Cynics had another great Election Day on Tuesday. Expectations of a vast red wave became little more than scattered sightings of Democratic road kill. President Joe Biden took a “no red wave” victory lap in a White House press conference Wednesday and promised to make no changes to his policies. It’s hard to improve on perfection — even though his party probably lost control of the House of Representatives and may lose the Senate.
While some commentators hail the results as a reaffirmation of “constitutionalism,” almost all the politicians who trampled the Constitution got re-elected.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer enraged Michiganders by placing the entire state under house arrest after the outbreak of COVID-19, even imposing a $1,000 fine on anyone who left home to visit family members. She garnered 2.4 million votes, 54% of those cast.
Gov. Kathy Hochul perpetuated the repressive COVID policies Gov. Andrew Cuomo started, including seeking to compel all school kids to get COVID vaccinations that provide no protection for youngsters. Despite her scoffing at New Yorkers’ fears of soaring crime, Hochul received more than 3 million votes, winning 53% to 47%.
Other governors who imposed COVID lockdowns were also re-elected. Is America becoming a Cage Keeper Democracy, where voters merely select the politicians who place them under house arrest?