The line it is drawn,
The curse it is cast:
The slow one now will later be fast….
I don’t have too much new to say on the election results. There’s been plenty of speculation on what message the American people were trying to send, but I’m more interested on what the 112th Congress is actually going to accomplish. There hasn’t been a lot of detail on that so far.
Speaker-designate John Boehner has announced that a committee, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R)(Eastern OR) going to be looking into some reforms of the legislative process in the House. As one of the few people that actually cares about legislative transparency, I’ll be interested to see what his panel comes up with. More on that when there’s something substantive to discuss, obviously, but I am a bit skeptical considering that the Republicans weren’t exactly a paradigm of openness the last time they controlled the House.
We haven’t seen many surprises in the House leadership roster, but rumor has it that Rep. Mike Pence (R)(Muncie, IN) is looking at running for governor of Indiana in 2012. I still wouldn’t be surprised to see him run for President one day—he’s ambitious and popular among conservatives.
Meanwhile, we’re still counting the votes from yesterday. In the Senate, I am projecting that Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet has been re–elected in Colorado. I’m also projecting that a Republican wins in the Alaska Senate race, although whether they’ll be Sen. Lisa Murkowski or Joe Miller remains to be seen.
The Washington Senate race remains too close to call, because Washington’s mail–in system means that many of the ballots haven’t even arrived to be counted yet. Ditto WA-02. As for some of the other outstanding House races, the Republican is up in CA-20, TX-27, and IL-08 (by 559), while the Democrat is up in AZ-08, NY-25, VA-11 (by 920 votes), KY-06 (by 600 votes), and CA-11 (by 121 votes). We probably won’t know the winner in some of those really close races for a while. Finally, Democrats are clinging onto narrow leads in the Minnesota and Illinois gubernatorial races; Republican Chris Dudley leads slightly in the Oregon race, but much of the outstanding vote is from liberal Portland.