From 2000 to 2003, it seemed that every major contested election went to the Republicans, from Bush to Schwarzenegger. My conservative friends saw this as evidence the country was moving to the right; I hoped it was simply that the Republicans were simply winning more ties than Democrats.
Stephanie Herseth’s victory in a special election for the South Dakota House seat may point to a turning tide.
This is the second special election this year in which Democrats have won a seat vacated by Republicans. The other election was Ben Chandler’s victory in Kentucky in February.
Maybe these two victories are isolated. Maybe nothing should be drawn from them (like I hoped had been true when the Republicans were winning). However, maybe these victories, Bush’s poll numbers, and the increasing recognition of trouble in Iraq are signs that America will vote for change in November.
I hope so.