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10:11 AM Jun 4th: Apparently, no one has ever told Mark Kirk that when you’re in a deep hole, you need to stop digging. Umpire Jim Joyce showed how to do it.
10:24 AM Jun 4th: Mark Kirk reminds me of some students I’ve taught. They give six separate excuses for bad behavior when one heartfelt apology will do.
9:08 AM Jun 7th: On Congress incumbent defeats: There will be plenty of them, but not in the primaries. That’s what November is for.
8:36 AM Jun 8th: One good question: Will there be an Artur Davis this evening–someone who was supposed to win but loses? Be honest: You love the car crashes
9:50 AM Jun 8th: When/if Sen. Lincoln(D-AR) loses, media will bombard you with simplistic stat–3 senators down in primaries, most since 1980, feeds theme.
9:51 AM Jun 8th: Remember a much better stat. Take Congress as a whole. 5 incumbents down in 2010 so far, but 199 re-nominated (97.5%).
8:19 PM Jun 8th: Turnouts uniformly low–no surprise there. No Democratic primaries in VA tonight. Unusual. Contests now set for November.
11:42 PM Jun 8th: A week ago, we had a ‘guaranteed winner’ turn into a loser (Artur Davis). Tonight, we had a ‘guaranteed loser’ turn into a winner (Lincoln).
12:10 AM Jun 9th: GOP trying to diversify its white male image: Nikki Haley, Meg Whitman, Susana Martinez, Carly Fiorina, Brian Sandoval, etc. 21st c. reality