The biggest winner among New York's elected officials last night wasn't even on the ballot.
Senator Chuck Schumer, despite being grounded for the stretch run by Hurricane Sandy, saw the Democrats keep control of the Senate, and possibly even gain seats, in an election that had been expected to threaten the party's majority.
Instead, the Class of 2006, who Schumer helped elect as head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and who he predicted would all hold their seats, appeared to have done just that, strengthening Schumer's hand in the Senate and guaranteeing him some close friends for any future leadership race.
In 2006, by which time George W. Bush was extremely unpopular, Chuck Schumer guided six Democratic Senate candidates to victory over Republican incumbents as his party took control of the Senate. Now his party has to defend them.
Defending Obama, Emanuel Cleaver condemns the 'war on women' line, along with all the other rhetorical wars
Representative Emanuel Cleaver believes the "war on women" being pushed by his fellow Democrats is just as disingenuous as the Republican rhetoric that President Obama is engaged in a "war on religion."
"Yes, that is wrong," Cleaver said on CNN's State of the Union. "And I've never said it, not one time."(4)