Yesterday the Republican Party took control of the Senate in a midterm wave described by the media as a “bloodbath” (Huffington Post) for Democrats and an embattled President Barack Obama.
We spent last evening basking in the lambent glow of long overdue victory. Today, we will sift through post-election commentary and post notable excerpts here, plus commentary from our contributors and editors.
This post will be updated frequently. Cheers.
*Tentatively. A few races have yet to be decided. These maps were created by the Ace of Spaces HQ Decision Desk, which has rapidly emerged as the best source for election night jockeying. Check out its website and follow it on Twitter. You’ll want it bookmarked and handy for presidential primary season.
The numbers guru behind Five Thirty-Eight weighs in.
The pre-election polling averages (not the FiveThirtyEight forecasts, which also account for other factors) in the 10 most competitive Senate races had a 6-percentage point Democratic bias as compared to the votes counted in each state so far.
Something went wrong with the models. What?
Tom Cotton of Arkansas has been one of our favorites for quite some time. An excerpt from Tristan Bagala’s 2013 profile of the Ivy-educated farm boy:
As important as local politics are, on the national level Rep. Cotton should strike fear into the heart of any Senate Democrat. He is soft-spoken, articulate, incredibly well-educated and ardently conservative. While Harvard-educated (he wrote for the Crimson) and a noted leader during his military tours of Iraq and Afghanistan, Cotton remains in touch with his small-town upbringing and values.
As a hawk in the foreign affairs arena and a champion for smaller government and traditional values at home, Rep. Tom Cotton’s election in 2014 is imperative to create a conservative alternative to the young, vocal libertarian cadre of Republican senators
More, this time from The Weekly Standard, which has followed Cotton since 2007.
Cotton was walking out of a law school class when he learned terrorists had struck the World Trade Center. A world of legal wealth and prestige lay before him, but inside he sensed he soon would be going to war.
The Army recruiter examined his record and began explaining that Cotton, given his credentials, would qualify for a nice job with the rank of captain in the Judge Advocate General Corps.
Cotton politely interrupted. “I don’t think you understand. I’m here to volunteer for the infantry.”
Cotton will be the first veteran of the Iraq/Afghanistan Wars in the Senate.
Stay tuned for the Beacon‘s signature SuperCut videos of MSNBC meltdowns.
Michael Tanner at National Review reminds us that this was no conservative mandate. We have an opportunity to sell conservatism from a position of power. Let’s not squander it on internecine squabbles.
Martin O’Malley can’t be feeling good today. His protege lost in an absolute stunner to Republican Larry Hogan in deep-blue Maryland. If he can’t secure his own state’s Governor’s Mansion in Democrat hands, this clown can’t beat Hillary.
After losing 3 elections in four years, the leftists don’t think that they can beat Scott Walker anymore.
The Georgia Tipsheet reports that Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame appeared at the victory party for Republican senate candidate David Perdue. Here’s a picture of Mr. Flame with Brandon Howell, a notorious GOP communications strategist (and friend of THE ARCH CONSERVATIVE):
TAC’s Blake Seitz wrote about Flocka’s endorsement of Perdue earlier this summer for The Washington Examiner. At the time, it wasn’t clear if he would be a vocal supporter:
The rapper’s endorsement drew praise and consternation from his legions of fans, as well as from spelling sticklers — the candidate’s surname was misspelled.
No matter, the man’s an artist. Waka Flocka Flame is best known for such hits as “O Let’s Do It,” “Hard in da Paint” and “No Hands,”according to Wikipedia.
There are earlier indications that Flame has an interest in politics. The name of his debut album,Flockaveli, is an homage to Italian political theorist Niccolo Machiavelli.
Rival Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane has not yet weighed in on the Republican Senate race.
America’s crazy uncle strikes again. Congratulations Paul. Keep making liberal heads explode, kind of like this.
…they all lost. All of them.
The last whimper of the Carter family political machine. Enjoy, folks.
In one of last night’s biggest surprises, Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn lost the Illinois Governor’s race to Republican Bruce Rauner. As fate would have it, President Obama’s home state is now under the guidance of a private equity investor. Somewhere, Mitt Romney is chuckling.
The Carter family was behind the leak of Romney’s “47 percent” video in 2012.
Less talked about, but no less important, than senators-elect like Tom Cotton, Joni Ernst, and Thom Tillis is Nebraska’s Ben Sasse, a whip-smart conservative from the heartland.
National Review is deservedly thrilled. Their two cover candidates — Sasse and New Mexico Gov. Susanna Martinez — won resounding victories.
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