Late Night Open Thread: Celebrate the Wins


(Thanks to commentor Schrodingers Cat)

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    lamh36 says:

    See what happens when the Russians don’t help Republicans.

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    lamh36 says:

    A Sikh brother was just elected mayor of a city in America.
    This is a huge deal for our community.
    We’ve been here for more than a century and have felt invisible and neglected.
    Things might finally be changing for us.
    Representation matters.
    Thank you, Ravi. Thank you, America.

    Like I said in the previous thread…if nothing else, Barack Obama’s legacy is one of inspiration for more candidates of color…more candidates of color…more chances for winner of color!

    “Representation matters…Yes We Can!”

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    Chip Daniels says:

    I don’t care what anybody says I still admire Hilary.
    Suffers more abuse than anybody except Obama, and always holds herself up with dignity.

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    lamh36 says:

    A trans woman beat the guy who introduced the bathroom bill. A gun victim’s boyfriend beat a delegate with an “A” grade from the NRA. A civil rights lawyer who sued the police department just became the top prosecutor in Philadelphia.

    Something’s happening here, folks.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    We’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore?

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    lamh36 says:

    When asked about Bob Marshall, Danica Roem said “I don’t attack my constituents. Bob is my constituent now.”

    She has more grace and composure than I will ever have.
    #virginia #DanicaRoem

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    eclare says:

    What a wonderful day! This is OUR country.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    This was a referendum on Donald.

    He got his fat treasonous ass kicked.

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    @lamh36: Grace, but that’s also a pretty good burn.

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    lamh36 says:

    @Tissue Thin Pseudonym: right…someone said…sure a bit of grace, but also a god bit of sublte SHADE!

    Good for her…lol

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    lamh36 says:

    We’re ready for your “shut your filthy whore mouth!” moment, Mr. Falwell.

    AHAHAHAHA…Jerry Jr…responding to a twitter user calling his family out for keeping Hooters out of Lynchburg…LOL

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    Yutsano says:

    @lamh36: Subtle shade is best shade.

    My friend Brendan is relieved. Tomorrow I think he’ll be elated,

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    Yarrow says:

    This is kind of amazing:

    #BREAKING: Initial votes show #Helena has a new mayor. Wilmot Collins edges out 16 yr incumbent Jim Smith by 338 votes #mtnews #ElectionDay— Mikenzie Frost (@MikenzieFrost) November 8, 2017

    Wilmot Collins is a Liberian refugee. First black mayor ever in Montana.

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    lamh36 says:

    @JamilSmith 4h4 hours ago
    Before lieutenant governor-elect Justin Fairfax, the only other black person to win statewide office in Virginia was Douglas Wilder. Ever.

    Let’s not underestimate how even with the shenanigans involving leaving Justin Fairfx off the mailers or whatever…the Fairfax voters were just as likely Northam voters as well. So Widler declining to endorse Northam, but throwing his endorsement behind Fairfax…still did the job of getting those voters to the poles and therefore more likely to push the lever for Northam

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    lamh36 says:

    @Yarrow: Cool..I posted it last thread, but didn’t see any news yet.


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    Yarrow says:

    @lamh36: I think the news from Montana is a bit slow. LOL. I went to the Helena paper’s website and it didn’t have it. Had to hunt around on Twitter to find copies of the election results. I even went to the MT election result website and didn’t find it. Maybe I was looking in the wrong place. Mr. Collins sounds like an amazing person.

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    Dr. Ronnie James, D.O. says:

    One of the surprising things I learned in 2016 is that HRC is a pretty religious woman: studies Bible verses daily, confers with her pastor weekly. It was a little surprising this didn’t get talked about much during the campaign, but I think it’s something she prefers to keep private.

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    lamh36 says:

    @Yarrow: If it holds (the tweet said like a lil less than 400 votes apart so far, right)…still pretty cool.

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    lamh36 says:

    Off to bed soon, I’m sure, but before I do, wanted to remember to re-post this from previous thread.

    If nothing else….PBO’s legacy of inspiring more people of color, to become candidates for office, even JUST on the local level!

    more candidates of color…more political winners of color!!!

    Kristen Clarke‏Verified account
    Follow Follow @KristenClarkeJD
    African Americans were elected mayor for 1st time:
    Statesboro GA, Jonathan McCollar
    Georgetown SC, Brendan Barber
    Milledgeville GA, Mary Parham Copelan
    Helena MT, Wilmot Collins
    Cairo GA, Booker Gainor
    St Paul MN, Melvin Carter
    Charlotte NC –> Vi Lyles, 1st Black female mayor

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    Media: “You can’t just run on anti-Trump”
    Virginia and New Jersey: “hold our beers”

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    Ruckus says:

    The beast has awoken.
    Indignity or abuse, most people can only take so much. They shouldn’t have to take any but then we do live in society of humans and not all of us are good all of the time, or some any of the time.
    The lesson is, stand up for yourself in a way that matters, in a way that can cause change, in a way that works together towards a common and useful goal, rather than greed and bigotry.

