I haven't written about politics in a while, but I learned a lot from the results of yesterday's midterm elections. I like to spend a lot of my time watching numerous news sources and hearing what the nation thinks about the outcome.
1.) The Sample Size Continues to Grow
CBS - An estimated 113 million people participated in the 2018 midterm elections, making this the first midterm in history to exceed over 100 million votes, with 49 percent of eligible voters participating in the election.
This is GREAT! Anytime you're conducting a survey, collecting data, doing an experiment, it's nice to have the largest sample size you can. This ensures that the results from whatever you're doing are accurate.
Now that we have a better understanding of what people actually think, we can move forward with a thorough assessment of the election results. Hate it or love it, Donald Trump has energized more people to vote than ever before.
2.) The Return of Checks and Balances
The Democrats have taken back the House of Representatives, which is exciting because now everyone can truly work together in order to get things accomplished. During Trump's first two years in office the Republicans had control of the White House (Presidency), House, and the Senate.
For example, Judge Brett Kavanaugh was able to get confirmed a couple of weeks ago because of this previous unbalance. This was the main reason why the hearing was rushed, I do not believe that Kavanaugh would have been confirmed by a Democratic House.
3.) Celebrity Endorsements Don't Mean Much
I just don't believe that many Republicans care who Jimmy Kimmel, LeBron James, Beyoncé, Stephen Colbert, etc. are voting for. I don't believe that celebrities necessarily drive people to the polls. Captivating politicians bring voters to the polls, low energy politicians (Joe Donnelly if you live in Indiana) don't really get people excited.
I mean you got Oprah in Georgia campaigning for Stacey Abrams (a candidate I would have voted for), but Oprah is not from Georgia. Celebrity endorsements can backfire in my opinion. Look at what Mike Pence told the people of Georgia while he was there campaigning for Abrams opponent.
Washington Post - At a pre-election rally, he taunted Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams and her supporters in entertainment: “This ain’t Hollywood. This is Georgia.”
That statement alone carries a lot of weight.... , but Pence is correct. This is GEORGIA, and Atlanta ain't the only city in that state, there are a lot of uneducated and rural counties that you have to energize. I don't know if Quavo and Oprah bring those voters to the polls.
Lebron endorsed Beto O'Rourke for Texas Senator and Bron has NEVER lived in Texas! Although it was closer than some expected, Ted Cruz still kept his seat. I loved Beto's energy though, but I'm just not a big fan of celebrity endorsements.
4.) Democrats Need A Face
Donald Trump is the clear cut face of the Republican Party. If you don't like that, then you're probably not a Republican at this point. Former President Obama is still the face of the Democratic Party, but that clearly needs to change before the 2020 presidential election.
Beto O'Rourke can be that face if he wants to. Even though he lost the Texas senate race, I'd still like to see him make a run at the Oval Office. This dude Trump had NEVER held a political office before he ran, so I don't think people would care too much if Beto went for it.
On February 10, 2007 Barack Obama announced his candidacy for President of the United States. Which would mean that Democrats have about three months to get their shit figured out.
5.) Women Are Taking Over (as they should)
CNN - As of Thursday morning, CNN projected at least 100 women would win House races, with 35 women newly elected to the House and 65 female incumbents. That bests the previous record of 85 representatives, according to the Congressional Research Service.
The more diverse we are at the top of the country, the better, the more women the better, the more minorities, the better. This is no longer the country of the white man. It's the country of ALL of us, we ALL vote, we are ALL impacted by the laws that govern this nation.
We should ALL be involved, I'm excited to see that voters across the country are choosing highly qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds.
I can only imagine what I'll takeaway from the 2020 election..