November 09, 2005
THERE'S A LOT OF GOOD POST-ELECTION NEWS rounded up at the Hotline Blog -- results, spin, demographics, etc.
I tend to leave that kind of analysis to people like Michael Barone, who actually know things. But it seems as if the GOP voters didn't turn out for Republicans the way they did in 2004, and I think that can be laid at the feet of the White House and the Republican leadership.
I also think that I may have been right in suggesting that the GOP had lost its mojo with the Terri Schiavo affair. Things seem to have started to go south then, not only because of the issue itself, but because of the divisive venom that so many Schiavo partisans aimed at people who disagreed with them. I think it was very damaging to the GOP coalition, and they've continued to pay a price.
Meanwhile, I'm sure he'll have more later, but here's Barone's take on the elections.
UPDATE: Howard Kurtz thinks it's a mistake to draw national lessons from these elections: "What journalists often fail to appreciate is that state and local races turn on state and local issues and personalities."
On the other hand, Patrick Hynes says it was a "values election" -- and that this is bad news for the GOP.
And here's a big roundup from Michelle Malkin.