Last night witnessed the seizing of the House of Representatives by Democrats, a crushing blow for the Trump administration that opens the door to all kinds of bads news for the GOP.
The Democrats can now stop the president’s legislative agenda dead in its tracks and wield subpoena power to investigate rampant Republican corruption. One of the first things they’ll be able to do is finally get their hands on Trump’s elusive tax returns, and expose what he’s been trying to hide for so long.
The Democratic turnout last night, while not enough to clinch the victory for some longshot hopefuls like Beto O’Rourke, was a clear sign that Americans are exhausted by Trump’s continued failures and attacks on our democracy. There were also some disturbing signs about just how toxic and mindless a core segment of the Republican voting base has become.
One such sign came in Nevada, where The Hill reports that Republican Dennis Hof was able to win a seat in the legislature. The problem? Hof died roughly a month ago. What’s more, Hof was hardly a paragon of so-called conservative “family values,” as he owned seven brothels and died after a weekend of heavy partying. He was 72.
That’s right, GOP voters elected a dead pimp to state government.
Hof beat out Democratic candidate Lesia Romanov in a heavily conservative district, proving that some Republicans are so pathological in their hatred of Democrats that’ll the support a corpse if it means stopping a liberal from winning. His name stayed on the ballot yesterday because he died too close to election day for it to be swapped out for someone else.
Now, county officials will have to choose a new Republican to fill Hof’s newly acquired seat. The weird story exemplifies the manner in which the GOP is rotting our democracy at its core. Last night was a much-needed victory, but we cannot rest until Republicans have been completely stripped of their state and federal power. The republic is still at stake.