A few days ago I wrote about how after feeling good on Tuesday's election night, Democrat me was feeling even better Thursday night. Now here I am on Saturday night, two days further along in the post-election period, and I'm feeling tremendous.
I'll let some Twitter screenshots tell the tale, with the aid of some words from me.
This is huge, Democrats having at least 50 seats in the Senate, the number they have now. The win by Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada was expected, but by now means certain. It came down to mail ballots in Clark County, Nevada's largest county being the home of Las Vegas.
Big thanks to everyone in Nevada who made the win possible, which notably includes the Culinary Union which helped to increase the turnout of Democratic voters and put a lot of work into "curing" thousand of ballots that had fixable problems, like illegible signatures.
As Toobin said, with the Senate in Democratic control for the next two years, Biden will be able to get many more federal judges confirmed. If Republicans had taken control, that number would have been zero.
And this tweet shows the importance of the Georgia runoff between Warnock and Walker on December 6. Sure, now the runoff election won't determine control of the Senate, but an extra seat means that the Judiciary Committee no longer would have an equal number of Democrats and Republicans, so judge nominations could move forward without time-consuming votes by the full Senate.
OK, this wasn't a tweet, but a New York Times headline. My wife and I watch the 11 pm news on Portland's KGW every night, so we've followed the drama of the battle between Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, a Democrat, and Joe Kent, a Republican backed by Donald Trump in Washington's 3rd Congressional District that includes Vancouver.
Kent beat a moderate Republican in the primary, which opened the door to Perez winning a seat that had been in Republican hands for quite a few years. Kind of a microcosm of the whole election: Trump-backed MAGA Republicans winning in a primary, then losing in the midterm election because voters saw them as too extreme and focused on Trump's Big Lie that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
Lastly, I'm enjoying the prospect of Kari Lake losing to Katie Hobbs in the Arizona Governor race. Today Lake didn't make up much ground to Hobbs after another large release of votes from Maricopa County, the Phoenix area. If that trend continues for another day or two, Hobbs will become the next Governor and Lake will fade into irrelevancy, hopefully, since she's a super-irritating Trump wanna-be, albeit with much better speaking skills given her lengthy career as a TV news anchor.