The Morning Call's Nicole Radzievich talks to some local experts and has some of their answers.
According to LC Exec Don Cunningham, "If Democrats look at this the right way and see that the Washington agenda hasn't squared up real well with voters in the 15th Congressional District and learn from it other than writing it off as an accidental tea party swing, which I don't think it is, there's plenty of room for John Callahan or somebody else to come back in 2012."
Over the years, the only person who's come close to knocking off Dent is Charles Dertinger, an unlikable and underfunded candidate. He came close precisely because, instead of using hired guns sent in by the DCCC, he used local talent.
Democrats marvel at someone like Dent campaign manager Shawn Millan, calling him an Evil Genus and the "Karl Rove of the Lehigh Valley." And all that is true. But he's also local. He understands the Lehigh Valley.
Is there a "James Carville of the Lehigh Valley"? There's probably a few. One of them, Jim Hickey, is a miserable bastard who knows how to win. He sat on the sidelines in this race, having consciously been cut out by the DCCC.