November 3, 2010 1:12:00 PM
Something as rare as a blue moon happened not once, but twice, on Tuesday night: Mississippi congressional incumbents lost their seats.
In the 1st District, Republican Alan Nunnelee unseated Democratic U.S. Rep. Travis Childers. In the 4th, Democratic U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor of Bay St. Louis lost to Republican state lawmaker Steven Palazzo of Biloxi in a race that was too close to call Tuesday night.
Childers and Taylor are conservative Blue Dogs. Childers had all the right endorsements, including from the National Rifle Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
His and Taylor''s greatest failing was being a Democrat, period, during an election cycle that threatened incumbents in general and Democrats in particular.
The Blue Dog is an endangered species nationwide, and we fear that their absence will only lead to a larger partisan divide and more polarization in Congress. Most Americans would consider themselves centrists, taking a bit from each side. When Republicans and Democrats lose the few congressmen able to work across the aisle and find middle ground, we all lose.
Nunnelee has said he can work with the other party to get things accomplished. Now, he has a chance to prove himself, and show the 1st District he''s his own man.
Now that the election is behind us, it''s time for Nunnelee to get to work to deliver for the district. We wish him well, and thank Childers for his two and a half years of service.
hope commented at 11/3/2010 7:09:00 PM:
In listening to John Boehner, he says that the people have spoken and they want changes in our government, as if to say the Democrats should go along. When President Obama was elected, the people also spoke and wanted change. But what happened? The Republicans said no to everything, or almost to every bill that the Democrats tried to pass. Good luck, John.
wpmedic1 commented at 11/3/2010 10:28:00 PM:
The Republicans said no to all the same things that ended up getting the Democrats voted out. Hopeless.. is that so hard for you to understand? If America would have wanted the things the Republicans were saying no to then the Republicans would have been voted out. Did you think America was kidding when congressmen went home before the healthcare vote and were told if healthcare passed they would be voted out??
"Nunnelee has said he can work with the other party to get things accomplished. Now, he has a chance to prove himself, and show the 1st District he's his own man." Nunnelee wasn't put there to show he is his own man. He was put there to go along with the Republican majority in stopping the liberal agenda the Democrats have had for the last two years.
hope commented at 11/4/2010 6:21:00 AM:
@wpmedic1------The liberals agenda for the past two years is trying to get us out of the depression that the Republicans so graciously bestowed upon the American people and don't have the courage to take responsibility for it.
hope commented at 11/6/2010 7:02:00 AM:
It is so refreshing to know that the supporters of Nunnelee have helped replaced the Speaker of the House Pelosi with a teary-eyed alcoholic. His top priority before the election was to create jobs, but now it's to unseat President Obama in 2012. In January, I can see the headlines in the newspapers that the first session of Congress was cut short because the speaker had to go to rehab and get ready for a golf tournament the next day. But they were able to accomplish two items on the menu. Going to war with North Korea and tacking on $2,000 deductible on to Medicare.
hope commented at 11/7/2010 2:03:00 PM:
@wpmedic1: All these things that got the Democrats voted out were the same things that got the Democrats voted in during '08.
wpmedic1 commented at 11/8/2010 10:56:00 PM:
Hopeless give it up. The Democrats lost because Americans decided they didn't want Obama and his crew to keep moving the country to the left. Try to learn a little and we will all be better off.
hope commented at 11/9/2010 1:39:00 PM:
@wpmedic1: The last 8yrs. under Bush and the Republicans has taught me all I need to know. I have several degrees from their basket of knowledge, from the people losing their money, to the people losing their lives, to a disaster in general. The next time that CNBC shows the fall of Enron, I'm going to spread it all over this web page to get as many people to watch it as possible, so they can see that Bush was as low as they come. The Republican Tea Party uses the phrase the American people. That's the 10% that have most of the money they are referring to. One second past the closing of the polls on election day, they have forgotten the people. The Republicans won, and the people have already started losing.
wpmedic1 commented at 11/15/2010 6:01:00 PM:
Enjoy the Republican House of Representatives Hopeless. "The American People" voted your ignorant bunch out in masses. Obama's liberal agenda is dead and his socialist healthcare will not be funded by Congress. I love politics!! I love America!! And I love laughing at you Hopeless!!
gogetum commented at 11/16/2010 4:55:00 PM:
This is just for you, hopeless.
The man told us straight up what he was planning to do and you didn't listen.
The following is a narrative taken from a 2008 Sunday morning televised "Meet The Press'. The author (Dale Lindsborg) is employed by none other than the very liberal Washington Post!!
From Sunday's 07 Sept. 2008 11:48:04 EST, Televised "Meet the Press" THE THEN Senator Obama was asked about his stance on the American Flag.
General Bill Ginn' USAF (ret.) asked Obama to explain WHY he doesn't follow protocol when the National Anthem is played.
The General stated to Obama that according to the United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171...During rendition of the national anthem, when the flag is displayed, all present (except those in uniform) are expected to stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. Or, at the very least, "Stand and Face It".
NOW GET THIS !! - - - - -
'Senator' Obama replied:
"As I've said about the flag pin, I don't want to be perceived as taking sides". "There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression." "The anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and all that sort of thing."
(ARE YOU READY FOR THIS???)
Obama continued: "The National Anthem should be 'swapped' for something less parochial and less bellicose. I like the song 'I'd Like To Teach the World To Sing'. If that were our anthem, then, I might salute it. In my opinion, we should consider reinventing our National Anthem as well as 'redesign' our Flag to better offer our enemies hope and love. It's my intention, if elected, to disarm America to the level of acceptance to our Middle East Brethren. If we, as a Nation of warring people, conduct ourselves like the nations of Islam, where peace prevails - - - perhaps a state or period of mutual accord could exist between our governments ."
When I become President, I will seek a pact of agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity, and a freedom from disquieting oppressive thoughts. We as a Nation, have placed upon the nations of Islam, an unfair injustice which is WHY my wife disrespects the Flag and she and I have attended several flag burning ceremonies in the past".
"Of course now,
I have found myself about to become the President of the United States and I have put my hatred aside. I will use my power to bring CHANGE to this Nation, and offer the people a new path.. My wife and I look forward to becoming our Country's First black Family. Indeed, CHANGE is about to overwhelm the United States of America "
Yes, you read it right.
I, for one, am speechless!
Dale Lindsborg , Washington Post
hope commented at 11/17/2010 8:28:00 AM:
If what you say is true, And the people voted for him to be our President, the last Republican administration was a far bigger disaster than we thought.
The Republicans have won and the people have already started losing.
1. Our View: Finding a successor for Mr. Lewis DISPATCH EDITORIALS
2. Lynn Spruill: Universal language LOCAL COLUMNS
3. Michael Gerson: For a politics of repair NATIONAL COLUMNS
4. Dana Milbank: Marco Rubio's fury NATIONAL COLUMNS