(NOTE: This post is cross-posted from Facebook.)
I’m going to be honest. I had no REAL hope in Democrats taking the House. The battle was uphill, we were fighting in so many districts that Trump won by SO MANY POINTS and so many other districts that were only purple in the most generous of senses. So I went to bed early because I suffered such sadness election night 2016 that I didn’t want to go through that again.
I hesitantly woke up to look this morning and OH MY GOD WE WON THE HOUSE. Y’all. I know the polls said it looked like we would win but on election night 2016, we knew the districts we would be battling in this year and that night it looked BAD. We had just lost control of all 3 branches and our next “hope” was yesterday and 2 years ago, doing battles in those districts looked IMPOSSIBLE. And yet we won. We have a slight balance of power again.
Thank you to all of the volunteered, especially in all of those tough districts. Especially thank you to those who volunteered in PA/MI/WI where we gained Governor AND Senate seats. Those states were very integral in Trumps 2016 win and we won them last night.
And for Alabama…my ballot basically represented the opposite of the results which doesn’t feel great. BUT! Dig into those percentages. Madison county is closer to the blue side in every election and considering how Huntsville is leading the state in so many ways, I’ll take that as hope for our state. I find the passing of those first two amendments the most depressing…but expected.
With the Dems taking over control of the House and Madison County pushing a tiny bit bluer, I’m going to light a flame of hope again. It extinguished 2 years ago, and while the results are not exactly what I wanted, they were more than I expected and that can carry me the next 2 years.
Ezra Klein is one of my favorite journalist as he does this GREAT in-depth, long-form interviews with people on his podcast – The Ezra Klein Show. This was the tweet that I really felt like summed up my feelings after going over the results this morning:
It’s something that gives me hope. Not everyone loves Trump and I needed proof of that, because often in my state and my family it feels like I’m the only one displeased and the only one sleepless and depressed and anxious over the last two years. Last night I saw that I’m not alone, and that can carry me to 2020.