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* Quick note on tonight: The polls close in Pennsylvania at 8:00 E.T. and in Arkansas at 8:30 E.T. Readers: Let me know what you're seeing on the ground, or if you have any predictions or any sense of what's happening. I'll be blogging the results right here.

* Michael Steele, last seen ripping Elena Kagan's praise of Thurgood Marshall's legacy, is now out with a new Op ed whacking Dems for failing to live up to the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education.

The lead lawyer succesfully arguing the Brown, of course, was none other than Thurgood Marshall.

* An important point from Mike Tomasky ahead of today's results: Beware of efforts to read too grand a narrative in what's basically a collection of individual contests.

* DNC chief spox Brad Woodhouse: We did the right thing in backing Arlen Specter because he cast key votes backing Obama's agenda.

* Obama directly calls out Senate Republicans for blocking the bill that would have lifted the liability cap on oil companies.

* And: Now FinReg is suddenly on the rocks, too, for now, anyway.

* Eugene Robinson says Richard Blumenthal's damage control today fell way short, and demands a full-fledged apology, because the bottom line is Blumenthal could have served in Vietnam if he'd wanted to.

* And: NRSC chief John Cornyn tells Dave Weigel that the Blumenthal relevation will be a "game changer."

* And: The Cook Political Report now rates the Connecticut Senate race a toss up.

* Crazy: Adam Sorensen notes that the Arizona immigration law now looms so large over our politics that it's become a campaign issue in "faraway, borderless South Carolina."

* Another data point showing that the challenge to Blanche Lincoln is coming from the ideological left: Without a primary foe, would Lincoln have pushed for tougher language on FinReg?

* And don't miss this definitive inside story on how GOP Rep. Mark Souder got nabbed having an affair.

Again, we'll be blogging tonight's results right here. What else is happening?

By Greg Sargent  |  May 18, 2010; 6:00 PM ET
Categories:  2010 elections , Financial reform , Happy Hour Roundup , Senate Dems , Senate Republicans  
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Comments

Charlie Cook! Hahahahaha!

Posted by: Ethan2010 | May 18, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Greg, they're getting results out of KY already, from TPM. Paul and Mongiardo, but it's only 2%.

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/

Posted by: lmsinca | May 18, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

"Eugene Robinson says Richard Blumenthal's damage control today fell way short, and demands a full-fledged apology, because the bottom line is Blumenthal could have served in Vietnam if he'd wanted to."

Fair enough. And probably the smart way to go right now.

Posted by: bernielatham | May 18, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Mike Tomasky has that one right. Tonight and tomorrow we'll see a broad sweep of portents and signs of enormous import. The modern media lusts for narrative peaks - it's what gives any gossip her or his meaning in life.

And: NRSC chief John Cornyn tells Dave Weigel that the Blumenthal relevation will be a "game changer."

Indeed. And Cornyn said exactly the same thing about John Ensign so I'm sure he's got it right again.

Posted by: bernielatham | May 18, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Yes Bernie, a heartfelt apology to both the voters and veterans is called for I think. Then maybe he can put it behind him and persuade the voters he'll be working in their best interest. As Ethan pointed out he's been a champion of veterans issues anyway, so that will help him I think. We're a forgiving bunch, but we appreciate honesty, as opposed to some other political creatures.

Posted by: lmsinca | May 18, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

"A top Tea Party leader, enraged by a plan to build a mosque near Ground Zero, has referred to the Islamic deity as a "monkey-god" and to Muslims as "the animals of allah." His Tea Party group, meanwhile, tells TPMmuckraker it's not concerned abut the rhetoric." http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/05/tea_party_leader_allah_is_monkey_god.php?ref=fpblg

Now there's a real libertarian speaking.

Posted by: bernielatham | May 18, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Now in KY with 14% is Paul and Conway if anyone's interested. Everyone's saying the rain today in PA was really a bad sign for Specter, hopefully Sestak will pull it off then.

Posted by: lmsinca | May 18, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Ims - pleased we've found a bridge again. The twit ought to apologize to those who behaved better and to those who are more careful with the truth. And he better not do much more of the lying thing.

When I saw the item this morning, I was seriously pissed at the guy. But on the other hand, I'm completely unwilling to hear even the slightest peep from conservatives on such a matter. That's like getting a lecture on proper civic duty from a Hell's Angel.

Posted by: bernielatham | May 18, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

You know what Bernie, I think tomorrow they'll all be analyzing election returns and what it portends for Nov. They'll get it wrong but it will occupy everyone for awhile. Dontcha know the Dems are purging?

Posted by: lmsinca | May 18, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Bernie if you get a chance go to HuffPo and read Shannon Moore's piece about Palin the funeral crasher. It's really interesting, the gall of that woman.

