USA Today reports that Democrats won solid majorities in the inner and "mature" suburbs in the nation's 50 largest metropolitan areas. In the inner suburbs, Democrats took 60 percent of the vote (up from 53 percent in the last mid-term election), while in the next ring of cities and towns, the mature suburbs, the party received almost 55 percent, up from about half four years ago.
"Republicans are getting pushed to the fringes of the metropolis," said Robert Lang, a sociologist and director of the Metropolitan Institute of Virginia Tech. (Don't ask me why the Hokies, who are not near any metropolitan area, have a Metropolitan Institute.)
Another needle in the balloon of those who say the 2006 elections showed little beyond disgust with incumbents.