A roundup of recent political news.
1. Rule one of a sex scandal: Do not have your mistress interview you on the topic of abstinence education as Congressman Mark Souder (R.Ind) did in the above video. Souder had the common sense to resign , and the Republicans should be able to hold the seat. As for Mr. Souder, when you preach social conservatism, the first person you must convince is yourself.
2. Republicans lose Pennsylvania 12 special election. I always thought this one was a long shot. The Democrats enjoy a 2-1 voter advantage, and the corrupt Jack Murtha who had held the seat since 74 won re-election in 2008 in spite of being under investigation and calling his voters racist. Perhaps there is some truth in this old Saturday Night Live video from 2008.
3. Republicans win Hawaii 1. Charles Djou is going to Congress as the first Republican congressman from Hawaii in 20 years. Djou got in because the Democrats fielded two candidates and neither one would bow out. The Democrats are confident that they will take the seat back in November. I am not so sure. Djou is a formidable campaigner and the Democrat vote may still be fractured come November with all the bad blood that has been generated, with a fair amount of Democrats deciding to sit out the vote or crossing over to vote for Djou.
4. Best political campaign ad thus far in this cycle: