Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Where's That Wave?


If any common message emerged from Tuesday’s results it was this: Republicans, who have been hoping that the public’s discontent will translate into big congressional gains in November, might want to reconsider their strategy come Wednesday.

Specter, for example, was toppled by a more liberal Democrat in the figure of Rep. Joe Sestak, whose late campaign push revolved around ads linking Specter — a Republican from 1965 until he switched parties last year — to George W. Bush. Sestak will now square off against former GOP Rep. Pat Toomey, founder of the conservative Club for Growth, in November.

[...] More evidence that the anti-establishment backlash remains unproven arrived Tuesday in western Pennsylvania, where Democrat Mark Critz, a former aide to the late Rep. Jack Murtha (D), defeated Republican Tim Burns in a special election. The result was a blow to Republicans, who’d viewed Murtha’s seat as low-hanging fruit in a conservatvie district amidst an unemployment crisis. “If you can’t win a seat that is trending Republican in a year like this, then where is the wave?” former GOP Rep. Tom Davis (Va.) told The New York Times before the outcome of the race was known. “It would be a huge upset not to win this seat.”
And they didn't.

It's also worth noting that in the "We're All Tea Baggers Now!" primary victory for Rand Paul, both the winner and the loser of the Democratic primary in that state received a significantly higher number of votes each than Paul himself did for a GOP primary win.

If that kind of momentum keeps up, the GOP, with or without their tea parties, may have oversold their case for taking back the house.

But hey, guys, you've still got "Repeal It!"  Run with that, that's sure to be a winner.

1 comment:

  1. President Obama had the right analogy when he said the Republicans drove our car into the ditch, the Dems pulled it out, and now the same people who supported Bush for eight years want the keys back. "No... You can't drive!"

    It remains to be seen how long the Democratic Party can win on the platform of "not as bad as the Republicans," but I'd say it's a safe bet they keep control of Congress in the next election.