Top of the ballot: GOP's House party may be canceled

The National Republican Congressional Committee has a bad night, the Vietnam War could restart in Connecticut and progressives are out for revenge.

12 is the loneliest number

Losing Pennsylvania's 12th district special election after fielding a strong candidate should cause the NRCC to reexamine whether using Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) as a boogeyman is effective. Meanwhile, the committee had some mixed results among its recruited candidates Tuesday.

Some of its highly-touted "Young Guns" failed to make it through their primaries. Kentucky businessman Jeffrey Reetz, who was considered "on the radar" by the committee, lost the state's 3rd district primary to the Tea Party-backed Todd Lally.

There were some successes for the NRCC on Tuesday. Sports consultant Rob Cornilles won the 1st district primary in Oregon, where he'll face Rep. David Wu (D) in November. And former U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin easily won the GOP nod in the Arkansas's 2nd congressional district.

Wants to hear more about ‘Nam

Former Rep. Rob Simmons (R) said Tuesday he was "unsatisfied" with Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's explanation for how he mischaracterized his record of service during the Vietnam War. On Wednesday, he subsequently rolled out the endorsement of "legendary Hanoi Hilton POW” Orson Swindle, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel who campaigned with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in 2008. Will Vietnam linger as an issue through the general election?

An outpost of progress


The Progressive Change Campaign Committee sent an e-mail to supporters Tuesday saying, "Tonight, we proved that our support can truly help good candidates win." The group, along with MoveOn.org, funneled some $2 million into Lt. Gov. Bill Halter's (D) challenge to Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D). The confidence progressives get from this race will surely cause some consternation in the Democratic Party, which was hamstrung by outside, supposedly-allied groups in the 2004 cycle.