If this does not justify a new thread, I apologize in advance and accept the slap on the wrist. But the election threads are all heavily focussed on the presidential race and there were some really interesting Senate races last night.
1. Linda McMahon goes down in CT. This was no shocker, but I had not paid that much attention to Chris Murphy. Should I be this happy that a Democrat talked about health care as a right and ending foreign wars in a victory speech? I mean, he sounded like a Democrat. That made me happy.
2. Two Independents in the Senate now. Sanders and King. This is a positive trend, I think.
3. Being pro-rape is a bad political position. Akin and Mourdock just flat out gave the Dems two seats that they should have lost. Claire McCaskill is the luckiest politician in American history.
4. First Lesbian in the Senate. Hooray for Tammy Baldwin.
5. Are any of you paying attention to North Dakota? The Dems are probably going to win there. I don't know who Heidi Hetikamp is, but she is winning. This was not predicted.
6. Can George Allen just stop now? Virginia does not like you. Go away.
7. Scott Brown can go back to be a Wrangler Jeans model now. It's nice when really smart people beat really dumb people in elections. So, thanks, Massachusetts.
All in all, the Senate races went about as well as could ever be hoped for by the Dems. Not only are they going to increase the size of their delegation, but they elected actual liberals, not liberals pretending to be something else. The only race that disappointed me was Nebraska, but Bob Kerrey's ship sailed a long time ago.
I will also add that with the Dem gains, part of me kind of wishes that Joe Manchin had lost in WV. I despise Joe Manchin, who has the political courage of a slug.
In the House:
1. New Hampshire likes the ladies. New Hampshire made history by sending the first all-women delegation to Washington. Their governor is a women too. Hack comedian joke: Their motto should now be Live Free or Diet. I kid, I kid.
2. Allen West is hopefully just a crazy guy now instead of a crazy guy with a vote.
3. Bachmann just holds on. I have a feeling that she will soon just be a crazy lady, but not this year.
4. Not amazing, but we have a Kennedy back in the House. So....our brief national nightmare is over, I guess.