We took the Senate back.

There may be a light at the end of this tunnel yet.

They haven’t officially called it yet, but it appears that Jon Ossoff has won his election in Georgia. It was a pretty tight win, but a Georgia election official this morning was saying that he thinks Ossoff’s win squeaked out of the margin that demands a recount, too. Meanwhile, Reverend Raphael Warnock has also won his race. These two wins give the Democrats control of the Senate, which means we have a blue House, a blue Senate, and a blue White House.

Thank whatever, y’all. There may be a light at the end of this tunnel yet.

That doesn’t mean it’s clear sailing from here on out, though. The Senate is a 50/50 split, with VP Kamala Harris voting to break ties. Which means either we’re working to flip votes on the Republican side, or we’re getting every single Democrat to vote yes on a thing, when we’re trying to get something done. And that’s fine because at least we have opportunities now, which is more than we’ve had for six years since McConnell took over. We might actually be able to govern.

A brief recap of Jan. 5, 2021.

I didn’t dare let myself get hopeful.

9:08am: Well, January is already exhausting. JFC, is it the 21st yet?

11:07pm: I bet Stacey Abrams is having one of the best nights of her life tonight. She deserves it, too.

The death toll keeps rising.

January will be brutal.

If you’re curious, we marked 300,000 dead on Dec. 14. Only 17 days later, just a smidge more than two weeks, we’re almost halfway to 400,000 dead.

This will be the longest three weeks of our lives.

I can literally feel my hair turning gray, STG.

Sure. Three weeks left in his term? Let’s start a war with Iran.

🔗 The Hill: Iran accuses Trump of ‘plot to fabricate pretext for war’

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Thursday accused President Trump of trying to create a “pretext for war” after the U.S. flew two B-52 bombers in the Middle East amid warnings of a possible attack in the region from Tehran.

It’s almost like stricter lockdowns lead to fewer cases.

Weird.

I’m not linking to the article this person linked to because it’s bullshit. The article claims that since Oregon has one of the lower case counts in the US, its fairly strict lockdown measures are outrageous, while completely failing to recognize the point that we have a lower case count because our lockdown measures have been strict.

Tweet, Oregon has fourth fewest virus cases, yet among strictest lockdowns, w/ link to bullshit rightwing article

There’s been a lot of this flavor of whining from conservatives in Oregon, complaining about the damage being done to businesses by the lockdowns. And they’re not wrong – businesses are suffering. But what’s more important: money or lives? No one is happy about what this is doing to businesses. This shouldn’t be happening. We should have gotten more support from the federal government so this didn’t have to happen. But we didn’t get that support, so the pandemic and the lockdowns have dragged on and on, and now everyone has to pay the price for Trump’s incompetency.