The Democratic leaders in the Senate may have been happy to have had Arlen Specter lose at Red Rover and come over to their side, but the voters rejected his obvious opportunism. He held a big lead but, as soon as Sestak started running the devastating ad showing Specter saying that he was leaving the Republican Party so that he could be elected, lights were out for him.
Blanche Lincoln couldn't pull off an outright win against a challenger from her left even though she had the support of the Democratic establishment. And the candidate endorsed by Mitch McConnell couldn't do much against Rand Paul in Kentucky.
The Democratic candidate running for Jack Murtha's old seat was able to win by running against everything the Democratic Party has stood for in the House. Although he was a former Murtha aide, if he had run on Murtha's positions, he might not have won.
People just didn't seem to want to vote the way party leaders told them to. The WSJ sums it up.
The establishment of both political parties took another pounding last night, as candidates anointed by the powers that be lost their primary races in convincing fashion. The ideological polarization we spied in Utah two weeks ago was on display again in Pennsylvania and Kentucky, while the GOP House campaign committee suffered its third embarrassment in a year.John Podhoretz sees a major crack in the defensive walls that incumbents believe that they have constructed to protect their jobs.
The key rule in American politics is that there are no rules anymore. Any politician run ning for re-election, or seeking election as his party's anointed one, who faces any kind of a credible challenger, finds himself in history's crosshairs.It's a healthy thing when, every once and a while, the powers that be receive their comeuppance. On both sides.