Happy Days Are Here Again…

At least they are in Virginia. In case you have not already heard, the governor’s race has been called for the Republican candidate, Bob McDonnell. Actually the GOP slate did great down the ballot in Virginia. Still waiting on New Jersey, which was too close to call when I last checked.

I looked at the liberal blogs to see how they are spinning the results. I found this at Firedoglake:

…The Virginia race really looks like a case of a depressed base. Conservatives turned out at basically the same numbers as they did in 2008. The Democrats didn’t turn out.

If conservatives turned out in the same numbers as 2008, isn’t that actually pretty amazing considering 2008 was a historic presidential election with high turnout?

Update 8:45 p.m.: Unbelievable. The President says he is not watching the election results. Way to stand by those candidates, huh? Of course, he claimed to not know anything about the tax day tea parties either.

President Obama is not planning to watch Tuesday nights election returns, Obama aides Robert Gibbs and David Axelrod tell CNN.

Obama is more likely to watch Tuesday night’s Chicago Bulls game than any political coverage, according to Axelrod.

The president’s senior staff have also decided not to hold a watch party to keep an eye on election returns as they come in.

Update 9:20: The liberal take on this seems to be that the Dems were not liberal enough. Please, please, please keep thinking that. More from Firedoglake:

Even tradmed [sic] bellweather Howard Fineman is agreeing that Deeds’ Blue Dog agenda hurt him badly, and that Democrats need to not go to the center to win elections; they need to fight for people. “This is as much an expression of a tepid response to the Democratic base.” He’s on Olbermann, so watch what he says to Andrea Mitchell tomorrow. But that’s the right analysis.

Update 9:30: With 44% reporting, Christie leads Corzine 49 – 44.

Update 9:40: From earlier tonight, another “our Dems are not liberal enough” quote. This one from Kos:

2010 will be a base election. The party best able to turn out its core voters has the best chance of winning. If Democrats want to see a repeat of Virginia at the national level next year, then they should cave to Blue Dogs and the media nabobs and water down reform efforts (whether in energy, health care, financial services, or immigration).

Update 9:45: 58% reporting has Christie up 50-44 in NJ.

Update 10:15: Christie is declared the winner. (Via Tom Elia.)

Update 10:45: Been trying to post for the past 30 minutes, but the system must be overloaded. Hoffman is behind in NY-23 with the majority of the vote in, but things are closing a bit so I guess it is still possible he could pull it out. Updates here. Groan. From Watertown Daily Times: “Four precincts in St. Lawrence County are having mechanical problems and total results for the county won’t be available tonight.”

Update 11:15: Looks like Hoffman is not going to win in NY-23, but I don’t think the final count will be in for a while due to a problem with voting machines in one precinct. The margin has been around 3 percent and doesn’t appear likely to change much from that.

Christie is now coming out to Springsteen’s Born To Run to make victory speech. (I don’t think Springsteen will be happy about that.)

Update 8:30 am: I agree with Michelle Malkin’s take on the NY-23 race.

Conservatives owe NY-23 candidate Doug Hoffman immeasurable gratitude. He overcame impossible odds (single digits just a month ago) to come within two points of defeating Democrat Bill Owens. Hoffman had zero name recognition. National Republican Party officials dumped nearly $1 million into the race on behalf of radical leftist GOP candidate Dede Scozzafava, who then turned around, endorsed Owens and siphoned off 5 percent of the vote with her name still on the ballot after she dropped out.

Fred Barnes has a good piece at Weekly Standard too.

By electing governors of Virginia and New Jersey, Republicans have demonstrated that two trends suggested in recent opinion polls are for real. The first is that Republicans have pulled off a remarkable comeback after disastrous election defeats in 2006 and 2008. The second is that they now have a realistic shot at capturing the House and gaining Senate seats in the 2010 midterm election.

The stunning success in Virginia and New Jersey was strikingly similar to Republican victories for governor in those states in 1993. Indeed, the margins of victory — an 18-point landslide in Virginia, a narrow win in New Jersey — were almost identical to the margins in 1993.

Those victories 16 years ago were the first clue that Republicans were on the rise after losing the White House in 1992. In 1994, Republicans won 52 seats in the House and a dozen in the Senate and took control of both bodies.

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