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What We Learned: Back To The Future

The resignation of now former Rep. Christopher Lee (R-N.Y.) reinforced how social networking has radically altered political communication. Within hours of the Craigslist revelation (a revelation that was confirmed via Facebook by the email recipient), Lee went from being a safe incumbent to resigning in shame as blogs, Twitter, and eventually TV media picked it up. Still, standards for resignation are not equal everywhere for sex scandals. Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) is running for reelection and Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) won reelection handily. Even former Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.), in a district close to Lee, held out longer. Rahm Emanuel (D) will probably be elected mayor of Chicago a lot sooner than most originally thought. Two polls released this week had Emanuel hovering around 50 percent, the mark needed to avoid a runoff and win the election outright on Feb. 22nd. Emanuel's rise has a lot to do with the struggles of former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun (D-Ill.). Many expected Braun to be Emanuel's top opponent, but controversial remarks and lackluster fundraising have dropped her out of the top two in both polls. With just a week before the election, it's easy to imagine Emanuel putting his sizable cash advantage to good use, flooding the airwaves with ads and surging past 50 percent.

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