Posted by: lmsinca | May 18, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Re our friend Souder and his slightly unsuccessful campaign to forward abstinence in the lives of good Americans everywhere... a person could, what with all the recent "family values" exploding loins revelations, begin to suspect there's something to the notion that these guys are projecting what burns within themselves.

Posted by: bernielatham | May 18, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Just peeked in to HP at your urging, Ims, and I see up top that Souder would like to be remembered as an Evangelical Christian. That is precisely the way I'll remember him.

Posted by: bernielatham | May 18, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Ims. I've heard Moore speak a few times now and I'm very impressed with her. This piece fits well with the other we noted this morning.

Posted by: bernielatham | May 18, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Funny. You're aware of his campaign to discredit the groups advocating safe sex during the HIV/Aids education of gay men I take it? Such a Christian.

Posted by: lmsinca | May 18, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Two stories up top at TP, one on Grassley voting for his bank account (screw the other 99.8% of the population) and a second on Beck formally teaming up with Freedom Works...
http://thinkprogress.org/

Cuddly, lovable folks, these.

Posted by: bernielatham | May 18, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Ims - Yeah. And that's kind of the central thing going on, it seems to me. The urge or perceived need to control the behavior of others because you've GOT TO keep the devil down in the hole. They are worried about themselves and can't quite handle that.

Posted by: bernielatham | May 18, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

From Digby...

"(I have to admit that I'm quite enjoying watching the Republicans use their playbook on each other. How do you like it now, McConnell?)"

Posted by: bernielatham | May 18, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul will be blood brothers by midnight tonite. There may be a ceremony.

Posted by: bernielatham | May 18, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

AP already called the race for Rand Paul, looks like McConnell called that one waaaay wrong. His boy Grayson only got 30+%.

Posted by: lmsinca | May 18, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

"Another data point showing that the challenge to Blanche Lincoln is coming from the ideological left: Without a primary foe, would Lincoln have pushed for tougher language on FinReg?"

A more plausible read of the Hill article is that unions who went all in for Halter are looking to save face in the event that he gets his butt kicked, by taking credit for something the senator did in *spite* of their opposition to her. It's hard to read Lincoln's actual record as her being any particular champion of Big Finance. It's also damned good politics in general to be barking at Wall Street this year. Pushing for tougher financial industry regulation would have been (and likely will be) a feather in her cap for the general election with or without a primary challenge. There's no compelling reason to presume Lincoln's actions in this case had much to do with anything the unions did or didn't do.

Posted by: CalD | May 18, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

personally, I just need this night to be over, so people will shut up about it. (I know wishful thinking, it's gonna last for some time)

The big question though is if Arlen Spector loses, how will he vote for the remainder of his term?

He seems like a dude who holds grudges.

Posted by: lynell33 | May 18, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

"And: The Cook Political Report now rates the Connecticut Senate race a toss up."

Hope ol' Charlie won't be too broken-hearted if it doesn't work out that way.

Posted by: CalD | May 18, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow, there's already an ad up at TPM, Blumenthal lied about Vietnam, Donate. I guess that was pretty predictable.

Posted by: lmsinca | May 18, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Cool if both parties are shaken up tonight. THEY work for US! Shake-N-Bake!

Posted by: RossOdom | May 18, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

This from Josh is very cute...

"ELECTION LIVE BLOG

8:11 PM: Polls are closed in PA. Waiting for results.

8:19 PM: Thumb twiddling."

Posted by: bernielatham | May 18, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Now it seems that the tea-party, well the original ones at least, got one of their own in the Senate.

It will be interesting how Republican Senators conduct themselves when Rand wears his Libertarian views on his sleeve on the floor and speaks of legalization or even expresses his anti-Iraq/Afghanistan positions. Things will get interesting none the less.

He might be one of the more straight up individuals on the Senate, not beholden to many. He could very well likely be a yes vote to approve of spending cuts in all departments and agencies of the U.S. Govn't from Department of Defense of which he would like to reduce spending to the Department of Educations, of which he'd like to eliminate.

I'm probably way out ahead but, I could see him continuing his ability to tap into independents and leaning libertarian Republicans and Democrats across the country and run for the White House in 2012.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | May 18, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

All, come up to the election night open thread:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/05/election_night_open_thread.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | May 18, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Here's another tidbit from Josh. You reap what you sow.

8:26 PM: The Tea Party candidate (Todd Lally) has apparently beaten the NRCC's chosen Republican (Jeffrey Reetz) in the KY-3 primary to face John Yarmouth.

Posted by: lmsinca | May 18, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Specter and Halter take the first 1%.

Posted by: lmsinca | May 18, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Is it a rule you have to say FinReg to work at the Post? When did illiteracy become a style?

Posted by: pj_camp | May 18, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

"When did illiteracy become a style?"

Formally, when George Bush ascended to the Presidency.

Posted by: bernielatham | May 18, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

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