While David Brooks and David Broder will undoubtedly deliver stern lectures to the country tomorrow for its refusal to be all centrist, really there is no reason to sweat the national media narrative tonight at all.
We don't run primaries to win a few news cycles. We don't win them to persuade pundits, or get the same level of media play as the teabaggers. We run primaries to send a message to Democratic elected officials.
Tonight, for the first time ever, two incumbent Democratic Senators failed to win primaries in a single day. That has never happened before, and is greater than the number of incumbent Democratic Senators who lost primaries over the past decade combined. Further, both challengers had little to no establishment support (especially Sestak), and one was in a red state (Halter). Most importantly, both challengers took on the incumbents from the left.
The bottom line from all of this it that Democrats have to answer to the grassroots everywhere now.
That is the message tonight, and we were delivering it to Senate Democrats, not to the media. Both in the short term as fights Wall Street reform unfold, and in the longer term as the party reconsiders its modus operandi, it is a message we are going to keep delivering, over and over again, until they finally frakking hear it.
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