Niki Tsongas, Straw In The Wind
As one might expect, both Dems and Rs are busy studying the recent special election in MA's fifth district, replacing the utterly unexceptional Meehan (D-MA), who left to become Chancellor of his alma matter, Umass-Lowell. Tsongas won, but only by 51%.
The race is reminiscent of several such races among Rs in 2005 and early 2006 that were the first signs of possible trouble for the Rs. Seats that should have been much safer winning by narrow margins.
Jim Ogonowski, the R candidate, appears to have done well from immigration, but ultimately could not overcome identification with George Bush -- particularly the SCHIP veto and overall handling of the Iraq War. But the lack of enthusiasm for Tsongas should send a warning to Ds that they can, indeed, blow it in '08 unless they get their act together. And, between you and me, I'm not convinced Clinton would carry the 5th District of MA.