- - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Tuesday’s elections results sent a shiver up the spines of the “progressives” with a normal pulse. Goofy and Stupid took a hit across the land. In San Francisco, where anything strange is the norm, voters sacked the sheriff who wouldn’t enforce immigration law in his “sanctuary city.” In Tucson, voters overwhelmingly voted to ban the revenue cameras that cities, including Washington, D.C., use not to make streets safer but to pick the pockets of motorists. Houston voters overturned an ordinance that enabled men who “feel” like women to use public restrooms intended for actual women — the “right of men to watch women pee,” as one vulgar but perceptive wit put it — and Ohio voters said “no” to legalizing marijuana, and in big numbers.

In Kentucky, the conventional wisdom said Matt Blevins, who failed last year to unseat Sen. Mitch McConnell, would lose his attempt to win the governorship this year. But he won. He not only won but his coattails carried dozens of other Republicans to victory, including Mr. Blevins’ running mate, a candidate for attorney general who is black and a woman to boot.

The carpetbagger governor of Virginia went to his rich friends in Manhattan to collect the swag he thought would overturn the one-seat Republican majority in the state Senate. He collected the swag but not the votes. The Republican majority survived. Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City and longtime crusader against guns, popcorn and soda pop, funneled almost $3 million into two state Senate races, hoping to make a dramatic statement about guns.

The Bloomberg candidate won only in an open Democratic district that had voted for President Obama only three years ago, and the Republicans overcame a million-dollar Bloomberg offensive elsewhere to preserve their majority.

The Bloomberg attempt to neuter the Second Amendment follows the route Democrats have tried frequently, learning the hard way that it’s a dead-end road. It’s a lesson still not learned. Hillary Rodham Clinton, searching for happy news far, far from home, praises Australia for confiscating the guns of the law-abiding and promises that as president she would get rid of the conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse D.C. v. Heller, which ratified the right of Americans to keep guns in their homes to protect their families. The pursuit of everybody’s legal guns cost Al Gore the presidency in the year 2000, and Hillary is flirting now with a similar doom.

Voters tell pollsters by a 3 to 1 margin that preserving the right to keep and bear arms is important to them and 54 percent say it’s “very important.” That’s up from three years ago, when 68 percent said it was important, and that’s what Michael Bloomberg and his millions were up against in Virginia. That’s the headwind Hillary faces next November. For her own good, maybe she should have a heart-to-heart with Al.

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