Dennis Hastert represented some of the most comfortable, dyed-in-the-wool, midwestern Republicans in the world. Guess what just happened in the special election to replace him? A Democratic academic won 53-47.
Judy Feder is having another go at Frank Wolf in the same kind of district. Judy is a health policy expert and the dean of the Georgetown public policy school, and the policy academic community should get behind her again. She obviously has a much better shot this time for all the usual reasons, and also because Wolf screwed up the rail extension to Dulles.
Many readers of this blog are faculty, students or loyal alumni of MPP programs. (If yours is Georgetown, click here now and don’t bother with the rest of this post.)
Note the yummy added feature that Judy’s election will kneecap, yea, decapitate, a competitive program, hee hee.
UPDATE: A reader reports that Judy stepped down as dean this winter to focus on the campaign. So no decapitate option, just kneecapping. But even better odds that she wins.