By Jim Geraghty National Review Online November 4, 2010 9:02 A.M.
I collapsed into bed at roughly 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, and awoke, groggily, some hours later to find that Rep. Charles Djou, Republican of Hawaii elected in a special three-way election earlier this year, had been defeated.
I recognize that this is a heavily Democratic district. But come on, Hawaii. Charles Djou has all of the duplicity, cynicism, venality, and nastiness of a Care Bear. Of all the guys in Congress, you toss out this guy? I know, I know. A Democratic machine runs that state, and Djou only won because it was internally divided during the special . . .
Anyway, one of my regulars shares this observation:
Of all the candidates I contributed to, only one, Charles Djou, sent an email after the election apologizing for failing to win and taking responsibility for the loss:
Djou for Hawaii
November 3, 2010
Aloha [Reader's name],
Words cannot express my sincere gratitude to all of you. We have been together for over a year now – fighting to restore fiscal responsibility and accountability to government, and ultimately fighting for a two-party democracy in the State of Hawaii. Unfortunately, we fell short yesterday and the responsibility for that is entirely mine.
You have been the best supporters and friends a man could ever ask for. And, I am continually humbled by your faith and confidence in me. It has been a true honor to serve you as your Congressman, and I look forward to serving you in some other capacity in the future. If there is anything I can ever help you with, please feel free to contact me.
God bless you, God bless the State of Hawaii and may God bless the United States of America.
Paid for by Djou for Hawaii
Jim Moran returns to Congress, Barney Frank returns to Congress, but they toss out Charles Djou.
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