Don't get too excited about the midterm results

By THOMAS REICH | NOV 12, 2018

As we all know, the Democrats flipped the House, where they now hold 225 seats. The Republican governors of Illinois, Kansas, and Wisconsin have been ousted. It really is the blue wave that everyone hoped for.

It wasn't the one I hoped for, and I'll tell you why

For starters, there were 44 congressional candidates endorsed by Justice Democrats, Our Revolution, Brand New Congress, and the Democratic Socialists of America that ran in the general. Only twelve won. Twelve. And five of them were incumbents. And of the other seven, five of them were longtime Democratic politicians, some of whom, like Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, are succeeding semi-progressives. Only two (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley) unseated Establishment Democrats in their primaries.

We only have two additional progressives in the House.

"Thomas, you just have to look at the other individual candidates that won."

Okay. There's Sharice Davids. Sound familiar? That's because she's the Establishment Democrat from Kansas's 3rd district who rigged the primary against Justice Democrat Brent Welder. I have yet to hear her come out in favor of Medicare for All, tuition-free college, a living wage, or a New New Deal. But mainstream media is glorifying her for being a lesbian Native American and flipping a red district.

There's also Gretchen Whitmer, who will be Michigan's next governor. She's the daughter of Richard Whitmer, who was the head of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Blue Cross donated $144,000 to her campaign (in one day). The day after she won, she appointed the current BCBSM head to her transition team. Oh, and to no one's surprise, she opposes Medicare for All.

Keep waiting for Medicare for All.

Also, get ready for the next recession.

The Center for Responsive Politics found that the securities and investments industry (another term for Wall Street) donated $56,826,381 to Democrats in this cycle, compared to only $33,372,651 to Republicans. That means that Wall Street donated $23 million more to Democrats than Republicans.

There are two parties that are bought by Wall Street sitting in Congress, and the majority party is the party that's more bought. (But that's not news, now is it?)

This wasn't a good election for progressives, but it wasn't a complete loss either. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley will be sitting in the House of Representatives, and I'm more than certain they will do amazing things.

Jared Polis will be the next governor of Colorado. Sure, he's not extremely progressive, but he does support Medicare for All. Colorado may actually be the first state to have statewide Medicare for All, which would be no small victory.

And though the newly elected Democrats are pretty pathetic, there is one thing that we can hope from them: that they won't endorse Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House. Many of them have voiced opposition to her remaining in Democratic leadership, and there is a petition (started by Mike Figueredo from the Humanist Report) to get Democrats to vote for Barbara Lee for Speaker.

So from this election, there was a lot of bad, a little good, and hope.


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