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Morning Briefing: All Hail Black Voters; Congratulations Doug Jones; and Go F*ck Yourself, Steve Bannon

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | December 13, 2017 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | December 13, 2017 |

Good morning, everyone! I cannot believe that the morning after an Alabama Senate election, we are reveling in a Democratic victory. We’re still living in a nightmare, but the country is trying to wake us up from it. Last night’s election was like having a train blaring outside our windows. I felt stirrings of hope. By God, if we survive it, I think 2018 is going to be a great year.

What’s remarkable about the election, and what people are going to be talking about for days, are all the factors besides Roy Moore that pushed us over the top. There was the reporting by the Washington Post; the women who bravely came forward with their accusations against Roy Moore; there was Patti Sue Mathis, and her father Nathan, who nervously called upon the people of Alabama to vote for decency. But most of all, there were the Black voters.

Black voters illustrated that, if they turn out in big enough numbers, they can elect a Democrat in a deeply red state. The number that jumps out the most this morning, besides the fact that 92 percent of black voters pulled the lever for Doug Jones, is that Doug Jones won 16 percent of the female vote, despite the fact that 29 percent of white women voted for Roy Moore. That is insane.

And the thing is, if Democrats do what Charles Barkely suggests they do, and really go after the African American vote instead of taking it for granted, it’s possible to flip other states in the South. Alabama has the sixth largest percent of African American voters in the country, but a good God-fearing liberal Democrat who had a strong appeal to black voters could completely flip a state like Georgia (which is 30 percent black) or even Mississippi (37 percent black) or Louisiana, which is 32 percent black.

Best tweet of the night was this one:

If folks like Jason Kander can fix the gerrymandering issues, the voter suppression, and the fucked up Voter ID laws in the Deep South, men like Roy Moore or Thad Cochran — who has held his seat in Mississippi since 1978, and who is “very proud” to use as his own the desk of Jefferson Davis — could get drummed out of office. Mississippi is 41 percent non-white; ain’t no goddamn reason in the world that a Confederate-flag loving motherfucker should not only be winning that state, but doing so handily.

Anyway, I got off track. Let’s just bask in the glow of these reactions from Twitter, which basically fall into three categories: Hell Yeah, Doug Jones; Thank You Black Voters; and go fuck yourself, Steve Bannon.

Illinois Republican Congressman here:

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