Presidential Election Top Takeaways – November 5th
- The Republic still works as well as ever. Our founding fathers were brilliant in ways we still don’t fully appreciate and it’s on full display this election. There’s an important reason the Electoral College exists, and a national popular vote doesn’t determine the President. It’s about balance. Ditto multiple branches of government and the checks and balances implicit within them. A Biden Presidency with complete control of congress brought with it the threat of actual changes to our Republic’s very foundation. In the words of Chuck Schumer “everything’s on the table, everything”. And Americans heard that threat and, in an election, which generally went the way of Biden, and with Republicans having to defend 23 of the 35 senate seats up for election, they’ve successfully done so. And gained seats in the House of Representatives preserving the integrity of the Republic. Related...
- There’s something for everyone here. Yes, Democrats will and generally should feel like the victors here should Joe Biden pull out the win. I’d imagine most Republicans would trade control of the Senate for four more years of President Trump. Likewise, I doubt many, if any Democrats, would trade Trump to have control of the Senate. That being said consider this...This Republican class of senators was huge and featured many vulnerable Senators who won their elections. Given the six-year terms of these senators, they’ll almost certainly be around longer than Joe Biden will. That is unless you believe Joe will be physically able to run for re-election and win in four years. The big senate wins also greatly increase the odds Republicans will maintain control of the chamber for the foreseeable future.
- If you believe Florida is the future of this country, as I generally do, look what happened here. For Republican voters in Florida, you probably don’t feel like the future is bright for your values at the moment. The reality on the ground in Florida is that Republicans have never had a more successful election cycle in our state. This includes flipping two Congressional seats and expanding majorities in Florida’s legislature in a state already governed by Ron DeSantis.
- Tolerance. Call me old fashioned but I still believe there’s more than unites us than divides us. We’ve seen the worst elements in our society on display this year. We’re not those people. We should always take the high road and win in the arena of ideas and respect the will of voters generally.