So voters in three states appeared to come out strong against incumbents Tuesday.
How's should a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in North Carolina react?
Well if you're Cal Cunningham, former state senator and relative newby, you might release a statement that says something like this:
"Tonight's results show that Americans are tired of the same career politicians and they're ready for a new generation of leadership. Here in North Carolina, my campaign has risen from 37 points behind in the polls to pull into a tie with a 14-year statewide office-holder."
If you're that 14-year office holder, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, you might say something like "hogwash." Or you'd at least have your chief consultant do it. Thomas Mills, noted that in Pennsylvania, Sen. Arlen Specter, a five term incumbent, was defeated by a sitting member of the U.S. House of Representatives. The only real newcomer who did well yesterday was Rand Paul, who won the Republican nomination for Senate in Kentucky, Mills said.
"Cal Cunningham has once again misread the electorate and the election. Voters in states across he nation chose proven leaders like Congressman Joe Sestak with the backbone to stand up to Washington insiders. The only new face in the crowd was Rand Paul. If Cal Cunningham wants to compare himself to a right-wing Tea-partier, that's fine with me."