WASHINGTON, November 4, 2015 – With regard to stock and bond trading, I hesitate to attach too much importance to Tuesday evening’s election results. But something interesting and perhaps disquieting to some popped up in last night’s and this morning’s tallies. The major media, of course, didn’t see this, so I guess I’ll have to focus on it myself.
Kentucky Governor’s race
Perhaps most importantly last night, that über-Tea Party Republican Matt Bevin—a 2014 bête noire to establishment Republicans—handily won the governorship of the State of Kentucky after trailing big time in the opinion polls right up to the day the real polls actually opened.
Not only did the underfunded Bevin—who roundly savaged in 2014 for daring to “primary” RINO Republican Senator and current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell—win the contest, but he won decisively by a 53%-44% margin, pollsters notwithstanding. (Undersampling of Republicans, anyone?)
Better yet, Bevin’s running mate, Republican Jenean Hampton, a political neophyte, helped this dynamic duo to become only the second Republican top execs in that state government to win office since 1970 or so. Oh, yeah, Hampton just happens to be a black woman, BTW, if you keep track of such things, the first black American of either gender (there are two of those) to win statewide office in the history of Kentucky. (But watch for the Dems to explain she’s really not black.)
Both Bevin and Hampton have vowed to do their best to make a difference, starting by rolling back Medicaid expansion in their state and reining in other excesses as well. That includes adding their names to those of other governors and politicians across the country who roundly oppose the EPA’s ever more dictatorial imperial rules−rules that are intentionally killing every coal mining job in the country, including a lot of them in the mountains of eastern Kentucky.
Virginia gives anti-gun Nanny Bloomberg the boot
Better yet (at least for the Maven, who lives in the Commonwealth), despite massive infusions of money from out-of-state Democrats, including massive amounts of money from gun-hating Nanny Bloomberg, Virginia Republicans managed to retain their Senate majority quite handily. They picked up the pivotal, open Richmond-area Senate seat Bloomberg had been attempting to buy for an anti-gun Dem, the better to screw with the Virginia-based NRA and take away Virginian’s guns.
Secondarily, the Bloomberg money, had it worked, would have led to a Democrat-led State Senate that would support Democrat Governor (and Clinton bundler) Terry McAuliffe in his drive to vastly expand Medicaid in the Commonwealth, the better to guarantee near-automatic tax increases years after he’s left his term-limited office in the next off-year election. Now that opportunity is gone as well.
Aside from the ton of traditional Democrat-supporting Federal workers who’ve flooded Northern Virginia and turned this state purple, the average Virginian still knows a carpetbagger when he sees one, and the meddling Nanny Bloomberg sure fit the bill. The upshot: Bloomberg wasted his money here, and that’s great cause for rejoicing in the Commonwealth this morning.
Houston voters call a halt to never-ending gender agitation
On two other interesting fronts, Houston voters soundly trounced a ridiculous ordinance that would have essentially made opposing any of about 50 dubious gender classes a hate-crime, dealing a serious blow to a Democrat-controlled city more interested in creating imaginary race and gender privileges rather than actually governing. Predictably, last night’s losers are bitching about “discrimination,” and “having our freedoms eroded.”
But for once, real Americans, even in a typically Democrat-controlled big city, saw this farce for what it was and squashed it like a bug by a whopping majority. Americans are simply not willing to play imaginary gender games, and last night’s vote shows what happens when reasonable people get to vote on this issue. Most businesses, too, were on the winning side here, realizing how much nonsense like this would cost to implement, particularly at places like small restaurants. Good job, Houston!
Ohio keeps Acapulco Gold illegal…
Finally, Ohioans, perhaps surprisingly, soundly defeated a very dubious initiative that would have legalized marijuana simultaneously for both medical and recreational use. As with the unrelated Houston gender-bending ordinance, this one would have let to utter social chaos in a state already rattled by the Great Recession’s impact on its heavy industrial base not to mention the administration’s attempts to throttle back Ohio’s growing new industry—fracking in the Utica Shale formation, as well as jacking up costs by mothballing many of Ohio’s coal-fired utility facilities.
The legalization item in the end was all just too much interference and fiddling with social norms, not to mention encouraging crime and, as it turns out, profiteering. So out it went. Perhaps Ohio is finally leaving the Dark Side.
Taken together, these big election wins mark, perhaps, the first opportunity for America’s newest silent majority of normal working people to get rid of the socialist albatross they’d unwittingly elected and re-elected by believing the propaganda of the network news propagandists, who were, in turn, outed on the CNBC debate debacle last week.
Indeed, the socialist “deep state” was pretty roundly thwarted in last night’s results hammering back liberal fascism and, in the case of Kentucky, electing a pair of Trump- and Carson-like outsiders to run that state for the next four years.
… While Blue States stay stupid
While the Blue States did their usual stupid things—such as the residents of Bridgeport, Connecticut electing as mayor their former Democrat mayor who’d spent 7 years in the slammer for assorted felonies—the most recent lefty attempts to take over Purple but still sort of Red States like Kentucky and Virginia may be indications of what’s to come in 2016.
Limited though they may be, Tuesday’s results point toward the potential power of a heretofore silent yet mightily disaffected electorate. On Wall Street, that’s making free money-addicted fat cats nervous. They’ve been making fortunes hand over fist. What if the game should come to an end? How could they afford their next 30,000 sq. ft. mansions?
At the same time, the average American continues to subsist on stagnant to nonexistent wages, courtesy of the most inept and felonious Administration in this country’s history. Do the masses want a change? Save for people like the brain-dead zombies in Bridgeport and other True Blue locales, it’s looking like they do. And it’s looking like they’re not reading “Das Kapital,” either this time around. Fool me twice…