As of this writing, early on Wednesday morning, control of the House and Senate remain undetermined, although the GOP is still favored to take the House by a much smaller margin than I hoped. We may not know about the Senate until December, if there’s a run-off in Georgia between Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker (and Georgia Republicans had better show up and vote in that run-off; do NOT curse all of America with a Senate tie breakable by Kamala Harris again!)
Some other big races are also still nail biters. At this writing, Katie Hobbs, a wet dishrag of a candidate, is inexplicably ahead of Kari Lake for Governor of Arizona by about 30,000 votes. But that’s with only 63% of the vote counted, so let’s hope and pray that turns around. Hobbs couldn’t even competently perform her current job of running elections that she should’ve recused herself from. Lake fumed that it was an election “run by a bunch of clowns.”
This midterm will make history as one in which one of the most unpopular presidents of all time, who has inflicted policies that are almost universally disastrous, didn’t suffer a well-deserved rebuke from voters. In fact, the electoral results suggest we might be entering a new era of political polarity in which, regardless of how bad the president is, red states get redder and blue states get bluer until we really are living in two Americas.
In blue areas, voters have become so partisan and so unwilling to listen to anything other than propaganda from Party-approved outlets that they will keep voting Democrat no matter how much it hurts them personally. Look at Pennsylvania, where Democrats elected a Senator who clearly belongs home in therapy and not in the Senate; or Memphis, where they literally elected a dead woman with a (D) after her name — by 73%!
Voters in New York, Michigan, California, and Illinois reelected Democrat governors by comfortable margins who treated them like abusive spouses and who are virtually guaranteed to continue making their lives exponentially worse. Republicans might wonder what it would take for New Yorkers to elect a Republican governor; does someone have to club them over the head? Then you realize, they are getting clubbed over the head, and they’re still voting for Democrats.
Meanwhile, in red states, Republicans are winning by eye-popping margins. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis won his last election by 0.4%; yesterday, he crushed Charlie Crist by nearly 20%. By the way, if you didn’t see DeSantis’ victory speech, it was great, and a wonderful blueprint for other Republicans to lead us out of this dark period of leftist insanity.
In other red states, Democrat dreams of winning the governor’s race in Oklahoma evaporated, J.D. Vance easily beat Tim Ryan for Ohio’s Senate seat, and two of the Dems’ media darlings, “Beto” O’Rourke and Stacey Abrams, got their heads handed to them by Gov. Greg Abbott in Texas and Gov. Brian Kemp in Georgia, respectively.
(On a side note, I want to thank those two for wasting so much Democrat donor money on their quixotic ego trips. It’s estimated that their two 2022 campaigns cost a combined $200 million. And “Beto’s” hat-trick of loserdom, for senator, president, and governor, burned a combined quarter of a billion dollars that might’ve gone to electable Democrats. Most of it, of course, poured in from outside of their states. Having lost two presidential races myself, I honestly feel for them. It’s tough to work so hard and get rejected by the voters. But I had to pay off my own campaign debts, I didn’t turn losing into a lucrative career. And I can assure you, it’s possible to lose a race for less than a hundred million dollars.)
The Future For a ‘United’ States of America
Is this phenomenon of blue and red states becoming ever more polarized because so many reasonable, hard-working, law-abiding residents of blue states are giving up and moving out, leaving behind blue states with majorities of criminals and what Stephen Kruiser of PJ Media calls “socialist sheep?” He also makes the great point of what a mistake it was for Republicans to let leftists take over our education system and turn schools into leftist indoctrination centers.
In retrospect, despite the false hopes of the polls, maybe it was never possible for any Republican to win as governor of New York because too many New Yorkers who’d be smart enough to vote for him already moved to Florida and voted for DeSantis.
If so, it doesn’t bode well for the future for a “United” States of America if we become two separate groups of states, one where freedom and prosperity are paramount, and the other where crime and failed big government tyranny reign supreme. Maybe Republicans should follow the Democrats’ playbook and try recruiting brave pioneers to move into blue states to vote Republican and save them from themselves. But good luck finding any volunteers!
Mike Huckabee is the former governor of Arkansas and longtime conservative commentator on issues in culture and current events. A New York Times best-selling author, he hosts the weekly talk show Huckabee on TBN.
Originally published at MikeHuckabee.com. Reprinted with permission.