Tthree special elections Democrats thought they had a chance to win--especially the last one--are more proof, as if more proof were needed, that Donald Trump told the truth, if hyperbolically, when he said he could shoot somebody and not lose votes.
The balloting was close. But Republicans managed to hold seats in a trio of deep red districts in Kansas, Montana and Georgia.
Another Republican notched a hold in a safe South Carolina district. The Democrats figured that race was way out of reach and didn't put up much of a fight. Even so, the party hopeful did better than expected.
Anyway, the Loyal Opposition figured to make some hay in the special elections following Trump's historic stumble out of the presidential gate.
His poll numbers were tanking, and still are. Russiagate is still roiling; assorted other scandals are still swirling.
Trump the Republican has yet to coax his Republican Congress into passing any significant legislation.
While other presidents—okay, maybe not George Washington—have stretched the truth from time to time, Trump is the Great Prevaricator.
Too, while other presidents--okay maybe not George Washington--have stretched the truth from time to time, Trump is the Great Prevaricator.
"In 151 days, President Trump has made 669 false and misleading claims," according to the Washington Post's Fact Checker, an ongoing database of the false and misleading claims made by President Trump during his first 365 days in office."
Even so, a quartet of hard right, rabidly anti-union Republican congressional candidates ran the table, albeit in GOP country.
They won largely because a lot of white folks aren't about to give up on Trump, the guy they elected to stick it to minorities and immigrants. He pandered to their racism and nativism, and they cast their ballots accordingly.
"Trump supporters want to make America great again, to go back to what they believe were the halcyon days of the 1950s, which, ironically, was the decade of the fearmongering of Joe McCarthy," wrote James and Tom Risen in The New York Times.
Trump's rich, though most of his base isn't. He'll shaft them, too.
Trump's economic plan is essentially old-fashioned GOP trickle down economics.
He's a union-buster who ran on a platform supporting a national "right to work" law and repeal of the Davis-Bacon Act.
Trumpcare would strip healthcare from millions of Americans and lavish millions of dollars in tax breaks on plutocrats like Trump.
Oh, Trump says he aims to spend big bucks to improve the nation's crumbling infrastructure, thereby providing millions of construction jobs.
He has yet to provide details, though a Republican bill would suspend the federal prevailing wage on highway projects. Mum's the word from the pro-RTW Trump about the bill. (The Republicans have introduced another national RTW bill.)
Time will tell if Trump loses significant white working class supporters when he and his Congress start dumping on them, too.
Right now, it looks like they're sticking with their Great White Hope till the last dog dies.
Meanwhile, Democrats seem to be of two minds over the elections. Some are encouraged by the closeness of the races, viewing them as "moral victories."
Others, including this devoutest of Kentucky Democrats, is in the "close counts only in horseshoe and hand grenades" camp. "Moral victories" don't count in the standings.
I'm also with Frank Bruni of The New York Times, who pointed out that "Democrats were swimming against the current in Georgia." (And in the Sunflower, Big Sky and Palmetto states, too.)
"The House seat that their sights were on had been safely in Republican hands for nearly four decades. Georgia’s Sixth District is purple only if you scrunch your eyes just so. If you un-scrunch them and look at it honestly, it’s red."
"So the question isn’t what happened on Tuesday, when Karen Handel, the Republican candidate, prevailed over Jon Ossoff, the Democrat, in a special election with stakes and resonance well beyond the district’s parameters.
"....The question is what happens next. How do Democrats buoy their spirits, maintain their ardor and press on?"
Regrettably, more than a few union members voted for Trump, the bloviating bigot and union-buster. "...The labor-hater and labor-baiter is virtually always a twin-headed creature spewing anti-Negro epithets from one mouth and anti-labor propaganda from the other mouth," Martin Luther King famously observed.
But the majority of us who pack union cards voted for Hillary Clinton, the pro-labor, anti-RTW Democrat.
Whatever my party decides to do to "maintain...ardor and press on," the union movement I've been privileged to be part of for three decades will unquestionably and unhesitatingly continue to oppose Trump and his party of greed, hate, fear, division, exclusion and reaction through peaceful protest and at the ballot box till the last dog dies. f