Constitution Wins by a (Big) Hare

Remember Rep. Phil Hare, who became an internet sensation for his debate with consitutents over why the Constitution wasn't of much importance to his job as a congressman? As loveable as Hare is, I'm happy to report that he was one of Tuesday's losers.

Across the river, Republican Bobby Schilling, a pizza shop owner from Colona, raced to a big win in the 23-county 17th Congressional District, defeating two-term incumbent Rep. Phil Hare, D-Ill.

It will be the first time since 1982 that a Republican has represented the county in Congress.

That's quite an accomplishment for Phil, isn't it?

In fact, what has for years been some of the most reliably blue territory in Illinois — Rock Island County — blushed beet-red Tuesday in top-of-the-ticket races.

Susie Carpentier, the county GOP chair, was ecstatic.

“I’m just still trying to breathe,” she said late Tuesday, as cheers broke out in the background.

Here's the video that made Hare famous.

For years, Republicans have talked of a resurgence in Rock Island County.

Tuesday, they finally gained a measure of it.

Hare lost in a landslide.

In the November 2 election, Schilling defeated Hare by an unexpectedly large margin, taking 53 percent of the vote to Hare's 42 percent.