True to my nature as a voting results junkie, I stayed up way past my bedtime [i.e. past nine p.m.!] to watch the Kentucky results. I went to sleep happy, even though I had never heard of Beshear before last night. I found the results enormously reassuring despite my low level of involvement with Kentucky politics. First, the Democrats’ conquest of the suburbs continues. Second, and much more significant, turnout was enormous. This was an off-off-year election, and yet total turnout was almost 50% above what it was in 2015 when the last gubernatorial election was held. I have repeatedly offered the opinion here that the key to a Democratic victory next year is the sort of record turnout we saw last year when we took back the House. I remain convinced that impeachment will outrage and fire up Trump voters until it fails in the Senate, at which point the energy will drain out of Trump’s base months before next November. Meanwhile, the failure of impeachment will infuriate our voters, and that fury will not die away in the late winter, spring, summer, and early fall of 2020. Instead, it will inspire huge numbers of low-likelihood voters to go to the polls as their only way of expressing their disapproval of Trump.
On another matter entirely, I think this wretched man Sondland is fatally weakened by having so off-putting a face. Now, I am aware that looks are deceiving. One of my heroes, David Hume, had a face like a suet pudding and a body to match, and yet he had the most agile, powerful, penetrating intellect of the 18th century.