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3:45 PM ET, November 4, 2009


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Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
In NY-23, Conservatives Win  —  The race has now been called for Democrat Bill Owens.  —  This is a huge win for conservatives.  —  “Whaaaa. . . ?” you say.  —  There are two big victories at work in New York's 23rd Congressional District.  —  First, the GOP now must recognize …
The Note:
Cornyn: ‘We Will Not Spend Money in a Contested Primary’  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports:  —  With Republicans grappling with the fallout of an intra-party battle that may have cost them a House seat, the head of the Senate Republican campaign effort is making a pledge that may ease …
Discussion: The Hill, Hot Air and TPMDC
Michelle Malkin:
The GOP elite's $1 million object lesson — and the message of NY-23  —  Conservatives owe NY-23 candidate Doug Hoffman immeasurable gratitude.  He overcame impossible odds (single digits just a month ago) to come within two points of defeating Democrat Bill Owens.  Hoffman had zero name recognition.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / New York Post:
The Obama magic has faded  —  All politics is local, they say, and Tuesday's off-off-year elections certainly had their local angles.  Jon Corzine has been a terrible governor even by the undemanding standards of terribly governed New Jersey.  Creigh Deeds, though he looked …
Watertown Daily Times:
HOFFMAN CLOSING ON OWENS  —  Democrat ahead of Conservative by 2,512 votes  —  Democrat Bill Owens is leading in the 23rd Congressional District race.  —  The Plattsburgh attorney has 50,884 votes compared to Conservative Doug Hoffman, a Lake Placid CPA, with 47,166 votes.
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Conservatives Rework Rhetoric After NY-23 Loss  —  Tea Partiers Say GOP Loss Enough for Conservative Victory  —  Saranac Lake, N.Y. - Jim Kelly walked into the lounge of the Hotel Saranac, his red tie undone and flapping against his shirt.  He sighed.  He plopped into a chair.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
IL-Sen: Kirk Seeks Palin Endorsement
Discussion: Hot Air
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Gubernatorial contests serve as warning to Democrats
Washington Examiner:
Pancho  —  Barone studiously avoids mention of the increase in the …
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Steele Throws Elbow to Palin, Pawlenty on NY-23
New York Times:
G.O.P. Wins Two Key Governors' Races; Bloomberg Prevails in a Close Contest
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Cornyn: NRSC won't play in primaries
Discussion: Erick's blog
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In Virginia and New Jersey, health care was a losing issue
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
NY-23: Watertown Mayor: 'It's Over'
Washington Wire:   In NY-23, Hoffman Vows to ‘Continue This Fight’
What we have here is a dead teabagging shark
Discussion: Think Progress
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Maine Voters Repeal Law Allowing Gay Marriage  —  In a stinging setback for the national gay-rights movement, Maine voters narrowly decided to repeal the state's new law allowing same-sex marriage.  —  With 87 percent of precincts reporting early this morning, 53 percent of voters had approved the repeal …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
What Happened and Why?  —  The outcome of all seven contests that we were tracking tonight appears settled, or very nearly so:  —  Virginia Governor: Republican Bob McDonnell wins by 17 points, toward the upper end of the range predicted by the pollsters, although not to anybody's great surprise.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Yesterday's Overwhelming Historic Republican Victory Makes Democratic Health Care Reform Just A Bit Easier  —  Most of the commentary about last night's elections has centered around Republican pickups in the New Jersey and Virginia statehouses.  But what's gone largely unnoticed …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE IMPACT ON HEALTH CARE.... To hear a certain cable news network put …
Discussion: TPMDC
Carly Fiorina / Orange County Register:
Why I'm running for Senate  —  Our most pressing problems today are too few jobs for Americans and too much spending in Washington.  —  CANDIDATE FOR U.S. SENATE FROM CALIFORNIA  —  Recommend  —  Admittedly, I have not always been engaged in the electoral process, and I should have been.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Fiorina officially announces Senate candidacy
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Extreme unintended irony from a WH official  —  An Obama aide anonymously accuses Anthony Weiner of being a coward and not “manning-up.”  —  From Ben Smith's Politico article on the surprisingly narrow victory by Michael Bloomberg in the New York mayoral race:
Discussion: The Politico, Hot Air, RedState and Eschaton
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Even safe Dems feeling at risk
Discussion: Hot Air
Johnny Dollar / Olbermann Watch:
Where in the World Was Keith Olbermann?  —  MSNBC boasted that on election night they would present a “special live edition of Countdown” at 10:00 pm.  But with bad news for the Democrats in Virginia and New Jersey, a funny thing happened on the way to the bonus Hour of Spin.  Keith wasn't there!
