[M]edia calls for a new face in the party's leadership rather than a desire by Republicans for change drove the outcome.
Blunt said House members reacted to a daily drumbeat of negative news stories stoked by a few Republicans who did not speak for the party as a whole.
"The five or six people that will talk to the media about what bad shape we're in are not reflective of 225 of their colleagues," Blunt said.
"I don't want to say the media is to blame but ... if you can find a story that focused on anything but change, you come and show it to me," he said.
The story did quote Craig Hosmer, leader of the local Democrats, as noting that the public humiliation of Blunt by his own party is a "snub" that could hurt his political future. The editorial whisks away the obvious truth in favor of this:
Blunt's loss is also a small loss for southwest Missouri. He remains majority whip and will continue to be an active part of the Republican leadership in the House. There is every reason to believe that he will continue to be responsive to the needs of people in southwest Missouri.
Don't take it from us. Read what his base thinks. The Freepers are glad to be rid of Blunt; they thought he was a power-grabber and a terrible "acting" Leader. One sample comment:
Blunt was an idiot who took months to get a $40 billion budget reduction done and couldn't even get ANWR or the Patriot Act passed. I would have preferred Shadegg, but Boehner is fine. He's got the spirt of 1994 in him so hopefully he'll be active in lobbying and pork reform, getting some better budget cutting and getting Bush's agenda passed. Blunt was a disaster. Thank God he's not going to be majority leader.
We've been making the point for months to our friends in politics -- Roy Blunt has never been more vulnerable, but 2006 is the only window of opportunity for Democrats to beat him. Last fall they thought we were crazy. Last week they thought Blunt was a shoo-in as Majority Leader. Last time we checked, they still didn't have a candidate for Congress. What are they waiting for?