Reading More into Last Night’s Elections

voting_boothThe headline banner at CNN reads:     The GOP scores BIG on election night.

Go inside and the headline is a bit toned down:    GOP wins key governor races, but lose NY congressional seat.

The governor races were those in Virginia and New Jersey.   Those almost warrant a yawn.   The NY congressional seat was last controlled by the Democrats  “since at least the 1890s.”  That says more to me than Virginia – which is fairly conservative politically (and ‘culturally’) – voting in a Taliban-like candidate or New Jerseyians tiring of Jon Corzine’s inaction.  Apparently money doesn’t always talk, but then how would you explain Michael Bloomberg’s victory?

But like this ‘analysis‘ from Newsweek’s Katie Connolly – don’t read too much into what happened last night.   If the Democrats had been able to get the kind of health care the American people really wanted lined up with dates of pull out for Iraq solid and a slow rise in economy markers, and THEN lost these or other races, it might be a reason for the Goppers to crow.  Otherwise, it’s not.   And in the event you need more convincing, here’s the Rude Pundit with ‘Shit What We Learned Last Night.’

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  1. Agree with your piece entirely except for the Bloomberg comment. I’m a New Yorker, have been for all but five of my 45 adult years, and last supported a Republican in the 1970 Philly mayoral race (Thacher Longstreth against the unspeakable Frank Rizzo) but
    I supported Bloomberg.

    He’s been a good Mayor, certainly as good as anyone I can remember (Koch, Beame, Dinkins, Giuliani, even Lindsay). More importantly, Thompson gave none of us potential supporters any reason to think he would be better except for the letter after his name.

    Finally, the one thing he attacked Bloomberg on was his opposition to term limits — an opposition most Democrats rightly shared until it was used against them. They are undemocratic and absurd and were only introduced — wherever they were — to give Republicans greater shots at open seats instead of forcing them to battle popular incumbents.

    They were wrong in principle (except, probably, for President), and they are still wrong, even if Democrats benefit from them.

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