CATHOLICS FOR CASEY. I hesitate to report this, since I have argued for years that there really isn't a Catholic vote (votes among Catholics tend to break along the same lines as the general population). With that caveat, I pass on the word from MSNBC that Casey handily beat Santorum among Catholics, winning 57 percent of Catholics, according to exit polls.
As I write, Santorum is giving his concession speech, calling Casey "a good man" who will do "a good job" for the people of Pennsylvania. Then he insisted his supporters cough up round of applause for Casey, which is a pretty classy act, especially from a guy who has compared queer folk to practioners of bestiality.
STRANGE BEDFELLOWS My family popped the champagne when CNN announced Casey�s victory. My mother-in-law said in her toast that never in her life did she imagine voting for someone who is anti-choice. I was surrounded by a room full of overjoyed feminists and dogs -- my mother-in-law had such strong animosity toward Santorum because of the despicable comments he made equating homosexuality to bestiality that she recently founded PISS (Pets Insulted by Senator Santorum). No one at the party hesitated in voting for Casey today, and yet as soon as CNN cut to a break, they began discussing whether Casey would vote the party line on reproductive rights issues.
MADAME SOON-TO-BE SPEAKER SPEAKS. "We have to go back to work!" Nancy Pelosi declared to a crowd of cheering supporters, referring not (yet) to the task of undoing the last six years of damage wrought upon the country. Rather she was cautioning that the polls haven't closed out west yet, and there is a lot of phonebanking left to do. Things are looking good for Pelosi, though, who looks soon to become the first female speaker of the house in American history. Just moments later KY-3 was called for the Dems -- a major pickup. If they can win in Kentucky they can win anywhere, it would seem.
BELLWETHER'S A RINGING. Earlier in the day I said that CT-05 could be a bellwether for the northeast. Alec in the field says that challenger Chris Murphy is up 10 percent in the staunchly Republican town of Southbury.
FAIR AND BALANCED? EVERY NOW AND THEN. Earlier this evening, Fox News Channel's Carl Cameron held up a flyer he said had reportedly been distributed in an African-American area in Maryland that railed against the Democratic senatorial candidate, Ben Cardin, who is fighting for the seat of retiring Sen. Paul Sarbanes against African American Republican Michael Steele. I couldn't catch the copy on the flyer word for word as Cameron waved it in front of the camera, but the headline was, "Ben Cardin Exposed!" It went on to accuse Cardin of being against Jesus and black people.
LAMONT: NOT A SCHUMER FAN. This anecdote is a few hours old now, but Alec Oveis reported that early this evening he ran into Ned Lamont in CT-05 and they chatted for a few minutes. DSCC chair Chuck Schumer's name came up. Lamont shook his head ruefully (ok, remember, this is secondhand -- from Alec's description, I detected some rue) and said, to paraphrase, "Schumer...Schumer was pretty hard on us. He played this very tactically from day one." His meaning -- "Schumer screwed me" -- seemed plain enough.
THE KILLING CLOWNS, THE BLOOD MONEY MEN, ARE SHOOTING THOSE WASHINGTON BULLETS AGAIN. The Clash vote has determined at least one race tonight: Daniel Ortegahas won in Nicaragua. This is going to be one awesome U.N. Security Council session.