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...Democrats last night seized control of the White House and both houses of Congress, appointed nine new justices to the Supreme Court and ratified a new Constitutional amendment outlawing Republicanism forever.

Or at least that's what you'd think from reading the media coverage. Actually, I thought it looked like a status quo election to me. "Night of the Democrats" was really more like "Night of the Incumbent Party."

As I've said before, I think the Republicans will need to suffer a significant electoral spanking if they are to be jolted out of their current malaise. Last night, however, wasn't it (although it might have been if there were more significant races at stake.) I guess we'll have to wait until next year for that.

But for now, a few comments: New York voters have finally convinced me that they understand, once and for all, the impossibility of returning to a pre-Giuliani style of "governance." Mark Green was smart enough to understand that, and he almost won. He would have won, in fact, had fate not intervened with 9/11 and Giuliani endorsement of Bloomberg. Ferrer, by contrast, doesn't get it. He would have happily returned to the city to the glory of the Dinkins era, and voters wisely and soundly rejected him.

In New Jersey, Slimeball A defeated Slimeball B. No surprises here. I never bought the story of how Slimeball B "closed the gap" in the election's final days. That's pretty much status quo here too, although it did serve the useful function of removing Slimeball A from the U.S. Senate. (Note to the New Jersey GOP: Can we please get another candidate to represent Republican interests in New Jersey besides Slimeball B? Please?)

Virginia was the GOP's biggest disappointment last night, not because it represented a turnover, but because the Republican candidate frittered away a substantial lead and suffered defeat in a solidly red state. Given the strong Republican victories in the lieutenant governor and attorney general races, I'd say the gubernatorial race was probably more attributable to Mark Warner's personal popularity than to any intrinsic GOP weakness in the Commonwealth, however.


WOW! I'm the first! Just wanted to say that investigating the oil companies "Windfall Profits!" is no way to connect with your base.
Anybody in the White House listening?!!!
Now- about those CIA leaks...

I'd also say it has a lot to do with Kilgore, and his utter ignorance of what's appropriate and what isn't for a political campaign.

He had a whole army of Cindy Sheehan-esque widows/widowers/family members of someone who was murdered, who talked about how Kaine was a fanatical anti-death penalty extremist who wouldn't even think that executing Hitler was justified.

Just...bad taste. It's like his campaign crew looked at how the screaming left hasn't been able to wing a single campaign, and decided that this meant that they should be imitated.

Hopefully, this defeat will teach politicians from BOTH parties the proper lesson.

I think the reason you see so much "jubilation" from the media is that, even though the elections just maintained the party hold, we (Dems) are so accustomed, in the last ten years or so, to losing seats every election.

see R Novak's column today....GOPers am worried.

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