Fortunately for those who are still catching their breaths from last week's primaries in Pennsylvania, Arkansas and Kentucky, this week's contests were much simpler: a special congressional election in Hawaii on Saturday and a House primary in Idaho yesterday.
But there were messages that came out of both, and both were part of the conversation today in the Political Junkie segment on NPR's Talk of the Nation. The focus of the show, however, was on the Connecticut Senate race — both the controversy over Richard Blumenthal's (D) statements on his military service and the GOP divide that made Linda McMahon the all-but-assured nominee.
Plus: An alleged sex scandal in South Carolina shakes up the GOP race for governor ... Republicans cry foul at an alleged job offer to Joe Sestak to get him out of the Pennsylvania Senate race ... Dino Rossi (R) jumps in the Washington Senate race to take on Dem incumbent Patty Murray ... and a look ahead to some key June primaries.
You can hear today's program here. Last week's post-primary roundup can be heard here.
Join host Neal Conan and me every Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET for the Junkie segment on TOTN, where you can often, but not always, find interesting conversation, useless trivia questions and sparkling jokes. And you can win a Political Junkie T-shirt!
If your local NPR station doesn't carry TOTN, you can always hear the program on the Web or on HD Radio. And if you are a subscriber to XM/Sirius radio, you can find the show there as well (siriusly).
Note: During the conversation about Saturday's special congressional election in Hawaii, which was won by the Republican candidate, I mentioned that it came in the district of President Obama's birthplace. Or, as I added, "his alleged birthplace, since I have yet to see his birth certificate."
My thinking behind why I said that was really to mock the controversy over whether or not he is a citizen. But it prompted a bunch of e-mail complaints, such as this one from C.R. of Gilroy, Calif.:
Please do not feed the Right Wing Nuts with the line "I have not seen Obama's birth certificate," or that he was "allegedly born in Hawaii," even in jest.
... and this one from Neil Bryson of Fort Wayne, Ind.:
Why do you persist in perpetuating the falsehoods of the "birthers," even if it was said in jest?