Tuesday’s election results

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The election results from Tuesday, where Democrats won most of the significant races, has produced a lot of commentary, from both conservatives and liberals, about its significance.

To me, however, these results merely confirmed the increasingly regional nature of today’s partisan politics. This story, about a victory by a Democrat state senator candidate that puts the Democrats in complete control of Washington’s legislature, illustrates this best.

Dhingra’s victory in Washington state over Republican Jinyoung Englund means the West Coast is now the solid center of the resistance, with Democrats controlling legislatures and governorships from Seattle down to San Diego.

The Democratic victories on Tuesday all took place in areas where they strongly dominate (the coasts and urban centers), thus merely solidifying their control over those localized regions. I expect that future elections will show Republicans solidifying their control over their own regions (which is the rest of the country). In other words, people are beginning to choose sides, and we are heading to a regional and political divide that can only be solved in one of two ways: The U.S. splits, or a civil war (in the literal sense) breaks out.



  • LocalFluff

    There won’t be a civil war. The fear of that is very over-stated just because it is a part of your history. The liberals can’t make war. They are screaming and shouting about nothing. They fight each other as much as anyone else. What are these HBTQX millennials supposed to do to start a civil war? That’s one scenario you definitely don’t need to worry about. Figuratively there is a civil war in the shape of screaming on the TV screen and typings on touch screens. In a couple of years as the economy picks up and crime is down, this ado will be gone and forgotten.

  • LocalFluff: You could be right. I tend to agree with you that the left is a lot of bluster but no bite. At the same time, the south in the 1860s was mostly bluster also. They didn’t understand their own weaknesses, and were eager to fight anyway. Sherman, who before the war was teaching in a southern college, tried to warn them. From Shelby Foote’s history of the Civil War (v1, p58-59):

    “You people of the South don’t know what you are doing.” he declared. “This country will be drenched in blood, and God only knows how it will end. It is all folly, madness, a crime against civilization! You people speak so lightly of war; you don’t know what you’re talking about. War is a terrible thing!” He resumed his pacing, still taking. “You mistake, too, the people of the North. They are a peaceable people, but an earnest people, and they will fight, too. They are not going to let this country be destroyed without a mighty effort to save it. . . . Besides, where are your men and appliances of war to contend against them? The North can make a steam engine, locomotive, or railway car; hardly a yard of cloth or a pair of shoes can you make.”

    This unfortunately describes the modern left very well, all bluster but no fundamental strengths. The one big difference however is that I do not think the right has the stomach for a fight, as it did in the 1860s. I think sadly that we would rather have the country fall apart than fight a war to save it.

  • Laurie

    But how much war is needed to make everyone miserable?

  • wayne

    Not surprised over the Virginia results.

    Ironically, the west coast (and California in particular) acts like S. Carolina, circa December, 1860. And the irony is sadly, totally lost on them.

  • wodun

    It is terrible news for Washington. Normally, a balance of one seat wouldn’t lead to such crowing but when you look at the slate of legislation the Democrats want to move on, its frightening. I am all for splitting the state in two and I don’t think Democrats would mind considering their own views of the people who live on the other side of the mountains.

  • hondo

    It will be interesting. We do watch and talk amongst ourselves. Those of us out or retired like myself stay in touch.

  • ” . . . means the West Coast is now the solid center of the resistance . . . ”

    Resistance to what? Freedom, liberty, rule of law, rationality? I pointed out during the 2012 Presidential election that the Democrats were essentially running against themselves as they were the ones in power, and they couldn’t ask people if they were better off (they weren’t). People in the West live in a world created by Liberal policies and government. What are Democrats opposing?

  • Michael G. Gallagher

    Split or civil war…or what happened in the UK in the late 1970s, when people became so fed up with Labor Party economic policies that they put Thatcher in power for eleven years. They Leftist triad on the West Coast will eventually amputate their own feet economically, and then we’ll see what the voters will decide-unless the lefties resort to massive vote-rigging. Or the three states split along regional lines, which will destroy the Lefties Electoral College base, and maybe permanently tilt the EC in favor of the red states.

  • ken anthony

    Another possibility already in play is exportation of CA values to neighbor states which is already done in the major cities of AZ and NV. Illegals get representation in the SW just due to the census but also by illegal vote.

    We are losing this country, but by a whimper rather than a bang. Just watch illegals marching in Phoenix and you see the future.

  • Steve C

    Something to watch for is the perpetual campaign to make Washington DC a state. If that happens, and establishes the precedence of a medium sized city becoming a city state, look for the major cities to want a similar deal. I know that Chicago already acts like it is independent of the state government.

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