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11.04.09

The GOP's Day of Gloating

As Republicans emerge triumphant from Tuesday’s elections, The Daily Beast's panel of experts looks at the anatomy of Christie's upset, why it's not Obama's fault, what happened in Maine—and how the right botched the New York House race.

New Jersey's Obama Wannabe
By Lee Siegel

Republican Chris Christie captured the Garden State governor's mansion by stealing Obama's playbook. The Daily Beast's Lee Siegel on how the audacity of hope became the Democrat's new nightmare.

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The GOP Surge Isn't Obama's Fault
By Mark McKinnon

The president suffered a bruising at the polls Tuesday. Bush strategist Mark McKinnon on how he lost his magic—and why he's not really to blame.

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Get Gay Marriage Off the Ballot
By Linda Hirshman

The Maine gay-marriage initiative went down to defeat Tuesday. But the real tragedy is that it should never have been put to a vote in the first place.

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Behind the Democratic Wipeout
By Peter Beinart

The GOP built its victories in Virginia and New Jersey on financial anxieties. The Daily Beast's Peter Beinart on why the economy drove voters to the polls—and what the results say about 2010.

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How the Right's Point Man Went Down
By Max Blumenthal

Sarah Palin and the Tea Party crowd drove the moderate from the race, but Doug Hoffman still lost the New York House seat. Max Blumenthal on what the GOP’s embarrassing stumble means for 2010.

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