March 15, 2010

THE PHILOSOPHY OF NO PHILOSOPHY:

Tide Turns for GOP Candidate in Hawaii: Bickering Between Democrats in a Special Congressional Race Might Give First Republican in Decades a Chance at Victory (STU WOO, 3/16/10, WSJ)


The Aloha State has an unusual special-election structure in which the candidate with the most votes wins without a primary or runoff. The two bickering Democrats in the race—former Congressman Ed Case and Hawaii state Senate President Colleen Hanabusa—might split the vote and give a Republican a rare shot at victory in this state. If GOP candidate Charles Djou should win, the little-known councilman would become the first Republican to represent Hawaii in Washington in two decades. [...]

For the national Republican Party, a victory in Hawaii would nudge the GOP toward its goal of winning the dozens of seats it needs this year to regain control of Congress. It would also mark a symbolic victory in the home state of President Barack Obama. "It would be as significant as Scott Brown winning Ted Kennedy's seat in Massachusetts," Mr. Djou said, referring to the January special election for the U.S. Senate. [...]

Mr. Case's philosophy is reflected on his position on the national health-care overhaul in Congress. While Ms. Hanabusa promised a yes vote and Mr. Djou a no vote, Mr. Case said he would have to look at the final details of the health-care bill before taking a position.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 15, 2010 7:16 PM
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