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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A simple lesson from today's election, whoever wins

In Senate races, candidates count. A good 30% of the electorate will look at the person, not just party affiliation. There are a whole lot of states that vote Republican in presidential elections but have Democratic senators: Montana, the Dakotas, Arkansas, Missouri, West Virginia, Nebraska, and Louisiana. Inverse examples begin with Maine, but in 2005 there were many, many more, as there will be again in 2011.

So the quick takeaway: in Senate races, candidate quality often trumps the partisan divide.

Prescription: Democrats need to dump Evelyn Lincoln, Michael Bennet, and Kendrick Meek. And maybe consider Wes Clark.

Hackery will not cut it, not in an inimical election cycle.

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