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Party switcher Parker Griffith, Rep. Artur Davis lose in Alabama primaries

Alabama Republican Rep. Parker Griffith was soundly defeated in a Republican primary tonight, the second party switcher to lose an intraparty fight in the past two weeks.

Madison County Commissioner Mo Brooks had 51 percent of the vote to Griffith's 33 percent and 16 percent for Les Phillip with 99 percent of precincts reporting. Although the Associated Press had not called the race, local media reported that Griffith had conceded the contest to Brooks.

Griffith, who had been elected as a Democrat to the northern Alabama 5th district, switched parties last year with promises from House Republican leaders that they would back him to the hilt.

But, he struggled to convince Republican primary voters that he was one of them; he was battered over his vote for Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) as House Speaker at the start of the 111th Congress, for example.

Griffith's problems were a mirror image of Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter's (D) difficulties in his primary loss to Rep. Joe Sestak on May 18.

Griffith joins Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.) as House members to lose their re-nomination bids. In the Senate, Specter as well as Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) have come up short in intraparty bids and Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) faces a runoff race on June 8 against Lt. Gov. Bill Halter.

Alabama Democrats showed a similar resistance to establishment favorites in the governor's race.

Alabama Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks crushed Rep. Artur Davis in the Democratic primary for governor, ending Davis' hopes of becoming the state's first black governor.

"We worked hard, we fussed hard, we cried hard," Sparks said. "Thank you for allowing me to be in the position I'm in."

The Associated Press called the race for Sparks shortly before 11 pm eastern time and Sparks holding a lead of nearly 30 points.

Davis had long been touted as a star on the national stage but his insistence on opposing President Barack Obama's agenda in a failed attempt to keep himself viable in a general election coupled with his long-running feud with the state's unelected black leaders combined to make his showing a major disappointment.

Rick Dent, campaign manager for Sparks, told the Fix that Davis' vote against President Obama's health care legislation "hurt him in the African-American community."

The Republican gubernatorial race is headed to a July 13 runoff. Former state Sen. Bradley Byrne secured one of the spots but businessman Tim James and state Rep. Robert Bentley were separated by less than 300 votes in the fight for the second slot.

Two hundred miles to the west, national Republicans got some good news as Mississippi state Sen. Alan Nunnelee won the GOP nomination in the 1st district without a runoff.

Nunnelee took 51 percent of the vote in the race against former Europa Mayor Henry Ross and Fox News Channel commentator Angela McGlowan. McGlowan placed a distant third despite a last-minute endorsement from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin -- via Twitter!

Nunnelee will face Rep. Travis Childers (D) in the fall in a district that gave Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) 62 percent of the vote in 2008 and that will be a major GOP pickup target this fall.

Across the country in New Mexico, Dona Ana District Attorney Susana Martinez cruised to a victory in the GOP primary for governor.

"Susana Martinez's historic nomination is great news for New Mexico," said Republican Governors Association spokesman Tim Murtaugh. "

Martinez will face Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, who was unopposed for the Democratic nomination, in the fall.

With Felicia Sonmez

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 2, 2010; 12:19 AM ET
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"The real reason Artur Davis got whipped is that he is nothing but a Pelosi following liberal slug, and the people know it."

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Hmmmmm...my point proven again! In addition, it is NOT Progressives that are brandishing their fire arms at political rallies, posting and waving signs threatening the first lady and their children, posting pictures of President Obama as Hitler, making racists jokes, waving pictures of our President as "the Joker", burning effigies of our President, etc.

Posted by: MnMurph | June 2, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

dre7861 wrote:
"Will someone please explain to me why Republicans like to tar Democrats with the term "name-calling"

I can do that for you. Look at the post by MnMurph at 10:53 am.

Posted by: pyellman | June 2, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

"It is the party of greed, power mongering, hate, hypocracy, lies, fear mongering and facism."

