“Tis But a Scratch”: Headlines from the Kentucky Race

Last night, I celebrated the Democratic gubernatorial win in Kentucky by consuming some a product for which that state is famous. I toasted the Democratic win in Virginia with more of the same.

Today, on a sober day after, the big picture takeaway from results in various parts of the country is that

  • educated, affluent white people are switching solidly, convincingly, from Republican to Democratic, while
  • uneducated, poorer white people are embracing the Cult of Trump in increasing numbers.

Thus, for example, eastern Pennsylvania is growing bluer, while western Pennsylvania is becoming redder.

There is much that could be said about these phenomena, but my overall impression is that my fellow white, educated, affluent peers are just getting sick and tired of the bullshit. As for the increasing attractiveness of the Cult of Trump to the poorer class of my fellow honkies, I’ll have to leave that one to the social psychologists.

Meanwhile, both kinds of white folks are much more energized, and much more likely to vote, than in prior elections. As one talking head persuasively pointed out, there’s a metaphysical possibility that the white trash might become so intoxicated with the Cult that even more of them show up at the polls than in 2016, and they could conceivably overwhelm the white folks who went to college and live in the more affluent suburbs

Meanwhile, metaphysical possibilities aside, it’s really, really not looking good for The Donald. He’s drivin’ that old wedge right through the heart of the Republican coalition. He’s driving away the well-educated white people in droves. And he’s making it impossible for Republicans to win in lots of places.

I was musing about some appropriate headlines for yesterday’s election results:

Trump Suffered the Greatest Loss in the History of the World*

Glass More Than Half Empty: 48.8 Percent of Kentucky Voters Love Assholes

Not Even a Pyrrhic Victory for Trump in Kentucky

Trump Declares, “Tis But a Scratch”

Baghdad Bob Trump Celebrates Famous Victory in Kentucky

Sensible Party in Kentucky Defeats Silly Party by Four Tenths of One Percent

* “If you win, they are going to make it like, ho hum. And if you lose, they are going to say Trump suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the world.”

Please Be Sure You’re Near a Bathroom When You Read This Post

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After Tossing Your Cookies, Read the Whole Article—Several Times

N.Y. Times, One Year From Election, Trump Trails Biden but Leads Warren in Battlegrounds: Signs that the president’s advantage in the Electoral College has persisted or even increased since 2016.

Something There Is That Doesn’t Love a Wall

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Washington Post, Smugglers are sawing through new sections of Trump’s border wall:

SAN DIEGO — Smuggling gangs in Mexico have repeatedly sawed through new sections of President Trump’s border wall in recent months by using commercially available power tools, opening gaps large enough for people and drug loads to pass through, according to U.S. agents and officials with knowledge of the damage.

The breaches have been made using a popular cordless household tool known as a reciprocating saw that retails at hardware stores for as little as $100. When fitted with specialized blades, the saws can slice through one of the barrier’s steel-and-concrete bollards in a matter of minutes, according to the agents, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the barrier-defeating techniques.

After cutting through the base of a single bollard, smugglers can push the steel out of the way, allowing an adult to fit through the gap. Because the bollards are so tall — and are attached only to a panel at the very top — their length makes them easier to push aside once they have been cut and are left dangling, according to engineers consulted by The Washington Post.