For the past year, I have been "feeling the Bern," celebrating gay marriage and transgender acceptance, being schooled that Black Lives Matter, knowing that everything I write is from "privilege"...and worrying.
Worrying that this is the self-selecting world of my friends and "friends" on Facebook, Twitter and the progressive Web sites. Meanwhile, the majority of the electorate that is white and votes was keeping quiet. Ominously quiet.
They spoke in this week's election and the result was another disaster for progressives.
People were surprised that the Tea Party nobody Matt Bevin won the governorship in Kentucky over a highly qualified Democrat. Why? He had the one indispensable quality needed to succeed in New Confederacy politics: an R after his name.
With Bevin's election, Republicans can claim 32 governors — that's an astounding 64 percent of the governorships in the nation. Those holding hope for a Democratic victory in Louisiana against David Vitter should remember he triumphed in his Senate race despite being ensnared in a sex scandal (his lover/call girl was helpfully named Wendy, same as his wife). Will he survive a new love-child scandal or do a Grover Cleveland? Vitter has the magical R. All is forgiven.