No Name Calling Here! This is a specific description of behaviors and actions that are synonymous with the GOP!!!! Nice try pyellman and I thank you for proving my point!

dre7861, you are absolutely right about the GOP party members consistently calling those, who have ideas different than theirs names like, "retards, Dematards, hippie burnouts, druggies, losers etc."
It only shows that their behaviors are less than adult and they demonstrate it over and over and over every time they open their mouths!!

Posted by: MnMurph | June 2, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

I hate to sound mean, but... these southern redneck republican states ...and all their baseless noise about "big guv'mint tikeovuh's... why bother helping them with the BP spill. Wouldn't wanna intrude on y'all's states rights and all.
But I am curious why republicans voted down the lifting of liability for BP. Is it that they've bought and paid your party?

'Cause it just don't make no sense, no how.


Right Mr. Jindal? Make up yer mind. Want govt help... or not?

Posted by: jfern03 | June 2, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

"Chris:
The real reason Artur Davis got whipped is that he is nothing but a Pelosi following liberal slug, and the people know it.
He's only a rising star in the weak minds that like liberal class envy B.S."

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Larry thinks this has to do with his "liberalism" and his liberal district and nothing to do with the fact he's black and running for the Governor...in Alabama.

Ala-freakin-bama! LOL

Posted by: dcp26851 | June 2, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

November will bring much excitement. The voters are unstable, and reacting instead of thinking.

The tea bag class favors no government and reduction in present federal spending. The GOP is controlled by Boss Limbaugh and completely out of control and off the charts. The Democrats are struggling for the middle ground.

The tea bagers are the biggest complainers,
nothing will satisfy their insane idea of government. They basically want everything government has to offer, but only for them and they want to pay nothing in taxes.

As the Gulf coast is saturated with oil, and Limbaugh and the Christian right were dead wrong saying the ocean will cure itself ,and man can't destroy what God made. Idiots. Hope you didn't really like shrimp or sea food, it will not be from the gulf. No jobs, limping economy,
soiled ocean, corrupt greed, two wars, dead soldiers, nuclear weapons, and remember all politics are local.

The only winners are Bush/Cheney-they created this disaster and are now out of sight.

November will bring some changes, but the
GOP will not win control.

Posted by: COWENS99 | June 2, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

So much for the winger idea that healthcare reform is unpopular -- far from it -- Sparks ran hard on it and won big:

'Unlike Davis, Sparks ran as a strong proponent of federal health care reform. During a debate last year with Davis, Sparks challenged the congressman to support tough federal health care reform, stating, “if I was in Congress, I’d fight for a public option.” And during a later speech before the Democratic Women of Madison County, Sparks was unequivocal in his support for federal health care reform, saying, “Hear me loud and clear. I support President Obama’s health care package. I support the public option. I have been vocal about it."

Posted by: drindl | June 2, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

"R's will lose dramatically this year, perhaps not in some Southern districts, but overwhelmingly across the nation. They have nothing but the same old tired canards that brought this nation to it's knees. People who vote GOP will be voting against their own interests, as well as for a dying, once great, party."

Good post. Fortunately, the majority of people in this country aren't nutters, so loons like this won't get elected. The R party is just nothing but hate now:

" Republican congressional candidate Alan Nunnelee tells a Rotary Club audience that the United States survived the traumas of Pearl Harbor and 9/11, but those attacks were less a threat to America than the policies pushed by Democrats.

“What I see in Washington over the last 16 months is a more dangerous attack because it’s an attack on our freedom that’s coming from the inside,” Nunnelee, neatly dressed in a gray suit and red tie, tells about 30 people who have finished their lunch of chicken-fried steak, mashed potatoes and fried squash.

If Nunnelee does come to Washington, he would probably find some other sympathetic far-right conservatives who share his views. In November, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) said that health care reform was a greater threat to the country than “any terrorist,” and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has been going around comparing the Obama administration to the Nazi regime."

Posted by: drindl | June 2, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

. It is a referendum on Obama and his minions in Congress. The Post will be shocked by how many of these Dems will be sent home. Obama is by far the most devisive person to ever sit in the White House. He is loathed by the majority of the working, tax paying citizens in this nation.

