GOP’s ‘Sweet’ Wins In Governors’ Races May Pay Off

On Election Night in 2009, Haley Barbour, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, took the stage at the victory party for Virginia governor-elect Bob McDonnell seeming to know what most of America did not.

Barbour declared that the Republican wins in the off-year Virginia and New Jersey races for governor that night would act as the party’s “springboard” for 2010.

“Is this sweet or not?” he asked the crowd.

A year later, the feeling for Barbour and the rest of the party couldn’t be sweeter. Post-election attention has focused on the Republican takeover of the House, but the run of Republican wins in gubernatorial contests last Tuesday could pay greater dividends in 2012 and beyond.

NPR
11/8/10