Folks are still reeling from the victory of Democrat Travis Childers in Tuesday’s special election for Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District. One campaign veteran told the Parlor that it is “hard to overstate the shockwaves that sent through the beltway Tuesday night.”
A Republican politico in Montgomery told the Parlor that Democrat Travis Childers’ victory in Mississippi was “a disaster,” adding “The NRCC should have spent WHATEVER IT TOOK to win that seat – with the NY Times running stories about the south going to Obama, etc… you don’t lose – period!”
Former NRCC chair Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia was foot-stomping unhappy at a weekly meeting of GOP House members:
Rep. Tom Davis stomped on the concrete floor of the Capitol basement when asked by reporters about Republican fortunes at the moment.
“This is the floor,” he said, by way of explanation. “We’re below the floor.”
Inside the meeting, Davis had just presented his colleagues with what he said was a 20-page memo outlining his prescription for a way out of this mess. He did not offer details to the press, yet did not spare the party and the president scathing criticism in his public comments.
“The president swallows the microphone every time he opens his mouth,” Davis said.
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Asked if he thought there should be a change in House GOP leadership, he brought up the 2006 election and the loss of Congress, then wondered aloud why, when “the plane is being flown into the mountain,” there has been no change in direction.
The GOP lost 30 House seats in 2006, and Davis estimated that, without changes, the GOP could lose 25 seats in November.
Several readers on both sides of the aisle have emailed the Parlor to point out that Alabamian John Anzalone helped Childers’ campaign. Roll Call had a feature about him last night, and The Fix, the Washington Post’s politics blog, named Anzalone in its short list of Tuesday’s winners:
The Alabama-based pollster is the hottest commodity in the consultant business these days. Anzalone handled polling for Childers as well as Rep. Don Cazayoux, who won the Louisiana 6th District special election earlier this month. Among the other candidates in Anzalone’s stable: State Sen. Kay Hagan, who is challenging Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.) this fall; and state Sen. Debbie Halvorson, the odds-on favorite in the open-seat race in Illinois’s 11th District.