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10 Races That Make Me Sad

November 5, 2010

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.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 5, 2010 11:35 am

    My condolences to you and your progressive dreams for America. It really does suck for you now that the sleeping giant of the American majority has awoken and wants it’s constitution obeyed.

    Here is some good news for you, there are options for you to still have your socialist progressive nation. I hear England is quickly heading that way, of course their is the progressive utopia of Cuba.

  2. November 5, 2010 1:59 pm

    Take it easy on Socialistocrat, he may be a goddamn hippie commie but he’s our goddamn hippie commie. Just revel in his sorrow a bit. His sadness is our gain.

  3. November 5, 2010 2:28 pm

    Don’t take my comment wrong, he is more than welcome to live in our country. I respect his ideas and welcome his thoughts to be added to the melting pot. But if he finds a free nation unbearable for him to live in, I just wanted to remind him that there are options he may find more to his liking.

  4. socialistocrat permalink
    November 5, 2010 4:49 pm

    Dear Mcoville,

    First I’d like to thank you for reading, I appreciate your input. Clearly we have different hopes for our country. Despite the mistake I believe we collectively made on Tuesday, I love this country and cannot imagine living anywhere else. America is the freest nation on Earth and I am proud to live here and be an American.

    Now on to the election. Those in power failed to communicate the truth of what we accomplished, that and the rampant unemployment is what lead to the “shellacking” Democrats got at the polls. I am proud of our accomplishments in the past two years and I stand by our President. In the end I believe in democracy, which means that I think people will tend to make the right decision when put to the test, and in so believing I am confident that America is on the right, progressive path in the future.

    So in conclusion thank you again for reading and for commenting but you can keep your condolences because both I and my progressive dreams for America are both fully alive. I hope you continue to read and share your feedback.



  5. November 9, 2010 10:38 am

    Thank you Socialistocrat, I appreciate your welcome. I will disagree with your assesment that the “Those in power failed to communicate the truth of what we accomplished”, I thing the majority of Americans understand the truth of what they accomplished and have rejected it. I think the failure of “Those in power” was to interpret what the election of 2008 meant. It was a small minority that supports full socialism in America and the majority that voted for Obama and the Democrats where not supporting socialism, they where supporting a change from over spending by a government and escalating of the wars.

    I look forward to reading more of what you think on this subject

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