Wednesday, November 07, 2018

How Do I Feel About Yesterday's Election Results?

Bottom line up front:  pretty good.

Yes, my side lost the House.  But we were expected to lose the House.  In the year of the so-called Red Wave, the lefties have a bare majority in the House (with a few more seats still up for grabs) and my side gained seats in the Senate.  Football analogy:  we were expected to lose by 2 touchdowns but lost by a field goal.  Hard to feel bad about that.

Here in the People's Republik of Kalifornia, not much has changed.  My representative is still a Democrat, and all party-affiliated statewide officeholders are still Democrats.  Some of the statewide initiatives had some, uh, interesting results, but whatever.  What I'm most excited about is that there was actually one statewide office candidate that I voted for who won.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I got a victory!  And it's a savory one, too.

As long as I've paid attention, the CTA-backed candidate has won the job for Superintendent of Public Instruction.  This year, though--entirely coincidentally, in the first post-Janus election--the CTA-backed candidate lost!  That's right, school choice-supporting Marshall Tuck is our new SPI!  Not that anything will change, of course, I just love the union's pet candidate going down.   Should any of the local unionistas try to talk smack to me, I'll enjoy rubbing this one in.

Take a look at the map on the CA Secretary of State's web site.  The CTA-backed candidate won only LA County, the SF Bay Area, and a couple of rural counties--and almost won.  I find it very interesting that the two rural, mountainous counties on the Nevada border that went for the CTA's guy were decided by a total of 62 votes!  And Sacramento County, which has gotten significantly more liberal over the course of my lifetime, went against the CTA's guy.

Actually, I feel pretty good :-)

9 comments:

Mr. W said...

ugh...California kills me. I won't go into prop 6, but I will say it is frustrating to watch the news be so liberal.

I watched CNN last night and they were saying how great it is to not have one party rule and in the end it benefits everyone.

Seconds later I am watching Newsome's campaign manager do an interview talking about how progressive California is and how we can be a light for the country. He went on to say that because the Democrats might even get a super majority legislature to help with the agenda. Reporter just smiled and agreed.

Kills me...

Anonymous said...

Marshall Tuck? Lifelong Democrat Marshall Tuck? Obama Secretary of Education-endorsed Marshall Tuck? That’s who you’re cheering for?

More “Left Coast” than “Right”, apparently.

ObieJuan said...

I share your sentiments but I'm also leery of what Democrats do with uncounted votes. Still a few million to be counted...

Darren said...

I had a choice between school-choice supporter Marshall Tuck or the CTA-endorsed candidate. I chose the former, if only to poke CTA in the eye.

Anonymous said...

Quick, Darren: you need to revise this blog post: https://rightontheleftcoast.blogspot.com/2007/10/patriotism-vs-nationalism.html?m=1

The Dear Leader has pronounced that Nationalism is good, not bad. Your post could now be read as anti-Trump. Change it before you are cast as one who does not seek His Embrace!!!

Darren said...

Perhaps you should read that post again, "anonymous".

Anonymous said...

Rut-roh!
https://edsource.org/2018/thurmond-opens-substantial-lead-over-tuck-in-race-for-california-schools-chief/604885

Anonymous said...

Biggest House gains for Democrats since Watergate. And CTA-endorsed candidate is now winning the Superintendent election. I'm glad you can be happy in that result. And with luck, 2020 will bring us all even more such happiness!

Darren said...

Perhaps I spoke too soon about Tuck. I assumed that when the Secretary of State's site said that 100% of precincts had been reported, that the numbers had been finalized. So yes, Tuck's loss would be a disappointment to me.

As for the rest of the election results--spin them how you want, my side is still better off than in 2006, and this year was no 2010-in-reverse.