The 2012 election was a mixed bag for Loop Fans. The great news was that Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.), the antiabortion doctor who pressured his patient and mistress to have an abortion — another woman reportedly claimed she had an affair with him back in 2000 and smoked pot with him — easily won re-election.
We were concerned when a leading Tennessee conservative said DesJarlais had reached “a level of hypocrisy that is simply untenable” and then when DesJarlais “largely withdrew from public sight a month ago.”
But the voters came through! DesJarlais trounced his Democratic challenger 56-44, a local paper reported Wednesday.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), after a bit of a scare, squeaked through in a really close race. Good thing she raised that $13 million.
However, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), who says things like 80 House Democrats are “members of the communist party” — was down 2,500 votes — less than 1 percent. His opponent has claimed victory and media outlets agree, but West hasn’t conceded and is talking about a recount. (And it is Florida, after all, so anything can happen.)
Finally a hearty Loop welcome back to the entertaining — or way over the top, depending on your point of view — Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.). Grayson, an ultra liberal — one of his bumper stickers said “Bush lied, people died” — trounced his opponent by a whopping 25 percent to reclaim a House seat.