Well, it was about as bad as it could be, and now I shall have to come to terms with being represented in the United States Senate by the likes of Thom Tillis until I am eighty-six at the least. I am sure I have done some things during my long life for which I deserve to be reproached, but this seems like cruel and unusual punishment for them.
Whom to blame for last night's debacle? The answer is obvious: the American people, those who voted, and the much larger number who chose not to vote. Democracy has its flaws, as the author of In Defense of Anarchism can attest, but it does have one great feature: If enough of the poor, exploited, and down-trodden get together, they can in fact change who controls the State and what the State does. I have no doubt that the voter suppression schemes of the Republicans have made a difference, but they could not have made enough of a difference to stop a determined popular movement to use the vote as a means of social change. Here in North Carolina, the State Legislature led by the same Thom Tillis eliminated on-campus voting. This contributed to his victory over Kay Hagan, but only because these bright young UNC students ostensibly engaged in getting a higher education could not be troubled to travel for a few minutes to downtown voting sites.
I had planned today, after my morning walk, to begin the re-reading of Capital Volume One in preparation for my course next semester. Perhaps that is the best way to put a bad night behind me.