Hillary’s Losers

Losers.

Hillary Clinton wasn’t on the ballot this year, but all of the candidates she’d campaigned for were, and they suffered some of the most embarrassing defeats of the cycle. Even MSNBC agrees that it was a bad night for Clinton.

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Sandra Fluke, Loser

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Say what you will about Sandra Fluke, but she was not the worst candidate of the 2014 cycle. Unlike Sean Eldridge, Fluke was humble enough to seek political office at the state level.

Unfortunately, Fluke lost her bid for a seat in the California state Senate. In fact, she was demolished, losing by more than 21 points to fellow Democrat Ben Allen.

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AMERICA PREVAILS: Sean Eldridge Loses by 30 Points

Goodbye for now.

Rejoice, America! The worst candidate of the 2014 has lost to incumbent Rep. Chris Gibson by 30 points, which was precisely the margin required to keep the American Dream alive. With all precincts reporting in New York’s 19th congressional district, here are the results, via CNN:

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2014 Midterm Winners and Losers

Obama, one of last night's losers, hears the sad Charlie Brown music when he walks (AP)

Loser: Obama

Obviously.

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REJOICE: The Worst Candidate of 2014 Has Lost

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Facebook spouse and worst candidate of 2014 Sean Eldridge has conceded defeat to Republican Chris Gibson in New York’s 19th Congressional district. According to CNN, Eldridge trails by 26 points with nearly 75 percent of precincts reporting:

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Celebrating the Most Important Election of the Modern Age

Victory (AP)

(Note: The Free Beacon is thrilled with the outcome of this year’s midterms, which we believe to be one of the most important elections in the modern era. We wanted to express our feelings in an epic morning-after post, but ultimately realized that we could not say it better than these respected liberal commenters did following the 2006 midterms, in which Democrats recaptured Congress, and resulted in the second term of our Greatest Living President being a little less great. The following was taken, essentially verbatim, from the post-2006 assessments of E.J. Dionne, Paul Krugman, and Walter Shapiro.)

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Wendy Davis Goes Down in Flames

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Wendy Davis will no be the next governor of Texas. With nearly 60 percent of precincts reporting, Republican Greg Abbott is leading by 21 points, according to Fox News.

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Down Double Digits, Wendy Davis Begs for Money on Election Day

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Do you have any spare cash that you’d really like to set on fire but just can’t find the time? You’re in luck!

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In Final Act of Kindness, Alison Lundergan Grimes Pays For Needy Grandmother’s Airplane Ride

Hillary Clinton, Alison Lundergan Grimes

In one of the final acts of her struggling campaign, Alison Lundergan Grimes graciously picked up the tab for an elderly grandmother’s airplane ride.

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Five Great Films that Are (Very Tangentially!) About Elections

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There are probably dozens of lists out there about the “Greatest Election Movies” or “Greatest Politics Movies” of all time. Those lists are boring and unchallenging (“Ooh, you think Election is a great election movie? GOOD JOB, GOOD EFFORT“). So instead of another dull list about election movies featuring The Candidate, I’ve compiled a list of five films that are extremely tangentially about elections—films in which elections may not even take place, yet drive the action of the movie in a significant way or show us something interesting about the nature of politics and American society.

So, without further ado, allow me to offer you Five Great Films that Are (Very Tangentially!) About Elections:

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Ellison’s Must Read of the Day

Ellison must read

My must read of the day is “Democrats in Arkansas feel good about their early voting numbers. Republicans feel even better,” in the Washington Post.

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Gabby Wathen Is Emblematic of Everything Terrible. And so Are You for Supporting Her!

Ugh (screenshot from Buzzfeed)

Here’s an awful story about a terrible woman who represents the decline of America. Writes BuzzFeed’s Rachel Zarrell:

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OPINION: Cancel Presidential Elections

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In 2012, more than 125 million Americans cast ballots in an election that only served to create greater partisan divisions, increase gridlock and generally make the President Obama’s life more difficult. His forward-looking agenda continues to take a back seat to petty grievances. One hundred and twenty-five million may sound like a lot, but that’s still less than 40 percent of the population of the United States, and less than one-tenth the population of China. Voter turnout was even lower than it was during the historic 2008 election, despite the fact that outside spenders spent nearly three times as much on partisan attack ads.

There was a time when presidential elections made sense—at our nation’s founding, everyone agreed that George Washington should be president, so he ran unopposed and was elected unanimously. Most people agree that he was on of the greatest presidents of all time. After that, politicians started running for president against each other, thus forever burdening the American people with a decision that many would rather someone else make on their behalf. Centuries later, presidential elections no longer make any sense.

Presidential elections, like midterm elections, aren’t just unnecessary; they’re harmful to American politics. We should get rid of them entirely.

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Kay Hagan’s Friends in the Media

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Being Kay Hagan (or a member of her immediate family) is a pretty good gig if you can find it. As a Democratic senator, Hagan has significantly increased her net worth since getting elected and her husband, son, and son-in-law have received taxpayer funding for their businesses. Additionally, she appears to have convinced the local media that stories reflecting poorly on her are unfit for print.

The Charlotte Observer is under fire from Republicans for pulling a story about Hagan and the stimulus grants her family received. After briefly posting a story about state government officials calling for a “legal review” of the grants—with the headline: “Memo: Grant given to company run by Sen. Hagan’s husband needs ‘legal review’”—the Observer erased the story from its website.

Here is the cached version:

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