Aftermath: The best and worst of The Wave

posted at 12:55 pm on November 3, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Just a few personal leftover musings from a historic night ….

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.

That doesn’t mean it was a perfect night, though.  We had some disappointments along with some pleasant surprises in what was a banner night for Republicans nationwide.  Here are my nominations for the best — and worst — of the 2010 Wave.

SENATE

  • Biggest nailbiter – Pennsylvania.  While Illinois looked better than the first numbers showed, because much of it came out of Chicago, I couldn’t get a handle at all on Pat Toomey’s eventual narrow victory over Joe Sestak.  It looked as though it was slipping away late into the count, but Toomey’s districts finally arrived to carry him over the top.  I believe I actually said, “Whew!” when media outlets began calling it for Toomey.
  • Biggest victory – Mark Kirk beats Alexi Giannoulias in Illinois.  Not only does Kirk take the seat immediately to fill out the remaining term left on interim Senator Roland Burris’ term, but Kirk takes the seat that propelled Barack Obama to the presidency.
  • Most disappointing – Nevada.  I was prepared to lose California and Connecticut as the states are blue anyway, but Republicans had a good shot at winning Nevada.  Reid has lost popularity in the state, and his son went down to a humiliating defeat at the top of the ticket for governor.  Even after the networks called it, I was asking everyone whether the numbers looked right to them.
  • The Here We Go Again Award – Washington, where Dino Rossi may wind up in yet another recount in what we knew was a close, close race.

HOUSE

  • 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.
  • Biggest victory (personal) – I have gotten to know a few of the candidates over the past month, and I’m thrilled to see Renee Ellmers (NC-02) and Chip Cravaack (MN-08) win upsets over entrenched incumbents.  Ellmers ran against Bob Etheridge, who attained YouTube immortality for putting a cameraman in a headlock while demanding, “Who are you?”  Oberstar gets to live in a district he has only visited over the last 50 years … finally.’
  • The Comet Kohoutek Award for Least-Deserving Hype over Competitiveness – I’ll give this one to MN-06, where Democrats poured money while explaining that Michele Bachmann was vulnerable in this election cycle.  They even sent Bill Clinton into the district more than once to campaign for Tarryl Clark.  Bachmann just barely managed to get by … by thirteen points.  Clark didn’t even get to 40%.
  • Biggest disappointment - Thankfully, we didn’t have many of these.  If I had to pick one, I’d say NY-22′s decision to stick with Maurice Hinchey after he assaulted a reporter, demanded the nationalization of the oil industry, and opposed the natural-gas industry was one of the most bizarre.
  • Biggest disappointment (Minnesota edition) – Teresa Collett ran a note-perfect campaign in MN-04 against an incumbent who told voters that “al-Qaeda no longer poses a threat to the United States” eight days before al-Qaeda launched a parcel-bomb attack against our cargo systems.  The D+13 district gave Betty McCollum a 24-point win over Teresa, who clearly deserved much better.  Too bad the same can’t be said of St. Paul voters.

MISCELLANY

  • Best news no one was watching – The GOP wins in gubernatorial and state legislature elections positions the party for a decade of ascendance.
  • Best web tools on Election Night – Thanks to very spotty internet connections at the GOP HQ last night, I had to be very particular about what sites I used to update my data.  It may be anathema to write this, but the New York Times had the best tools to follow the races without question.  Easier to load than most, the graphical displays and roll-over data made it easy to keep up with fast-changing results, and their updates appeared constant.

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Brian1972 on November 3, 2010 at 1:31 PM

it was speculated that Lisa and Scott were most of the absentee ballots.

upinak on November 3, 2010 at 1:35 PM

That’s ok. I’ll just buy the kid an angus bacon and cheese.

unclesmrgol on November 3, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Angus….yea….that’s the spirit.

Baxter Greene on November 3, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Hawai’i just isolated itself

Kini on November 3, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Man I was dissappointed that Djou lost..That was a downer for sure..:)

Dire Straits on November 3, 2010 at 1:36 PM

My biggest disappointment was AK. also .I can’t stand that woman.Dirty tricks me thinks. Being in Ca. it was bad having Boxer and Moonbeam elected. Oh, and we voted to give our Legislature the power to raise taxes by a simple majority.Good one. Once Jerry becomes Gov., I’m sure he will use that alot.

sandee on November 3, 2010 at 1:35 PM

ummm sandee… what did I say from the beginning?

upinak on November 3, 2010 at 1:36 PM

I was told that “moonbeam” was married to Linda Ronstadt.. Is that true?..:)

Dire Straits on November 3, 2010 at 1:06 PM

I think they just dated.

John the Libertarian on November 3, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Pink really screwed up what could have been a great night.

