The ending was fine, except “the party” was the wrong party.
In another copy-and-paste opinion, WSJ columnist William McGurn prematurely declared, “All midterm elections are referendums on the president.”
McGurn may have been unintentionally right: Perhaps Biden’s closing thoughts about election integrity overshadowed his lousy approval ratings.
The fiery vows to challenge unwanted vote counts — and threats against those doing the counting — undoubtedly aggravated many who would have otherwise supported those who made them. After all, what were these candidates really saying? They were saying that not only will I throw out votes for the other guy but I’ll throw out your votes, too. In other words, you have no say in the matter.
The power in Biden’s remarks came from his not making the issue R’s versus D’s. He was appealing to Republicans who were ready to stand up to the election deniers. The candidates among them were the bravest of all.
This writer was not unhappy that Republican Brian Kemp was reelected governor of Georgia. Kemp famously refused to help Trump overturn the results of the 2020 election. In revenge, Trump dredged up former Sen. David Perdue to knock Kemp off in a primary. Georgia Republicans stuck with Kemp, to their credit.
And I’d like to summon a moment of reverence for Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer. He lost the Republican primary for having the courage to vote for Trump’s impeachment. After his defeat, Meijer said, “I would rather lose office with my character intact than stay reelected having made sacrifices of the soul.”
Meijer’s replacement, John Gibbs, went on to lose in the general election to Democrat Hillary Scholten. Trump-backed Gibbs was certainly not helped by his suggestion that women shouldn’t have the right to vote. Nor that he floated a lunatic conspiracy theory linking a prominent Democrat to Satanic rituals.
That some Democrats tried to help the highly flawed Gibbs win the primary was not the Democrats’ finest hour.
It’s over. The democracy is intact, and that’s the “d” that really mattered.