A reader in Washington state has some thoughts on the comparison between Tom Daschle's 2004 loss and Tom Foley's 1994 loss:
I enjoyed you blog during the campaign and occasionally stop by to see what you are talking about. The comparison of the two Toms is interesting. Washington is a “blue state” only because Seattle goes to the Democrats by about 85/15, the rest of the state is either swing or decidedly Republican. Tom Foley represented the Spokane area and a big chunk of rural Washington State that is most assuredly “red”. George Nethercutt should have been an up and coming politician after knocking off Foley. The race was set up nicely for a challenger.