Baxter Greene on November 3, 2010 at 1:34 PM

I hear you!..:)

Dire Straits on November 3, 2010 at 1:37 PM

A somewhat cheerful thought Ed.
Every time I see Chuckie the schumer on TV he reminds me of Joe McCarthy.Younger folks can watch Judge Welsh destroy the clown on old film clips.
So not getting Sharon was a loss but if she had gotten Harry out and the dems still had a one seat majority we might have had to live with the obnoxious Chuckie,sort of a gray lining to a black cloud.

Col.John Wm. Reed on November 3, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Most underrated story: rise of non-white non-male gop….

picklesgap on November 3, 2010 at 1:10 PM

If it was a democratics wave, we would be seeing stories celebrating the new batch of women, hispanics, blacks, etc, in Congress and state positions. Flowery articles about the ‘new diversity’ in the party.

Because they are Republicans, not so much.

slickwillie2001 on November 3, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Obama is taking a thumping at the press conference.

John the Libertarian on November 3, 2010 at 1:33 PM

If the press would have done their jobs before the man child was elected. we would not be in this mess.

Baxter Greene on November 3, 2010 at 1:38 PM

I think they just dated.

John the Libertarian on November 3, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Best thing Brown ever did!..She was awesome in the day!..:)

Dire Straits on November 3, 2010 at 1:38 PM

I’m in CT visiting family, so CT/MA was a big disappointment, where zero seats were picked up… and was an early indication that the wave wouldn’t crest much above 60…

phreshone on November 3, 2010 at 1:39 PM

it was speculated that Lisa and Scott were most of the absentee ballots.

upinak on November 3, 2010 at 1:35 PM

What about the Military Ballots? Aren’t there 43,000 uncounted Military ballots?

It seems they might back the West Point, Army guy over Senator Murkowski.

portlandon on November 3, 2010 at 1:40 PM

The Main Stream Media and the Late Night TeeVee Clowns are as tone deaf to the majority of the American people as is our Barackus Hubris Maximus Caesar and his Court of Fools.

That was what was made obvious to me in this election.

FlatFoot on November 3, 2010 at 1:40 PM

The gains in New Jersey for the Republicans were suprising..:)

Dire Straits on November 3, 2010 at 1:42 PM

CT Gov update: two more precincts were counted (38 left) and Foley’s lead INCREASED from 5,081 to 6,810 votes. How can CT Sec’y of State Bysiewicz “declare” Malloy(D) the winner when Foley has MORE VOTES and is INCREASING his lead?

Christine Gregoire Leaves Washington, comes to Connecticut.

Steve Z on November 3, 2010 at 1:43 PM

What about the Military Ballots? Aren’t there 43,000 uncounted Military ballots?

It seems they might back the West Point, Army guy over Senator Murkowski.

portlandon on November 3, 2010 at 1:40 PM

we don’t have that many overseas and those are with the absentee at this moment. As for the military voting… it is known that they are the least likely to vote and if they did they are already counted as they will not vote on post or base… they have to vote in town.

I know… kick me now or something.

upinak on November 3, 2010 at 1:44 PM

it was speculated that Lisa and Scott were most of the absentee ballots.

upinak on November 3, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Speculation ain’t counting votes, is it?

I simply don’t think this situation demands that Miller concede anything until there is a hard count to go on.

Especially after that primary, he’s entitled to see it to the end.

Maybe he loses fair and square. If so, then it’s over.

Right now, it ain’t over.

Brian1972 on November 3, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Ilario is a great man, and great father and husband…I was happy that NC has turned Republican for the first time in over 100 years…but still the loss of Ilario was sad.

right2bright on November 3, 2010 at 1:20 PM

yeah…I love that guy. Do you think he’ll run again, either for that office or for something else? He’s got name recognition now.

RushBaby on November 3, 2010 at 1:46 PM

As for Toomey, this happens all the time in statewide races in PA.

That’s because Philly returns always show up first, before the central and northern parts of the state, which are suburban and rural Republican areas.

That’s why PA governor, senator, and row office races always show a big lead for the D early. But we’re used to it here and don’t sweat it anymore.

albo on November 3, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Baxter Greene on November 3, 2010 at 1:38 PM

This should be the “Song of the Day” in the USA..

PS..I think everyone will agree with that!

Dire Straits on November 3, 2010 at 1:48 PM

CT Gov update: two more precincts were counted (38 left) and Foley’s lead INCREASED from 5,081 to 6,810 votes. How can CT Sec’y of State Bysiewicz “declare” Malloy(D) the winner when Foley has MORE VOTES and is INCREASING his lead?

Christine Gregoire Leaves Washington, comes to Connecticut.

Steve Z on November 3, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Oh I’m sure there will be about 7500 votes found in the basement of a poll worker in Bridgeport. And of those 7500, 7200 will be for Franken, Gregoire Malloy.

angryed on November 3, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Brian1972 on November 3, 2010 at 1:46 PM

that is fine… but I am telling you, miller isn’t going anywhere.

upinak on November 3, 2010 at 1:48 PM

No, the best moments of the night were all on CNN. Specifically, when Wolf and crew tried to point out how amazingly amazing the Dem wins in CA and how Harry Reid’s re-win was some sort of outstanding victory. Really? Because Sharon Angle was an awful candidate and CA is CA.

