The First Draft: Independents Day
“The independent voter today is the keystone,” a very happy chairman of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele, said on CNN.
“And if you don’t have a message for them, if you don’t have something to say, they’ll let you know by going with the other team or staying out of it altogether. Last night they came home to the GOP,” he said. After repeated TV appearances since last night’s results, Steele is holding a press conference at 10 a.m.
Tim Kaine, the outgoing governor of Virginia and chairman of the Democratic National Committee, made the TV rounds on behalf of his party — his main message was that Creigh Deeds, the Democrat who lost the race to replace him in the Virginia statehouse, had been an “underdog” all along.
Kaine also focused on (surprise, surprise) the Democrat win for a House of Representatives seat in New York over the Conservative Party candidate that Sarah Palin had endorsed.
Palin had something to say about that on her Facebook page in a note titled “A Victory for Common Sense and Fiscal Sanity.”
“I commend Doug Hoffman and all the other under-dog candidates who have the courage to put themselves out there and run against the odds,” the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate wrote.
(Notice both Kaine and Palin describe their losing candidates as underdogs).
Palin, whose book “Going Rogue” is due out mid-month, ended her note by saying: “The cause goes on.”
President Barack Obama is off to Wisconsin today, a year after he won the presidential election. We’ll be on the lookout for any comment on this week’s election outcome.
What impact do you think the Republican wins in New Jersey and Virginia will have going forward?
Photo credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson (Leo who plays title role in film “Underdog” held by actor Jason Lee)