Here are Bruce Walker's comments on the election entitled "The Tale of Two Toms." The second "Tom" is Foley. Excerpt:
Ten years ago, another Tom from another state in flyover country, the leader of House Democrats, Speaker Tom Foley supported litigation against term limits which had been voted into law by the people of the State of Washington. Tom Foley, like Tom Daschle, had done years of constituent service. He brought home the bacon; he supported the interests of his district. He was the second most powerful person in the federal government, yet he lost reelection to an unknown challenger.
Why? Washington, unlike South Dakota, is not profoundly conservative. It is a swing state leaning Left. But the people of the State of Washington had determined that they wanted to limit the length of elected officials, so that no one would grow so accustomed to power that he felt entitled to power.