DQ here. Yesterday, Republicans made gains all over the country, in the House, the Senate, the Governorships, state legislatures, pretty much everywhere it seems. Except California. As I write this, in California Democrats lead every statewide race but one (Democrat Kamala Harris is narrowly leading in her bid to become the worst Attorney General ever), by double digits. Oh, wait, Fiorina has narrowed the gap to 9.8%. If Republicans can’t make headway now, when they are gaining everywhere else and when they have poured money into the races (counting, of course, the money Fiorina and Whitman spent on themselves), how can they ever make headway here? Man, I can’t wait to get out of this cursed state.
BTW, yesterday before the polls closed I made the following prediction in an e-mail to Book — “Whitman and Fiorina lose, Fiorina by double digits (I know this is contrary to your polling, I just think her bad ads and Boxer’s attack ads will have their effect). Republicans win [net] 50 seats in House and 6 in the Senate, giving them a majority in the House but overall disappointing them.” That prediction was pretty darn close, slightly understating the Republican victory. It came as a combination of the mainstream media (which was dead on the money) and my innate pessimism. Maybe we should give the pollsters a little more credit.