November 8, 2017 9:26 am -

Election Day 2017 was a referendum on Trump — and he was soundly trounced not only the high-profile gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey but in a large number of key downticket races.

Reason number one: Trump is the political equivalent of a radioactive albatross infected with smallpox hanging around your neck. Democrats need to weaponize that!

[Brook Park Mayor Tom] Coyne served as mayor for two decades from 1982 to 2001. He declined to comment Tuesday night.

He then was reelected in 2013. Most recently, he made headlines by switching from the Democratic to the Republican party and supporting Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

He lost to Michael Gammella, a former city council president and an United Auto Workers union-Ford international representative.

Coyne said Tuesday night that he did not want to comment until results had been finalized.

Reason number two: voters actually want reform — but not of the variety that gives corporations more rights than citizens, keeps corrupt and racist taxpayer-financed institutions unchecked. High-profile social justice warriors need to be elected.

Democratic candidate Larry Krasner, a civil rights defense attorney with a history of suing the Philadelphia Police Department, has been elected as the city’s top prosecutor.

The heavy favorite following his May primary win, Krasner coasted to a victory Tuesday night over Republican opponent Beth Grossman. The Associated Press called the race shortly after 9 p.m.

In a speech to supporters Tuesday night, Krasner promised his election would herald “transformational change” in Philadelphia’s criminal justice system and a fairness “for a system that has systematically picked on black and brown people,” as The Inquirer reported.

“This is what a movement looks like,” he said.

You can be sure that Democrats across the country are looking at what happened yesterday in Virginia, and there is a bonanza of data to be mined and analyzed — but the two big local victories for Democrats, and in the case of Krasner, his primary victory back in May, also hold important lessons for Democrats, and should give Republicans some robust night sweats for the next year.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.