On the close outcome in a solidly and historically Republican district in Ohio:
Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) warned fellow Republicans yesterday not to ignore the implications of the party’s narrow victory in Tuesday’s special election in Ohio, saying the public mood heading into next year’s midterm elections appears to helping Democrats and hurting Republicans.
“It should serve as a wake-up call to Republicans, and I certainly take it very seriously in analyzing how the public mood evidences itself,” Gingrich said. “Who is willing to show up and vote is different than who answers a public opinion poll. Clearly, there’s a pretty strong signal for Republicans thinking about 2006 that they need to do some very serious planning and not just assume that everything is going to be automatically okay.”
Listen to the man, GOP. Not too long ago, somebody (I don’t think it was me) said something to the effect of “The way they’re going right now, the Republicans could lose very big in 2006 if the Democrats would just shut up for five minutes.”
I think this remains true, though I don’t really know if this Ohio special election underscores that or not. It could just be that the Dems were more motivated to get out and vote. As we saw last November, the Republicans can be motivated when they want to, too. (via, of all places, Scrappleface)