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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Weird election day

All the local school budgets passed, which was good, and a little bit of a surprise.

Arlen Specter lost in the PA primary, which I guess wasn't a surprise, but I thought he would pull it out at the last minute.

Overall, the results are not disastrous for the Dems. Here's what Politico said, posted on Hullabaloo:

All the evidence pointing to monster Republican House gains this fall—the Scott Brown upset win in Massachusetts, the scary polling numbers in once-safely Democratic districts, the ever-rising number of Democratic seats thought to be in jeopardy—was contradicted Tuesday.

In the only House race that really mattered to both parties—the special election to replace the late Democratic Rep. John Murtha in Pennsylvania’s 12th District—Republicans failed spectacularly, losing on a level playing field where, in this favorable environment, they should have run roughshod over the opposition.

Given the resources the GOP poured into the effort to capture the seat and the decisiveness of the defeat—as it turned out, it wasn’t really that close—the outcome casts serious doubt on the idea that the Democratic House majority is in jeopardy.

I also liked what Digby said in this same post - this is exactly how I feel:

Evidently, Obama can no longer appeal to "centrists." Which means he's a "liberal." Which makes me a leftist revolutionary.



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