Julia Carson took a final slap at her Republican opponent and celebrated victory with fellow Democrats tonight after winning re-election in a bruising campaign.
“This is a great night for the Democrats,” Carson told her cheering supporters in a victory party that continued past 11 p.m.
“We can’t be pompous about it. We can’t be arrogant about it. We just have to be grateful about it.“We have to display humanity and gratitude. That’s what the Democratic Party is about. Don’t forget that.”
Then Carson, who won with one of her most narrow victory margins since she was elected to Congress in 1996, reflected on her campaign against former auto dealer Eric Dickerson.
“They put a car dealer in the race,” she said. “He used to sell Buicks.”
“That’s right,” someone in the crowd responded. Carson coughed several times and went on.“He used to sell them. He advertises as a successful car dealer. He doesn’t even say used-to-be. He still claims that’s what he is.
“He lies so much, I stopped listening to him.”
The crowd laughed and cheered.
Carson’s victory margin, with 82 percent of precincts reporting, was 8 points. If that margin remained the same, it would tie her closest victory, also by 8 points in 1996 against Virginia Blankenbaker when Carson first won the seat.
I've never seen a winning candidate behave so badly in victory. The 7th District deserves what it elected tonight: the absolute worst member of the U.S. Congress. Hold your head high Eric. You ran a clean, positive and respectable campaign, unlike the dirty, filthy race Carson ran against you. There will be a day of reckoning for her misdeeds. She'll have to answer to someone one of these days.
UPDATE: I've maintained throughout this election that the Indianapolis Star had always acted as Carson's enabler by failing to disclose relevant information about her. Everyone on the Star editorial board realized that Carson's mental faculties were in doubt after they met with her and she accused her opponent of "beating his wife up to a pulp", while "rambling" and offering "disjointed answers." Today, political columnist Matt Tully unloads on Carson--after it's too late to make a difference. He writes today: " . . . some of her comments to pesky reporters were confused, as they have been of late. She talked to me about returning to the Indiana General Assembly, though she last served in that body 15 years ago. And the ballot confused her, forcing officials to void it after Carson filled it out incorrectly . . . she offered voters so little . . . Too often, while on stage, it seemed she was on the verge of nodding off. In a TV appearance Sunday -- which a colleague called "the most awkward TV segment" ever -- Carson rambled and looked lost. Even her TV ads hid her . . . This city needs someone whose health isn't a constant concern." We can all thank the Indianapolis Star for re-electing a congressperson who doesn't know whether she's just been re-elected to the Indiana legislature or the U.S. Congress.