spending. We've got to get our budget in control, we've got to figure out how we're going to balance the budget. So that's the first thing we have to do. We have to get –
TODD: It doesn't really sound like — I don't mean to –
SCOTT: We have to get our spending under control.
Like a non-playable character in an RPG (role playing game), Scott is apparently only programed with a few phrases like "cut spending" or "secure the border" or "not woke."
You have to be really bad at this to let Chuck Todd dunk on you.
Sununu Got Journalismed Too?!
On CBS's "Face The Nation," New Hampshire GOP Governor Chris Sununu tried that bad faith tactic where any critique of any part of Republican Party is an attack on all of them. However, host Margaret Brennan took Sununu's tactic at face value and the resulting backpedal was hilarious.
BRENNAN: Do you agree that parts of your party are emboldening violence and posing a threat to democracy?
SUNUNU: Look, what is shocking to me about all of this is you have the Democrat Party, which is now using the president of the United States, not as leader of our country, but leader of their party as a political tool. Right before the election, to drive in, effectively tell half of America that they're too extreme for America. It makes absolutely no sense and to say--
BRENNAN: You think the MAGA element of the Republican party is half of America? Because I wouldn't necessarily put you in that half.
SUNUNU: No. Well, definitely not. But again, to say that that extremism belongs in one party, and it doesn't appear in the Democrat Party is- is nonsensical. Nobody buys that--
BRENNAN: You're saying the party is all one now?
SUNUNU: --because we see it on both sides.
BRENNAN: Unified? That extreme MAGA is part of the Republican Party's ideology?
SUNUNU: No, no, absolutely not. [...] Absolutely not. No. They're in the absolute minority. But what I'm saying is extreme--
BRENNAN: But it seemed like that's what you're implying--
SUNUNU: No, no, no, no, definitely not. Extremism is on both sides.
This should be eye-opening for Democrats. Make the GOP accountable for its extremism, especially when Republicans try to make attacking extremists and bigots like Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz or Josh Hawley into an attack on the whole party. Make sure they can't distance themselves when those same people stand with white nationalists or incite insurrections.
They can't have it both ways, and there are no "Good Republicans."
Now got vote and let's hope for a good midterm election!
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