Election 2006: the Bad
Posted on Nov 7, 2006
Not everybody was celebrating last night. Here are some of the disappointing results from the elections:
Harold Ford Jr. lost to Bob Corker in his bid to become the first black senator from a Confederate state since Reconstruction. Ford’s loss boosted the drama of tight races in Virginia, Montana and Missouri.
Joe Lieberman won in Connecticut. Though he’ll probably caucus with the Democrats, we can’t help but feel a little disappointed in Lamont’s performance.
California’s landmark alternative energy initiative was defeated by a comfortable margin, thanks in large part to tens of millions of dollars in big-oil advertising.
Michigan voters approved a ban on affirmative action.
Arizonans hate Spanish. At least that’s the message we get from voters’ landslide approval of a proposition making English the official state language, since the decision probably won’t do much to address voters’ concerns over immigration.
Voters in Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin all approved gay marriage bans.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s victory in California wasn’t a surprise, but did he have to go and obliterate opponent Phil Angelides?
Illustration by Karen Spector