Well, the American people certainly gave a what-for to scandal-plagued incumbents last night, as their votes and the media's exit polls showed. At least nine mucked-up politicos from the Schemin' 109th got strapped to a raft, metaphorically speaking, and pushed out to sea by an angry electorate. For us rakers, it's a bittersweet moment.
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Some we will miss: Rep. Katherine Harris (R-FL), who lost her kamikaze bid for a Florida Senate seat, won't be around when we need her anymore. Also missed will be the Entertainer himself, Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA), who lit up our days and spiced up our nights with paranoid conspiracies and FBI raids. It's true, Curt: not only are they all out to get you, they just got you.
Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), whose backers attempted literally every cheap or dirty trick in the book, will also leave a hole in our hearts. (It was sad to see his son crying on national television last night during his dad's concession speech, wasn't it?)
The absence of others won't be so remarked-upon in the Muckraker office. Rep. Charles Taylor (R-NC), an almost cartoonish embodiment of the perpetually cranky, self-interested banker, was never much fun -- except when he was trying to explain when a fundraiser isn't a fundraiser. Likewise the Abramoff-philiac Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA), whose haircut and mustache were oftentimes more interesting than his ties to the disgraced lobbyist. Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ), also a Friend of Jack, never really got our eyebrows wiggling, either. And Rep. Jim Ryun (R-KS), who made a play for our affections with a shady house deal, never really followed through.