Politicians love us -- or if they don't, they at least fake it until they make it. I suppose this means young people are gaining ground. But where no one was watching, young people had even bigger wins this year -- as candidates.
It is hard not to feel good about these elections. Though they are local, they demonstrate how important the American democratic process is to communities recently arrived in the United States.
Tuesday night's election results were a lot to take in -- especially if you're one of the Beltway creatures still clinging to low expectations for the political participation of Millennials. Spoiler alert: Young voter turnout in Virginia went up, a lot.
Pundits who are already describing the victories of Terry McAuliffe in Virginia and Chris Christie in New Jersey as a "return to the center" of American politics are confusing the "center" with big business and Wall Street.
On January 1, hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans who work in low-wage jobs but barely survive will see an increase in their wages to $8.25 an hour, an increase that will be adjusted for inflation annually thereafter.