As of just after midnight, Fox projects a Republican gain of 65 in the House. I’m a tad disappointed. That’s only ten more than in 1994. Dick Morris predicted a GOP gain of between 60 and 80. I would have been happier if the Republican had reached at least the midrange of Morris’s prediction, i.e., 70.
Here, I think, is the big story of the night: the Republican wave, as large and impressive as it is, does not match the huge and unprecedented Republican advantage in generic preference shown in every poll prior to the election. Had the final results matched that generic preference, the Republicans should have won at least 70 or 80. (However, ABC is projecting between a 60 and 70 seat pickup.)
Democrats hold onto Senate. That’s fine with me. As I said several times, a sliver-narrow Republican Senate majority dependent on liberal Republicans like Snowe and Collins would be more damaging to conservatism than not.
Allen West wins easily over Ron Klein. This means, among other things, that we at last have an Islam critic in the U.S. Congress. It means that when the Obama Defense Department issues a report on the Fort Hood massacre which doesn’t even mention that the mass murderer was a Muslim jihadist, someone in the Congress will protest the coverup.
Fiorina refuses to concede; blasts media for projecting her defeat based on exit polls, not votes.
Reid survives Angle challenge. I knew it was very close, but I thought Angle would win. I’m surprised and disappointed. Also, notice that the story includes no figures—indicating that Reid’s victory is based on exit polls, not votes.
Republican Kirk beats Democrat Giannoulias for Obama’s old U.S. Senate seat. Good. Giannoulias is too difficult to spell.
Brown wins in California. I don’t care. I had nothing invested in Whitman, your typical socially liberal RINO type. Let the Democrat Brown deal with the fiscal catastrophe wrought by decades of Democratic rule in California.
Yay! Toomey pulls it out by two points in Pennsylvania over Sestak. Earlier in the everning it looked as though Sestak might win.
Eugene Robinson (whose sole thought as a columnist is “Blackety black. Blackety black black. Blackety blackety blackety black”) says the tea parties are driven by racism.
Janice Brewer wins easily in Arizona governor race. (The media always calls her “Jan.” But her name is Janice.)
Richard Blumenthal wins in Connecticut. The silver lining is this: Blumenthal is a bad man, and his badness will lead him to a bad end. As far as McMahon’s loss is concerned, the lesson is this: the GOP has got to go back to the smoke filled rooms and find U.S. Senate candidates whose previous career has not been in professional wrestling.
Alaska U.S. Senate race too close to call.
Thad Marks writes:
If there is one person we should remember after this election, it’s Christine O’Donnell. Even when she was graciously accepting defeat, they were still making fun of her. I voted today in Illinois; I wish I could have voted in Delaware.JC from Houston writes:
Good as the election results seem tonite I can’t believe that corrupt fossil Harry Reid won. I am urging my friends to make no more trips to Nevada, waste no more money in their casinos. I hope illegal aliens flock to that state and that the state goes broke like California, they deserve it. We really shouldn’t be surprised I guess, after all this state’s biggest industry is legalized vice (gambling and in some counties prostitution). Just sad.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at November 03, 2010 04:13 AM | Send