He reviews the events of the past week. He ends by saying that whatever disappointments people may have about the loss of seats in the House of Representatives and the failure to win a majority in the Senate, we should savor the many, many good things that happened.
My own view is that Democrats likely over-performed in 2018 because Trump was not on the ballot that year and so the loss of some Democratic house seats this year, while regrettable, may just be a sign that polls did not take into account the Trump black swan effect and thus had inflated and unrealistic expectations. This is supported by the fact that the Democrats who lost tended to be in Republican-leaning states like Florida, Oklahoma, and South Carolina where the Trump coattail effect was likely to be greater. They did lose a seat in New Mexico that Biden won but gained a seat in Georgia that has long been Republican.
Oliver reviews the breakthrough gains made by LGBTQ candidates in down ballot races. He points to the fact that very soon, we will be spared the feelings of disgust at seeing people like Stephen Miller and Betsy De Vos in positions of power. To me, I am particularly thankful that the members of the Trump family such as the two idiot sons Eric and Don Jr., the smug Barbie and Ken of Ivanka and Jared, none of whom have done anything of note on their own, will no longer be able to command as much media attention, to the extent that they escape prosecution.
And he gives a well deserved shout out to people like Stacey Abrams and the tens of thousands of people who worked indefatigably to register new voters in places like Georgia and elsewhere that gave formerly Republican strongholds like Georgia and Arizona to the Democratic candidate. Abrams and others registered hundreds of thousands of new voters over the past decade in Georgia alone.