November 9, 2016

THE THING THAT STANDS OUT MOST ABOUT LAST NIGHT'S MAP...:

Republicans Dominate in Governors' Races (Center for Public Integrity / Michael J. Mishak and Ben Wieder, 11/09/16, TIME)

Despite an aggressive financial push from Democrats, Republicans cemented their dominance of the nation's governors' mansions in elections Tuesday, ending the night with their highest number of governorships since 1922.

The GOP flipped control of state executives in Missouri, Vermont and New Hampshire as of early Wednesday. That means the party will hold the governors' offices in at least 33 states, up from 31. In a stunning night for Democrats on the national stage, these additional losses pushed the party further into the political wilderness in the states, where they have been struggling to compete for years.


...is the way Republicans in virtually every competitive Senate and gubernatorial race ran ahead of the top of the ticket, carrying the presidential nominee with them.  Kelly Ayotte and Chris Sununu may even manage to save Donald in NH.

With the election over and Donald pivoting back to his own liberal politics--but with a GOP Senate to force him to pick a pro-life Justice--and with the economy poised for continued growth, we may even escape without much damage to the brand.

Consider that on the economy we inherit the longest consecutive streak of monthly job growth ever and 5 million open positions, an already negotiated Pacific trade agreement (and a Britain eager for a deal) and a consensus in both parties to reform immigration and corporate taxes and do an infrastructure deal. The horrible mistake of 1992, when we let Bill Clinton get credit for the Cold War Peace Dividend has also been avoided as the WoT ends.

The Donald lucked into a nearly unscrewable pooch, if he can just stay out of his own way.

Posted by at November 9, 2016 5:46 AM

  

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