QUOTE OF THE DAY….In a heavily conservative district in Missouri, a Democrat recently won a surprising victory over Republican Moira Byrd in a special election for the state legislature. Was it because of Bush fatigue? Negative campaigning? Growing irritation with GOP governor Matt Blunt?

All of those things, I suppose. But John Pohlmann, a political science professor at a local community college, probably nailed the biggest reason:

“I think Byrd had a number of things going against her,” said Pohlmann. “It’s hard to talk about family values, and then to have your campaign treasurer busted in a drug sting.”

Yeah, that would hurt.