Here's a hag from Memeorandum...
When Dede Scozzafava votes today, she will see her name on the Republican line for the 23rd Congressional District. — She plans to pull the lever for her Democratic opponent, then take the rest of the day off to do laundry and take care [...]
Dede. What a democrat. Cry me a river.
Not too much to say. One word, really: Panic.
[...] Prediction: Newspapers carrying the election results on Page One will not, for once, have Darling Leader's smug face on the cover. They will attempt to distance him from this debacle. [...]
Even I didn’t expect him to be the main factor in local races, but here are the numbers for those who did. [...]
5:15PM EST - ProjectVirginia is projecting GOP to gain at least 5 6 seats in Virginia Legislature (House of Delegates) as Republican Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General candidates cruise to victory. [...]
John Fund: The state has received a flood of 180,000 absentee ballot requests. On some 3,000 forms the signature doesn’t match the one on file with county clerks. Yet citing concerns that voters would be disenfranchised, Democratic Party lawyer Paul Josephson wrote New Jersey’s secretary of state asking her “to instruct County Clerks not to deny applications on the basis of signature comparison alone.” Mr. Josephson maintained that county clerks “may be overworked and are likely not trained in handwriting analysis” and insisted that voters with suspect applications should be allowed to cast provisional ballots. Those ballots, of course, would then provide a pool of votes that would be subject to litigation in any recount, with the occupant of New Jersey’s highest office determined by Florida 2000-style scrutiny of ballot applications. [...]
For all the hubbub over a rebirth of conservatism in NY-23, you can make the case that the two biggest beneficiaries of a GOP sweep tonight will be moderate Republicans and centrist Democrats. Why moderate Republicans when Scozzafava just got blown out of the water? Because: As this piece at Big Government shrewdly explains, the reason grassroots conservatives are animated about Hoffman is because he represents a return to fiscal conservatism. The big problem with Scozzafava is that she wasn’t socially or fiscally conservative, which is why all of us could credibly argue that she was no better than the Democrat. Many moderate Republicans are fiscally conservative, though; to the extent that a Hoffman win reorients the GOP towards a fiscal litmus test rather than a social one, it’ll actually end up expanding the tent by creating room for libertarian types who adamantly oppose expanding government while, for example, supporting civil unions or gay marriage. [...]
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