Spencer Bachus Alone in a Lifeboat

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March 14 2012 4:35 PM

Spencer Bachus Alone in a Lifeboat

I spent election night at Rep. Spencer Bachus's re-nomination party, where the dry, approachable, occasionally compromise-ready congressman celebrated a surprisingly huge victory over a state senator who had Super PAC backing.

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The intent wasn't to lionize Bachus in a moment of glorious victory. It was to take a picture of the Republican establishment on one of its worst nights, as Mitt Romney lost Alabama and Roy Moore -- Roy Moore! -- staged a comeback 10 years after being booted out of office.

(Photo: Bachus takes a call from Rep. Terry Sewell, who represents the sole Democratic district in Alabama, one that borders his. He did not receive a call from any of his defeated primary opponents.)

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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