Mini-Opinion: Who Shanked The 2014 Election?
I have an election night hangover. No alcohol was involved, but the feeling is the same as if I had. The evening started out with all the excitement of the World Series game – you know the one, where the Royals had their first attempt in three decades. Then it started to crash, state after state going red in rapid sucession. And that means we progressives are in store for a long dry spell.
So why did it happen? Here in Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts (R) was doing poorly. He was running a half-assed take-them-for-granted campaign when the big party boys swooped in, cleaned house and restructured Roberts’ whole image. Suddenly the absent city-slicker senator was in blue jeans, chewing on a stalk of corn and hanging out at the ranch…some ranch, not his.
So the Republican Party performed some black money magic on the weak politicians. Fair enough. But that is not enough to throw every single close election to the red boys. What else could have happened? Did too many Dems just stay home? There were many cases of voter suppression: voter ID’s, fewer hours, no weekends, hundreds of thousands of lost votes, etc. Still that is not enough to throw the entire race.
The voting machines only do what humans program them to do. So how many selections switched over to the Republican candidate? We’ll never know. But it will be interesting to figure out how the Republicans took this election. The Burnstein and Woodward replacements need to step in and find out. Now.