2008 was a year of tragic betrayal for Republicans in Maryland's 1st Congressional District. Andy Harris, a conservative backed by the Club for Growth, won his primary election against incumbent Republican Wayne Gilchrest.
Naturally the party backed Gilchrest despite his eroding conservatism. Gilchrest's Lifetime ACU rating was 57, which as I've argued, is a generally tolerable score for a moderate Republican in a swing district. Problem being, Gilchrest's 2007 and 2008 ACU scores were 36 and 18 respectively -- not a good trend -- and the district is not a swing district, it's a solid R+13 district.
Upon losing, Gilchrest and his lackeys endorsed the Democrat in the race, who ended up winning. (Hey, I thought it was the Club for Growth knuckleheads who were tearing the party apart!)
So I took great pleasure in reading how Harris is beating the pants off the Democratic incumbent in re-match polling, and the district is ranked #5 most likely to switch parties by the Washington Post.
Congratulations to State Sen. Harris, and keep up the good work.