Wednesday, November 08, 2017

hey, if it makes you feel better...

The "Scream Helplessly at the Sky" event is upon us.

Still not gonna stave off a second Trump term, nor will it help with the upcoming drubbing during the 2018 midterm elections. The only thing such childish flailing accomplishes is to cement the image of the left as utterly ruled by emotion and devoid of direction. Tantrums appear to be all they have left in their arsenal, which just makes me yearn for the heady intellectual* days of Gore Vidal versus William F. Buckley.

UPDATE: Democrats can cheer the gubernatorial victory of Ralph Northam over GOP candidate Ed Gillespie, thus confirming that Virginia has fully swung from a red state to a blue one (Virginia went for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential, 49.9% to 45%). Over at Instapundit, people are grumbling that the problem is concentrated in counties like Fairfax (the county in which my hometown of Alexandria sits), which is basically a satellite of Washington, DC, being only a few miles away from the capital, and a residential area for many members of Congress and special-interest groups. Other commenters are pointing out that Ed Gillespie ran as something of an anti-Trumper, or at the very least, he didn't actively seek help from Trump, thus causing Trump to announce that he and Gillespie did not share the same vision. Whether Trump's general lack of involvement doomed Gillespie is up for debate: some folks argue that the leftist special interests are so entrenched in populous northern Virginia that Trump's aid would have been irrelevant. I'm still not sure what Northam's margin of victory was; stay tuned for another update. Meanwhile, congratulations to Northam on a hard-won victory (the pre-election polls showed a close race). May he govern wisely.

*Except for that one time Buckley publicly (and on video) threatened to sock Vidal in the goddamn face. Not Buckley's most sterling moment, and a warning that elements of the right can, on occasion, become as emotional as elements of the left.

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