In the end it was closer than polls weeks ago had suggested and a frantic campaign schedule and relentless ad buys surely helped.
Matt Doheny knows process in politics. He knows voting records, demographics, historic trends, polling, focus groups, issues to hit and ones to avoid. He ran his own campaign instead of being just the candidate...the nice guy...the visionary...
He knew the issues, but intellectually had trouble being the political glad hander...the guy who could talk the 'middle class' rhetoric baked into the cake of todays political dialogue. He was a guy who didn't believe in "free shit" in an occupation built on promising just that.
While his own life story became an issue whether fairly or not, it was naive to think the Dems wouldn't use his islands and opulence as a club, even if he personally didn't live the life of a dainty, pinky-in-the-air, effete rich guy.
In the end Mr Doheny recognized a central flaw in his theory of the race...That is that its a GOP area and his victory would be merely a "reversion to the mean."
"Just to be intellectually honest, which I have always been, and that’s part of why I’m a Republican and running for Congress, if you look at the results today, I don’t know how Republican this 21st Congressional District is anymore," Mr Doheny said last night.
A moment of clarity for sure about a race we are all glad is over.
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