The Democratic party which has been celebrating a resounding victory in last month’s election has hit a bump in the road with two post November losses.

Just last week Sen. Saxby Chambliss who failed to receive enough votes in November to avoid a runoff soundly defeated his challenger Jim Martin.  While the Democrats and the media were pooh-poohing the Republican victory it served notice that without Barack Obama on the ticket and his lack of involvement in the Martin campaign that a weak candidate can’t win in a Democratic year without major support from the party.

Even more surprising was 41-year old Anh “Joseph” Cao’s victory over Democratic Rep. William Jefferson Saturday in another runoff election.  The GOP was so sure that despite Jefferson’s ethical problems he would win that they didn’t bother to devote any resources to his campaign.   This one probably hurts more than the Chambliss win since it was supposed to be an easy victory for Jefferson in a safe Democratic district.

Granted Jefferson was a wounded candidate having been indicted in 2007 on 16 counts of corruption, but even after the FBI raided his home in 2006  and found $90,000 in cash in his freezer the voters returned him to office.

Jefferson’s ongoing legal troubles were a headache for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and she has tried her best to protetct her colleague while appearing in public to be interested in fighting corruption and deceit in Congress.  Her handling of an investigation of Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) is just one example of her foot dragging to protect fellow Democrats rather than urge them to step aside or resign while the investiagtion is taking place.

Just like the Georgia fiasco,  Barack Obama didn’t get involved in the campaign and let Jefferson run on his own merits.  That proved to be a big mistake.

The media has largely ignored the significance of these victories  by the GOP, unlike all the attention they gave to the special elections to fill House seats prior to November when they portrayed this as proof of Democratic momentum.  No such pronouncements of the GOP regaining some of the ground they lost in November with these victories were made by the press.  After all why would they want to spoil the coronation of Barack Obama that will take place next month with negative election results?

At this stage it really is too early to see if these races constitute and trend or a buyers remorse on the part of the voters who may have realized that they have given the Democrats complete control of the government.  But it does give a glimmer of hope to the GOP that as long as they can articulate their message to the voters that they can reverse the Democrats recent momentum and bring back some parity to Congress in 2010 and beyond.

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