Tonight was a long time coming. Seems like this election has been going on forever. Sort of like pregnancy; I always feel like that lasts about a decade and a half too. Maybe now that it’s almost over, I can actually blog about something other than politics.
I remember sitting glued to the TV news on election nights as a young woman, and poring over the detailed breakdowns in the paper the next morning. Newspapers can no longer hope to keep up with the flow of information, and a political junkie can get her fix far more easily from the computer than from TV. Don’t get me wrong; I still have Brit Hume talking in the background, but I’m running the numbers on my own online too. There is a staggering amount of information available on the internet. Those interactive maps provide an amazing amount of detail to those of us addicts whose drug of choice is politics.
Polls just closed here in New Mexico, and most of the swing states are still too close to call. McCain still has a fighting chance, but it’s looking pretty grim across the board for the Republican candidates for Senate. Our own long-time GOP stalwart Pete Domenici did not run for re-election due to health problems, and it’s been pretty much assumed on all sides that my fellow New Mexicans are going to send Tom Udall to join the appalling Jeff Bingaman (shameless proponent of the ironically named Fairness Doctrine) in our now 100% Democrat Senate delegation.
Speak of the devil. Fox just called it: Udall beat Pearce. I have no idea whose picture they had up as Tom Udall (maybe it was his cousin Mark Udall, who’s running for Senate in Colorado?) but it wasn’t my Congressman and Senator-elect. The national GOP had left Pearce high, dry and penniless, and he spent a lot of his money in the primary against Heather Wilson. So what we have here is a bloodbath: Domenici’s seat gone, Pearce and Wilson both giving up their seats to bleed each other dry in the senatorial primary, only to lose to Udall. Udall’s House seat will go easily to Ben Ray Lujan, partly because people in northern NM can’t see beyond the big (D) and partly because Lujan’s dad, also named Ben Lujan, is a big time NM politico and a lot of ignoramus voters probably think they’re voting for the dad instead of the kid. Pearce’s seat will probably stay Republican. Heather Wilson’s seat is still up for grabs, hotly contested between salt-of-the-earth sheriff Darren White (R) and pretty-boy city councilman Martin Heinrich (D).
Stay tuned for more election night blogging from the woman the Santa Fe Reporter calls “New Mexico’s #1 Sarah Palin expert.” That might not be worth much after tomorrow, I realize, but let me bask in my fading glory for these last few hours.
Right now, I need a drink.