GIBSON: And you would think that Don Sherwood (R-Pa), he’s got four terms in the House, you would think he’d be easy for re-election. But Don Sherwood ran into some problems and had to admit to his district that indeed he had an extramarital affair. He also was accused of — well, what was he accused of? Beating up the mistress, I guess.


STEPHANOPOULOS: I think strangling her, he tried to strangle her, Charlie. [Chuckles.] It was not a good race for Don Sherwood.


Best Dan Rather Impersonation


This goes to Chris Matthews for his colorful — if syntactically flawed — search for meaning: “Is there anywhere you can find in this manure pile a pony for the Republicans?”


Best Ad Hominem Attack


CNN’s Paul Begala, who, in discussing how Missouri’s stem-cell initiative affected turnout, told Anderson Cooper that Rush Limbaugh is a “drug-addled windbag.”


Most Nuanced Dissection of a Race


CNN’s Bill Schneider, for this helpful distillation of the Virginia Senate contest: “Men voting for Allen, that’s football. Women voting for Webb, that’s Iraq.”


Voodoo Politics


Finally, we take note of Brian Kilmeade, on Fox & Friends this morning, for delivering the most original explanation for what happened, at least on one key race: “It didn’t help Sen. Santorum that his good buddy Joe Paterno [the Penn State football coach] has a broken leg and got hurt on Saturday. Maybe that was a precursor of what he’s experienced.”

Brent Cunningham is CJR’s managing editor.