The Corner

Re: Dem Vs. Speaker

Here’s the funny thing, as an e-friend of mine was saying this morning, if for whatever reason the Dems do slightly better than expectations, say losing “only” 35 seats in the House, it will be hailed as a stunning victory for the Democrats. And, to be sure, it would be very good news for them. But you know the media would read it as some kind of mandate for Obama, despite the fact you have Democrats running against Obama, running against Pelosi and even running for George W. Bush. Russ Feingold would rather eat roadkill than shake Obama’s hand in front of a camera.

Obviously, I hope the press doesn’t get the chance to spin the election that way. But you just know they will if they can.

And, I should add, the press should keep in mind which Democrats get reelected and how, no matter what the over all vote tally is. If the only Dems in competitive races to hang on are the ones who distanced themselves from Obama-Pelosi-Reid, that’s worth knowing.

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now.

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