There were two special elections yesterday to fill vacant House seats; one in Nevada, and one left by the resignation of Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY). The Republicans won both, even though Mr. Weiner’s district was seen in the past as being a safe Democratic seat.
Some are seeing them as portents of doom for the 2012 election, but then, the Democrats have won special elections where Republicans were expected to win, but those were not predictors for the 2012 election because, well, they weren’t. John Cole at Balloon Juice summed it up:
If the Republican wins, this proves that the Democratic party is in disarray and that Obama will lose in 2012.
If the Democrat wins, this will mean nothing since it was a Democratic seat and the fact that the Democrats had to spend so much money on it shows the Republicans are motivated and Obama will lose in 2012.
See how easy that was? This punditry gig is awesome.