... The most telling sign Tuesday might not have been from a primary, but a special election in Pennsylvania's 12th District, home of the late Rep. John Murtha.The Democrat won and the Republican lost. So there.
Republicans and Democrats both viewed this election, in a district trending heavily toward Republicans, as a portent of what might face them in November's midterm elections.
Democrat Mark Critz won decisively. As Politico put it, "Republicans failed spectacularly, losing on a level playing field where, in this favorable environment, they should have run roughshod over the opposition."
To be sure, Democrats face strong headwinds going into November's elections, and voter discontent is palpable.
But the ideological battle within the Republican Party threatens to marginalize the party, shifting it well out of the mainstream. [link]
But wait. That 'ideological battle" that the Times mentions? The kids there might want to take a closer look. The Democrat who won is pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, anti-ObamaCare, and ran to the right of the Republican on taxes.
Maybe the Democrat did win.
But the conservative won too.