As Democratic House members across the country were losing to Republicans, Rep. Shelley Berkley used her acceptance speech at Aria to mention the need to cooperate with Republicans. "We will do better, we will make this country work," she promised Democrats on Tuesday.
Afterward, she was working the crowd, handing out patriotic pens. I checked to see if they read "Berkley for Senate" but no, the congresswoman wasn't running for John Ensign's seat yet. The pens commemorated Election Night 2010. But it was just one more example of how she campaigns enthusiastically and relentlessly. She committed to working with Republicans when she goes back for her seventh term and said they must if they're going to fix the problems this nation faces.
Rory Reid also spoke of the need for cooperation between Democrats and Republicans. On Wednesday, his dad did too, although he blamed the GOP for the lack of consensus, which didn’t really set the right tone for bipartisan cooperation.
NOT A CAREER POLITICIAN: Sharron Angle said one too many times that she's a grandmother, not a career politician. That’s exactly right. She's a three-time loser who wanted to be a career politician. After four terms in the Assembly, she’s failed at the state Senate, Congress and now the U.S. Senate. Let’s hear no more about her not being a career politician since that’s obviously her deep desire. Go ahead and run again, but don’t posture yourself as “not a career politician.” The only way that's true is because she's loses.
NOT DONE YET: Although he lost by 11 percentage points, gubernatorial candidate Rory Reid said, “My commitment to Nevada doesn’t end tonight.” The loud cheers drew smiles to the somber faces of his wife Cindy and their three children, who stood alone with Reid during his concession speech. When he started his campaign two years ago, the county commissioner thought his likely GOP challenger would be the damaged GOP incumbent, Jim Gibbons. The entry of Brian Sandoval into the race was totally unexpected. Now the commission has lost one of it's most competent members. There's already talk Reid could run for Congress in another two years.
I have a convoluted theory, but it's of my own making. Brian Sandoval can't fix the state in four years because no one can. So in 2014, the voters toss him out, part of this whole change thing. A Democrat is elected governor and after the election, Harry Reid resigns from the U.S. Senate and his son is appointed to the last two years of Reid's six-year term. Just a theory. No basis in fact. But Rory Reid isn't out of politics at the age of 47. The only flaw in my theory is that Harry Reid is not the kind of man who voluntarily surrenders power, even for his son.
TARGETING VOTERS: One clue to Harry Reid's successful targeting of voters can be seen in the days just before the election. Sharron Angle brought in Arizona Sen. John McCain and at the rally, it was obvious that the people there were already her supporters. That same night, Reid brought in Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao, who drew out voters who might not have turned out otherwise.
Unless rallies energize voters who otherwise wouldn't have voted, they're kind of a waste of time, although they make for nice photos.
Speaking of photos, that picture of first lady Michelle Obama hugging Harry Reid that ran in the Las Vegas Review-Journal on election day might actually have sparked some interest in the black community to vote for the senator, presuming her popularity is actually transferable.