Note: the timestamp on this post went screwy as a result of an updating error on my part. Due to permission limits I can’t fix it without John’s input.
The DCCC election site is like crack. The latest news: Chocola and Sodrel go down in Indiana, Nancy Johnson goes down in Connecticut and Joy Padgett (Bob Ney’s last-minute replacement) goes down in Ohio. Let’s say right now that if the Republicans get smashed in Indiana then they have a long night ahead of them.
And yes, if the Dems have a record-breaking night then I will gladly admit to being wrong. If I end up being so wrong that nobody in their right mind should ever listen to me again, that is to say neocon wrong, then so much the better.
Charlie Bass goes down in New Hampshire. Think the robocalls had anything to do with it? Just kidding, I’m not getting into those again tonight. Seriously, John.
Election night beer blogging – Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA. Great hooch for a decent price.
Sherwood the strangler and Crazy Curt Weldon both go down in Pennsylvania. Let this be a lesson for future candidates: do not strangle your mistress and do not be completely f*cking insane and run a criminal family empire at the same time.
Schuler (D) beats incumbent Taylor ( R) in NC. Jeebus. Too bad I’m out of popcorn.
10:53 PM Joe Negron, also known as Mark Foley on the ballot in his Florida district, has conceded to Democratic opponent Tim Mahoney. This race went right down to the wire, so we should assume that Mahoney has a year and a half to do something really impressive or else the district will revert back to its usual Republican status.
11:06 PM Clay Shaw ( R) loses in Florida and John Sweeney (R, party guy, alleged wife beater) loses in New York. Was anybody even watching the Shaw race?
11:09 PM Dems clinch the House. My feeling at this point is that neither Webb nor Ford will win their Senate races and Tester is a tossup in Montana which means to me that the Senate remains out of reach. Nonetheless, here comes subpoena power.
11:38 PM Melissa Hart goes down in PA. Talk about close to home – I handed her a bundle of checks while volunteering with the Roddey race for County Executive in 1999. She seemed alright at the time, but anybody who votes with Bush as often as she did needs some personal time to think about things.
11:52 PM Jim Webb pulls slightly ahead of Felix Allen. How many times can I be wrong in one night? Only time will tell.
12 Midnight Curtains for Jim Ryun ( R) in KS-02. Kansas. In other news Wolf Blitzer has pledged to stand in front of a blue screen and filibuster until control of the Senate is decided. If that doesn’t move VA vote counters to get off their kiesters and work I don’t know what will.
12:06 AM Say goodnight to J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ)
12:45 AM Corker beats Ford in Tennessee. No big surprise there. Meanwhile McCaskill leads Jim Talent, Jim Webb leads Felix Allen and Tester leads Conrad Burns. I still won’t give in to irrational hope, but prove me wrong guys.
1 AM I’m going to bed. Speaker Pelosi will have endless hours of fun playing with her new subpoena power, marginal Repubs will find this a great time to retire and “wave” Dems have a year and a half to convince their conservative districts to keep them on for another term. The Webb-Allen race seems destined for a recount so don’t count on knowing who controls the Senate by morning. That assumes that both McCaskill and Tester win their races, which they probably won’t. So settle with a Democratic House for now.