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JOHN BRUMMETT: Belay that excitement

By John Brummett

This article was published November 12, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

Democrats are ecstatic because they won state and local races Tuesday in a few blue places they were supposed to win, but did so by margins larger than expected.

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mozarky2 says... November 12, 2017 at 5:53 a.m.

Now the biggest concern of the dems is getting rid of Hillary, which won't be easy. She intends to run again.
Clinton has started a new super PAC called Onward Together, and she is taking credit for the wins in New Jersey and Virginia. A Wednesday Tweet from Hilz:
“Last night was a great reminder of what’s possible when we come together and fight for what we believe in. So I wanted to take a few minutes to celebrate the extraordinary successes of a few groups I — and Onward Together — proudly fight alongside.”
Good luck ridding yourselves of that albatross, dems!

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mozarky2 says... November 12, 2017 at 7:31 a.m.

Last night's "A Message From the DNC" skit on SNL was brutal. When your party becomes the object of scorn and derision...

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BoudinMan says... November 12, 2017 at 8:19 a.m.

The most encouraging aspect of the Tuesday elections was the progressive voter turnout. We desperately need that phenomenon to repeat itself in 2018.

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mozarky2 says... November 12, 2017 at 8:33 a.m.

Two democrats running in Virginia, the only one with a "d" by his name won. No enthusiasm at all for the RINO Gillespie.
I'm sticking with my prediction of House gains and 6-12 Senate pickups for R's in 2018.

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TimberTopper says... November 12, 2017 at 8:39 a.m.

The Dems just may come up with very good candidates for the mid terms. Trump may help I his own way.

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WGT says... November 12, 2017 at 9:22 a.m.

The momentum will stay. Trump is unstable. His supporters, equally unstable. Trump is a treatable disease. The doctor is in, research complete, diagnosis made, healing therapy and medicine in place, & administered. Get ready. The political machine will stay, the operation will change.

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BOLTAR says... November 12, 2017 at 10:36 a.m.

New Democratic voices will emerge elsewhere as they did Tuesday. It serves no productive purpose to keep turning only to old faces for new hope.

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DerbiRider says... November 12, 2017 at 11:38 a.m.

Damn you, John, for making me think of Donald Trump in tennis shorts. Disgusting!

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PopulistMom says... November 12, 2017 at 11:43 a.m.

For once, I think that Brummett is totally wrong. The Dems should be excited! While people may not like the Dems that much, they really hate Trump and anybody who defends him. Only in pockets of Alabama, Arkansas, and Oklahoma etc. are the Republicans in good shape across the board. The Republicans had a strong get out the vote effort in Virginia. I was part of the Democratic GOTV, and I ran into crazy looking white supremacist getting out the Republican vote. That 35% went out and voted and they ran up large numbers for Gillespie who had the most votes of any Republican gubernatorial candidate. It was not enough because swarms of people (majority women) including moderates and independents voted against Trump. Polls showed that many of them were voting in opposition to Trump, and they threw out many old white male incumbent Republican legislators in the mix. If anybody out there has ever thought about running for office as a Democrat and if you live in a Republican district with some bits of purple, 2018 is the year to do it. White men with college degrees also went for the Democrats. The Republicans only won white guys without college degrees. The Virginian Democrats really did a poor job with their commercials and their GOTV effort was much weaker than Obama's in 2012. It did not matter. The Republicans had Trump and their own petty closemindedness hanging around their necks.

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Jfish says... November 12, 2017 at 11:53 a.m.

WGT, weren't you one of several on here about a year ago that was saying the Republican party was dead and Trump did not stand a chance? You might want to check your ego and mouth at the door. As you will note, John's column is heavy with cautious optimism. mozarky, you are probably correct, however, Uncle Joe with the backing of Obama, plus Bernie will be standing in her way. John, still waiting on your column regarding Donna Brazile's allegations, so far I have only seen one tweet.

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