Cheering the Ouster of Democrats, Continued

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I’ve called for Charlie Rangel’s removal, despite the fact that he’s great on the issues. It should be no surprise, then, that I’m cheering “Dollar Bill” Jefferson’s defeat. Not a hard decision — anytime someone’s been indicted on 16 charges of corruption by a federal grand jury and the FBI has found $90,000 in cash in his home freezer, it’s time to go.

Jefferson leaves a very Democratic Louisiana district in the hands of a Republican. Should be a targeted pickup for the Dems in 2010.

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