Posted by: walterndebby
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It is the same thing on the left when Reagan was office and he was not a fool to work with the Democrats something you righty fail to acknowledge nor want to do so. If you compare the legislative accomplishments between the two they are about the same.

In one race a Republican candidate ran on a referendum of Obama essentially nationalizing the race he lost to Democrats by a large margin. There are other Republicans who are being booted out as well. It is something you failed to acknowledge.

You are repeating one of many retreaded wing nut statements because you failed to acknowledge that GWB was the most divisive person ever to sat in the White House and the same can be said for the far right Republicans in Congress (clue: Boehner, Cantor, DeMint, Kyl, and McConnell). The way I see it the more you talk like this the more you sound irrational.

Posted by: beeker25 | June 2, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

"Nunnelee took 51 percent of the vote in the race against former Europa Mayor Henry Ross and Fox News Channel commentator Angela McGlowan. McGlowan placed a distant third despite a last-minute endorsement from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin -- via Twitter!"

Funniest thing today. Looks an endorsement from Sarah is becoming a kiss of death -- or is just plain worthless.

Posted by: drindl | June 2, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

"McGlowan placed a distant third despite a last-minute endorsement from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin -- via Twitter!"

Well so much for Twitter.

I guess no one was willing to pay Twitter Queen Palin $100,000.00 to come campaign for McGlowan. Where are the teabaggers when you need them?

Waiting for Dick Armey to give them a free bus ride.

Posted by: knjincvc | June 2, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

12Barblues


You know alot of people lie to the pollsters - saying they like Obama when they really don't -

People do that because they are talking to a pollster - a complete stranger - and they don't want to appear racist.

So the racism is hurting you both ways -

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 2, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

It happens and usually depends on the relationship with their constiuents. No-biggie. Just more wasted ink and air.

Posted by: crrobin | June 2, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

It happens and usually depends on the relationship with thier constiuents. No-biggie. Just more wasted ink and air.

Posted by: crrobin | June 2, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

@bumblingberry:

What is the source of your 42% approval?

Looking at the last 8 polls on RCP, the lowest approval number is 45% and the highest is 51%. The latest two polls are at 46 and 47% approval. And one of those is Rasmussen.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president_obama_job_approval-1044.html

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 2, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Bam Bam's approval down to 42%. Scraping the bottom of the barrel. Only committed Libs still "believe".

He won by ten points more than this. that means 1 in 5 voters have left him as he moved left.
since we can't remove him from office, as they do in the UK, we will have to remove his enablers instead.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 2, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

He is loathed by the majority of the working, tax paying citizens in this nation.

Posted by: walterndebby | June 2, 2010 11:31 AM
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Not exactly loathed by the majority. At last election, 63m voted for Obama and 57m voted for the other guy.

As of this minute, Real Clear Politics has Obama's job approval 1.3 points over his disapproval.

I think your point of view is being skewed by your own loathing.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 2, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

"Grandpa, what was a rebuplican?"

Posted by: TOMHERE | June 2, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

The British didn't Benedict Arnold either.

Posted by: carlbatey | June 2, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

LarryG62 wrote:
Chris:
The real reason Artur Davis got whipped is that he is nothing but a Pelosi following liberal slug, and the people know it.
He's only a rising star in the weak minds that like liberal class envy B.S.
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Pelosi-following as opposed to what? That crook and racist Trent Lott following?

You state your idiocy in your post. Unfortunately, there are so many Limbaugh listening and Fix News watching people ou there they actually believe junk like this. The real question is why this Davis guy would switch and join an obviously INFERIOR party, the Republicans, those with no ideas, those who gave us Bush who almost sunk this country.

As for Nancy Pelosi she is better than any of the Republican party hacks that have held the speaker position lately, but I doubt you would see that because it is pretty obvious that your IQ level is lower than my shoe size.