It was pathetic, but mostly comical.

amkun on November 3, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Something weird in Nevada. I suspect something funny happened.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2010/election_2010_senate_elections/nevada/election_2010_nevada_senate

CWforFreedom on November 3, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Emperor Misha:

Those Nevadans sure must be fickle, no? We mean, even allowing for every single one of the undecided ones to have suddenly decided that Hairy Screed was their guy, the vote flipped by 8% overnight. Yeah. That happens. All the time. Especially in states where all of the voting equipment is controlled by *cough* the SEIU.

Jay on November 3, 2010 at 1:51 PM

Also, the PA state House went from 104-99 Democrat majority to 113-90 Republican majority yesterday. That includes the defeat of the current Democratic majority leader.A massive victory.

Add that to a GOP governor taking over from Ed Rendell and a Senate that already is R majority, plus Toomey, and PA isn’t very blue anymore, even with a huge Democratic registration edge.

albo on November 3, 2010 at 1:52 PM

Given the premise that as of this morning, the 2012 presidential campaigns begin, this morning on The Fred Thompson Show, John Bolton announced that yes, he is going to seek the 2012 Presidency of the US.

maverick muse on November 3, 2010 at 1:52 PM

Because Sharon Angle was an awful candidate…
amkun on November 3, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Sharon Angle kicked Dingy’s butt in their debate. Put a microscope on vegas. Fraud abounds.

Sammy316 on November 3, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Given the premise that as of this morning, the 2012 presidential campaigns begin, this morning on The Fred Thompson Show, John Bolton announced that yes, he is going to seek the 2012 Presidency of the US.

maverick muse on November 3, 2010 at 1:52 PM

You are Kidding!?!?! WOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

upinak on November 3, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Bolton/Thompson ticket?

Jay on November 3, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Unless Palin disapproves of Bolton’s sense of Constitutional Governance, since John Bolton announced his 2012 POTUS bid, that leaves Sarah Palin his biggest supporter in his campaign and sets a firm grounding for the Bolton White House victory.

maverick muse on November 3, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Most disappointing – Nevada. I was prepared to lose California and Connecticut as the states are blue anyway, but Republicans had a good shot at winning Nevada. Reid has lost popularity in the state, and his son went down to a humiliating defeat at the top of the ticket for governor. Even after the networks called it, I was asking everyone whether the numbers looked right to them.

From Byron York.

http://twitter.com/ByronYork/status/29548958120

The stat of the night, from exit polls: Of those who voted in NV, 55% disapproved of Reid’s job performance, 44% approved. And Reid won.

To steal a line I read last night.

Weapons. Grade. Stupid.

Brass on November 3, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Bolton/Thompson ticket?

Jay on November 3, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Being a firm Fred Thompson supporter all along, I’d vote that ticket.

Fred was elsewhere at a political debate. Jed Babbin did a GREAT job today on Fred’s show, LOTS of interviews.

maverick muse on November 3, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Numbers don’t seem to add up there or WVa.

Around 6-10 point swings from the polls.

Baxter Greene on November 3, 2010 at 1:31 PM

I live in the valley, and when Reid is in DC and there’s a southerly wind, you can smell him. :)

scalleywag on November 3, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Weapons. Grade. Stupid.

Brass on November 3, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Who? The people who chose the GOP candidate?

pedestrian on November 3, 2010 at 1:59 PM

WOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

upinak on November 3, 2010 at 1:53 PM

No kidding! Bolton wasn’t kidding at all. There was a great discussion following his announcement.

maverick muse on November 3, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Yes, St. Paul, MN should be ashamed. So should the State of Californicate.

WannabeAnglican on November 3, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Being a firm Fred Thompson supporter all along, I’d vote that ticket.

Fred was elsewhere at a political debate. Jed Babbin did a GREAT job today on Fred’s show, LOTS of interviews.

maverick muse on November 3, 2010 at 1:58 PM

I wonder if obama is shaking due to bolton’s announcement? next two years are so going to be interesting.

Popcorn stock will soar!

upinak on November 3, 2010 at 2:01 PM

upinak, I’m sorry Miller didn’t defeat Madcow this round.

maverick muse on November 3, 2010 at 2:01 PM

No, the best moments of the night were all on CNN. Specifically, when Wolf and crew tried to point out how amazingly amazing the Dem wins in CA and how Harry Reid’s re-win was some sort of outstanding victory. Really? Because Sharon Angle was an awful candidate and CA is CA.

