Booker lost. close race at least.
Well, there goes our shot at unseating Moscow Mitch.
@thegibson I’m sure the voter suppression had everything to do with it. *sigh*
Can I level with you as a local?
There was not much in the way of suppression here as reported.
In Louisville, 200,000 mail in ballots were out, which is a third of the total registered voters, and the Convention center used for the polling place had no lines all day until the last minute, and even then the lines moved fast.
There may have been plenty of other forms of vote suppression, but the ones in the news never really manifested the way they made it sound.
Those stories really bugged me watching it happen first hand... if you left out a little critical info it looked really bad... but it was just normal bad.
@thegibson In your opinion, is the “normal bad” acceptable?
@lilithsaintcrow NO, not at all.
but we did locally have above 70% turnout this time around.
@thegibson At least there’s that! To what would you attribute Moscow Mitch’s putative victory then? (If you don’t have time for analysis with the Missus feeling poorly just ignore me, I’m simply curious.)
McGrath is not the candidate than will peel his icy fingers off of our state's collective throat.
Booker was a tranformative candidate from here. McGrath. While a definite improvement will be beaten by the same old drumbeat of "But Mitch brings home the money to our state!"
While infinitely better, she is not the candidate he didn't see coming. She is the same as every other middle of the road candidate that has failed to beat him I fear...
I still hope I'm wrong.
@thegibson The thing is… Mitch doesn’t bring the money for anyone but Mitch. The *perception* that he brings the money to certain elites is the deciding factor, it appears. Especially with gerrymandering in play.
If only we had a functioning democracy. :P
@lilithsaintcrow You and I agree.
I doubt McGrath can get that message accross.
I was all about McGrath until Booker... maybe I'll feel better about this a month from now...
@thegibson And Booker’s presence and success might push McGrath to be a little less centrist in order to retain support. You never know.
I hope so. I like her, but I just saw someone who had the angle of attack ready. Maybe he'll join up and advise her... because he knew how to play this game.
@thegibson @lilithsaintcrow I was told with a “wink” discussion that was OTR but also not some secret backroom discussion that McGrath knows the Centrist play is the thing that might work in some of the more rural counties, but she does have progressive bonafides and knows she has to be very careful on the record through the action, because Mitch’s propaganda guns will catch any slip.
Given some of the rural county votes against Booker: might work?
@thegibson @lilithsaintcrow That said, it is upsetting that all the experts seem to agree this political game has to be played this way and that large parts (in acres, not pop.) of Kentucky wouldn’t vote for an “out” progressive for Senate. It’s cynical and depressing and more reason I voted for Booker in the primary. I’d rather support the transparency.
@thegibson @lilithsaintcrow That cynical game has me worried about the other one: looking at recent national elections, misogyny still seems to sway more votes than racism in November and I cannot help but worry a lot of voters will vote for Mitch simply because he is a man. Booker at least didn’t have that “disadvantage”. 😖
People, even out there, show up to vote or stay home for the same reasons.
McGrath will not break his grip on them without some more energy... Booker had the momentum. McGrath has the same momentum every democrat that has lost to McConnell has had.
We had a shot at a candidate that broke the mold.
Now we just have to hope for the best.
@thegibson doubt very much that Booker lost by any real measure, but the system is just that rigged. They will never let anyone vote them out, and they won't respect any election results they don't like.
@TheGibson Well that's depressing :(
@TheGibson I was really hoping to see the Democrat Establishment's sock puppet get soundly rejected, but $40M of 1% money goes a long way
A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.