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    lamh36 says:

    @paulkrugman 4h4 hours ago
    Replying to @paulkrugman
    Seriously, a couple of takes. First, Ed Gillespie must not be rehabilitated — allowed to resume his former persona as an establishment Republican, conservative on economic issues but an OK guy. He went for the gutter, and should be kept there.

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    @Dr. Ronnie James, D.O.: Yes and no.

    From a 1996 articles about her faith — sounds more like a case that since it didn’t fit The Narrative(tm), the media generally didn’t ignored it.

    The conventional Washington wisdom holds that Clinton is reluctant to talk about her faith, which is partly true. She doesn’t often divulge details about her private piety, even while hinting that prayer and pastoral counseling have led her to consequential decisions, such as remaining with her husband, Bill, after the Monica Lewinsky scandal in 1998.

    But during her three decades in politics, Clinton has been quite willing to talk about how her work has been inspired by her Methodist faith. She traces some of her political positions, particularly concerning children and the poor, directly to Christ’s commandment to care for “the least of these.”

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    I think the news from Montana is a bit slow.

    Stagecoach don’t run after dark.

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    Ruckus says:

    Now we have to repeat this until the blight is cleared from the landscape.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Tissue Thin Pseudonym:
    Do stagecoaches run?
    Roll I understand, careen I can see, but run?

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    @Dr. Ronnie James, D.O.:

    but I think it’s something she prefers to keep private.

    As Jesus told his followers to do.

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    Yarrow says:

    @lamh36: I think it’s pretty definite.

    Congratulations to Wilmot Collins — a refugee from Liberia — who was elected as the first black mayor of Helena, Montana. Mayor-elect Collins won 100 years to the day after Jeanette Rankin was elected as the first female member of Congress. #MTnews— Bob Brigham (@BobBrigham) November 8, 2017

    Also, from Montana, some long time GOP guy is getting trounced in the Billings mayoral race.

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    @Sister Golden Bear: I seem to remember she got a bunch of shit when she tried being public about it the first time.

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    CHUCK TODD: I’m sure you’ve been familiar with the ad itself and the controversy around the ad, and the Republican party’s response, that it was basically — Democrats don’t like it when, you know, when Republicans stereotype. Aren’t you stereotyping? I drive a pickup truck. Are all pickup truck drivers racist?That’s what the ad — do you understand why some people think the ad implies that?

    TOM PEREZ: Well, you know, Chuck, let’s be clear about what’s happening in the race in Virginia and all too many races — dog whistle politics… When you hit the bully back and the bully starts crying, those are crocodile tears to me

    Todd is such a douche.

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    lamh36 says:

    Alright…good night BJ.

    Chris Lu Retweeted Tom Perriello
    Tom Perriello shows how Democrats can have a spirited primary contest and then come together as a party. He criss-crossed the state to support @RalphNortham and House of Delegates candidates. He’s a class act.

    Every Democrat who stepped up to run to the House of Delegates this year in VA, regardless of outcome, is a hero. We thank you!!

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Tissue Thin Pseudonym: That stunned me when I heard the news.

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    jl says:

    @David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch:

    What you posted seemed so weird I had to see if I could find it.
    The idiotic discussion by Todd, and the ‘infamous’ stereotypical racist pickup truck starts at 5:30 in link below. The whole thing is moronic. Some faceless racist dude happens to be driving a pickup truck when he is harassing some kids, in an ad put on by an Hispanic group (not afaik, by the Democratic Party at all). Completely asinine GOP counter ad and Todd is a moron for taking up air time with such nonsense.

    The miserable corporate hack Todd studious avoids any substantive issue, and when Perez brings up issues, Todd pivots to whether Democrats will need to do any soul searching if they lose. Yeebus Crust with butter and jam on it.

    Tom Perez, DNC Chairman One-on-One with Chuck Todd in Meet the Press {Full Interview} #DNC #Breakin

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Are the results in yet for those last few House Delegate seats in Virginia?

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    CaseyL says:

    @Amir Khalid: Last I saw, the Dems won a 2-seat majority, but I think some of the margins were narrow enough there will be recounts.

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    @jl: What makes it worse is when Todd gets called out for letting republicans lie on his show he says it’s not his job to make corrections.

    yet if a Dem leaning group does something edgy or questionable, he jumps at the opportunity to beats his phony sanctimonious drums.

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    eclare says:

    @Amir Khalid: NYTimes still has it 48 for Democrats and 47 for Republicans. Link here.

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    Joyce H says:

    You know what would be the whipped cream and cherry on top of this sundae of deliciousness? A nice dollop of indictments…

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    rikyrah says:

    That’s right 😄😄

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    rikyrah says:

    Bravo, Mr. Fairfax 😄

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    SectionH says:

    It’s West Coast Late, but this is what I said earlier, on Fb

    YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thank you, Virginia voters, Thank you NJ voters, Good on you voters in Maine for helping yourselves, and
    Welcome to the club, Washington.
    I know there’s a long long road ahead, but dammit, tonight feels good.

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    Keith G says:

    Scripture also teaches us to be sure to pack brass knuckles. As we saw in Virginia last night, you only win a political fight by ………actually fighting.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @lamh36: Classy as hell!!

