Steele: ‘I’m Not So Quick to Say Oh Yeah This Portends Great Things for The GOP Next Year’

Steele’s enthusiasm is tempered by the fact that Republicans lost the NY 23rd race, in no small part due to infighting. The candidate supported by the uber conservatives like Palin, Limbaugh, and Pawlenty…

Lost.

Placing a Democrat in the seat for the first time since the 19th Century. Taking the big hit here was the Sno’ Ho’ – Sarah Palin, who put here name and money behind the losing conservative Republican candidate.

The Governor’s win in Virginia, by Bob McDonnell featured a decidedly moderate stance with heavy outreach to urban and suburban populations as well as minorities – once again a huge departure from “conservative politics”.

Chis Matthews hammers Eric Cantor’s Anti-Obama spiel that the Republican wins represent a turning of the electorate -

 

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6 Responses

  1. I’m curious. Since a Republican has won the governor’s seat; will this stop Virginia from being a transition state?

    • No. If McDonnell does a good job, it does mean Republicans will have a strong contender for one of the US Senate seats now held by Democrats, as generally a Governorship is considered a stepping stone to the Senate. Other than that, it doesn’t change the state’s core politics, which have been trending blue.

  2. Virginia Governors sit one term only, correct? So there is never an incumbent in the race, and each race features two people who are “brand new” to the governor’s race, correct? It seems to me a state with such an executive branch structure would fairly regularly oscillate between electing the elephants and donkeys. What has been the actual history going back to, say 1980?

    • Virginia Governors may only sit one term, which means there are usually several fresh faces every campaign season. They can run for one additional term, but not consecutively. One governor back in the 70′s actually had his wife run after his term was over. Since 1974 there have been 5 Democrats and 5 Republicans. It makes a very strong case for term limits.

  3. It also means you can’t really draw conclusions about national politics from Virginia elections, as many are trying to do.

    • Correct. McDonnell won in Virginia for two reasons – 1) a weak Dem candidate who failed to get the electorate energized, and 2 – running away from conservatism.

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