10 Races That Make Me Sad
Wednesday was, without exaggeration, one of the worst days of my life. I wallowed in self-pity for America all day. I could write a post on the bright spots, maybe some hope of bipartisanship or some interesting results, and these do exist, but instead I’m going to allow myself my whining and profile 10 results I’m most disappointed in:
Missouri’s 4th– Ike Skelton, 34-year incumbent and incredibly powerful Chair of the Armed Services committee went down to Vicky Hartzler, the architect of Missouri’s anti-Gay marriage Constitutional amendment.
Texas’s 17th – Chet Edwards was a twenty year incumbent who has managed to hold on to a very conservative Texas district with his combination of political clout, blue dog values, and plain likability. He represented Crawford Texas, home of George W. Bush and was seen as a possible VP pick for Obama. He was unseated by business man Bill Flores, who has never run for public office and has lived in the district for less than a year.
Maryland’s 1st – Frank Kratovil was the perfect moderate for this Eastern Shore based district. He was unseated by State Senator Andy Harris.
Idaho’s 1st – Walt Minnick was another good Blue Dog who managed to steal the seat in the 2008 wave but could not hold this incredibly conservative district. Minnick lost to tea party surprise nominee Raul Labrador.
Lousiana’s 2nd – Joseph Cao was one of the only Republicans to lose his seat on Tuesday, and I’m disappointed. He was elected after Bill Jefferson was arrested and thousands of dollars in bribe money was found in his fridge. I’m not surprised he lost to democrat Cedric Richmond, but I am disappointed to lose one of the only sane Republicans who seemed to really care about his constituents.
New York’s 24th – Mike Arcui was another prototypical moderate freshman Dem. I particularly liked his focus on the issue of Hydrofracking. I was particularly sad to see him lose as I’ve met him and he seems like a great guy and he is being replaced by extreme businessman (who has invested in hydrofracking) Richard Hanna.
South Dakota at large- Stephanie Herseth Sandlin is an attractive, moderate democrat whom some have predicted to be the “first Female President.” I don’t count her out, but the loss of her seat to Kristi Noem in the house is certainly a set back.
South Carolina’s 5th– John Spratt has been a smart, compromise-making Southern Democrat for the last 27 years. The Yale graduate has been in charge of the House’s version of the budget, an incredibly difficult and powerful job. He was defeated by Mick Mulvaney.
Pennsylvania Senator- Joe Sestak lost this seat after beating Arlen Specter in the primary. Pat Toomy, the very conservative founder of the club for growth won it. A great liberal former admiral losing to a sleazy, D.C. lobbyist and supply side economist, this one is tough to take.
Wisconsin Senator – Russ Feingold, the last true progressive and literally my favorite current senator went down hard to Conservative Ron Johnson. I may do a whole post about this later I’m so disappointed. Feingold continued the legacy of Robert Lafollette as being a Wisconsin progressive Maverick, he will be missed.