No, not McCain, who apparently brushed into this morning's Senate Republicans meeting with nary a word for his once-beloved press scrum.
In many ways, it was your standard Democratic fund-raiser in a Republican stronghold. On a recent Friday, a largely bleeding-heart contingent from Maryland's first congressional district--professors from the nearby liberal arts college, a left-wing lobbyist, a Sears scion turned Obama donor, the president of an environmental foundation--holed up in a Patton Boggs lawyer's Eastern Shore home to give their earnest young congressional candidate, state prosecutor Frank Kratovil, a sympathetic pat on the back. But somebody there was not like most of the others.
Last night, New Mexico easily added a Democratic senator and two (out of three total) Democratic representatives, fully shifting its top statewide offices from half GOP, half Democrat to entirely Democrat. Somewhere, beneath that goatee, Bill Richardson is smiling. Update: Evidently, Richardson has shaved. --Eve Fairbanks
Why did the Democrats -- whose House gain currently stands at 18 seats, with some still uncalled -- somewhat underperform Congress-watchers' expectations of a 25 to 35 seat pickup last night? The basic answer is that, downticket, yesterday simply wasn't as big a "change" election as anticipated. Take Alaska, which didn't even see fit to trade in two of the most loathed Capitol Hill denizens in decades!
And this could change, but Michele "McCarthy" Bachmann is ahead in her race. --Eve Fairbanks
Electoral guru Stu Rothenberg has offered up his final House prediction: Democrats could capture Republican seats numbering "quite possibly well into the 30s." The drama here has been overshadowed by the presidential race, but that's just as big a Democratic congressional wave as we saw in 2006, when 31 seats switched. Anti-Bush fervor and excitement over Obama helped fuel this -- knock on wood -- tremendous wave, but so did adaptibility.
Lawsuits! Shady associates! Dirty money! It's very hard to keep track of what the hell's been going on in these final days of the Norm Coleman-Al Franken showdown in Minnesota, so here's a little cheat sheet for you to keep track. Rentgate: This was the first of Coleman's several election-season scandals.
Trent Lott urges the GOP to quit its mere fooling around with Joe Lieberman and pop the question: Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) says Senate Republicans should pull out the stops to persuade Sen.
Salon identifies nine GOP congressional districts where dramatically increased African-American turnout may well hand the seat to a Democrat. Seven of them are below the Mason-Dixon line. --Eve Fairbanks
Louisiana Representative Bill Jefferson, a study in arrogance: With just eight days to go in the Democratic Party runoff for the 2nd Congressional District, the embattled but increasingly confident incumbent, William Jefferson, seems committed to a stay-away strategy, limiting contact with the news media and largely ignoring his opponent, former television news anchor Helena Moreno. ... Asked to distinguish himself from his challenger, Jefferson, who is seeking a 10th term, was dismissive. "Well, it's quite obvious," he said with a laugh.