Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fall Elections 2010- #2367 - Aftermath: The Best and the Worst of The Wave - Hot Air

First off, I always have fun on Election Night, regardless of outcome, because it always reminds me of how blessed we are to have a stable electoral system that (nearly) always reflects the will of the electorate. No one who sat through the 2006 and 2008 campaigns could seriously doubt that the electorate intended to deliver a spanking to the GOP and succeeded in doing so. The same holds for last night, in the reverse. However, I’d be lying if I said that 2006 and 2008 were anywhere near as enjoyable as last night, for obvious reasons, and especially 2006. On that night when Democrats took over both chambers of Congress, I took part in a CNN blogger special at a coffee house in DC filled with bloggers from across the political spectrum. We had a great time hanging out with each other, and most of them were gracious in victory, but getting hit with a major loss while on national TV isn’t the most pleasant feeling in the world. Watching your party take control of your state legislature from the confines of GOP HQ? Better.
The Schadenfreude Award/Most Satisfying – Alan Grayson gets an 18-point walloping after one of the sleaziest campaigns ever. Congratulations to Dan Webster.
Biggest victory I’d call this a tie between SC-05 and VA-05, with perhaps a little MO-04 thrown in as well. Tom Perriello’s defeat in Virginia came after a high-profile intervention by Barack Obama which reinforced the national-referendum aspect of the midterms. In terms of impact in the House, though, the loss of two major chairs by the Democrats is a hard slap across the face. Ike Skelton (MO) chairs the Armed Services Committee and John Spratt (SC) the Budget Committee — you know, the one that failed to produce a budget despite a 77-seat majority in the House. Democratic leadership just took a big kick in the teeth.  Read entire article......

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