Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
With republicans now holding a majority in the senate, any Supreme Court vacancy will be very difficult for President Obama to fill. Although none of the 9 have given any indication they plan to retire anytime soon, with the age of some of them, you just never know.
Elections have consequences as we've heard the past few years and this is another.
It will up to people smarter than me to figure all this out, but my impression is those who voted are weary of the president, weary of policies very few want, weary of the large cadre of journalists who insist on protecting the same.
Tweet from @MZHeminway : Imagine how confused people in most newsrooms must be, full of people who don't know a single person who voted GOP.
One item of note: 27 senators who voted for Obamacare will not be part of the new senate.
Also from @iowahawk: This is not as much a mandate for republicans as it is a restraining order on democrats.
The echoes of Howard Dean's scream of states back in 2004 came back to me last night as I followed the election returns showing one republican after another winning senate, house and governorships. Remember Dean after he lost a primary election in Iowa? In his concession speech he began screaming out the states he was going to be fighting for. "We're going to go to New Hampshire and South Carolina and Oklahoma and Arizona and North Dakota and New Mexico and California and Texas and New York and Michigan..yeeoooow
Anyhow, as the night went on as one state after went to republicans (Illinois! Maryland!) Dean's list of states scream cut through my memory.
The two candidates running for office which I singled out as interesting yesterday both won. Everyone who followed the 2014 election even casually already knows Iowa elected Joni Ernst as their next senator. Yay! Rah!
Sean Duffy, incumbent House representative won re-election in Wisconsin.
I have to confess, for the first time ever I wish I lived in Iowa so I could vote for Joni Ernst for senate. What a cool woman she is. This story from last night, along with photos, has put me squarely in her camp and I'll be watching the Iowa returns pretty darn closely. Unfortunately, Iowa won't close their polls til 9. NINE! Seriously? 9 ?
Rep Sean Duffy is running for re-election in northern Wisconsin. Some say he may be the next big star in conservative politics. Frankly, I've never heard of him, but this story is fun and I plan to follow his election returns tonight.
"A Sean Duffy campaign stop is a sight to behold. The Wisconsin Republican trucks around his district with his wife, Rachel Campos-Duffy, and their seven kids (ages 6 months to 15 years) as well as their campaign staff. There’s a very high child-to-staffer ratio. One of the young girls always totes her stuffed dog, Ra-Ra, and the whole family, including the 6-month-old, sports black-and-red plaid. It’s all very on-brand, as Duffy was a lumberjack in another life. No child has yet been left behind at an event.
Duffy has one of the more interesting résumés in Congress. As well as lumberjacking and working as a bus driver for a year in the ski town of Breckenridge, Colorado, he was a cast member on TheReal World: Boston and Road Rules: All Stars, where he and his wife met. Though his national name recognition is probably lower now than during the zenith of his MTV days, he has fans in higher places. If anyone can parlay reality television celebrity into genuine public policy clout—and this would be a big if—it’s Duffy."
Picture of Duffy with his family all dressed in red/black plaid lumber jackets at the link. It's a nice relief from all the stern-ness in most other places.
I'm guessing donuts are flying out of bakeries by the dozens today as precinct captains and others bring them to polling places for election officials. Also donuts probably being set out for those working to get out the vote and in campaign headquarters.
Waking up this morning with one eye on the tv news and the other eye on social media, I've noticed a few things being said and done with this election that strike me as interesting.
For weeks there has been a sort of acceptance of the idea that the GOP has a good chance to take over the senate and so today:
Suddenly there is discussion among the media talking heads about "getting rid of midterms". This leads to the conclusion that among national journalists the only election that really counts is the presidential.
GOP winners need to be gracious.
When democrats in office are in trouble in the polls voters are portrayed as anti-incumbent, not anti-democrat. The reverse is never true.
Local St. Louis news stations are camping out in Ferguson polling places.
I do believe, despite all the GOP leading hype, that the democrats have a ground game that has been quietly working behind the scenes to get their vote out.
The oddest thing: Polls in North Carolina open at 6:30. Most states open on the hour.
Post-Dispatch columnist, Bill McClellan, has a piece today relating the Illinois Congressional race between Ann Callis and Rodney Davis. Seems the national democrats have quietly pulled away from Callis believing her chances of winning are slim, "essentially out of reach for democrats".
Most of the column is a subtle/friendly promo for Ann Callis which he has a perfect right to do. While he does not diss Davis in any way, his support for Callis is quite evident and most likely he hopes Illinois voters will be persuaded.
If you're an Illinois voter this column will be interesting, but just once I'd like to see local republicans be portrayed in similar manner.
In an aside, this is the second day in a row a P-D online story comes up with the actual story blanked out. I don't believe it is our internet since every other site works fine.