I think a great big congratulations is in order for Charles Djou, don’t you?
If you are not familiar with the name just yet, you probably will be in short order. He has just won the special election for Hawaii’s First Congressional Seat – Barack Obama’s childhood district.
And why, you may ask, is that a big deal? Why is this relevant?
Because Djou is a Republican … and he’s the first Republican to hold that seat since Pat Saiki left office twenty years ago.
From Hawaii News Now:
The Honolulu City Councilmember grabbed 39% of the vote. State Senate president Colleen Hanabusa came in second with 30% of the vote. Former US Representative Ed Case came in third, gathering 27% the vote.
“This is a momentous day. We have sent a message to the United States Congress. We have sent a message to the ex-governors. We have sent a message to the national Democrats. We have sent a message to the machine. We have told them, that we will not stand idly by as our great nation is burdened by too much taxes and too much wasteful spending” said Representative-elect Djou in front of hundreds of supporters at Republican headquarters in Honolulu.
Lefties, of course, will be quick to remind you that Democrat support is not waning. Rather – to quote Ian Faith from the film Spinal Tap – it is simply becoming “more selective.”
And for those negative nellies out there, don’t be discouraged by those who say that come November, Djou doesn’t stand a chance against whatever Democrat comes along in the general election. Don’t be put off by the entire “Democrat in-fighting” rhetoric.
Djou will be the incumbent, will attract independents (especially many who went for Ed Case), and will have raised a lot of money by then.
He does stand a chance in November.
This isn’t just a symbolic win.
Rather, it may very well prove to be a prophetic one.