WHAT'S RIGHT WITH KANSAS. In addition to retaining the governorship under the able leadership of Kathleen Sebelius and the third district under Dennis Moore, Kansas Democrats picked up the second district and, even more satisfyingly, kicked out the attorney general, Phill Kline. Kline was a particularly loathsome politician who, in an effort to wrest the social con crowd, subpoenaed the records of women who'd had late term abortions. He was beaten by Johnson County's DA, Paul Morrison.
EVEN SOUTH DAKOTA HAS POSTIVE NEWS: Not only is the draconian aboriton ban heading for defeat, but the ridiculous initiative to impose retrocative legal liability on judges is going down by an 80-point margin.
RAGGED COATTAILS IN OHIO. Though top-ticket Democrats in Ohio have swept to victory, their coattails may not be long enough to make the gains the party was hoping for in the state's congressional delegation. Here are the numbers -- which we must take on faith from the website of outgoing Secretary of State Ken Blackwell -- in the four key House races. The only Democrat with a lead is Zack Space in the district of disgraced and just-resigned Congressman Bob Ney.
District 1 John Cranley D - 64,796 - 48.41% Steve Chabot R - 69,058 - 51.59%
CIV IS A DEMOCRAT TONIGHT.Rahm Emanuel is pushing "A New Direction" as the Dem slogan all night. For the New York Hardcore kids, that's a totemic slogan -- a reference to the first track off Gorilla Biscuits's classic Start Today album. Here are those '88 NYHC lyrics in full:
THE ROVE MYTH. Remember Josh Bolten's prediction for the election?
"I believe Karl Rove," Bolten said in an interview in his West Wing office Friday. "Karl Rove, somewhere inside that massive brain of his, has figured out the political landscape more clearly than the entire collection of conventional-wisdom pundits and pollsters in the entire city of Washington."
YARMUTH. As Garance notes, Jim Yarmuth is hardly a conservative Democrat; Northup went after him for some of his past writings in Leo, which while fairly tame by the standards of an alternative weekly is still, well, an alternative weekly. Indeed, Northrup's campaign accused Leo of taking Yarmuth's columns offline. I saw Yarmuth in the Democratic primary debate, and he came off quite strong. He'll make a great congressman.
PENNSYLVANIA DELIVERS. A number of the seats that have brought Dems the House have come from hotly contested Pennsylvania races. Joe Sestak and Chris Carney have already been declared winners, and now it looks like Lois Murphy and Patrick Murphy will be victorious as well. The war was a deciding factor in these races to be sure -- Sestak, Carney, and Patrick Murphy have all served in the military, and if Murphy wins, he will become the first vet of this war to serve in Congress. Of course, recent scandals cost PA Republicans big time. Allegations that Don Sherwood cheated on his wife and then abused his mistress precluded him from beating Carney.
MAN GOT SKILLZ. Over at The Democratic Strategist, I'm in a roundtable with Whistling Past Dixie author and Tapped contributor Tom Schaller. Even in my role as friendly opposition, I didn't disagree with Tom's thesis, but maybe I didn't give it quite its due. Tonight is going precisely as his argument predicts, with northern consolidation for the Democrats, southern retention for the Republicans, and a bevy of opportunities in the Midwest and Interior West.