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Democrats get shellacked in off-year election

Democrats get shellacked in off-year election

No amount of spin or putting-on-the-good-face can change the reality.  The Democratic Party suffered a broad and deep repudiation by the voters across the nation.  Yes … these were very limited elections, but the sentiment of the voters in all regions was so clear that there can be no doubt that it represented a national consensus.

Since President Biden has gotten elected – and the left-leaning media has taken up the role of partisan propaganda – the various concocted narratives that played over and over in the east coast establishment press have been given maximum credibility and promotion.  Essentially, the GOP was described and doomed as a Trumpian cult composed of a small group of hateful people – racists, xenophobes, homophobes, misogynists, insurrectionists, Neanderthals – who need to be cancelled, crushed. 

In many commentaries, I have suggested that the demonizing of virtually all Republicans – claiming that they (we) are mindless political zombies trapped by our own stupidity and evil was wrong and dishonest.  It was political smearing with a too broad of a brush.  There would be a backlash from those so badly mischaracterized, I opined.

Democrats and the left make two serious mistakes in their exaggerated descriptions of millions of great Americans.  The first is to assume that Trump is the center of their universe.  And the second is the elitist and arrogant belief that only they – the Democrats and the left – offer what all America needs and wants.

Democrat strategists seem to have forgotten what happened in the 2020 election. Trump may have lost the presidency, but the GOP had impressive wins – gains – across the country.  In other words, Trump – not Republican and conservative principles – was the target of voter wrath. 

The one race in which the Democrat candidate, Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic Party and the media made the most strategic effort to make Trump the issue, they lost badly.  McAuliffe never understood that Trump was not on the ballot.  

They wondered how The GOP winner, Glenn Youngkin, managed to avoid their trap of making him Trumpian. He did not have to even try.  He merely ran on his own issues.  While McAuliffe was constantly fighting the past — Trump of the Democrats invention — the voters were looking at Youngkin and to the future.

But the Democrats humiliation was much more than one race.  It was not the proverbial warning “shot across the bow.”  Voters were targeting the midsection of the left’s political ship.

In Virginia, the GOP took the office of Lt. Governor and defeated the incumbent Attorney General.  They flipped the House.

And the shockwave directed at the Democrats – and their taking up the cause of the radical left – did not end at the Virginia border.  The New Jersey race for Governor was anticipated to be a walk-away — a lopsided Democrat victory.  Instead, it was a cliff-hanger.  At this writing, it appears that incumbent Democrat Governor Phil Murphy eked out a slim victory.  It also appears that the Democrat leader of the N.J. State Senate lost his seat to a truck driver who spent $150 on his campaign.  

In many ways, Murphy’s win was a Pyrrhic Victory.  The Republican strength is likely to have more meaning for the midterm elections in 2022 than the razor-thin win by Murphy.

Democrats held on to the mayor’s office in Buffalo, New York, even though incumbent Mayor Byron Brown lost the primary to radical socialist India Walton – who was endorsed and supported by Progressive Democrats.  Brown, a more moderate democrat, mounted a successful write-in campaign to retain the seat.  One more loss for the Progressives.

In supposedly left-wing Minneapolis, the referendum to shut down the city-managed Police Department to be replaced by a City Council-run Public Safety Department was defeated despite pre-election predictions of an almost certain passage.  Progressives lose again.

In Seattle, no less, incumbent City Council President Lorena Gonzalez – who called for defunding the police by 50 percent and wanted to eliminate zoning laws that created exclusively single-family home areas– lost by more than 30 percentage points to moderate Bruce Harrell.  Another Progressive loss.

Police abolitionist, Nicole Thomas-Kennedy was handily defeated by Republican Ann Davison.

In a highly contested City Council race, left-wing activist Nikkita Oliver lost to businesswoman brewery operator Sara Nelson.

To put Seattle in perspective … no Republican has been elected to a city office since 1990.  No longer.

Republican candidates took the District Attorney’s offices on Long Island New York.

There are similar stories across the country.  November 2nd was a very, very bad night for Democrats – and especially the Progressives.  And a very good night for the GOP … conservatives and America.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Dan Tyree

    And more to come.

  2. Frank stetson

    Yupper, we’ve had better nights. We lost Virginia as history said we would. But we still lost, and lost against a moderate Trumpist. And as Larry noted, Democratic Progressives lost to other Democrats for the yugest Democratic loss to another Democrat ever. Really?

    As I noted, now we can watch Virginia and its new governor. My take is if he’s a pragmatist he will prosper. If he’s a Trumpist, he will lose. Virginia will not put up with that for long. And personally that’s all I care about, the end of Trumpism.

    A lot of these progressives are relatively new and they act like it. As Congress started, Pelosi herded the cats before they got out of control too much. She did a pretty good job. But in the run up to the election these first timers made some mistakes that did not help the people trying to get elected. As Larry noted, plenty of other problems too. VA was never Full Trump,Trump is generally out. Nonexistent in Virginia, nonexistent in New Jersey. Making it about Trump was probably not the best idea. Nicely play Madame.

    I can understand why these progressives want to move with incredible speed, none of them want to become Bernie Sanders, necessary, old, and in the way or his mirror image on the other side, Rand Paul. They want it all and they want it now.

    But the lesson learned is that at best we are a left-leaning party in a country that is always right leaning. And with independents making up a large majority of the voter population, how one leans means a lot..

    So, we will lick our ones, congratulate our successes, hopefully learn our lessons and move forward to 2022. Perhaps this is just the wake up call that would let us take 2020 into account making 2022 to a glorious affair.

    Larry, I noticed you left Boston out. Wasn’t that a Asian American progressive win? Oh well, nobody’s perfect. Try this for a democratic spin on what happened in the election.

    Somehow Larry, I don’t see massacre, humiliation, or anything else but a loss. And like I said, for the two state governor races, we ended up playing 500 ball. That’s pretty good in baseball. And progressive Democrats beaten by moderate Democrats Is a Democratic win. Just saying.

  3. Frank stetson

    Let’s go Big Bird.

    Deport Ted; this son of a communist wants to go!

    • Larry kuhn

      And you’re a sick bastard

  4. Frank stetson

    Actually, I have a mother thankbyou very much


    Ad hominem attacks from a feckless anonymous armchair partisan mean nothing. Either toe the line with some actual discussion points or go home.