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November 09, 2005


My quick count suggests it will end 39-56 with 5 independent or other party candidates winning. Not a big pick-up. My methodology was to scroll through the results as fast as I could, so it's possible I made a mistake or two. I didn't slow down enough to note whether there were significant numbers of precincts unreported in any race.

1938 when FDR's court packing ended the Second New Deal.

I assume you mean FDR's attempted court packing? And was the bad Dem year really attributable to that? FDR's plan fell apart and then Justice van Devanter retired in the middle of `37, rendering it moot.

Maybe I'm not as up on my history as I should be, but was court-packing alone really such a huge national issues a year and a half later?

Looks to me like the Dems' net gain was one seat, while one independent also knocked off a GOPer. Not much motion in the ocean, as they say.

The motion is an undercurrent.:

An anti-Republican sentiment spread across Northern Virginia yesterday as voters overwhelmingly cast their ballots for Democrats, sweeping aside the traditional Virginia formula in which Republicans carry the outer suburbs and Democrats win the inner ones.

In winning the election for governor, Lt. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) took Loudoun and Prince William counties, something Mark R. Warner (D) couldn't accomplish when he was elected governor four years ago. Kaine also received nearly three in four votes in Arlington and seven in 10 in Alexandria.


"I feel that the anti-Republican tide was too strong to fight," said James E. Hyland, a Republican House candidate who lost in Fairfax County. "I personally knocked on thousands of doors . . . but it was difficult to overcome a Democratic tide like this."


Democrats agreed, saying voters in the region were strongly motivated to send a message of dissatisfaction with President Bush and the direction of the country -- a point made repeatedly at Kaine rallies in the final days of his race against Republicans Jerry W. Kilgore and Sen. H. Russell Potts Jr., who ran as an independent.

Motion enough for me. My district got the job done.

Let me also repeat for the record that the Republicans spent an enormous amount of money defending Dick Black's seat in a solidly GOP county, and lost.

As I've reported elsewhere, I was robo-polled and robo-called four times by Grover Norquist and Americans for Tax Reform on this single Delegate race. Why?

I also received two versions of the cut-and-paste "Tim Kaine" abortion calls, put out by "Honest Leadership for Virginia PAC," which turns out to be wholly funded by the Republican Governors' Association. How many millions were wasted on that?

Until this morning, I thought the "contest every district" crowd would have been shouting from the rooftops about that, no matter what the numbers showed in terms of control of the legislature. But key members of that team have less to celebrate today than we do, because they unfortunately committed themselves to advocating Tim Kaine's defeat. And why? Because he embarrassed a blogger by removing his ads.

So, where's this whole blogosphere thing going, folks?

Let Me tell you about St. Paul Minnesota. Backstory and all.

Till Yesterday, the Mayor was Randy Kelly who had a 35 year history in the State Legislature as a Conservative DFL'er, and who was recruited by recently re-baptized Norm Coleman, retiring Mayor of St. Paul to run for his place in 2001. Kelly won narrowly.

In 2002, Kelly decided not to endorse in the Senate Race -- Wellstone versus Norm Coleman. Then when Wellstone died, he suddenly endorsed Norm Coleman against Mondale. Pulled local party assets out at the last minute contributing to Mondale's loss.

OK -- Brilliant. So in 2004 Kelly decides that even though he still claims to be a DFL'er, he will endorse Goerge Bush on the grounds that if the President and administration in DC is Republican, you need Juice in DC. In a sense it keeps the bill collector away from the door, as with the Hockey team on strike, the new arena that Norm Coleman built is way in the red, and lots of Presidential visits that use the venue help the bottom line.

So then comes Mayor Re-election day. His opponent was Chris Coleman (no relationship to Norm) -- Chris is related to the former Majority leader of the State Senate, and he is a former city council member. Given what they talked as issues during the campaign, not much difference. Except that small matter of being joined at the hip with Norm Coleman and endorsing George Bush.

Results -- one of the biggest landslides in Minnesota History. Chris Coleman won by 30 points. Turn out in St. Paul was twice what it was in the rest of the state.

Give folk a way to say what they mean and they will take it. St. Paul is a moderately conservative DFL city -- it was Gene McCarthy's base when he served in the House -- it is Catholic and Irish. But break DFL ranks overtly, and even the best of the Irish get sent home down by thirty.

Out here in the heartland there is a backlash and it is huge. We need to comprehend all of its dynamics.

Well, Sara, as sombody whose grandfather was known to everyone as Paddy, I know a thing or two about the Irish penchant for grudges; Irish Alzheimers, after all, is when the only thing you can remember are the grudges.

And it looks like the good citizens got all Irish on Mayor Kelly in a way that any good Irishman would regret.

Sometimes loyalty is a negative, as with Bush's refusal to fire anyone in his administration who's screwed up. But other times loyalty is something to be honored and celebrated. This is obviously a case of the latter.

Very good post. Did you share it with daily kos? You should.

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