Posted by: nyrunner101 | June 2, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

jbush wrote
"Alabama results are fascinating, especially for this Progressive Democrat. Griffith's defeat by a very conservative Republican illustrates that party's trend to the far Right. Davis' defeat by a more progressive Democrat illustrates the vitality of that movement down here.

Davis defeated himself by deserting his base and voting like a Republican. I don't know who he thought he was appealing to. The Black Democratic establishment opposed him. "

You only got it half right, both national parties are moving to their extremes and it leaves the middle more and more in play. Democrats won majorities in 06 and 08 because they kept their progressive wing locked under the steps like an unwanted retarded child. Unfortunately they have let them out and will lose a significant portion of their majority, however since the republican party has too many lunatics to lock away right now they will be unable to get a very strong majority.

Thank god for senate filibuster rules, probably the only thing that has saved this country from a 50.5% majority totalitarian rule the last 15 years

Posted by: chet_brewer | June 2, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Alabama results are fascinating, especially for this Progressive Democrat. Griffith's defeat by a very conservative Republican illustrates that party's trend to the far Right. Davis' defeat by a more progressive Democrat illustrates the vitality of that movement down here.

Davis defeated himself by deserting his base and voting like a Republican. I don't know who he thought he was appealing to. The Black Democratic establishment opposed him.

Posted by: jbush3838 | June 2, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

R's will lose dramatically this year, perhaps not in some Southern districts, but overwhelmingly across the nation. They have nothing but the same old tired canards that brought this nation to it's knees. People who vote GOP will be voting against their own interests, as well as for a dying, once great, party. Anyone that would want to return to bush style government has more than a few screws loose, and that is all the GOP has to offer. D's are far from perfect, but at least the nation is moving forward, we'd be doing better if the R's that have nothing to offer but "no" would at the least, even look at D proposals. Instead, they have bet their party on the notion that they can win w/o any ideas, any direction or any way they can get us out of the mess they put us in. Good riddance to them.

Posted by: rfunke12 | June 2, 2010 10:20 AM
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Well, I hate to tell you the bad news: Bush ain't in office and you can't run against him now. The agenda that is up for voter's review this year is Obama's plans for a "radical transformation" (his words, not mine) "of American society." And it has succeeded in bringling together and energizing an inherently fractious coalition.

Progressive authoritarianism (we know better what is good for you and, if necessary, will ram it down your throat) in "enlightened" circles is as taken for granted as the air you breathe. But it doesn't sit well in mid America.

While, in the public square, currently, those who would enslave you to create a utopia on earth (the Progressive authoritarians) have the ascendency, it will be interesting to see whether those who would enslave you to save your soul will be able to coalition for long with those who say "save yourself and stay out of my damned business." In short, the TEA Party and the Social Conservatives are a difficult coalition in opposition (where all they need agree on is "no") but almost certainly not able to provide a coherent government.

Of course, when the progressive program is as vile as it currently is, just saying "no" may be quite enough!

Posted by: CincinnatiRIck | June 2, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

There ain't going to be any more "first Blacks" for a while. Any time you blame everything from the lack of jobs (9.9 from 8.5 when he started office even though jobs have been on the rise and NOT just due to the census workers) to the oil spill in the gulf to the heat on the current President, who happens to be Black, you have to wonder why?

It's obvious that many of these things are not his fault, many being inherited, so you have to wonder why he's really being blamed. Considering that we allow heads of states from Russia to Isreal to disrespect this man without a public outcry for the the sake of the office, again, you have to wodner why... but the heat? you even blame the heat on him?

It would seem that some White people are really pissed that this man's in office and not because of the job he's doing or his party affiliation... why in reality is between them and God. I would guess it's race.

The result is that there are those in the White community who will not vote for a candidate because he's Black. Conversely, I find it just as stupid to vote for some because he's Black also... what about policiy, huh? What about what a person stands for? His motivations? His word and integrity? But there ain't gonna be a "first Black" anything that's elected for some time to come. Especially not down south where they still yearn for the days before the civil war... at least that's my perception with their insistence of flying so proudly that confederate flag.

