Benjamin Wallace-Wells in The New Yorker on what wins:
"Each of the three candidates in whom progressives had vested their deepest hopes—Beto O’Rourke, in Texas, Stacey Abrams, in Georgia, and Gillum—now have lost or seem likely to. The story of these races has been told mostly from the Democratic side, as an account of historic candidacies and changing states. But there is a pattern uniting the Republicans who beat them, too. Like DeSantis, Senator Ted Cruz, of Texas, and Brian Kemp, the Republican candidate for governor of Georgia, made themselves into extensions of Trump’s politics. The Republican losses in the House have been concentrated in suburbs, where many voters have expressed horror at Trump, and where the candidates have often been among the Party’s remaining moderates. For other Republicans, the message is clear, if it wasn’t after 2016: Trump’s divisiveness and demagoguery are not characteristics to recoil from. For Republicans, they are what wins."
Read the article here.
Frans Timmermans, lead candidate for European socialists, wrote on Twitter: "Inspired by voters in the US who chose hope over fear, civility over rudeness, inclusion over racism, equality over discrimination. They stood up for their values. And so will we."
Yes, I know the popular vote, but since it's unlikely that the system will change anytime soon you have to operate within the system. If this is the result after two years of Trump there are plenty of reasons to be disappointed.
And as the short article of Mr. Wallace-Wells makes clear: the message of hate is more alive than ever since 1945, except for some suburbs and quite a few big cities including Oklahoma City. The future may belong to Oklahoma City, at least my future.