THUS THE ELECTION – Marilyn Armstrong

Not every count is in, but the general ambiance is “Yay we took the house — and a bunch of governorships” and “Boo, they still have the Senate — and sadly, Trump.”

Our polling area

Old High School lobby – Photo: Garry Armstrong

Not exactly a giant blue wave. More like a little wave that laps the shore. Garry is depressed. He was hoping for something more defining. A blue tsunami. I just wanted them to retake the house. And it’s not over yet. Really, it’s not. We don’t even have the votes from the west coast yet.

Photo: Garry Armstrong

The poll, AKA the old high school – Photo: Garry Armstrong

More polling Photo: Garry Armstrong

I realized I didn’t have any pictures or a single post for tomorrow, so it’s 11:18 and here I am, writing. We took a few pictures at the poll and near it.

I think we’ll know a lot more after we hear about the votes from the west.

Polling

And we did retake the House. That’s a bigger deal than you realize. It also means Mueller is good to go. I wish he’d get a move on it. Throw us a bone.

Tell us something.

46 thoughts on “THUS THE ELECTION – Marilyn Armstrong

  1. I’m a little bit in a Garry’s mood, too. Hoping for a giant blue tidal wave. But still so happy to see women elected in state houses in record numbers. From all wakes of life, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and faiths. This is what is most noticeable, I think. That and also that the suburbs voted and massively blue. We’ll get there!

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    • Yes, but there will still be a heavy undercurrent of racism in this country. There always has been and I don’t know if it can be exorcized. When kids are brought up with that, they don’t know how to let it go.

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  2. well, look at it this way. The Red Sox won the Series, so it wasn’t all bad. And we gained a Democratic seat here in NH, so it’s baby steps, but still steps. Im not listening, but my husband has the melt down on whatever show he’s watching on his computer, and I can hear scraps of it through my ear plugs. It is not pretty. Lotta shouting. Lotta republican meltdown going on.

    For a small town like Farmington, we had a serious number of voters out in force, rain or no rain. I didn’t even mind the 1/2 mile walk from the car to the polling place, or the walk back. Considering that this was a midterm election, that’s pretty good.

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    • It was pretty busy here, too and it wasn’t all senior citizens either. Other than our beloved (make no waves) governor, all of our other representatives and senators are Democrats. All in all, we gained 29 seats in the house and 7 new governors which ain’t bad. Not enough, but a reasonable start. At least 45 has a major piece of the government he doesn’t own. I’ll take it.

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  3. Poor Garry. I expected a blue wave, too. There wasn’t even a line where I voted. Now I’m reading other’s thoughts on whether winning the House was a good thing or not such a good thing. There is still too much uncertainty. What I have realized is that I am not privy to ALL of the political goings-on. The emails, hallway convos, phone conversations, cocktail party talks in regard to what should we do if this happens or that happens. Because I believe our politicians plan way ahead of time out of the hearing or knowing of their public. Still, I voted because Hope springs eternal.

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    • Winning the house was great because now there’s an actual “check” on he-who-shall-not-be-mentioned. We got 28 reps (so far) and probably one or two more and many of them women. Two Natives and lots of Black and Hispanic WOMEN. Women!!

      Are we where we need to be yet? No, but we are in a much better place than we were. You know, it didn’t take one election to create this disaster. It has been many years in the making. We aren’t going to overturn it in one mid-term election, but this certainly was more than I expected. Unlike my husband, I never expected the blue tsunami. Getting the house back — and 7 new Democratic governors — is pretty good. I’ll take it.

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