Posted by: crtjr | June 2, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Again, the Post is behind the eight ball. The coming massive election in November is about one thing and only one thing. It is a referendum on Obama and his minions in Congress. The Post will be shocked by how many of these Dems will be sent home. Obama is by far the most devisive person to ever sit in the White House. He is loathed by the majority of the working, tax paying citizens in this nation.

Posted by: walterndebby | June 2, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I am so glad that Art Davis lost. He is pathetic and delusional. Pathetic for being the only member of the Congressional Black Cauacus to vote against healthcare reform and the interests of his constituents. Delusional to think that the racists in Alabama would even think about electing him as a Black governor. Good riddance.

Posted by: PepperDr | June 2, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

allenridge, you blithering rightwingnut, there is no "Democrat Brand," other than in the minds of drooling, juvenile righties.

Try again, numbnutz.

Posted by: koolkat_1960
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Allenridge believes in his own illusions.

MARK MY WORDS Allen...
The GOP
is going to lose seat
in every Legislature
in the Country.

Posted by: godwithfire55 | June 2, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

R's will lose dramatically this year, perhaps not in some Southern districts, but overwhelmingly across the nation. They have nothing but the same old tired canards that brought this nation to it's knees. People who vote GOP will be voting against their own interests, as well as for a dying, once great, party. Anyone that would want to return to bush style government has more than a few screws loose, and that is all the GOP has to offer. D's are far from perfect, but at least the nation is moving forward, we'd be doing better if the R's that have nothing to offer but "no" would at the least, even look at D proposals. Instead, they have bet their party on the notion that they can win w/o any ideas, any direction or any way they can get us out of the mess they put us in. Good riddance to them.

Posted by: rfunke12
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Agree..good post.

Posted by: godwithfire55 | June 2, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

allenridge, you blithering rightwingnut, there is no "Democrat Brand," other than in the minds of drooling, juvenile righties.

Try again, numbnutz.

Posted by: koolkat_1960
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Hey koolkat ........when are you hero's going to FINALLY close down Plantation Anacostia and raise their "base" up like the rich white liberal/progressives over there in Northwest DC ?

When koolkat? ...........WHEN will this social Injustice finally end?

Posted by: allenridge | June 2, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

allenridge, you blithering rightwingnut, there is no "Democrat Brand," other than in the minds of drooling, juvenile righties.

Try again, numbnutz.

Posted by: koolkat_1960
===========================================

Hey koolkat ........when are you hero's going to FINALLY close down Plantation Anacostia and raise their "base" up like the rich white liberal/progressives over there in Northwest DC ?

When koolkat? ...........WHEN will this social Injustice finally end?

Posted by: allenridge | June 2, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

dre7861 wrote:
"Will someone please explain to me why Republicans like to tar Democrats with the term "name-calling"

I can do that for you. Look at the post by MnMurph at 10:53 am.

Posted by: pyellman | June 2, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

It is important to remember that a true politician is driven by their constituents rather than money and greed. GOP actually stands for, Got - Overwhelming - Power

It is the party of greed, power mongering, hate, hypocracy, lies, fear mongering and facism.

Posted by: MnMurph | June 2, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

It is important to remember that a true poitician is driven by their constituents rather than money and greed. GOP actually stands for, Got - Overwhelming - Power

It is the party of greed, power mongering, hate, hypocracy, lies, fear mongering and facism.

Posted by: MnMurph | June 2, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Looking at the numbers of votes in the Democrat vs. the Republican primaries might not be an indication of things to come in November! As a progressive Democrat, I voted in the Republican primary to keep out the likes of James and Moore. It worked!

