The winners were challengers -- right and left - and those who organized on the ground. As our friend Jane Hamsher put it primary night, "Between Obama, netroots & tea parties clearing out Senate dead wood, average age has dropped about 2 decades in the last five hours." There are lessons here, but are they party lessons? This being primary season, the only real party news came from Pennsylvania’s 12th congressional district, where a candidates competed for the seat of the late John Murtha. The district voted for John McCain in 2008 even as the state voted for Obama. Both party's House leaders showed up: Boehner and Pelosi an dboth poured in cash. the GOP around $1m bucks. Democratic candidate Mark Critz made jobs and veterans his top two priorities and for pictures he stood with miners in coal fields. He won -- and that's got Democrats excited. Pelosi doesn't have voters as scared as Fox news woul dhave you imagine. And frustrated working Pennyslvanians didn't embrace tea party rage. Instead, in a tough-hit working distrcit, organized labor turned out -- with a strong message on fair trade and busting the banksters. And CRITZ won. Is the lesson that Dems can relax for the fall? Hardly. It may well be a lesson that 33,000 phone calls, 16,000 door-knocks and 75,000 worksite flyers at 63 work district work sites did. That's what the AFL-CIO say they did for CRITZ this season. GRITtv with Laura Flanders brings participatory democracy onto your computer screen and into your living room, bridging the gap between audience and advocates. Watch any show, at any time: http://grittv.org
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