Tales from the Trail

The Day After: everyone’s got an opinion

May 19, 2010

Everyone’s got an opinion about what happened Tuesday when Senator Arlen Specter — long-term Republican, newly turned Democrat — lost the Pennsylvania primary, Tea Party candidate Ron Paul won the Senate Republican primary in Kentucky, and neither Democrat in the Arkansas Senate primary could muster 50 percent of the vote so they have to do it all over again in June.

USA-POLITICS/In all of the contests, there was only one person who won an actual seat in Congress on Tuesday night — Democrat Mark Critz who took the special election for the Pennsylvania district seat left vacant by the death of Rep. John Murtha earlier this year.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs @PressSec tweeted “Sort of says it all…” with a link to a Politico story headlined “The GOP’s special failure.”

Talking Points Memo wrote that National Republicans were the “big loser.”

Interesting take in a Washington Post blog by Jonathan Capehart who said the Democrat win in Pennsylvania’s special election might actually be a problem for President Barack Obama because Critz is pro-life, pro-guns, and against the new healthcare law.

And many are pointing to Paul’s win as a sign that the Tea Party movement cannot be ignored.

Our own political correspondent John Whitesides found that both parties saw glimmers of hope in Tuesday’s rubble for the November midterm elections — the ones that will really, really count.

The bottom line is everyone who won any of the contests on Tuesday, including Critz, will have to face an opponent from the other party in November.

And in politics just about anything can happen in that stretch of time, just like in fashion as Heidi Klum says on “Project Runway,”  — “one day you’re in, and the next day you’re out.”

What’s your opinion about the significance of Tuesday night for the November election?

Photo credit: Reuters/Jake Stevens (Paul gives victory speech after Senate primary)

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