The election is over, the votes are tallied and in most races the winners have been announced (enjoy your recount, Virginia Attorney General race!). Now we have learned that party loyalty isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be, some politicians can see a bright side in any loss, Colorado has a love/hate affair with taxes, and that voting may have broken some glass ceilings, but there is such a thing as a too complicated ballot.
Here are the six best reactions to the 2013 election results:
1. “New Jersey Democrats are corrupt!”
Heading into election day, it was a foregone conclusion that Republican Governor Chris Christie would be reelected. That didn’t stop Democratic candidate Barbara Buono from ripping her state party a new one for refusing to provide her with any support during the campaign, however. “The Democratic political bosses — some elected and some not — made a deal with this governor despite him representing everything they’re supposed to be against,” Buono raged, according to Talking Points Memo. “They didn’t do it to help the state. They did it out of a desire to help themselves politically and financially.
Gov. Christie was reelected 60 percent to Buono’s 38 percent.
2. “It’s the Year of the Woman Mayor!”
EMILY’s List is already hoping that 2014 will turn into the year of the woman governor. But until then, they are happy to accept a 2013 “year of the woman mayor.” According to their press release, seven (or eight) women have been elected this cycle (Minneapolis Mayor-elect Besty Hodges’ win isn’t official yet due to instant runoff voting, but is expected to be announced sometime this week). Even better, at least three of them were the first women that their cities had ever elected.
3. “Opposing Obamacare is going to win all the races in 2014!”
Somehow, despite the fact that Republican Ken Cuccinelli lost the Virginia governor’s race to Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe, the GOP has chosen to see the loss as a sign that making opposition to the Affordable Care Act your campaign platform is a winning tactic for the upcoming midterms. “Despite being outspent by an unprecedented $15 million, this race came down to the wire because of Obamacare,” said GOP Chairman Pat Mullins, Slate reports. Since Cuccinelli was down by 7 points in earlier polling and only lost by 3, apparently that translated into a “win” for Republican activists, who say that if there had only been a few more weeks they could have pulled off a victory.
Maybe. But by the time 2014 comes around and the new coverage plans have been in effect for months, Obamacare opposition may be a much harder sell to the general voting public.
4. “Stop forcing us to look into renewable energy, or we’ll keep trying to secede!”
The “51st state” plan flopped, with most of the counties in Colorado poised to become “North Colorado” voting down the measure. But according to secession supporters, this sort of movement will continue as long as the “tyranny” of big government continues. “We’re not renewable-energy unfriendly out here in rural Colorado,” secessionist Sean Conway told CNN. “But when you start imposing mandates different on other folks than yourself, that’s the definition of tyranny, and I think it’s kind of where this whole issue started to manifest itself.”
5. “Voting used to be so much easier.”
The race for Minneapolis mayor turned into a 35 candidate long ballot, with entries from party stalwarts to Captain Jack Sparrow (not a joke). With voters allowed to rank their choices and pick three, it made for a long and cumbersome election process, and one that won’t have an official winner until Wednesday. Many voting rights advocates claim that ranked choice will make for a more “consensus” driven result. But one voter expressed the thoughts of a number of ballot fillers when he told the local CBS affiliate, “I miss being able to vote for one guy or one gal.”
6. “We will do everything in our power to make sure kids don’t smoke pot and that we don’t have people driving who are high.”
Colorado has voted up a proposal to heavily tax marijuana, but refused to raise taxes in general to fund schools. The pot tax at most will bring in $40 million for public schools, but a more ambitious plan to increase income taxes to provide $1 billion in education funding failed. So, now the state is in the position where they need to hope a lot of folks grab a joint — for the sake of the children, of course.
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