Pink surfboard rides blue wave

To the editor:

On the afternoon of Nov. 7, one day after the midterm elections, Donald Trump announced that he was encouraged that the Senate would receive three of four more Republicans and the blue wave, although a majority, was nothing but a mere trickle with only 27 Democrats being elected to the House of Representatives. One week later, we find after all of the votes are being counted that it was premature to just look at the results in the East Coast and Midwest and disregard the West and the West Coast.

To date, at the time of writing this letter, nearly 40 newly elected members of the House have been added to the Democratic side of the aisle in the House of Representatives. Yes, it was after all a blue wave with a pink surfboard riding on top. More than 100 women were added to the House and of them, 40 were my sisters of color. I say my sisters not in a biological sense but a harmonious sense. We women are better at compromise and doing what is best for our families, while men seem to be the more stubborn of the sexes, unwilling to budge for partisan sake.

So, while we continue to run the tally on who won or lost, it appears that the Republicans won one seat in the Senate (Florida), if the runoff in Mississippi goes blue. Trump is not happy about this. He went out on a limb too early and claimed victory, and now is wallowing is self-pity about these losses.

Whichever way you choose to look at it, either side is not safe in 2020, since many of the races were won by razor thin margins. As a country we are split down the middle.

The Democrats rode the wave with health care. They seemed to listen to the masses — that kitchen table issues will prevail. Mitch McConnell recognizes this and has abandoned any more attempts at continuing repeal and replace when it comes to health care. We’ll have to wait and see what will be done with Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, because these issues were high on the list for everyday Americans, too.

High on the younger voters list are the environment and gun safety. Since the youth vote (ages 18-29) also had an impact on the midterm elections, it’s going to be nice to see McConnell back-peddling.

I was hoping for a different turnout in Ohio, but to my fellow Democrats across the country, congratulations. We now have a House of Representatives that is more reflective of our population and will be the worst nightmare for Trump and the misogynists who rally around him.

They now have to face Nancy Pelosi, former speaker of the House, and Maxine Waters, majority chair of the House Finance Services Committee, two women who they have picked on, humiliated and called obnoxious names. Karma has delivered results wrapped with a pink bow.

Kathy Antinone