It was pathetic, but mostly comical.

amkun on November 3, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Ever hear Russ Hodges’ call of Bobby Thompson’s home run for the Giants in the 1951 playoff against the Dodgers? That’s pretty much how Wolf sounded last night when CNN was able to confirm Boxer the winner in California “The Democrats Control The Senate! The Democrats Control The Senate! Barbara Boxer Has Won In California And The Democrats Control The Senate!”

All they would have needed to make it perfect would have been for Eliot Spitzer to go running out onto the newsroom floor to jump up and hug Anderson Cooper, the way Eddie Stanky did with Leo Durocher in the third base coaching box after Thompson’s homer, while Blitzer was celebrating the California result.

jon1979 on November 3, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Unless Palin disapproves of Bolton’s sense of Constitutional Governance, since John Bolton announced his 2012 POTUS bid, that leaves Sarah Palin his biggest supporter in his campaign and sets a firm grounding for the Bolton White House victory.

maverick muse on November 3, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Do you know anything about John Bolton’s positions other than foreign relations/foreign policy/national security?

I do not. It appears we will find out, but there is much more to conservatism than that. He may turn out to be a social moderate on many more things than we know now.

In any case, let’s get it on, after the holidays.

Brian1972 on November 3, 2010 at 2:02 PM

For me, the most satisfying win was Mark Kirk for Senate as he represents the district just south of where I grew up. And of course Rubio thumpin’ Crist. In the house, the most satisfying wins were the IL 10 retention and the IL 8 pickup surprise. My vote actually counted in the IL 8 and perhaps after the voters told Seals they didn’t like him for the third time he’ll get a new job.

Illinidiva on November 3, 2010 at 2:02 PM

And where is the appreciation for us “sainted,” “squishy” and “unprincipled” independents?

The independent vote swung from +8 for Obama and the Dems in ’08 to +15 for the Republicans yesterday. Warning: if the Republican Party goes all DeMinty, its victory will be shortlived.

It was wonderful to see the voters were smart enough to reject the Tea Party extremists, especially crazy Christine and even crazier Paladino. Raese didn’t do himself any good by appearing with Palin, who I notice didn’t fulfill her promise to campaign for O’Donnell. All for the best–Chrissie was humiliated enough, she didn’t need to lose by 30 points. And the vote in AK is a slap in the face to St. Sarah, too.

It has been proven, once again, that the country doesn’t like the far left or the far right. Two years of gridlock will not go over well, either. Obama obviously doesn’t “get it,” but if the Republicans likewise fail to understand the lessons of this election, Barry will be around ’til 2016.

Meredith on November 3, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Here in New Hampshire, we sent Democrats Paul Hodes and the evil Carole Che-Porter packing, and Republican Kelly Ayotte picked up Judd Gregg’s Senate seat. Sadly the Democrat Governor won, which is curious-in my town, we threw out the incumbent Democrat State Rep, but Lynch carried the Governor’s race here.

What is huge is that the Republicans now have a veto-proof majority in the New Hampshire Legislature, something unheard of 2 years ago. We have the 4th largest English-speaking legislative body in the world, so that is a major accomplishment.

Del Dolemonte on November 3, 2010 at 2:03 PM

upinak, I’m sorry Miller didn’t defeat Madcow this round.

maverick muse on November 3, 2010 at 2:01 PM

i am not really worried about it mav. I warned people it would probably happen. no one believed me.

upinak on November 3, 2010 at 2:06 PM

Brian1972 on November 3, 2010 at 2:02 PM

here are some things you may want to read up on concerning Bolton.

upinak on November 3, 2010 at 2:09 PM

upinak on November 3, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Scrawny boned Obama’s been shaking quite some time, at least since Raum split from Washington. (When IS the Chicago Mayoral election, anyway?)

I caught/linked the weirdest clip yesterday morning, from the Iranian English TV broadcast interviewing a Larouche think tank executive, announcing that White House officials have determined Obama mentally unfit for office, and are planning his removal from office on that constitutional ground. Looking back at the same sources that afternoon, it was wiped clean off the internet.

Bolton’s potus campaign will leave Obama where he should have been all along, in the outs.

Granted, in the name of national security, Bolton is “convinced” that the Tea Party will support his war agenda in Afghanistan AND IRAQ given the poor response by Iraqi officials to US nation building efforts to protect citizens from al-Qaeda attacks.

Bolton, like Bush, has little interest in closed US borders for national security.

But there’s no one with Bolton’s fortitude defending America.

maverick muse on November 3, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Biggest disappointment – McClung losing to Grijalva in AZ.

John Deaux on November 3, 2010 at 2:10 PM

But there’s no one with Bolton’s fortitude defending America.

maverick muse on November 3, 2010 at 2:09 PM

ahh true. I tried to link RightWeb for brain, but it won’t link.

Mav you and I know quite a bit about him … because you have a man crush and I have liked him as a little girl (I met him when he came to Alaska a while back) but not many people understand or know him.

