Incumbent Senate Democrats in battleground states who opposed the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination appeared to have paid a price on Election Day, with senators Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Indiana's Joe Donnelly, Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Florida's Bill Nelson all suffering defeat.

In fact, every Democrat incumbent who opposed Kavanaugh in states rated "toss up" by Fox News lost their race. In contrast, the lone Democrat who voted for Kavanaugh, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, won his race.

"Every Dem Senator in a competitive race who voted against Kavanaugh lost," tweeted Tom Bevan, Co-founder of RealClearPolitics. Fox News polling offered evidence the Kavanaugh issue was a major problem for those battleground incumbent Democrats.

A Fox News poll from early October, just before the Kavanaugh confirmation vote, found 34 percent of North Dakotans said they would be less likely to vote for Heitkamp if she voted against Kavanaugh, with just 17 percent saying it would make them more likely to vote for her.

In Missouri, among the 28 percent of voters who said they could still switch candidates, almost twice as many said they'd be less likely to support McCaskill if she opposed Kavanaugh.

In Indiana, a Fox News poll found 32 percent said they would be less likely to vote for Braun if he voted against Kavanaugh, compared to 30 percent who would be more likely.

Sen. Manchin got grief for his vote for Kavanaugh, and was shouted at by protestors with chants of "shame!" One reporter asked him: "Do you think there's still a place for you in the Democratic Party after this?"

Manchin replied by saying, "I'm just a West Virginian."

Manchin also came under fire from his Republican opponent for waiting to announce his vote until after the Republicans had already secured enough votes. Many speculated that had been the deciding vote, he would have gone against Kavanaugh.

But he survived that charge.


More and more, the population is concentrated in just a few areas -- the blue. Blue areas tend to be urban -- the residents are a mix of educated, well paid or wealthy liberals and a lower class of those dependent upon the largess of government -- these are poorly educated, poor and tend towards crime and chemical dependency.  Obviously, the second group provide the massive votes keeping Democrats in office.  Think Rome with its aristocracy and plebes -- entertained with circuses and fed by the emperor. 

The red areas are a mix of rural and small towns.  They tend to be older, more conservative and involved with agriculture, small to medium businesses and self employed.  

More and more, the Senate will be represented by the red areas and the House by the blue areas.  As senators are elected statewide, the red areas will wield more power in the senate.  As the House is elected by districts, the blue areas will dominate the House.  


The deep south has a distinct blue steak that goes from Memphis down to Greenville, Mississippi.  It turns east, and goes through Montgomery to Atlanta and all the way to Georgetown, SC.

It's this blue streak that came up with the votes in Georgia for the runner up in the governor's race.

In the past, the northern Atlanta Perimeter was solidly Republican, but the changing demographics is a sign that younger people are moving into that area and that the older, conservatives are exiting Atlanta in mass.

Since I left a northeast Atlanta suburb 15 years ago, my county of 1,000,000 people has had 320,000 whites move elsewhere--replaced by a very diverse population of blacks, Koreans, other Asians and many Hispanics.  The voting earlier this week is an example that big cities do change--and not always for the best. 

Davidson County, Tennessee is another example how voters can totally change in a 10 year period with a huge new population of Hispanics, Vietnamese and Kurds.  

We lived in the Southern area of Atlanta which was really 30 miles south in an area in Henry County called McDonnough.  The latest thing down there is the Nuclear Evacuation Plan (NEP) for all Atlantians and those in the surrounding areas.  Those South of Atlanta are to take 75 south toward Macon, those in the Northern suburbs head north on 75 toward Chattanooga and 85 toward Greenville, SC.  Those in Western Suburbs are to go West on I20 and The bulk of Atlanta residents the inner city folks are to get on 285 and drive.  

Okay, that's a lot of typing for a very little effect.  Actually, we still own our McDonough home and may end up having to move back but I prefer to live and stay in this area.  I don't cherish dealing with that Atlanta (continuous and constant) traffic but I do so miss the variety of restaurants and places to eat out.  Just getting to them was the pain.  Boy though I do miss many of the Pizza places that are in the Atlanta area.  Who knows what will happen, whether or not we'll continue to stay in this area, which I would prefer, but Atlanta does have some good things about it if you can get over the traffic (and crime).

I resided in Atlanta for most of my career.  Early on, we moved into the Druid Hills neighborhood (designed by Frederick Olmsted).   Home costs were much less then and VA helped.  Lived there the rest of my career, except for about four years in Huntsville.  The wife considered moving to Buckhead.   After I showed how it would affect our retirement, she rethought that.  Buckhead is and was extremely expensive.  

Sometimes, we miss Atlanta (driving into Atlanta from the west at sunrise is still a beautiful sight).  We still visit Atlanta a couple of times a year.  The crime and traffic is too much for her and almost too much for me.  Love the cultural advantages like the High Museum and Fox Theater, plus great restaurants.  We're a bit too old for the club scene, now. But, not too old to enjoy the music at Swampers a couple of nights a week.  In all, glad I returned to the Shoals. 


We're here for the ultra low cost of living and The River which we have a second house on.  Atlanta remains very low cost in housing, but the demographics have changed dramatically.  320,000 whites have left Gwinnett County in the last 15 years being replaced by Blacks, Koreans and Hispanics of all kinds.  Gwinnett Mall area is a business wasteland--with no tenants.  It's really sad.

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