Republican Takes McWilliams seat

Filed in Delaware by on December 20, 2008

I am sorry to report that Republican Thomas Kovach was elected today over Mike Migliore by a margin of 73 votes.  This brings the number of Republicans in the House to 17 (24 for the Democrats).

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  1. I know, I know…you’re all gonna hate me for this, but I think this is a good thing. It means the Democrats don’t have the super-majority needed to totally fuck shit up. We need dissenting voices. The Senate is already fucked under the guidance of Thurman Adams. The Democrats were headed that way, too, if the Republicans were to be marginalized in such a nasty way.

  2. liberalgeek says:

    I hate you for that.

  3. By the way, every time I say something positive about a Republican, my boss Dave Burris gives me a dollar. Or an angel gets its wings. One of the two…

  4. liberalgeek says:

    And a baby seal is clubbed. Good for you.

    And this is how I get cash from Jason:

    Mike Matthews on Hitler: He’s a raving, misogynistic, anti-semite, homophobic genocidal killer…I love it!

  5. Art Downs says:

    Another example of voters’ remorse?

    “Cold Cash” Jefferson went down in Louisiana.

  6. liberalgeek says:

    Art – no, Jefferson was a crook. I am overjoyed that he went down. By all accounts, Migliore was a good guy and would have made an excellent legislator. for a special election like this, it is all about turnout.

  7. Rob says:

    I have had one question since Obama’s election: Where have all the Democrats gone? We have so far lost five straight special elections nationally. One in Georgia, two in Louisiana, one in Texas, and now this one. I just hope the gains we have made over the past few years are not wiped out under Obama’s Presidentcy.

  8. liberalgeek says:

    Ummm, apples and oranges. This is a local election, determined by a spread of 73 votes on the weekend before Christmas. You have the makings of a world-class concern troll.

  9. jason330 says:

    Mike M: wrong again.

  10. Rob says:

    Is it likely that we get this one back in 2010 when turnout is more normal?

  11. David says:

    No ,Mike is right. It was voters’ only chance to block a tax hike. Now any tax increases will likely be temporary and the focus will be more on spending reform then it would have been.

    It is a Merry Christmas.

  12. David,

    Your logic is flawed in assuming there will be a tax hike. I simply don’t like the idea of the Democrats owning the governorship, the Senate, and the House with Republicans — literally — not needing to be present in order to get anything passed.

  13. jason330 says:

    David,

    Thank you for demonstrating how stupid I sound when I take an unrelated item and try to explain it through my ideological worldview.

    Of course, in your case you sound twice as stupid since your ideological worldview is utterly bankrupt. Still…thanks for the object lesson.

  14. the logic from the monkey in the middle is beyond belief

  15. John Tobin says:

    I just posted on this race and I don’t make a guess at why people voted,but the numbers are clear that in the five districts where Kovach won, turnout was 25.5% and the seven districts where Migliore won, turnout was 13.5%. Districtwide turnout was 18.1 %, but turnout was not evenly distributed which benefited Kovach.

  16. jason330 says:

    Sounds like Kovack worked the base – so maybe David is right.

    Chalk up another victory for the most moronic of moronic GOP talking points.

  17. ptthbbt says:

    Can someone explain how the Senate Dems can do stuff without even *notifying* the Republicans they’re doing them? Isn’t there some sort of general notice rule to the public??

  18. Art Downs says:

    The Dems have been running roughshod over the GOP in Maryland for years thanks to control of both houses of the General Assembly.

    Does Delaware want the same arrangement? How about a sales tax and even bigger budgets?

  19. Art Downs says:

    The Dems have been running roughshod over the GOP in Maryland for years thanks to control of both houses of the General Assembly.

    Does Delaware want the same arrangement? How about a sales tax and even bigger budgets?

  20. Another Mike says:

    “Can someone explain how the Senate Dems can do stuff without even *notifying* the Republicans they’re doing them? Isn’t there some sort of general notice rule to the public??”

    Put the General Assembly under open government and FOIA laws, and this won’t happen. And if I’m not mistaken, the Senate Democrats can convene in Dover without any Republicans present because of their numbers advantage.

    As far as the Migliore-Kovach thing goes, I think there might have been some people in the district upset at the way the entire situation went down. McWilliams is re-elected, then resigns days after the election. Maybe the state Democratic Party figures they’ll have her run since Delaware specializes in incumbency protection, then handing off her seat to Migliore is a fait accompli. Voters feel used, then vote for Kovach as a way to remind the state party who calls the shots.

  21. Bob McWilliams says:

    Here’s a fact, the Republican controlled House has done its share of blocking key legislation for the past 15 years or so (see healthcare, open government, election reform) . They have been as successful as Adams but they just don’t have one person’s name (like Adams) to affix to their lack of vision and pandering.
    And the concept of blocking tax increases – give me an effing break. GW Has been giving tax breaks back to the public since he started in 2000. And today, how successful is our national economy as well as your personal economy because of those illustrious tax breaks? Exactly. But the pandering worked in the 6th district so hey, when in Rome…….