What this otherwise innocuous Sestak victory eve photo signifies is that the red state-blue state analogy is officially dead. In his election wrap-up piece in the NYT, Matt Bai discusses how “the mainstreaming” of voter insurrection has evolved to the point that it’s not just incumbents that are endangered, but the two party culture itself.
It’s for this reason that Joe Sestak — call him this latest election round’s Scott Brown (only with substance) — scored a nominally-Democratic, but actually indy-brand victory. Hence the photo, and the significance of hue.
As if melting down the parties in a Pantone pot, Joe’s tie is purple, his wife’s top and much of her jacket is purple, and — like a perfect, topping-off element — even his daughter’s shoes are purple.
It’s no accident.