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @lamh36: Definitely. He ran as a racist. Let him live with that. That was a deliberate choice of his that failed. Spectacularly.

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    eclare says:

    @rikyrah: A refugee from Liberia was elected mayor of Helena. Sorry I see that was in the post you referenced!

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    Van Buren says:

    Very happy for my native Virginia. On a blue wave night, I’m in a tiny sea of red, as my town on Long Island turned control over to the Rs.

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    sharl says:

    As already noted, there was that sweet victory in a Virginia House of Delegates race where openly transgender Danica Roem beat incumbent Bob Marshall, a long time and very vocal homophobe. Soon-to-be former Delegate Marshall’s sister has weighed in.

    AMAZING— A-A-Ron (@AaronTheH) November 8, 2017

    “Karma, brother”…

    Ol’ Bob will always have the evangelical Christian radio talk shows. It will be good to not hear his name so often on local politics news programs.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Some sad political news from New Zealand: the Prime Minister’s cat Paddles has died.

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    raven says:

    UPDATE: Democrats Score Stunning Wins in Athens State House Elections; Athens Approves T-SPLOST

    Democrats won shocking victories in two special elections for Athens-area state House seats on Tuesday, winning the conservative-leaning seats in spite of well-funded opposition from Republicans.

    In District 117, Deborah Gonzalez overcame Republican opponent Houston Gaines’ $200,000 war chest and much-publicized support from Democratic Athens-Clarke County Mayor Nancy Denson—which led to the ACC Democratic Committee removing Denson from her post on the committee for violating its bylaws—defeating him 53 percent to 47 percent.

    I think this an important message. The local dems quit playing nice-nice and threw her ass out!

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    gene108 says:

    @Tissue Thin Pseudonym:

    He was only 40. A life cut short.

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    Cermet says:

    As one news site said, not a wave for the democrats but a Tsunami! Really, the best news to wake up to; I loved the orange tears from the small handed orange fart cloud! Victory – one can smell that the rest of the lying repug-a-thug body politic is rotting. Dead men walking, all – we take the Senate back in 2018 and both the white house and house in 2020.

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    sharl says:

    @Amir Khalid: That’s sad news. Occasional commenter sm*t cl*de brought @FirstCatofNZ to our attention a few weeks ago.
    The article you linked shows New Zealand’s First Couple to be a very down-to-earth pair. I think that’s the best kind of folks to be in charge.
    RIP Paddles.

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    eclare says:

    @raven: Nice! I think yesterday shows people want the pols to stop bringing knives to gun fights.

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    gene108 says:


    Why is it against the rules for a Democratic mayor to campaign for a Democratic state leg candidate?

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @raven: Nice.

    @Cermet: Taking the Senate back in 2018 is a really tall order.

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    eclare says:

    @gene108: The way I read it the D mayor supported the R.

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    raven says:

    @eclare: Right, my post may not have been clear. And THIS is cool.

    Marshall’s avowed hatred of LGBTQ people—he has called himself the state’s “chief homophobe”—inspired Roem, a journalist from Northern Virginia, to run for his seat. Throughout the campaign, Marshall misgendered Roem and launched cruel attacks on her gender identity, depicting her as a bathroom predator. In response, Roem embraced her identity in a remarkable ad:

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    Cermet says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Yes, but I really never expected a trans-gender woman to win in Virginia nor that the house there would swing dem. An amazing tsunami. One can hope – maybe the special election in Alabama does go dem … ok, that is highly unlikely. But hell, I am going to enjoy the victories – and there were a number of them.
    Also, enjoyed that Indian victory (?) dance/song! Nice.

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    MomSense says:

    Just a reminder that Virginia just switched to paper ballots. Coincidence?

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    Aleta says:



    I think not.

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    raven says:

    First Sikh mayor elected in New Jersey
    Hoboken voters chose Ravinder Bhalla, who became the first Sikh mayor to be elected in the state of New Jersey.

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    eclare says:

    @raven: His sister tweeted, karma brother. Link is in prior thread, not sure how to link on my phone.

    Link may be earlier in this thread!

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    rikyrah says:

    Wish that more people would point this out

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    eclare says:

    @raven: And a refugee from Liberia was elected mayor of Helena MT!

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    eclare says:

    @raven: The link for the asshole’s sister’s tweet may be earlier in this thread.

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    Manyakitty says:

    @Joyce H: Yes! I like how you think!

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    ThresherK says:

    @sharl: Wow. Karma is best served cold. Gonna make for an awfully cold Xgiving dinner for the Marshall family.

    Also of note: In a race this big (only 100 delegates for entire state) when’s the last time a Republican “lost with dignity” except to a wingnut in a primary?

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    kindness says:

    This Hillary input is going to frost some ‘progressives’ asses to a bite. I’ve really not understood how so many ‘liberals’ go out of their way to adopt republican talking points about fellow Democrats. I haven’t commented over at Crooks & Liars in 6 months because I didn’t want to be the fly in their soup. Let us hope the troll BernieBro faction (and all those who were/are swayed by them) shut the fuck up and start paying attention to winning more elections.

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