Wednesday, May 19, 2010

TPM's Analysis: A Rebuke to National Republicans

 Josh Marshall and the folks over at Talking Points Memo have looked at last night's primary results and delivered their verdict. It did not go well for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and the GOP:
In Kentucky, the national Republican Party backed the wrong candidate in not one but two primaries. The Democrats managed to hold on to Rep. John Murtha's old seat in Pennsylvania. And while Sen. Arlen Specter is no longer a Republican, his defeat by Rep. Joe Sestak in the Democratic primary means the GOP nominee will face, perhaps, a much stronger opponent than the beleaguered Specter would have been.

1 comment:

Tulsan said...


"...all this talk of anti-incumbency and "throw the bums out" really oversimplifies what's going on out there...

"In almost every respect the big losers last night were national Republicans. Even in cases where the ostensible Democrat lost or suffered a setback -- Specter in Pennsylvania and Lincoln in Arkansas -- the Democrats emerged with a stronger or potentially stronger candidate.

"...Democrats come out of last night in about as good a shape as they could possibly have hoped for. And Republicans have to be wondering if they are up to surfing the expected 2010 wave."