This guy is more to the point then most. He is humorless and won’t deal with BS. That is going to be his downfall…. his persona.

Brain wiki John Bolton and look at the bottom for IRC Online for Boltons profile.

upinak on November 3, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Reid has lost popularity in the state, and his son went down to a humiliating defeat at the top of the ticket for governor. Even after the networks called it, I was asking everyone whether the numbers looked right to them.

Hard proof, we’ll never have it, but the Nevada Senate race was STOLEN.

labrat on November 3, 2010 at 2:17 PM

Meredith on November 3, 2010 at 2:03 PM

ROFL…you don’t understand anything do you?
NBC says
Biggest 2010 Election Winners – Sarah PalinFormer Vice President Candidate Sets Herself Up For 2012

Not all of the candidates Sarah Palin threw her support behind won election, but enough were victorious to reflect well on the former vice presidential candidate.

Of the 54 candidates across congressional, gubernatorial and other state races Palin supported who faced primaries, 42 won. Combined with the candidates she backed who did not face primaries, that left 49 candidates for the 2010 midterms. Of those, 28 candidates won, 15 lost and six races were still undecided by early Wednesday morning.

That midterm win-loss record may not look too impressive — and high-profile losses by O’Donnell in Delaware, Angle in Nevada and Carly Fiorina in California don’t help — but, election results aside, Palin managed to keep the spotlight on herself and energize the Republican Party on its way to a historic wave of success.

She may still lag behind other potential GOP presidential candidates in some preferential polls, but, make no mistake, even if Palin doesn’t run in 2012 she has still set herself up to have a big say in the conversation.

CBS says…
Palin Emerges with Even More Clout

Most of the candidates Sarah Palin endorsed chalked up victories Tuesday.

And that scorecard leaves pundits wondering whether she’ll now train her sights directly on the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

As CBS News Correspondent Jeff Glor reports, the former GOP vice presidential nominee backed 43 candidates for the House. Thirty of them won, with races involving nine others still undecided.

Her record in Senate races was closer: She endorsed 12 candidates. Seven won.

Though it’s been 15 months since Palin stepped down as Alaska governor, she was very much in this election, stumping for candidates across the country, skewering President Obama at every turn.

“My observation of Sarah Palin,” says CBS News political analyst Nicolle Wallace, “is that she is one of the shrewdest political figures in our country at this moment. She’s also one of the most electric.”

this is why the establishment ar eidiots. they tried their damnest to stop Palin last night and they thought ot do it by the De and AK senate contests. all for a freakingtalking point that you so beautifully used. And yet the reality is she just blew past that talking point. Palin can point to these type of stories and say she played a big part winning the house amd gain in the Senate. she can blame the DE and AK races on the candidates but say they were better than the alternative Castle and Lisa….

the establishment is playing checkers and Palin is playing Chess

unseen on November 3, 2010 at 2:17 PM

The biggest shock of the election to me; Alvin Greene received 32% of the vote against Jim Demint. How in the HELL did this guy get THAT many people to vote for him???

Star20 on November 3, 2010 at 2:21 PM

upinak on November 3, 2010 at 2:06 PM

A lot of good came of his effort.

For one, Madcow’s possessive elitism is front and center.

For another, Miller’s campaign experience provides real lessons for the next round of Tea Party candidates to learn sooner than later.

I criticize pathetic attacks on the Tea Party for having failed to vet the Nevada candidate for Senate since “Angle isn’t good enough”; and the same would apply to those whining at conservatives for not having more votes than liberal Marxists count in different national regions.

The Tea Party “unvetted” candidates, namely those that failed to win the general election, fought the good fight. (I’m qualifying that statement since O’Donnell’s campaign was extremely poorly managed via publicity.)

Anyway, we’re looking forward to 2012 when the majority of Senate Democrats (elected the last DemoWave) come back up for re-election/loss.

Given the Republican habit of floundering in office, it’s past time for the Tea Party to delineate the GOP PLATFORM for coming candidates to unite not simply for 2012 electoral Majority, but for abuses of federal power to be rescinded, to cut socialist programs/bureaus, for constitutional conservancy to rule the day.

maverick muse on November 3, 2010 at 2:22 PM

I’m in CT visiting family, so CT/MA was a big disappointment, where zero seats were picked up… and was an early indication that the wave wouldn’t crest much above 60…

phreshone on November 3, 2010 at 1:39 PM

The wave will crest above 60. Probably right around 64.

But I know what you mean. I thought we would at least pick up one seat each in MA/CT.

dczombie on November 3, 2010 at 2:22 PM

John Bolton is a loose cannon and a virtual unknown as an actual candidate for office. Be very careful before jumping on that creaky bandwagon. He has never, to my knowledge, been in a leadership position or demonstrated any aptitude for same. His role with respect to the U.N. was that of back-bench flame-thrower. Good job at that but not much beyond that upon which to base a bid to preside over a nation.

