Someone from the National Republican Congressional Committee office stayed up late last night trying to figure out how best to define the GOP's performance in the 2010 Washington state primary election yesterday, and came up with this:
With an anti-spending and borrowing sentiment running high in Washington state, ballot returns were higher than expected as voters sent Washington, D.C. a message that they're tired of the Democrats' "spend now, worry later" philosophy. After pushing a failed economic agenda that has led to sky-high unemployment and unprecedented debt, Washingtonians in Democrat-held seats are eager for fiscally responsible representation. Despite crowded competition, Republicans in all districts impressed tonight as voters flocked to their resounding message of fiscal responsibility and smaller government.
All the talking points, all the buzz words, all the yadda yadda. Everything but the fact that not a single Democrat Congressional incumbent lost.
Republicans in Washington today nominated a candidate who is committed to returning to the failed economic policies of the past and wants to do more to help the big corporate interests that fared so well under George Bush. [Dino] Rossi may have survived his nominal primary challenges, but in the process revealed positions that pander to the extremists in his party, like becoming the first Senate candidate to support the full repeal of Wall Street reform. Tomorrow begins the general election and the choice facing Washington voters could not be any clearer.
Points, buzz, yadda. But no mention that Democrat incumbent Patty Murray, who received 709,000 votes in the 2004 primary, got 433,000 votes yesterday.
Or as Albert Einstein put it, "Politics is a pendulum whose swings between anarchy and tyranny are fueled by perpetually rejuvenated illusions."