Posted by: aldon | June 2, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

R's will lose dramatically this year, perhaps not in some Southern districts, but overwhelmingly across the nation. They have nothing but the same old tired canards that brought this nation to it's knees. People who vote GOP will be voting against their own interests, as well as for a dying, once great, party. Anyone that would want to return to bush style government has more than a few screws loose, and that is all the GOP has to offer. D's are far from perfect, but at least the nation is moving forward, we'd be doing better if the R's that have nothing to offer but "no" would at the least, even look at D proposals. Instead, they have bet their party on the notion that they can win w/o any ideas, any direction or any way they can get us out of the mess they put us in. Good riddance to them.

Posted by: rfunke12 | June 2, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

"The "Democrat Brand" is shot."

It sure is. People see the phrase "Democrat Party" for what it is: childish, spiteful name-calling.

Try something else, OP.

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Will someone please explain to me why Republicans like to tar Democrats with the term "name-calling" after using terms like "childish" or "spiteful," as this poster did, to describe them? You do realize that when you call someone "Childish" or "Spiteful" that you are in fact engaging in name calling? And when you engage in the very activity that you damn your opponent in the very same sentence your credibility gets a mortal hit.

Posted by: dre7861 | June 2, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Chris:
The real reason Artur Davis got whipped is that he is nothing but a Pelosi following liberal slug, and the people know it.
He's only a rising star in the weak minds that like liberal class envy B.S.

Posted by: LarryG62 | June 2, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Here are the numbers for those who want to focus on the numbers.

In AL-05, the GOP candidates garnered 70,000 total votes and the Dem candidates combined for 45,000 votes. The general election is Mo Brooks' for the taking against Dem Steve Raby, a Washington insider and lobbiest trying for his first elective office. He will have a very hard sell in North Alabama defending against the claim that his first vote in congress will be for Nancy Pelosi as speaker. It killed Griffith, and Raby will not overcome that charge in the general election. This run is really to increase his name recognition for a future office.

Race did not pay a role in Artur Davis' run for governor as he could not manage to sweep Alabama's "Black Belt" counties or garner the endorsement of the state's four main black special interest groups - Sparks ran to Davis' left, and he made himself unelectable in a general election doing so. Davis' best results were in the GOP stronghold counties of Shelby and Mobile. Davis had to know he was toast when he could not even win minority bellweather Macon county, home of Tuskeegee University. Youtube videos of Artur Davis fighting against Bush admin audits of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before the housing bubble burst clearly became an anchor to his campaign hopes as well. Vote totals for governor show that the Dems garnered 319,000 primary votes, GOP received 355,000 votes statewide which indicates that the governor's race was the main driver for primary voters yesterday, and is not a hopeful sign for Davis' future prospects in the state.

Posted by: Redwarning | June 2, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

The one thing...the single most thing both parties have in common is that neither of us likes a turncoat!

Posted by: Beingsensible | June 2, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

"The "Democrat Brand" is shot."

It sure is. People see the phrase "Democrat Party" for what it is: childish, spiteful name-calling.

Try something else, OP.

Posted by: mattintx | June 2, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

No one seems to want to focus on numbers. So the Republican whackos, such as allenridge, sing their fantasy songs without taking a glimpse at who voted, and how many of them did so. I would like to know how many Republicans voted in Alabama versus the number of Democrats. This number 'crunching' will tell you more about who might win the elections in November then any of the booby statements made by the right wing.

For example, johnadams1 blames Mr. Obama for the BP oil spill in the Gulf. My question is which adminsitration gave BP the franchise to drill out there is the first place. Let's place the blame where it belongs: squarely on the shoulders of Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney.

I can understand the frustration of people who live alongthe Gulf, as in Alabama and Louisiana. Both states are undergoing horrific problems. Those problems will take time and patience to solve. But don't blame the Democrats for a mess started by Republicans.

As for Progressivism? You ain't seen nothing yet!

Posted by: agrossman1 | June 2, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

The "Democrat Brand" is shot...........

The NEW Republican Party will be made up of new fiscal conservatives who will join forces with Mitt Romney when America elects him to replace our Great Divider-in-Chief, fail experiment.

