Election Day has arrived. My husband and I went and voted this morning. There were only a few people at a time trickling in, no line and no wait. Here in GA, Buddy Carter is my Congressman and I happily voted for him again, but since Trump, I don’t consider myself a Republican anymore and with my conservative views, I assuredly don’t fit in the Democratic Party. I also don’t fit in the Libertarian Party or any other fringe political groups. So, I guess I’m an Independent.
The GA race for governor has been one of the most contentious in the country and I left my ballot blank for governor, just like I did in 2016 with the Hillary or Trump choice. Stacey Abrams lost me completely the more she talked about her views. She started off sounding more centrist, but as her campaign went on she moved to very progressive left positions. Aside from her rise in GA politics, Abrams has several published romance novels, which won her some popularity points with me, of course, but still her progressive ideas sound like lots more government spending on lots more government programs.
Brian Kemp, the Republican candidate, well, he lost me with that first asinine campaign ad pointing a gun at his daughter’s date, plus the whole overplayed “Good ‘Ol Boy” schtick and on top of that he added jackass Trumpian wannabe antics. He went from losing my vote to earning my ire with how he handled the Democratic concerns (read that as largely fear mongering effort) about voter suppression and then, with his call for FBI assistance to investigate the Democratic Party of GA. Being on the ballot himself, he obviously has a giant conflict of interest in any state voting issues in this election and he should have stepped down as Secretary of State or recused himself. Definitely not rocket science here, that the ethical thing to do as Secretary of State of GA would be step aside when you stand to gain or lose depending on the election in question. Instead, just like his idol, President Trump, he chose to feed his political enemies free ammo.
On predictions for the House and Senate, well, I have none, other than the sure bet that before the dust even settles on these midterms, both parties and the media will leap full throttle into 2020 hype and hysteria, all centered on President Donald J. Trump. He now lives rent free in just about every politico’s head. No matter what the issue, somehow Trump will be a factor.
Oh, and one more midterm prediction. Hillary will be back in full force making her presence felt among 2020 Democrat hopefuls. Unlike so many others, who have written her off, I believe she will fight tooth and nail to be the Democratic nominee in 2020. Truthfully, that’s not much of a prediction, since she already signaled this with the upcoming Bill and Hill cross-country speaking tour and in a recent interview she clearly stated that she wants to be president.
We will remain stuck in the 2016 scorched earth spin war for the foreseeable future.