Just a word of caution.

IndieDogg on November 3, 2010 at 2:24 PM

i am not really worried about it mav. I warned people it would probably happen. no one believed me.

upinak on November 3, 2010 at 2:06 PM

It’s not that people didn’t believe you. It’s just that they wanted to believe in something else even more. It was a discrepancy between what the head knows and what the heart wants. Can’t get too bent out of shape about that.

dczombie on November 3, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Hard proof, we’ll never have it, but the Nevada Senate race was STOLEN.

labrat on November 3, 2010 at 2:17 PM

There’s something sinister there, there’s no way given the enthusiasm generated by the GOP that a guy like Reid keeps his job. Especially given the rotten economic conditions in his state.

scalleywag on November 3, 2010 at 2:27 PM

maverick muse on November 3, 2010 at 2:22 PM

You have a different opinion then I. You and I are at least thinking about the future.

It’s not that people didn’t believe you. It’s just that they wanted to believe in something else even more. It was a discrepancy between what the head knows and what the heart wants. Can’t get too bent out of shape about that.

dczombie on November 3, 2010 at 2:24 PM

oh I know. But it sure was interesting watching those who would agree with me tell me that I was wrong, and I was dumb blah blah blah. I am not expecting an apology… but I sure as hell know who not to talk too at the moment.

upinak on November 3, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Most disappointing: Quinn winning over Brady in IL for governor.

Will IL survive?

Hendo on November 3, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Just think what kind of election this would have been if the “Tea Party” wasn’t just “astro-turf”

J_Crater on November 3, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Biggest disappointment – McClung losing to Grijalva in AZ.

John Deaux on November 3, 2010 at 2:10 PM

I agree. Her victory would have meant so much more for AZ than perhaps even the 5 out of 8 AZ Districts won by Republicans. McClung certainly opened the campaign doors to young AZ professional conservative women. But how many others are actually physicists, capable of tackling complex problems and finding functioning solutions? Perhaps she’ll run again for public office.

As with Raum Emmanuel who got him to Washington, Harry Mitchell’s going home, too. What will he run for next? My bet, AZ Gov. to fight for PC “fiscal responsibility” (gag!) against the Constitution upheld by Gov.Brewer and the AZ Legislature. Lol, the AZ Democratic heir to GoGoGoGo Goddard lost.

maverick muse on November 3, 2010 at 2:30 PM

John Bolton is a loose cannon and a virtual unknown as an actual candidate for office. Be very careful before jumping on that creaky bandwagon. He has never, to my knowledge, been in a leadership position or demonstrated any aptitude for same. His role with respect to the U.N. was that of back-bench flame-thrower. Good job at that but not much beyond that upon which to base a bid to preside over a nation.

Just a word of caution.

IndieDogg on November 3, 2010 at 2:24 PM

interesting but I will take bolton over others. thanks though

upinak on November 3, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Just think what kind of election this would have been if the “Tea Party” wasn’t just “astro-turf”

J_Crater on November 3, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Wouldn’t you just love to ask Nancy that question?

scalleywag on November 3, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Just a word of caution.

IndieDogg on November 3, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Yeah, it crossed my mind.

I’d vote Fred Thompson POTUS, but he hates campaigning the way requiring idiotic “fire in the belly” defined by mittens (and they gave it to us with Obama) and exhibited by Romney /who likely had a nervous breakdown after spending his own fortune on his Republican-Socialist ’08 loss/.

maverick muse on November 3, 2010 at 2:38 PM

oh I know. But it sure was interesting watching those who would agree with me tell me that I was wrong, and I was dumb blah blah blah. I am not expecting an apology… but I sure as hell know who not to talk too at the moment.

upinak on November 3, 2010 at 2:28 PM

To say for the record, I never attacked you for any opinions you have given, despite how much heartburn they may have caused me:)

You do live in the state, and have credibility to what is going on there.

I must have missed some of the foodfights you are talking about.

Brian1972 on November 3, 2010 at 2:38 PM

The biggest shock of the election to me; Alvin Greene received 32% of the vote against Jim Demint. How in the HELL did this guy get THAT many people to vote for him???

Star20 on November 3, 2010 at 2:21 PM

If he runs against Graham next time he could win

unseen on November 3, 2010 at 2:40 PM

And where is the appreciation for us “sainted,” “squishy” and “unprincipled” independents?

Meredith on November 3, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Considering you gave us Obama in the first place why would we show any appreciation? Seems like you just came to the realization that you were wrong about Obama – something the rest of us knew in 2008.

thevastlane on November 3, 2010 at 2:42 PM

I will take bolton over others. thanks though

upinak on November 3, 2010 at 2:31 PM

The ‘Stache has his ardent supporters @ Ace.

