The Democrats managed to hold a seat, that many thought was up for grabs in Pennsylvania. Though John Murtha was a Democratic Congressman for 36 years, his district is quite "conservative", as was he. May he rest in peace. We've been told a red "storm" is coming in Our politics. This was a seat that was to be swallowed up by it, a Congressional district that went for the old man and miss honky dory in 2008. That's right the Democrats held a seat in a district that went mccain. Now, Mark Critz is not my style Dem. To me, he is barely a Dem. This seat, however, must have been on the red list of pick ups, as were the two they have lost so far in upstate New York. That is, if they want to get anywhere near taking control of the House.
Then there was the 30 years winning as a republican then switching parties to be politically viable arlen specter's loss to Joe Sestak in the Democratic Primary. Howard Dean compared Sestak to Jim Webb. We'll have to see how he fares in the general election. It is going to be tight, but picking up this Senate seat through election, and not just the whim of an aging politician, would be sweet. It is nice to see that being a Democrat means more than just playing ball on a couple of votes after 30 years of opposition.
And last but not least the Democratic Senator who loves to fight the Democratic Majority Lead Senate on everything that concerns big business, blanch lincoln, was forced into a run off by liberal net roots backed Bill Halter? In Arkansas? We'll have to wait and see who wins the run-off, but the fact that a Progressive movement backed candidate has forced one against an 12 year, establishment, "centrist" shows a muscle I hadn't counted on. There is Power on the Left. We hear a lot about the tea drinker "movement", but could it be the Country still leans to the Democratic anti-establishment, as it did for the election of President Barack Obama a year and a half ago.
None of these victories are jump and down great. They all have caveats. Some may be temporary. This week's voting shows that you are not going to lose in this "political climate" just because you have a "D" next to your name. It shows that Progressives have power. And it shows that the red tidal wave everyone's been talking about for this November may be over-hyped, and may not be only red.
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