I came across this op-ed piece by Gail Collins in the NYTimes online edition just now. It recounts the saga of the gerrymandered congressional seat vacated by Kirsten Gillibrand.
By all accounts, both parties, Democrats and Republicans are tentatively declaring victory, which is why the author of the piece indicates that the people have mumbled, rather than the people have spoken. This election is being billed as a referendum on President Obama and his efficacy in the White House thus far - poor guy can't get a break. Now, I realize that in some ways I am somewhat of a political neophyte, particularly vis-a-vis NY politics, being a relative newcomer to the state, but isn't that a bit early for a referendum?
Here is the link to the story - you will find it well-written and most interesting. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/02/opinion/02collins.html?_r=1
I hope that we do not have to wait it out like the Franken debacle in Minnesota, and hope that victory will be soon and swift, assuming that the abseentee ballots are counted and property accounted for. 27 points is clearly not a mandate. Let's wait and see what transpires.
I suppose we will be hearing more of the marginally intelligent and fairly inept Michael Steele, as he explains to the public why the Republican party is going to make strides in coming elections - I shudder at the thought.