Republicans are putting pressure on ALL Democrats running nation-wide.

Democrats are not putting pressure on the GOP..........

And Obama IS the reason and our free left-wing press just can't report that.........how sad.

Posted by: allenridge | June 2, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Let's hope Charlie Crist is next. I hate blatant opportunists.

Posted by: moebius22 | June 2, 2010 6:54 AM | Report abuse

Hey!

No mention of how theofascist Roy Moore, of 10 Demandments fame, got crushed in the GOP gov race?

Come on!

Posted by: lichtme | June 2, 2010 6:33 AM | Report abuse


Under Health Care Reform, Medical insurance is a must, but you can easily find medical insurance for you under $40 http://bit.ly/c3RV9F

Posted by: winsenronec | June 2, 2010 6:20 AM | Report abuse

so another of Palin's hand picked candidates lost. colour me surprised...

Posted by: katem1 | June 2, 2010 5:59 AM | Report abuse


The democrats are directly responsible for
Obama and they will pay at the polls.

Obama is a disgrace to the office of presidenct

Posted by: JohnAdams1 | June 2, 2010 3:55 AM | Report abuse

Another Affirmative Action Failure.....JUST LIKE IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

Posted by: djmcfly | June 2, 2010 3:29 AM | Report abuse

Obama blaming BP is not going to help Obama much - OBAMA WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SAFETY STANDARDS - THE INSPECTIONS - AND THE ATMOSPHERE AT THE MINERALS MANAGEMENT SERVICE.


Obama can not accept responsibility.


Is Holder going to prosecute Obama over his failure to make sure proper safety protocols were followed? How about the lack of proper environmental preparedness reports ???


The PEOPLE OF THE GULF REGION DESERVE A GOVERNMENT WHICH FUNCTIONS PROPERLY.


THE SAME LAW THAT THEY ARE PROSECUTING BLAGO - FRAUD FROM FAILURE TO PROVIDE PROPER GOVERNMENT SERVICES - THAT IS WHAT OBAMA IS GUILTY OF.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 2, 2010 2:40 AM | Report abuse

carlaclaws at 12:09 writes


"I am African American, and I have recently seen several posts on washingtonpost.com complaining that no one can criticize African American politicians without being branded a racist."

________________________________________


I don't believe that - and obviously I go straight forward.

There are others on this blog who love to hurl slurs when they don't agree - instead of arguing the issues.


You have to meet them head on- and challenge their own reasons for thei r name-calling.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 2, 2010 2:34 AM | Report abuse

"radical leftist agenda"

Gee I must have missed the part about the peasant collectives.

You dope, even a moderate leftist would have abolished the legal travesty we call the corporation. Your political views are cartoonish.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 2, 2010 2:11 AM | Report abuse

Arthur Davis as to be one of the dumbest politicians I've ever seen. How do you thump your noses at primry voters and hope to win their votes at the same time? Good riddance dummy.

Posted by: lumi21us | June 2, 2010 2:08 AM | Report abuse

Once again, as a progressive Democrat I'm thrilled with the election results in Alabama. Judas Griffith lost unceremoniously to Mo Brooks - that'll teach these idiots a lesson about switching parties. And then a genuine progressive in Sparks defeated the soulless sellout Artur Davis.

I'm sure the national press corps, however, will tell us that this is bad for Obama for some reason. Oh, and it's great news for McCain!

Posted by: ElrodinTennessee | June 2, 2010 1:39 AM | Report abuse

Just curious...where does a Twitter endorsement by Palin fit on the Fix's hierarchy of endorsements? Surely this cannot be as powerful as a full-throated endorsement, or does it get some extra points for the instant dissemination of the news?

Regardless, the candidate lost badly, so I guess the endorsement didn't count for much.

Posted by: blert | June 2, 2010 1:25 AM | Report abuse

Parker Griffith sealed his political future with his very first vote in Congress - voting for San Fran Nan as Speaker of the House. He was rewarded with cuts in his District's bread and butter, NASA and Missile Defense.

