Barack Obama is victorious, and we must salute him as the next president, and show him more respect than Dems have shown our outgoing one. It would be easy to blame John McCain for the pathetic campaign he waged, but that would really be a useless waste of energy. Republicans nationwide gambled that with the low approval of George Bush, only a "maverick" Republican could possibly keep the White House. In doing so, they abandoned their principles. This is the result.
It is a sad byproduct often that good candidates at the local level are swept away in national trends. Such was the case with four Republicans in the General Assembly; Senator Rob Russo, and Representatives Al Adinolfi, Ann Ruwet, and Ray Kalinowski. The GOP also lost five open House seats held by retiring Republicans.
There was an interesting twist, though. Amid all this chaos, and a blue tidal wave crashing all the way down the ballot, the Republicans actually managed to defeat two incumbent Democrats, and claim a third open Democratic seat. Incumbent Democrat Jack Malone of Norwich was defeated by Republican Christopher Coutu, as was Trumbull Democrat Tom Christiano by Republican Tony Hwang. Accused pedophile George Wilber's abandoned seat was claimed by Republican John Rigby. Despite the crappy night, Republicans still got three scalps to hang on the wall.
Victory for lazy Democrats is easy when there is a gigantic national trend backing you up. State Democrats doubtlessly pat themselves on the back, but the results are not based on their talents or efforts. In fact, the reality that they could not save those three seats demonstrates a unique weakness... this is the only state in New England where Republicans won any Democratic seats last night.