Foster v. Oberweis: A Bellwether Election?
Posted by Ryan on March 9, 2008
Dennis Hastert stepped down from his Congressional seat late last year after the Republicans lost their majority status. As such a special election was held in the former House Speaker’s district to fill the remainder of his term. Alas, the Democrat Bill Foster beat Republican Jim Oberweis to take the seat. They are likely to rematch in the Fall for a full two-year term.
While I’d like to think that the Republicans have a decent chance in the Fall of taking back the House, I wonder if the trends from 2006 continue with a Democrat sweep in the Fall. With Congress’ approval rating scraping dung from the heap, the thought is that Republicans can take the initiative and convince voters to give them another shot.
Yet, this was the former House Speaker’s district! On the other hand, Oberweis seems like the token Republican stand-in, who lost his bid for Senate and Illinois governor in the primaries in years past. We in New Jersey kind of have one of those guys: his name is Doug Forrester. So, perhaps this special election is a special circumstance and not a harbinger of things to come.