In a state that is forgiving of party switchers (i.e. Fob James, Richard Shelby)and in a "moderate" district with many out of state transplants, the moderate Democrat turned Republican was shown the door without a runoff. There is a sea change in Congress coming, thanks to Obama, Reid, and Pelosi's radical leftist agenda.

Posted by: Redwarning | June 2, 2010 12:58 AM | Report abuse

So that means the Red part only needs 39 more seats to kick Nancy out of the speakership?

Posted by: kenpasadena | June 2, 2010 12:57 AM | Report abuse

It was NOT a shock that Davis did not win unless you have no clue about politics and AL politics in particular.

Posted by: jlr6111 | June 2, 2010 12:24 AM | Report abuse

"Thanks no doubt to the efforts of thugs and criminals, Dale Peterson came in third. I guess nobody gives a rip about Alabama."

Who knew stealing his signs off supporters' lawns would be such a successful strategy?

Posted by: DDAWD | June 2, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

"I am African American, and I have recently seen several posts on washingtonpost.com complaining that no one can criticize African American politicians without being branded a racist."

Meh, it's only people who want to say racist things who say this..

Sucks for Peterson. Would have liked to have seen what he did for the runoff.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 2, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Thanks no doubt to the efforts of thugs and criminals, Dale Peterson came in third. I guess nobody gives a rip about Alabama.

Davis lost Macon County (84% black), for Christ's sake. That tells you pretty much everything you need to know about his campaign's level of fail.

Posted by: SeanC1 | June 2, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

I am African American, and I have recently seen several posts on washingtonpost.com complaining that no one can criticize African American politicians without being branded a racist.

I have followed this race with interest, and I am satisfied that Davis is a two-faced, turncoat opportunist.

I hope everyone will agree that the above constitutes criticism.

Posted by: carlaclaws | June 2, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Instead of staying true to his beliefs, Davis tried to pander to white conservatives by voting AGAINST health care reform (he was the last one to cast his vote, knowing that the bill's passage was certain).
He apparently forgot that he had a primary to run... I'm glad that black voters turned on him.

It may be shocking to some white folks, but being black doesn't guarantee you black support. Issues always come first

Posted by: sgtpepper23 | June 2, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Not a good night in Alabammy for members of congress who either ran for gov or switched parties. Parker Griffith's loss is actually hilarious. The GOP will keep this one. As for gov, Sparks might have a better shot than Davis, but the GOP has the upper hand.

Posted by: juanchin | June 2, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse

"Everyone could see he is an inauthentic opportunist. Why would Democratic primary voters support someone who voted AGAINST universal health care? "

That's absolutely correct. I've heard that exact sentiment from tons of young, democratic voters in North-Central Alabama: They are all angry that he opposed the health-care reform bill, and they all see him as a career politician with no thought for his constituents.

I'm not sure who was the brains behind the idea that Davis should run on a platform contrary to President Obama, but it alienated his base, and in no way attracted voters from across the aisle. And besides, attracting Republican voters is a job for AFTER you win the primary in which they can't even vote for you.

Davis is essentially the epitome of how Alabama politics has worked for the past 30-odd years, and I'm glad to see that we've been able to switch things up a bit. I think Sparks stands a much better chance against whomever the Republican candidate turns out to be (my guess? Bradley Byrne.

Posted by: joey10 | June 1, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Come on, Chris what everyone really wants to know about Alabama is whether Dale Peterson won?

Posted by: Yankeesfan1 | June 1, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Davis lost because he is a Washington insider and a cynical politician. He ran as a liberal to win his congressional seat, and supported Obama in 2008. Then he decided to run for Governor and tacked right. Everyone could see he is an inauthentic opportunist. Why would Democratic primary voters support someone who voted AGAINST universal health care?

This does not bode well for Blanche Lincoln, who will likely get trounced by Bill Halter next week. Good riddance, pseudo Republicans!

Posted by: harlemboy | June 1, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

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