Here's a nice post from Hotline On Call's Reid Wilson noting that Alan Mollohan's loss on Tuesday to conservative Democrat Mike Oliverio -- after 14 terms as a West Virginia congressman -- really isn't that bad of a thing for the Dem party. Wilson notes that DCCC chair Chris Van Hollen didn't mention Oliverio in his statement on the race, but that Democrats will warm to him come November, as with Mollohan as the nominee, Republicans would have had an easier time taking the seat.
I talk I had with Oliverio yesterday (that's not in my story today) that backs that up. His message in the campaign after all was anti-Washington, but pro-West Virginia, meaning he should be able to work with Democratic leaders around the state, even if they supported his opponent.
"Alienated? No. It was a hard-fought primary," he said, to my question about hard feelings toward the party establishment."We're committed to come together. I got congratulatory calls from Jay Rockefeller, Congressman Rahall, Joe Manchin. I'll be able to work with them."