My take on yesterday's primaries
It was a bad night for Versailles. All their candidates lost, although Blanche Lincoln could still win the run off. The signs have been there anytime since 2006, but this time it may have just gotten through.
On the other hand, just because it was a bad night for Versailles, it does not follow that it was a good night for progressives. As Susie makes clear, Sestak is no progressive. As for Halter, well I can't say that I am enthusiastic about someone who pays for state college scholarships with state sponsored gambling. Lotteries are an inherently parasitic funding device.
So Versailles is clearly down, but I am not sure that the people are ahead. Moreover the growing power of the
brown shirts tea party is another indication of our disintegrating political culture.
Lessons for Democratic politicians: you must have some relationship with netroots. I can't imagine how Rendell could fail to appreciate the power of netroots in Pennsylvania, home of the of the highest traffic blogs in lefty blogosphere. You don't necessarily need their support, but you don't want to be appointed official villain.
I hope the whole thing gives Democrats pause about getting on board with Obama's cat food commission.
Atrios makes a very good point about Democrats now being 7 for 7 in special elections. The vaunted Republican wave does not seem to be materializing. Mostly because Republicans are not offering any credible alternative. However disillusioned voters may be with Obama, they have not forgotten why they threw the Republicans out in 2008.
Meanwhile no independent (third party) candidate appears to be picking up steam. Voters are ready for an alternative, but third party candidates have to find a way to be seen as credible. I don't know how they can do that.