Aside from not melting under Chinese or Russian heat, Bolton’s opposition to euro-weenie Marxism deserves applause.

maverick muse on November 3, 2010 at 2:43 PM

The only upset in the greater NYC area: Michael Grimm in NY-13. No one was even watching that race. I only learned about it from 40seats.com, when they assigned me to it.

YehuditTX on November 3, 2010 at 2:46 PM

The biggest shock of the election to me; Alvin Greene received 32% of the vote against Jim Demint. How in the HELL did this guy get THAT many people to vote for him???

Star20 on November 3, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Good measure of what percentage of the electorate votes for the party over the person, because in Greene’s case there’s nothing there.

slickwillie2001 on November 3, 2010 at 2:49 PM

The hilarious “Keynesian Obama” incident nails home the necessity to make the #1 GOP issue the denunciation of Keynes Economics as the system driving Socialism to power, and the system driving nations’ and the world’s economy to bankruptcy ruin, power left either in authoritarian rule or anarchy–NEITHER my choice.

maverick muse on November 3, 2010 at 2:49 PM

Just heard that Bennet wins over Buck in CO. My state is becoming California Lite. So many east and left coasters have moved here to escape their self created cesspools, yet they refuse to see the light.

kirkill on November 3, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Bolton/Thompson ticket?

Jay on November 3, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Who is Thompson?

csdeven on November 3, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Who is Thompson?

csdeven on November 3, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Ha, you’re a funny guy.

I remember the Fred!Fights here, and so do you man.

lol

Brian1972 on November 3, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Regarding the Alaska write-ins, I suspect that a lot of voters used the opportunity to essentially vote “none of the above.” I expect “Lisa Simpson” garnered a bunch of votes.

Ira on November 3, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Here in north central WI. Dave Obey in WI-7 decided to retire rather than face Sean Duffy! Sean won handily over Obey’s handpicked successor, one Julie Lassa. I almost wish Obey would have ran so we could have seen him defeated.

Metanis on November 3, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Metanis on November 3, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Same thing happened in my district, TN-08.

John Tanner retired rather than face the wrath of the Blue Dog Execution Squad. The D lost handily to the R, Stephen Fincher. Two other TN Blue Dog districts went red after retirements as well, TN-06 and TN-04.

I was really wanting to whip Tanner straight up, but he bailed on us.
We got the seat at least.

Brian1972 on November 3, 2010 at 3:14 PM

I have to say my personal favorite was the victory over Baron Hill, IN-9. “This is my townhall meeting…. and you are NOT going to tell me how to run my congressional office.”

Hey, Baron. Here’s a message just in for you….

“GET OUT!”

gajaw999 on November 3, 2010 at 3:17 PM

BEST POST-ELECTION SURPRISE:

Steele being replaced at RNC. Its coming, just wait for it. Steele was out to sea watching the tsunami build and crest and finally crash on the Dems. The wave is now receding, leaving Democrat destruction in its wake, but pushing Steele out to sea in the process.

What if we had had the equivalent of Barbour at head of RNC the last year? Where would we be right now?

gajaw999 on November 3, 2010 at 3:26 PM

To say for the record, I never attacked you for any opinions you have given, despite how much heartburn they may have caused me:)

You do live in the state, and have credibility to what is going on there.

I must have missed some of the foodfights you are talking about.

Brian1972 on November 3, 2010 at 2:38 PM

check out the headlines sometimes. You are one of the few who haven’t.

upinak on November 3, 2010 at 3:29 PM

There’s something sinister there, there’s no way given the enthusiasm generated by the GOP that a guy like Reid keeps his job. Especially given the rotten economic conditions in his state.

scalleywag on November 3, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Yes. It defies exit polling data…..and logic.

labrat on November 3, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Maureen Dowd, the bitter hag, chimes in, in typical fashion.

Even though it was predicted, it was still a shock to see voters humiliate a brilliant and spellbinding young president, who’d had such a Kennedy-like beginning, while electing a lot of conservative nuts

Schadenfreude on November 3, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Things are getting really strange in the CT Governor’s race. The Hartford Courant is no longer posting hard numbers (of votes for each candidate). Other sites show Malloy (D)’s “lead” of 3,000-odd votes after 92% counted, but the Courant site had Foley leading by 6,810 with 95% counted, which would make Malloy’s old “lead” obsolete. Can anyone find some new real vote numbers, not just empty “declarations” by the Sec’y of State not based on real vote totals?

Steve Z on November 3, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Those of us in CO have to vicariously celebrate with the rest of you, all we got here was Treasurer, Secretary of State, and the flip to GOP for the State Senate.

The polls completely blew it on Tancredo, Buck lost, and Ryan Frasier, our rep candidate lost handily to Perlmutter, ugh.

We did get rid of Markey and Salazar, so there’s a little consolation.

Californians that ruined their own state have been coming here for years and it’s starting to show. Only 47% of people currently living here were born here.

I’m moving to Wyoming.

