The terrifying thing about last night is not that Republicans won a lot of individual races. The terrifying thing is that last night was a compete vindication of McConnell et al's strategic gamble. And so long as that strategy works, our elected officials won't actually bother to legislate or govern.
Why do the Republicans feel a need to engage in such shady voter intimidation schemes year after year? Why are they so afraid of letting people go to the polls and choosing whichever candidates they prefer, free from interference with their right to vote?
I don't care what you are running for; it's always a bad idea to take that level of control away from the site visitor (even if, unlike the senator, you don't sound like you are talking with a mouth full of split-pea soup.) It makes for a jarring user experience and a bad first impression.
It's nothing new to feel like our intelligence is being questioned. There has always been a sense that we're being talked down to and that most of what is said is gibberish to placate and appease us without really saying anything of substance.
Hating Obama should not be an effective political organizing strategy, but is indeed in the absence of any effective Democratic backbone to counter right-wing absurdities. Democrats deserve their losses; they ceded the battle before it began.
We've got six states in the Too Close To Call category, but fear not! After providing a rundown of the races, I am adding a section below where I make my own picks for each of them (since it is Election Eve, after all, and thus time to put up or shut up).
Cruz says they are all wrong. Cruz wants a political war against Democrats. Cruz is the real voice of what will happen if Republicans take control of the Senate.
As the Koch brothers and their ultra-wealthy cronies think they've figured out, a little chicken manure goes a long way when it comes to misleading voters into supporting the GOP.
To those Democrats who don't think this election is important enough for them to exercise their precious right to vote, especially African Americans, Latinos, the young, and women, you will only have yourselves to blame for what comes next. And, yes, it can get worse.
The rich always vote for themselves. They go for their self-interest, their tax breaks, their liability escapes (think Wall Street). Meanwhile, they've relentlessly instructed the non-rich that they too must vote for the rich.
By virtue of America's superpower status in international affairs, millions of people around the world will be tracking the polls and watching the results. And three countries in particular, all of whom reside in the Middle East, will be glued to the television as the votes are counted.
Barring a miracle, Tuesday is likely to be an unhappy Election Day for the Democrats. They will need to win virtually every close race to hold the Senate, and that seems unlikely. They are on track to suffer losses in the House as well. Could it have been different? I think so. Working against the Democrats is the six-year jinx. Six years into an incumbent's tenure, the president's party almost always loses seats in Congress. The Republicans got clobbered in Eisenhower's sixth year, 1958, and in Bush II's sixth year, 2006. Even Franklin Roosevelt's Democrats lost massively in his sixth year, 1938. Can you guess the one recent exception? It was Bill Clinton in 1998 -- right after the Lewinsky sex scandal and Clinton's impeachment, no less. The Dems actually picked up five House seats. How on earth did the wily Clinton and the Dems pull off that feat?
Republicans in 2011 and 2013 voted to transform Medicare into a voucher program. And, yet these same Republicans are attacking Democrats who fought for these popular programs, who sometimes lost their seats due to signaling a willingness to compromise.
While the pundits and pollsters are predicting a Republican takeover of the Senate, it would be wise to take their prognostications with a grain of salt and not let them become a self-fulfilling prophesy. After all, even those so-called "experts" are not infallible.
The biggest question of this election is whether the Republicans will win control of the Senate, so that McConnell can work his magic for his billionaire friends. But right behind that in importance is this inextricably linked question: Do the Koch candidates win their incredibly close elections?