The PJ Tatler

The Faces and Images of the GOP, 2014

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Here’s two thousand words on the scale of Wendy Davis’ spectacular defeat Tuesday night. Plus a few thousand words about the Republican Party that is emerging from Tuesday night’s victories.

The Wu Tang Clan shirt might have been clever, in an insidery way.



But it did not change anything. Texas is still red. Very, very red. Of Texas’ 254 counties, Greg Abbott won all but 19, and most by a whole lot of votes. (Map source: Politico)


This is Elise Stefanik. She is 30 years old. Having won her race in NY-21, she is now the youngest woman in Congress. She is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. And she is a conservative Republican.



So the millenials have their first representation in Congress.

Gen Xers have Sen.-elect Cory Gardner (R-CO) to join Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio and a few others who are already there. He is 40 years old. He finished off the Democrats’ phony, cynical “war on women” by defeating one its mascots, Democrat Mark “Uterus” Udall.


Remember all that talk, during the 1980s and 1990s, of a “New South”?

Conservative Sen. Tim Scott (R) won re-election last night. Scott is the first black man elected to the Senate from the South since Reconstruction. And the 49-year-old is a conservative Republican.



Scott was joined in re-election in South Carolina by Gov. Nikki Haley (R). Haley is of Indian heritage. She is 42 years old.

Nikki Haley


This is Will Hurd. The former CIA agent is now Rep.-elect Will Hurd, Republican of Texas. The 37-year-old defeated Rep. Pete Gallego (D) Tuesday night in Texas’ 23rd congressional district.


Staying in Texas for a moment, this is George P. Bush. He is 38 years old, and a conservative Republican. Texas elected him land commissioner Tuesday night — with about 61% of the vote.


This is Susana Martinez (R). New Mexico re-elected her governor last night. Martinez, a conservative Republican, won in a blue state.

Republican National Convention

Wisconsin used to be a reliably blue state. It’s the birthplace of Big Labor. But it’s red now, thanks in no small part to Gov. Scott Walker. Gov. Walker is just 47 years old, yet the conservative reforming Republican has already beaten Big Labor three times, and may have broken Big Labor’s power for years to come.

2012 Republican National Convention: Day 2

Let’s to up to Utah. This is 38-year-old Mai Love, campaigning for Congress at a gun show on the Saturday before the election.


Mia Love, conservative Republican, won Tuesday night and will serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Here she is right after learning that she is the first black Republican woman elected to the House, ever.