Here’s how a 2002 election for a seat that had been held by Democrats since reconstruction, and won once more by a Democrat, was viewed in some
The daily kos.
Operation "Pie in the Face": Dems sweep LA The GOP was calling the LA Senate race "Operation Icing on the Cake". Well, all that confidence appears to have been misplaced. We’ve got "Operation Pie in the Face"…
- The veneer of invincibility is fading from Bush. This should’ve been an easy victory for Bush. Indeed, the GOP paraded just about everybody who’s anybody in their party through the state. And, they raised enough money to wage a
relentless negative air war against Landrieu. (And, they could keep her off the campaign trail, where she was reportedly a stiff); and
- This will be the second straight victory by the Tim Johnson (Tom Daschle) campaign team against the full onslaught of Rove’s political machine. And they did it not by running with the president, but by taking him head on. Once
in the solid red state of SD, and now in the lean-red state of Louisiana. …
…More in the next few days, obviously. If nothing else, these victories show that the Democratic Party is not dead in the South. And with that, I’m heading out to dinner with friends in a DAMN GOOD mood.
Update: Expect Landrieu to be on everyone’s VP short list next year.
Saturday: Despite personal appearances by George Bush, Democrat Mary Landrieu wins the Louisiana Senate race. And Democrat Rodney Alexander
wins a House seat.
You know what I think? We have a White House in crisis! They have no domestic policy and no message beyond war with Iraq! The American people don’t trust them on the pocketbook issues that are most important to them! They’re
panicking! You can feel it!
Oops….um….hold on a second….while I adjust the picture. There. Sorry about that. That’s the Democrats I should have been talking about, not the
party of competence. We will now return you to your regularly scheduled SCLM programming.
DASCHLE: Well, I’ll talk more about that in the morning but, first of all, to celebrate a huge victory in Louisiana last night. I am so pleased with the results. Mary Landrieu won, and not only that — in a surprise victory, we won that congressional race, as well. This is a great opportunity for Democrats. It’s really the first victory of the 2004 cycle, Wolf, and we couldn’t be more pleased.
Clearly, this election was about Bush, yet Louisiana voters, sensing they were going to be sold out by the Bushies (on sugar, especially), re-elected a Senator into the minority in the Senate. That makes
Landrieu’s victory that much more impressive. AND, given the election was a repudiation of Bush, it’s clear that Louisiana is well and alive as a possible blue state in 2004. The notion of Bush worship across the south has
been exposed, and it’s clear the right Democrat can take Louisiana.
And on a wider note, it’s clear that Democrats can take the president head-on and win. People may still have a positive view of the president, but when Democrats focus on those Bush issues that hurt their personal interests,
voters have no trouble turning against him. Indeed, if they’ll do that in Louisiana, they’ll do it elsewhere.
Landrieu learned her lesson in one month, running to the left of her Nov. 5 campaign and emphasizing her differences with Bush. While the Democratic Party can be maddeningly obtuse sometimes, I have no doubt they’ve learned their
lesson as well. The GOP’s superiority complex just took a major hit, while Rove’s ego has been deflated...
… Operation "Wipe that Smirk off of Bush’s Face" has begun.
This was quite a win for Mary Landrieu she defeated not only her challenger, Suzanne Haik Terrell but indeed a full scale Republican blitzkrieg launched against her…
…Most noteworthy in the context of the Debate within the Democratic party as to what the message should be going forward is that Mary Landrieu did not run away from George W. Bush, she stood her ground and prevailed.
Here’s how a 2006 election for a seat that had been held by Republicans for a long time, and won once more by a Republican, was viewed in some circles:
753 of 753. Schmidt 57,974 – 54,401 Hackett. Hackett will concede. He will run again in 2006, and win. It’s over–but not for long. Any other district in Ohio and he would have won. This has been a colossal victory for the netroots.
It’s tidal, if you ask me.
So the state GOP avoids a "devastating blow", but only by the hair on their chinny chin chin. OH-02 saw the resurgance of the Democratic Party, the GOP had to spend $500K they hadn’t otherwise planned on spending, and a Democratic
star is born (next stop for Hackett — statewide elected office). So much for "burying" Hackett…
The post-mortems will come in the coming days, but for now, I’m happy with what everyone accomplished in Ohio. It’s a new day for the Democratic Party, one in which no Republican district is safe.
It’s over. Paul lost by about 4000 votes–he got 48.2% of the vote at the end of the night. We didn’t take the seat, but holy shit was this a win for the 50 state strategy, the
netroots, and the future of the country–the grassroots of the Democratic Party. We have sent a powerful message for 2006 tonight, and over the past several weeks. Close the book on round one, an overwhelming victory of us.?
Let’s remember what the Cook Report said earlier: If Schmidt’s victory margin is in double digits, this tells us
that there is not much of an anti-GOP wind in Ohio right now. If the margin is say six to nine points for Schmidt, then there is a wind, but certainly no hurricane. A Schmidt win of less than five points should be a very serious
warning sign for Ohio Republicans that something is very, very wrong, while a Hackett victory would be a devastating blow to the Ohio GOP.
- In summation:
- If a Democrat wins a close race in an election where the Democrats have held the seat for over a hundred years, it spells trouble for Bush and for the GOP’s chances in the next election.
- If a Democrat loses a close race in an election where the Republicans have held the seat for decades, it spells trouble for Bush and for the GOP’s chances in the next election.
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