Common Sense on November 3, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Biggest disappointmet was Alvin Greene getting so many votes. Proof that Dems don’t think about candidates, only about party

Shawn92101 on November 3, 2010 at 3:45 PM

It needs to be noticed that Dingy Harry only pulled 3 counties outa 17!

2 of 3 of which, the voting machines were controlled by the SEIU!

I smell a RAT!

Also, the counties he lost, 12 of 13 were by 5 percentage points or better!

Look up county results for WA, DE, and CA as well! It’s astounding!

AllosaursRus on November 3, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Is it time that Republicans ask for the http://www.change.gov domain? They clearly need an official website to explain what the incoming Congress intends to be doing.

amazingmets on November 3, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Biggest disappointmet was Alvin Greene getting so many votes. Proof that Dems don’t think about candidates, only about party

Shawn92101 on November 3, 2010 at 3:45 PM

My guess there is you had a governor’s race driving a big turnout..IMHO..:)

Dire Straits on November 3, 2010 at 3:49 PM

IMMD to see the link to Bolton’s interview with The Fred!. I miss Fred, I don’t miss those threads though!

Anna on November 3, 2010 at 3:59 PM

We have the 4th largest English-speaking legislative body in the world, so that is a major accomplishment.

Del Dolemonte on November 3, 2010 at 2:03 PM

So every citizen gets its own state rep? Cool.

angryed on November 3, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Common Sense on November 3, 2010 at 3:43 PM

In Nevada the same thing is happening. Californians moving there by the tens of thousands every year. Hence Harry Reid gets re-elected. Montana is next.

angryed on November 3, 2010 at 4:03 PM

Ed,

I have to agree with you on the NY Times tools – sweet! However, I found it easier to just ‘mouse over’ the states for the data. From the famous line from Galaxy Quest: Does your rolling really help?

On a different note humanity just hit a historic milestone yesterday, and it had nothing to do with elections.

AJStrata on November 3, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Maureen Dowd, the bitter hag, chimes in, in typical fashion.

Even though it was predicted, it was still a shock to see voters humiliate a brilliant and spellbinding young president, who’d had such a Kennedy-like beginning, while electing a lot of conservative nuts

Schadenfreude on November 3, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Wishful thinking, MoDo. O’bama is only 9 years “younger” than you are.

Del Dolemonte on November 3, 2010 at 4:21 PM

I am disgusted that Harry Reid got back in. The man is, literally, a traitor who got American Soldiers and Marines killed for partisan political gain by declaring the Iraq war lost. I just can’t believe anyone on earth would vote for that POS. I’ve seen my last of Nevada. I really despise Harry Reid.

Even though i sent her $1000, Sharron Angle was a weak candidate. I am convinced that a more telegenic, less gaffe prone candidate like Sue Lowden could have sent that miserable creep into retirement. Joe Miller proved to be a dud as well.

… And Christine O’Donnell was just an unfathomably stupid mistake. Really. Please, please, please remember this next time. Just because they have a twitter endorsement and look OK with a superficial glance doesn’t mean they can get elected.

Boxy_Brown on November 3, 2010 at 4:36 PM

The worst of the wave was Republican Senate candidates in AL, CT, CO, DE and NV losing way more of their own party votes to the Dems than the Dems lost to Repubs.

Rocks on November 3, 2010 at 4:39 PM

And Christine O’Donnell was just an unfathomably stupid mistake. Really. Please, please, please remember this next time. Just because they have a twitter endorsement and look OK with a superficial glance doesn’t mean they can get elected.

Boxy_Brown on November 3, 2010 at 4:36 PM

No one voted for O’Donnell because she could get elected. They voted for her because she was not Mike Castle.

Rocks on November 3, 2010 at 4:41 PM

The best for me last night was Michigan voters electing a Republican State House and a Super majority of Republicans in the State Senate to go along with a Republican Governor. SWEEP!!!

flytier on November 3, 2010 at 4:51 PM

O’Donnell and Angle hurt the GOP immensely.

They allowed the media to portray Republicans as insane nationwide and made voters hold back. Without them, we’d be looking at better numbers nationwide. I can’t help but wonder with Colorado so close, if the crazy Republican angle hurt. It could well have been a big issue in CT and CA where female Republicans found themselves compared to those two. The media might well have tried earlier, but it wouldn’t have the witch line. Was Murkowski able to play the loon angle on Miller because of those two? I suspect so.

We’re looking at a good night, last night, but we have to know that the wrong message was sent in the primaries and it would seem the voters rejected those parts of it.

amazingmets on November 3, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Nevada. I was prepared to lose California and Connecticut as the states are blue anyway, but Republicans had a good shot at winning Nevada. Reid has lost popularity in the state, and his son went down to a humiliating defeat at the top of the ticket for governor.

Does this mean than Angle will have to turn to “second amendment remedies” as she described them?

bayam on November 3, 2010 at 5:00 PM

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