Wow. I believe this is what a real mandate looks like...
Here's the scoreboard, the morning after:
- All the Governator's proposals went down in Gallyfawnia.
KansasPennsylvania got rid of their creationist school board. New members are all opponents of creationism in science class.
- Dems swept the gubernatorial races: Kaine (D) beat Kilgore (R) in Virginia despite a last moment 'boost' from Tush, and Corzine (D) beat Forrester (R) in New Jersey.
- Even the mayoral race in St. Paul Minnesota had blue overtones. There, Republican Coleman beat Randy Kelly (D) who was a cross-over supporter of Tush during the last election. Coleman (R) is on the record as opposing the Tushies.
- Normally Democratic New York City relected Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg over the Democratic challenger Fernando Ferrer. It cost Bloomberg dearly; he spent $100 million of his own fortune on his campaign. This is the only R 'bright spot' I can find.
- In Maine, an anti-gay ballot initiative failed, but in red Texas, an anti-gay ballot measure passed.
Two years is a long way away, but I hope the current lessons are still with us in 2006 when both chambers of the U.S. Congress and 36 governorships are up for grabs. To use Molly Ivin's words, 'we're living in a target-rich environment.'
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