Straw in the whirlwind… the Teahadi stench is so strong the neighbors are beginning to notice. Andrew Romano, at Yahoo News:
… With one month to go before Election Day, the major storyline about the 2014 midterms seems to be that the GOP is up and the Democrats are down. Republicans will hold the House; they’re even favored to win the Senate.
But turn your attention to the gubernatorial contests, and a different picture emerges. Eight Republican incumbents are in danger of losing re-election; only three of their Democratic counterparts find themselves in the same situation.
This is remarkable. According to Louis Jacobson, the re-election rate for governors between 1998 and 2012 was 82 percent, meaning that incumbent governors were almost five times as likely to win as to lose. To put the GOP’s current predicament in perspective, the number of Republicans currently at risk — again, eight — is the same as the total number who were unseated during the entire 14-year period that Jacobson surveyed.
So what’s going on?
It’s the electoral version of “be careful what you wish for — you just might get it.” For the most part, the new coterie of conservative leaders who swept into statehouses across the country four years ago weren’t your standard-issue Republicans. They were bolder. More principled. Less willing to compromise.
Sam Brownback in Kansas. Tom Corbett in Pennsylvania. Paul LePage in Maine. Rick Scott in Florida. Scott Walker in Wisconsin.
Their goal was to practice what the tea party preached. “My focus is to create a red-state model that allows the Republican ticket to say, ‘See, we’ve got a different way, and it works,'” said Brownback. “We’ll have a real, live experiment.”
And that’s just what they did…
Brownback, Corbett, LePage, Scott and Walker promised that governing 2010 style would be an economic slam-dunk. The data, however, tell a different story. Four years later, most of these states are struggling…
The bottom line is that the class of 2010 governors promised revolutionary policies that would, in turn, spark revolutionary economic results. But while they delivered on the first half of that equation, they didn’t deliver on the second — and in many cases, it’s easier to argue that austerity hurt their states than to argue it helped…