Discussion: Weekly Standard and
Associated Press:
STIMULUS WATCH: Salary raise counted as saved job  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's economic recovery program saved 935 jobs at the Southwest Georgia Community Action Council, an impressive success story for the stimulus plan.  Trouble is, only 508 people work there.
Don Surber:
Obama saved 935 jobs at a place that employs 508 people
Discussion: JustOneMinute
John Nolte / Big Hollywood:
ELEMENTARY EPIDEMIC: 11 Uncovered Videos Show School Children Performing Praises to Obama  —  Big Hollywood has already posted a couple disturbing videos of young school children singing/speaking praises to President Obama, but when eleven more dropped in our email box it came as quite a shock.
Chris Kelly / The Huffington Post:
Dud, Baby, Dud: The Lesson of Doug Hoffman  —  “I believe America is turning the page to a new dawn.”  ~ Doug Hoffman, Concession Speech  —  Doug Hoffman lost his election last night.  He was supported by a plurality of talk radio entertainers, and a majority of former half-term governors of Alaska, but it wasn't enough.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and alicublog
Valerie Bauman / The Huffington Post:
NY 23 Election Results: Bill Owens Beats Doug Hoffman
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Nice Deb
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats feeling angst over 2010  —  Vulnerable House and Senate Democrats want their leaders to skip the party's controversial legislative agenda for next year to help save their seats in Congress.  —  In the run-up to the 2010 midterm elections, they don't want to be forced to vote on climate change …
Kyle Drennen /
Obama Watched HBO Special About Himself Instead of Election Results  —  During the 10AM ET hour of America's Newsroom on Fox News Channel, fill-in co-host Martha Maccallum told viewers what President Obama watched on election night while Democrats suffered big losses in New Jersey and Virginia …
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Italian court convicts 23 Americans in CIA rendition case  —  MILAN — An Italian court on Wednesday convicted 22 CIA operatives and a U.S. Air Force colonel of orchestrating the kidnapping of a Muslim cleric in Milan in 2003 and flying him to Egypt, where he said he was later tortured.
B.D. Gallof / The Huffington Post:
How The East Was Lost: Tom Suozzi & Democrats Lose Long Island  —  Per everything but absentee ballots, Thomas Suozzi, the Democrat two-term Nassau County Executive, has a 248 vote lead over Republican opponent Ed Mangano.  The problem is that there are reportedly almost 12,000 absentee ballots.
Liz Robbins / New York Times:
Republicans Bounce Back in Suburbs of New York
Discussion: Room for Debate and Newsweek Blogs
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Farah Stockman / Boston Globe:
BU professor-turned-Pakistan-envoy draws fire
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Panel goes AWOL in GOP earmark war
Michelle Malkin:
Ridiculous “RAAAACISM” charge of the day
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jim Baker /
Election (Part One): Enough, No More, Enough
Carter Wood / PointOfLaw Forum:
Pennsylvania Supreme Court: The more restrained candidate wins
Discussion: Power Line
Paul Bass / New Haven Independent:
Lamont Throws His Hat Near The Ring
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog, TPMDC and MyDD
 Earlier Items: 
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Obama, “Credibility,” and Fear of Failure
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Political Climate for 2010 Not as Favorable to Democrats
Discussion: Politics Daily
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
‘Very, very close to zero’ GOPers will vote for House health bill
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Congress Shifts Left
Discussion: Ezra Klein
New York Post:
Crabby cabby boots same-sex lovebirds
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Who Are You Calling a Narcissist, Rush?