At the end of the line, he just didn’t have it. Bill Owens, and the national Democratic leadership, dealt a serious blow to the political wing of the “tea party” movement, and probably killed whatever nascent influence on reality Glenn Beck was developing. Apparently, although he and the Republican Party can drive debate on polemical half-issues, they can’t win elections on them, even in districts Republicans have held since the 19th century.
Whatever else comes out of tonight’s elections, we can be content in that knowledge, and remind ourselves that Creigh Deeds is NOT an Obama proxy. Really, reading Deeds’ loss as a rejection of Obama would be like blaming Gen. McClellan’s abysmal Civil War generalship on President Lincoln. You go into a campaign with the nominee you have, not the one you want.
And, N.B. to Erick Erickson at RedState: deploying your entire party infrastructure to destroy a popular member of your own party, and then failing to capitalize on it, is the very definition of defeat.
N.B. – The last clause of the first paragraph was added late. – Ed.