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Forgetting Alan Mollohan

E. J. Dionne Jr. on Artur Davis’s defeat: “[I]t’s worth pondering that in the first electoral contest in which a vote on the health-care bill played a central role, it was a vote against the bill that proved harmful. Perhaps this tells us little about how the issue will play in this fall’s elections, which will obviously have a dynamic different from that of a Democratic primary. Nonetheless, I have a hunch that few Democrats who voted for the bill will be hurt by the stand they took.”

The West Virginia primaries–in which a sitting Democrat lost his primary in part because he voted for the health-care bill–took place on May 11.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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