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[Rescued from hacker oblivion, thanks to Facebook Notes.]

JISHOU, HUNAN — We’ll see how that Rand-y Paul-y thing is working out for ya.

At least, 56% for Rand Paul and 44% for Jack Conway is not the overwhelming landslide Paul had been hoping for, but it does put him in the Senate. Keep on eye on him, to see which way he votes. Will Mr Tea Party abandon his populist, libertarian platform and play with the big boys like Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), or will he stick to his guns and be the maverick-y kind of guy he said he was during his campaign?

On the bright side, some other Tea Party candidates, like Sharron Angle in Nevada and Christine O’Donnell in Delaware, failed in their election bids by closer margins than the Paul-Conway split. This tells me there are lot of other crazy people in Nevada and Delaware beside Angle and O’Donnell, but at least they haven’t taken over yet.

Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) kept his seat. No big surprise.

And big spender Margaret Whitman failed (54% for former Gov. Jerry Brown to her 41% ) to buy her way into win the governorship of California.

So it’s a mixed bag. It should make for an interesting end to Obama’s (perhaps first) term in the White House. Maybe the Senate will play with him, but the House will be a free-for-all.

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